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Ridiculous. A bunch of non-Maori doing a traditional Maori dance for a sporting event. You'd never get that in New Zealand.
4 Days, 22 Hours ago
I'm with Guy on this one. It doesn't matter if Lydiate wasn't trying to make a dangerous tackle - the fact of the matter is that he did.
As Guy mentioned, diving shoulder-first into someone's leg has two outcomes - either he goes flying upsidedown like in this case, or the leg breaks. It's absolutely irrelevant that Lydiate wasn't trying to be dangerous, although for the record, he has does that same shoulder charge to the leg on many occasions, so it's unlikely to have been a simple mistake on his part. I would have given a yellow card considering the recklessness and potential for injury to the opposition player. No citing, no red card, but definitely a yellow, and DEFINITELY a penalty.
1 Week, 19 Hours ago
Oh yeah. My mistake.
1 Week, 6 Days ago
There's no thinking about it Stroudos - Glen Jackson was wrong. There's not much to it. The ball is taken out of the ruck and O'Connell is onside, he runs forward, the ball gets passed around a bit (all open play and no new ruck forming) and O'Connell running back intercepts the ball. Considering that O'Connell was running back, Jackson thought he was coming back from an offside position, but he simply wasn't, and again, a South African referee makes an absolute dog's dinner of the situation and was subsequently made a fool of by the replay.
If there was any justice they would have rescinded the card post-match, but I suppose they'll only do that for red cards.
2 Weeks, 1 Hour ago
Is anyone else sick of crap South African referees that hand the match to the home team? Instead of penalising England for obstruction in their maul when there was clearly no Fijian defender attached, he gives a penalty try and yellow cards the Fijian, therefore ending Fiji's chances after only 13 minutes.
Then for the last try, what seemed to be an English knock on at 78.58 if I remember correctly, not even checked, and then Johnny May clearly jumps into the tackle, and again, doesn't even check, and instead just lets them continue to get their bonus point.
One game down and it's already a joke.
2 Weeks, 3 Days ago
Indeed it did, DrG.
3 Weeks, 18 Hours ago
He scored a dropgoal for Ireland against Australia in the last World Cup.
3 Weeks, 5 Days ago
This really makes me realise how boring the 2007 final was.
3 Weeks, 6 Days ago
Well, considering that about 4 seasons have passed between those two impressive actions, I think that phrase is quite appropriate.
Lomu's power is unquestionable. Johnny May's is extremely questionable - in fact this is really the only example of possible power, and considering that the guy he bumped off is bigger and and stronger than him, it's more likely to be simply a bad tackle.
I'm not saying he's terrible - I'm just saying that radically changing our opinions based on one try is a bit hasty.
4 Weeks, 7 Hours ago
Whoa! Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. May got his try and nearly another, but that missed tackle from Bowe wasn't anything to do with May's ability or power - it was about Bowe having an absolute shocker.
One swallow doesn't make a summer. Remember his try against New Zealand and then the performances that followed?
4 Weeks, 17 Hours ago