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Scotland grind out victory with late try against Italy in Turin

Haimona was poor. He would have been a good inside centre or backrower but he was very limited as an outhalf, too slow a defender, and too poor a kicker. I think Sergio Parisse could have done a better job than him, and that's not actually a joke - Haimona looks like a backrower player at outhalf.

6 Days, 16 Hours ago

Scotland grind out victory with late try against Italy in Turin

It's not like they're spoilt for talent, but they've plenty of good tightheads that are far better than Castrogiovanni, they've a few decent backrowers that could replace Bergamasco, they've some really good centres for Garcia (Morisi, Campagnaro for example), anyone really would do for McLean. Geldenhuys I suppose could be used as a backup, but he shouldn't be starting anyway.

Regarding outhalf, you're right, DrG, but in other positions they're not in such dire straits.

1 Week, 14 Hours ago

Scotland grind out victory with late try against Italy in Turin

Why oh why didn't Brunel get rid of some of the dinosaurs holding Italy back? The last play here was a perfect example of why Castrogiovanni shouldn't be going to the world cup - he's simpy not good enough and hasn't been good enough for the last five years. Same goes for Garcia, McLean, Geldenhuys and Mauro Bergamasco.

If it's a choice between two players who are equally talented and one is old and on the way down and one is young and on the way up, why does Brunel continue to pick the old ones?

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

I think the last time someone tripped me on purpose was when I was 15. It's just petty and isn't an understandable reaction brought on by too much aggression. Considering how it was dealt with, I'm sure Rayno will learn not be such a stupid child and won't be doing this again, so I'd say the yellow card was completely appropriate and warranted.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

Considering that the French team were fined more than double that amount for coming a step too close to the precious haka, I'd say this fine is an absolute joke. I don't know how they could be so lenient - Paddy O'Brien isn't there to pull strings anymore.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

After seeing Clarke purposefully break Rob Hawkins' arm I can safely say that he's the biggest scumbag around at professional level, and even if it was a harsh yellow card I'm delighted to see him get it. He should have been banned for life, so at least this is a bit of justice, however small.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Tonga's Alipate Fatafehi puts in a huge hit on USA Eagle Shalom Suniula

Bah, not much in it. He was on one leg, and players tackled on one leg are always going to go flying when tackled.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Michael Hooper suspended for one week for striking Nicolas Sanchez

Come on now! Don't be so reasonable. Do you really expect the World Rugby disciplinary board to do something sensible like that?

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

Tegid, you say he should have let the officials deal with it, but there is no way in hell the officials were going to deal with that.

It's like rucking. Back when you risked being rucked you made sure to get out of the way. Now that there's no risk people are always on the wrong side. If you pull someone's jersey and get a smack in the head then you're not going to do it next time. It's self-policing.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

All Blacks score late to deny Springboks in another Ellis Park classic

Jimmy, I don't think any NH (I don't know why it's a hemisphere thing considering the good teams are confined to Europe) will be a match for New Zealand, but England and Ireland have a fairly good record against SA, and I wouldn't discount France's chances either. SA even lost to Australia before the match here, so it's not like they're invincible.

1 Month, 6 Days ago