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France vs Ireland ends in disappointing stalemate in Paris

Wow wow... I might have reacted in the heat of the moment, but never wrote that the irish side was crap. I think that none of the teams, at least in offense, were really dangerous in the 1st half. Irish side was actually very dangerous in defense (but I don't consider it as "outstanding" since opportunities came from french mistakes). In the second half both teams were dangerous but France had more possession.
Rob Kearney did "robbed" a nice up&under kicked from his side, but I don't remember him catching other interesting high balls, so I wouldn't say that was a lesson. Harinordoquy did as well for the french side, and he's not a fullback.
In the second half particularly, it's well known that the defending team always has a higher tendency to make faults and give away penalties. Note that in mauls it's allowed to walk in front or next to the ball carrier, as long as you're fully bound to him wth an arm. Actually the gold rule in mauls is to pass the ball to the guy behind, so there's always somebody in front of the ball carrier so that the ball couldn't be ripped off. It's not illegal. Same thing for charges, still possible. Didn't notice anything wrong on rucks from the french side. Though I noticed frequently that the ball mysteriously leaped away from the ruck when Ireland was defending. For me that means everything, and it's objective.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

France vs Ireland ends in disappointing stalemate in Paris

Here is how I see this game:

1st half
- France made absolut beginner errors, especially with the stupid loose passes, and time to time with a lack of support on rucks. Plus individual defensive mistakes. Moreover I still don't understand the choice to take the penalty instead of taking the scrum in front of the irish scoreline, which would have lead most probably to a try or a penalty try. I couldn't stand what I saw. But still, they had the possession, excellent scrums and lineouts, and they were winning most of contests.
- Ireland had less opportunities but benefitted from the french side mistakes and then lack of commitment on rucks in the end of the half. In my opinion the aerial style of play they intended to set up failed, as french players caught perfectly the vast majority of the up and unders. They still had a big advantage on rucks with a very well organized defense and a special ability to disturb the exit of the ball in the rucks and avoid being penalized. Of course Tommy Bow is excellent but I mean to make an overall analysis.

2nd half
-France increased their possession of the ball, corrected defensive mistakes and stopped making stupid loose passes. As rain started to fall they developped a ground game with their forwards, and it worked pretty well (and imo they should have done that from the beginning).
-Ireland had nearly no balls to use, and accentuated their "their special ability" to disturb the exit of the ball in rucks. Honestly that was a foul play, even more than England few years ago... special mention to Cian Healy. As France came back to the score they had to improve their discipline and Healy logically left the field during a phase of pressure, before something horrible happen for Ireland. A mere miracle he was not yellow carded once or twice during the whole game, imo. Very clever to let both Sexton and O'Gara play in the end, but of course without the ball it's hard to kick it.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Jean-Pierre Perez loses the plot against Montpellier

As a supporter I feel really sad for USAP this season.
But imo this video only shows how intense and hot blooded the game has been, especially from the USAP side. Honestly I totally understand JP Perez.
I was deceived as they did not score more in the 2nd half whereas they were completely dominating. I hope for the best against Biarritz.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Samoa beat New Zealand in dramatic Vegas Sevens final

I assume they don't use instant replays for refeering, do they ?

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams and Clarence Tillman III brawl at weigh-in

I'd like to see SBW vs. Sebastien Chabal. He may not be an amazing boxer (I've no idea), but I've heard a story about him knocking out Brahim Asloum in a night club, with a single punch. Even though Asloum is a light flyweight, I'm sure a good old punch from Chabal wouldn't do much good to SBW.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Wales seal victory with late kick in Six Nations thriller against Ireland

Hahaha, I like the BBC commentator "I do not see that as being remotely dangerous" about the last penalty, and few seconds later saying "dramatic, controversial, exciting..." about the match. I didn't see the match but sure will manage to see it soon, looked fairly amazing !
One thing though, after the welsh tragedy during the rwc, I think it's going take a while for the refs to dare give a red to Wales. That's the only reason I can find for Pearson advising a yellow for the Davies tackle, and I'm not even surprised.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Scotland fail to capitalise on chances as England take Calcutta Cup

A rather disappointing dull game indeed...
When I watched it I didn't feel any sparkles, any hint of the presence of the gods of rugby.
Maybe my memory is a bit biased though, since I watched it after an awsome France-Italy, and I was in the pub since the beginning of the first match, so had too many beers to analyse clearly the game. I think the best part was the cheer since it was a scot pub.
Expected Scotland to win, really, but I was convinced by none of both teams, even if Scotland seemed to dominate slightly and showed some points of interest.
After the game I also thought that really, whith that kind of english team, France would have its chances for a grand slam. Just saying... At least I predict an english deception for this 6N, history will prove me right or wrong, we'll see.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Scotland fail to capitalise on chances as England take Calcutta Cup

But sadly the new england team lost vs the giants yesterday.
Just kidding...

2 Years, 9 Months ago

France start Six Nations campaign with solid win over spirited Italy

@6ManLineout
I think you can even hit the ball with your head, it's not a knock-on.
As Yorffeo wrote, knock-on is only with the hand or arm.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Stephen Donald low blow

What a nuts shot ! I see it as a divine revenge for the rwc final penalty ^^

2 Years, 9 Months ago

 
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