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CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

Dr G makes a very good point. To disagree you'll have to counter some of his arguments, as I'll counter yours Bunn.

Firstly, late: It doesn't matter if Stander jumps after the ball has left Lambies boot (and even this is so close it's debatable) because he is attempting a charge down. Stander can jump after the ball leaves his boot and still charge it down, he is going for the ball. It would only be late if the ball had passed him by before he jumped.

Secondly, charging down players often turn to avoid a ball in the face. I suppose you could use this as a basis for some sort of illegality, but it's a bit weak.

Be a shame if he gets a ban, he and Ireland were punished sufficiently (too much in my opinion) with a red.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

George Pisi demolishes opposite number Mark Bennett with huge hit

I don't think anyone is glorifying the fact that Bennet was out cold, nobody wants to see that. But big hits are the reason most of us play rugby, when I go out on the field I want to smash people (legally), and I expect everyone wearing a different coloured shirt than me to attempt to do the same to me. That's why rugby is fun!

The collisions just thankfully aren't quite as extreme in 4th team rugby...

1 Year, 6 Days ago

George Pisi demolishes opposite number Mark Bennett with huge hit

What in that comment drips with saints bias? And typical of what exactly?

Completely agree Jimmy. I get more and more annoyed at crowds at rugby games booing at any remotely marginal decision on the big screen and chanting 'off, off'. This was a cracking hit, how Stuart Barnes makes a living as a commentator is beyond me.

1 Year, 6 Days ago

Josh Valentine knocked out by brutal upright tackle from Taiasina Tuifua

This is definitely more on the 'unfortunate' side of things no?

If you're tackling with your shoulders, your head is never going to be far away. If you mess up with a stepping player sometimes your head is on the wrong side and it you who are out cold. Or alternatively, sometimes you smash your faces together. As seen here.

The face tackle happens relatively frequently, think the 9 is just unlucky the tackler obviously has a breeze block for a head. It's not a card or even a penalty. I do worry about some fans knee-jerk "RED CARD HIM!" reactions. It's a collision sport, collisions will always have outcomes like this, you cannot remove the risk, and if you did, we wouldn't be watching rugby.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Brad Thorn tackle breaks ribs of reality TV star in charity match

Terry Hollands, AKA 'Big Tel' UK regular in worlds strongest man competitions, think he tips the scales at a fleet footed 30 stone.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Brad Thorn tackle breaks ribs of reality TV star in charity match

Come on now, you're making rash judgements based on your preconceptions. In this video he takes down Andy Gommarsal with a covering tackle and rides a rib tickler from Brad Thorn, I think that deserves a little respect. Did you watch the game? He was great player. Would've won MOTM had England not lost. And he was taken away post match to have an xray.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

One thing you cannot argue against Burgess is his physical attributes, the man is a machine. I'm super impressed by him in general, a RL forward only 10 months into union, and handling all the media hype. BUT... Think he'll be a better 6, bath will keep playing him there, he'll learn the lineouts etc and then he'll be a wrecking ball.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

La Rochelle defeat champions Toulon 32-29 with dramatic try in the final play

Toulon are a hard team to like, paid like footballers, and now behaving like them too.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Massive schoolboy hit from new Edinburgh signing Nasi Manu in 2006

He is only 17 so I think you can excuse the 'afters'.

That excused, great hit, and the 11 took it like a trooper.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

That final left a horrible taste in my mouth. I went into it wanting NZ to win. They had been playing the best rugby for the past 8 years, France had been awful in the 2011 competition, and NZ deserved another world cup. But by half time I was cheering for France because of the way they were being treated.

NZ tried their very hardest to bottle it again, but Joubert wouldn't let them. I mean, I'm English and it frustrates me, god knows how the French feel. I think this is where all the 'conspiracy against the French' posts that we see on these forums stems from.

1 Year, 7 Months ago