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Toulouse edge Biarritz to maintain unbeaten home record

Looks to me like good sportsmanship, though I think the ref may be able to claim that the lineout had formed as there were players from both teams present at the time of the throw in (though I'm no expert on the laws applying to this part of the game).

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Ian Keatley clearance kick hits Wayne Barnes square in the face

Amusing clip. Don't get the hate on Barnes though, I'm a fan of him as a ref, generally makes good calls and always backs himself with his decision and is clear with the players. There are other refs I'd prefer this to happen to, I guess is what I'm saying!

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Ian Keatley clearance kick hits Wayne Barnes square in the face

Amusing clip. Don't get the hate on Barnes though, I'm a fan of him as a ref, generally makes good calls and always backs himself with his decision and is clear with the players. There are other refs I'd prefer this to happen to, I guess is what I'm saying!

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Tom Varndell tip tackle on Horacio Agulla

For me, there looks to be a point where it looks like the tackle is going to be a spear. However, whether through the actions of Varndell correcting it or Agulla protecting himself, the tackle, again to me, ends as a textbook "dump" tackle with Agulla landing safely (well as safe as being dumped can be!). So for me this is a harsh call. Having said that, I can kind of see why there was a yellow card as Agulla's head was closer to the ground than the rest of his body at one point. Just glad I'm not a ref!

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Hooker Dylan Hartley cited for striking Ulster's Rory Best

Agree with you mull, doesn't seem to be much in it. Worse goes on at the bottom of most rucks anyway surely? I would expect to see a ban come from this, but as you say largely due to Hartley's past incidents. Shame, as I thought he had tidied himself up and improved his game recently.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Munster captain Doug Howlett chops Schalk Brits in two

Classic Howlett.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 11 - 2012

Love the way the ball bounces off the head of one of the Agen players after the last try. Made me giggle.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia suspended for five weeks after straight red card

To me seems like a harsh call... the tackler doesn't go near the legs of the player, so you can't say that he's "lifted" or "tipped" him, it's a combination of the force of impact and the way that Jewell kind of jumps into the tackle. The fact remains the player has landed "beyond the horizontal" (albeit just) so I guess it is worthy of at least a yellow. But in the thick of it like the ref I can see why a red was given. A 5 week ban seems a bit much, but maybe that's a reflection on Hala'ufia's previous record more than this particular incident?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

It's hard to judge at the moment, because 3 years is a long time! Many of the teams will change a fair bit before the RWC comes round, and form will come and go. As an Englishman, I am a tad nervous about our draw - though on the other hand, we will be on home turf (will be interesting if we play Wales at the Millenium Stadium...) and have a knack of beating Australia in the WC. But it's far, far too early to say any team will beat any of the others.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

Love the Welsh crowd cheering when Priestland kicks it out haha, classic.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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