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Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Haha yeah of course, got my Tigers vs Saints games mixed up. I'm thinking of the hair pull on Alesana Tuilagi! Long day.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Agreed, don't really see how Ashton is a "thug", he's come a long way since punching Manu Tuilagi (though in some ways, he's also taken a few steps back performance-wise!). I hope for the benefit of England (and himself) he finds his mojo again soon.

On a separate note, what a game that Leeds vs Bradford game was. Top notch.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

France get first tournament win with Paris victory over Scotland

Does anyone know why Medard has only recently come back into the French team? Has he been injured or in bad form? Or just ignored by Saint-André? He always, to me at least, adds excitement and attack to the French back line.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Edinburgh's Nick De Luca flips Tom Grabham in dangerous tackle

Agree with you johndoe, his expression to me looks to be one of disappointment in himself/disbelief that he'd actually done that. Definitely worthy of the red card though, and suspension seems about right to me as a deterrent.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Sergio Parisse red carded and banned for insulting referee

Not only is the quick lineout taken with the wrong ball, the ball is also passed to whoever takes the lineout. Is there not a rule that says if the ball has touched another person/object then a quick lineout cannot be taken anyway? Seems a bit bizarre to me.

On the Parisse incident, I would like to know what he said in order for the red card to be given in the first place... both him and the Bordeaux coach seem to give the ref/assistant ref a right earful anyway though.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

One of the most exciting and intense games I've watched as a neutral was when Scotland beat Australia 9 - 8 at Murrayfield a few years back (I think that was the score). You don't need a plethora of tries to make a good game. Often 2 units that match each other (a la Ireland vs England yesterday) physically produce the best games.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

True on Hartley I guess, up until not that long ago I thought he'd sorted his temperament out... alas it turned out to be temporary. I see what you mean on Youngs as well, I guess he hasn't done anything badly... bar a couple of shaky lineouts, but the conditions may well have affected that. Good job I'm not the one picking the team!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

Yeah I'm also confused by the ruling. You often see scrum-halves having a mighty stamp trying to get the ball out of a ruck, though I guess they can claim that they're trying to dig out the ball. Healy's, on the other hand, appeared just to be on the player, which perhaps is where the line is drawn. Will be interesting to see if he gets cited or not.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

Gritty and determined performance by England, though neither team played particularly well. Defence dominated yet again, as in Wales vs France. As an England fan, I hope Morgan comes back to play 8 next weekend. I also think Hartley should start as Youngs didn't have a great game today, nor last week. Would also like to see Foden in the mix - especially considering his scoring record against the French!

Next weekend's games will be very interesting, England against a wounded France, resurgent Scotland vs a tough Ireland outfit, and Wales away to a much improved Italy. Should be good.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Ireland hold off Welsh comeback to claim win in Six Nations opener

Simon Zebo... enough said.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

 
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