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Delon Armitage suspended for five weeks for two incidents

Looked like he slid in late so he could try to get under the ball and prevent it being grounded/dislodge it. Still very reckless and silly, especially after what happened to Lawes at the RWC.

The tackle was pretty high and deserved yellow, but I wouldn't blame him for it/call him dirty or malicious: he got stepped by an elusive (and very short!) winger, and trailed an arm out. Also it looked a lot more horrible because of the way Biggs fell backwards with his legs trapped under him.

5 weeks seems about right considering there were too reckless offences, and considering it's his fifth ban of the year...

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Courtney Lawes big tackle on Wasps flyhalf Nicky Robinson

Great run from Artemyev at the end there, but brilliant defence from Wade too. Lots of exciting wingers in the Prem now

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Huge amateur hit from club rugby in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Holy shit, that was bigger than any of the hits I saw in the World Cup...

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Beast Mtawarira prevents Keegan Daniel from flipping head first

It's not just giving them more height; jumpers get massively more hang-time through the lifter supporting them in the air. You see some lineouts where the team want to form a maul, and deliberately keep the player in the air for ages so he can't be sacked before the maul is in position. So there isn't any sort of ruling on how long you can 'assist' them for

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Beast Mtawarira prevents Keegan Daniel from flipping head first

It's not obstruction whilst you're lifting though. You can't obstruct a player who cannot legally be tackled (i.e. in lineouts, the lifters are only pinged for obstruction once they've brought the man down). Obviously this is a ridiculous idea, but I love the thought of a team trying it, and the ref scrambling to think of a law that covers it haha

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Beast Mtawarira prevents Keegan Daniel from flipping head first

Are there any laws about how long you can hold a guy up for? If two lifters hoist a guy up with the ball, then nobody can touch him or them. What's to stop them just walking to the try line with him? The ref could ping them for unsportsmanlike conduct or something, but that's a bit of a cop out

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

I too found Clerc's dive pretty funny. He went down in true soccer-style, both hands clutching his face, and lay twitching on the floor haha

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Brad Thorn - Building Blocks - Parts 1 & 2

The terrible form comment was aimed at the England training, not Thorn's; his form was excellent. I especially enjoyed seeing a proper parallel squat for the first time from a rugby player

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

I'd also like to add that referees rarely stick absolutely to the letter of the law. I have heard refs talk about being able to give any of about 3 different offences at any given breakdown, and how one ref used offside penalties to control the game (i.e. he could pretty much ping one player offside at any time).

Referees are specifically trained to use their discretion and interpretation to control a game and make it flow properly. This means NOT giving more penalties than they do, or could, give, usually...

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Brad Thorn - Building Blocks - Parts 1 & 2

One rep maxes, or heavy doubles and triples are very good for building maximal power output. It's how powerlifters and Olympic lifters train their core lifts (they also do lots of higher volume assistance work, usually). Not sure how appropriate that is for a rugby player; and when it's done with such terrible form and range-of-motion there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of point...

2 Years, 6 Months ago

 
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