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Raised elbow from Juan Pablo Socino leads to suspension

Red card all day long. You don't fend or brace yourself by sticking your elbow into a guy's face at full speed. It's just stupidly dangerous and will break some poor tackler's nose/cheek sooner or later.

19 Hours, 37 Minutes ago

Rieko Ioane calls Springboks and All Blacks classic toughest Test he's played

Why does the position of his hands matter at 1.42? His hands travel forward faster than the ball because he makes bad contact, but the ball still travels forward, even if a bit slower than Crotty's hands. Therefore, knock-on.

The idea of him slapping his hands down on the ball while diving at full pace and somehow knocking it backwards towards his own goal line is quite difficult to buy, to be honest.

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

All Blacks team named ahead of rematch with hungry Springboks

The reality is that people have selective vision when it comes to discrimination. If it's black people, women, or Muslims who suffer, people take to the streets to protest.

If it's white people or Christians though it's not really fashionable, because white people and Christians are traditionally the ones with power and were traditionally the aggressors, so it's not really cool to care about them.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Australia and South Africa reach stalemate after tense Test in Perth

It looks more like they both went to shoulder each other out of the way but they both did it wrong and fell over each other.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

So, his point is that a shoulder to the back after the ball is gone is rugby? I don't think it is.

Also, the ref really should have red-carded him for his stupid comments and language after the card. As DrG said, I don't mind a bit of debate when appropriate, but there's nothing to debate here, and "it's fucking rugby" is not appropriate language to use with the referee, especially when you're clearly in the wrong.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to win 2017 Women's World Cup in Belfast

It's most definitely a penalty. She's tackled, ruck formed, she releases the ball, and then after releasing takes it back into her hands and passes it.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Recap on two South African sides joining expanded PRO12 for new season

I have to say that I see the glass as being half empty here. Adding the two teams that were essentially kicked out of Super Rugby because not good enough to the Pro 12 doesn't seem like a recipe for success. It devalues the Pro 12, if anything, in my opinion. Not to mention the logistical difficulties in going from a competition in Western Europe to a competition in Western Europe and South Africa, ten thousand kilometres away.

And the schedule for the Pro 12 is already a bit under pressure without the addition of an extra 4 fixtures in the calendar.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Was I the only one that thought at first that the penalty was for Ben Teo running into Read's path and obstructing him from competing for the ball?

In any case, a massive cop out from Poite in the end. Reminds me of Joubert in the World Cup final versus France. Too afraid to make any decision that could decide the match, so he just let everything go.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

I'm going to interpret this post as ironic, because if it's serious, then I'd be shocked. Faumuina's exceptionally unlucky penalty is essentially the result of a grey area in the laws of the game where there's insufficient clarity regarding jumping in open play. Saying it was anything more would be quite exaggerated.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams says he 'let his brothers down' after red card and ban

Terrible tackle. However, while a lot of people are saying the SBW is a dirty player etc. it seems to me like he just make a balls of the situation and rightly paid the price.

What makes me more shocked is that the assistant referees tried to discourage Garces from giving him a red card. The fact that it was red is as clear as day, yet Jaco Peyper tried to talk him down claiming there was little force in it, and even the video ref continuously called him once Garces had made up his mind. I wonder is that due to 1. It was New Zealand 2. It was against a home player 3. The importance of the match and series and having a good spectacle 4. They were genuinely convinced it didn't deserve red.

3 Months, 1 Week ago