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England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Didn't see the game, just saw the highlights and wow.. When I first saw the score I was sure something wasn't right, mixed up the numbers or something. I think it's an incredible win for England.

I can't help think that perhaps that mysterious waitress from the RWC was back in action again!!! I think the bug must have affected them somewhat, but what can you do? You field the side you feel confident with, and what could England do? They can only play the side they are faced with. I don't think anyone can call excuses really, there is rarely a match when both teams are 100% happy beforehand. There is always a key player with an injury here, something going on there, etc, and this is just another hurdle. From the highlights the NZ tries were their usual brilliance. England tries were well executed.

And Farrell, my had a fair role to play in that game, perhaps I was too hasty questioning his POTY nomination, (of course it cannot be hung on one game alone).

Well its a win for England, and it's a break in the NZ win streak.

I don't quite think this means the next time England face the AB's they'll have the same success, but the confidence boost this must have had will definitely help them with further games.

I feel sorry for the next team that has to face NZ, I fear that they will feel the full brunt of an angry NZ team looking to get back on a winning streak, albeit next season.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

But he DID punch/stiff arm, him in the head. So shouldn't he be punished on the action, which imo enter in at a severe level, therefore 8 weeks. He showed remorse, wore a suit and didn't throw paper airplanes (I liked that one reality) in the hearing so don't add any further weeks. Had he said "well whatever, he deserved it, I don't care, it wasn't me" etc, then slap another week on top of that. Same as if he had a long string of offences..

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

Well, I suppose we should add: "Congratulations to Bryan Habana" I mean he scored the try and it wasn't his fault it was short-listed and subsequently picked for this award. It wasn't his job to make it look pretty, it was his job to score it, which is totally fair enough but hey, if they felt he deserved it for that try, then it's their choice, however I disagree with it.

I don't feel that any of the tries on that shortlist were particularly brilliant, yet many not included WERE...

As for player of the year, once again its a bit of a dull line up, I mean McCaw, Carter... have they actually done anything outstanding? I'm sure McCaw has been out of a few games this year (not saying you have to play everything), Carter.. well maybe?!?!... Owen Farrell? Excuse me? The guy only came on the scene in early 2012 didn't he? What's he done? I'd say there are far more deserving players within the English team than Farrell....not that I know their names...

Michelak? Has he shone this year? Maybe I've just missed all the fantastic moments...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Binnsy, I'd keep your eyes peeled for Billy Goats Gruff if I were you...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Matt,

I like that idea, punish ALL the offending players, but punish those further that are re-offenders, I think that is a very good idea. The "deed is done" as such, and it doesn't matter if it's a devil of a player: Cudmore/Botha etc, or whether its an angel: McCaw anyone? :P The punishment should fit the crime, and then when you see that it is the Cudmore's or the Botha's etc you can say "well you didn't learn your lesson last time, have another week"...

Great idea!!!

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Karl,

I agree, I have been one to say "where is the consistency", which I will admit is obvious... it's consistently weak. I suppose what I mean is, "can we have some harsh punishments for bad acts, and leave the small 2-3 week bans for the not too bad acts"..

I just find it shocking to compare this to Adam Thomson, I mean yes Adam Thomson misses 2 games Hore misses 5, there is clearly a difference, but is the punishment really that narrow? Maybe it's correct, maybe I want to see greater punishments, but I find it odd how Attoub (yes it was horrendous gouging) can receive over a year, yet this receives just over a month... I rate things like gouges as 10/10, spears can be between 4-6/10 (the old spear tackles!!! not these new spear tackles that we all knew as dump tackles...), and this sort of stuff from Hore ranging between 5-8/10. But maybe I expect too much...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

I'd still pick Landajo's try over any of these and over Reid's...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

I have a question for yourself and for everyone else on here. Would you actually all pay much attention to the punishment that Hore has received IF he had been dealt a red card on the pitch?

I personally feel an 8 week ban (reduced to 5, which was Hore's punishment) is "soft" compared to the "crime"... I have no allegiances to Wales, nor did I see the game, I can hand on heart say that I was completely neutral, I knew the AB's would win, I wasn't expecting them to face any great trouble with the Welsh, it was all very predictable to me. However the thing that has really left a bitter taste is the way it was not dealt with on the pitch, fine the referee and the touchies didn't see it, I can accept that, and I can accept that under the current laws the TMO cannot step in, but IF the TMO was allowed to step in, AND if someone had the balls to give a red card in the opening minute of the match, then I don't think 5 weeks would actually bother me THAT much...

That being said, the reasons for his reductions certainly did piss me off... "conduct during the hearing, admitting his guilt" etc...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

No, Hore is no psychopath, nor is he (I assume) anything to do with my analogy:

"Even wife beaters get upset and are sorry for what they do"

...I understand feeling remorseful, but he still did it... Remorse should act as some sort of "smiley face sticker" on his disciplinary record, but it shouldn't act as a reduction factor. Let's say this was simply Hore having the red mist descend and feels terrible that he lost control, perhaps players of his calibre who succumb to a red mist need to take a little more time out and not be rewarded for their sorrow and put back in a position where red mist can once again descend...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Henry Tuilagi swats Zee Ngwenya away with big fend in Top 14

Haha, again, as others have said, the second player was quite amusing. Looked like they both used that technique to try and swipe Tuilagi's fending arm... didn't work clearly. Can't fault Ngwenya for his efforts though, he still brought Tuilagi down!

Great video, thanks RD!

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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