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Joe Marler could be in trouble again after appearing to kick an opponent in the head

I'm not sure I even see contact there.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

The first offence is Ashton breaking law 10.1d (obstruction) by blocking Watson's pursuit of the ball. It's clear and obvious from the early shots, but less so from the later replays. Those saying this is permissible if he 'holds his line' are misinformed or thinking of basketball rules. The second offence is potentially Watson breaking law 10.4e (dangerous tackle). It's for the referee to decide whether the illegality of Watson's challenge was due to Ashton's illegal block. On this occasion he decided against Watson. One can understand Watson feeling aggrieved, as he seemed to have his eyes on the ball when Ashton blocked him. However, the two distasteful aspects are the reactions of first Ashton, who is a class A turd for blocking then trying to influence the ref with his protest, and then sadly Watson for being petulent. For me - two yellows, but what do I know - I haven't reffed much at elite level.

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone in first minute, plays on and wins NRL title

Agreed about the defensive issues. As a union winger you're part of the back three and need to cover as a fullback with all the game understanding and awareness to read the match and be in the right place at the right time. This is Ashton's major weakness.

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Springboks edge All Blacks in another thriller between the two rivals

I have to say I'm a little (pleasantly) surprised this thread isn't already chock full of Kiwis claiming their only reason for losing was Barnes' refereeing.

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

Was the pen reversed for the dive?

3 Years, 10 Months ago

Chris Ashton shouts 'push it' as Nick Evans attempts conversion kick

It should have been nothing more than a penalty from the restart and a clip round the head from his skipper for putting the team on the back foot.

3 Years, 11 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Marland Yarde recovers from cramp to score a try

I was once given a piece of advice by a very experienced referee assessor: "If it looks right it's probably right, and if it looks wrong it's probably wrong." This looked wrong and, offside laws aside, should probably be pinged under 10.4(m).

4 Years, 6 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Marland Yarde recovers from cramp to score a try

You're referring to open play laws, 4567. Yarde was offside at the breakdown and made no attempt to retire. If he had remained on the deck receiving treatment during the subsequent play it would have been fine to ignore it as not being material. The moment he joined play it became material and should have been penalised.

4 Years, 6 Months ago

Gavin Henson knocked out by punch from new Bath team-mate

Is anybody surprised, I wonder?

4 Years, 9 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Richie McCaw's over the top ball steal

Urban myth alert! Urban myth alert! There is no requirement for arriving players to allow a 'grounded' ball gatherer to get to his feet. A player off his feet is out of the game and must either stand or release the ball immediately. Arriving player is permitted to compete for the ball but is not permitted to go off HIS feet. There is no obligation to allow grounded player up off the deck.

4 Years, 10 Months ago