Viewing comments for Rich_W« back to profile

HIGHLIGHTS: British & Irish Lions beat All Blacks to keep series alive

This post is hilarious. A team have just beaten NZ at home for the 1st time since 2009, and this is your response. I mean there is glass half empty and then there is this. It's almost a work of art in its negativity.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Yeah they were spanked but Italy have beaten Ireland, Scotland, France and Wales before. They have had great moments in the six nations playing what we might call 'normal' rugby. My gripe is that they are being praised for this performance.

Look at Argentina, they looked at the best team in the world and said how can we be like them. And have come on leaps and bounds. Is this really progress for Italy?

It was a tactic to piss off England, it worked. But that doesn't make it any less petty.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Watching the game live, without ref-link. I think the vast majority of people would've been wondering what the hell was going on.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Just to add my two cents. As an English fan I found the game very frustrating to watch, mainly because we seemed unable to adapt to Italy's tactics. I'm confident had Italy pulled this against NZ they would have been obliterated. It certainly showed up some of ENglands inadequacies.

My main gripe after the event is all the people banging on about how England were 'embarrassed' or Italy won a moral victory, or conor O'shea and Brendan Venter were 'geniuses'. I'm not sure how other international teams would have reacted, but England still scored 6 tries and got a bonus point. In comparison wales put 3 past Italy. A pretty shoddy outcome of a work of 'genius' if you ask me.

On Eddie Jones, he is trying to deflect attention away from his players a bit maybe. But also, I think he is in a unique position to be able to criticize Italy. People seem to be forgetting that he has coached a Tier 2 team (on paper far worse than Italy) to a victory over South Africa, by playing amazing attacking rugby, quick, powerful. A joy to watch. I still have Japan v SA recorded on my TV box and I won't be deleting it any time soon as it was such a great spectacle. Will any Italians have this saved to watch back at a later date?

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

#ThrowbackThursday: Remember when Courtney Lawes decapitated Plisson?

I want to like this comment twice.

9 Months, 2 Weeks ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Mad. You cannot remove risk from a contact sport but World Rugby are hellbent on trying at any cost.

Re: this particular incident. I would be more in favour of World Rugby ruling that it is now illegal to jump for a high ball. At the moment the message is so confused, you are entitled to challenge in the air, but depending on the random outcome of two legally airborne players colliding, one of you might get sent off.

On a side point, is anyone else as depressed as I am that the majority of rugby chat (including videos on this website) is now about what sanction should have been received, or what length of ban should be handed out. Rather than, you know, about rugby.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Also Roland does speak to Habana about making too much of it. Stop being so defensive.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Did you miss when he stamped on someones face?! I was tempted to put the Habana one up (i mention it in my first comment) but it's not in the same league as Hugets.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f4Tq7f0xec

This was the first really clear opportunity to make an example on the field of a dive and Clancy bottled it. And subsequently the IRB afterwards. Huget adding to his CV for worlds least likable rugby player.

View Video

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

You're right. I think a yellow at the time is sufficient and if applied consistently would stamp it out. But since this hasn't happened I think a one-week ban is required. World Rugby need to show they are serious about this.

11 Months, 1 Week ago