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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...

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Why is being dropped just as bad as being driven into the ground? Would you rather Warburton hadn't let go, and instead of just Clerc's (not particularly impressive :P) bodyweight, you also had the full force of Warburton's weight, plus his driving power, smashing into Clerc's upper-back/neck. It is much safer to let go than to properly spear a player. Not that there's anything particularly safe about bringing a man above horizontal in the first place, but that's another matter entirely...

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Sorry for the essay ;)


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The iRB directive (that almost nobody seemed to be aware of) about red-carding pretty much anything near a spear tackle seems extreme. Even if we uphold the letter of that law, there is always going to be debate over the classification of Warburton's tackle between these two options:

"-The lifted player is dropped to the ground from a height with no regard to the
player’s safety. A red card should be issued for this type of tackle.

-For all other types of dangerous lifting tackles, it may be considered a penalty
or yellow card is sufficient"

Warburton seemed to let go of Clerc, but he brought him most of the way down, and had he not released I feel would have put unnecessary force driving through Clerc's upper-back/neck. It seemed to be an attempt to pull out. I would definitely have classed this as 'all other types of dangerous lifting tackles' and given a yellow card.


As a relevant aside, I agree with Francois Pienaar. Why on Earth do we not have video-referees looking at red-card decisions? It can't be a time-wasting issue, since there are usually multiple tries per game that can be examined, and comparatively very few possible red-card offences. It would be simple to implement; if the referee or touch judge believed a red card was necessary then the referee would check with the TMO to see if he agreed. Maybe a minute's worth of game-time wasted, and we could avoid any issues of this kind.


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tl;dr the iRB directive is still open to interpretation about different types of tackles, and we should think about implementing TMOs for serious red-card-worthy offences

4 Years, 11 Months ago

O2 Inside Line - Haskell Cam - Gym & Spookers

My god, Haskell and Woods aren't squatting there, they're doing slightly-weighted-knee-bends. Not even sure I'd call that a quarter-squat... After watching the Thorn video this looks even worse haha

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Brad Thorn - Building Blocks - Parts 1 & 2

I love how his 'deep' squat (apparently deeper than the other guys) was just about parallel...

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Leonardo Ghiraldini in trouble after making contact with Cian Healy's eyes

That was meant for the Facebook post, whoops

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Leonardo Ghiraldini in trouble after making contact with Cian Healy's eyes

If anybody had actually read the press releases from the citing commission, you'd know that they wanted to extend the sentence for Ghiraldini, to set a sterner deterrent for future-gougers, as the past punishments clearly aren't working (players are still gouging with the same consistency as before). Ghiraldini's ban was actually lowered from 24 weeks to 15 in the end, because of his previously good disciplinary record.

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Late Toulouse try against Agen leads to post match chaos

Who was the big guy in blue with the Agen staff? Looks like an ex-player, and a complete douche too

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Cian Healy's hit on Quade Cooper in Auckland

Didn't Manu get penalised for a tackle a lot like that against Georgia? ;)

5 Years, 6 Days ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Christchurch revisted

Have a nice neutral BBC link :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/14968400.stm

5 Years, 1 Week ago