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Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Best of the June Tests

Aaron Cruden had no right doing that offload to SBW. Who does he think he is, defying physics like that? Prick.

Another good PoTW. Rugby needs more of this bias humour

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Argentina snatch victory from France with late try in Cordoba

While he exagerates with the in the kicking, I'd rather have this commentator or the french top14 ones than the boring, and sometimes annoyingly bias english ones. There's a welsh that isn't all bad too, but generally english and south african commentary is dismal. No emotion and a grunt-fest from start to finish

2 Years, 4 Months ago

The Beautiful Bulls on CGW ahead of their clash with the Chiefs

Nice bit, all with good, clean banter, and the last bit from the commentator is awesome

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Ospreys into the RaboDirect Pro12 final with big win over Munster

This is what I dont get. Wales are just on a rampage in the international scene with loads of potential, but clubwise they never seem to follow that up. Yet, by this game, we can see they have it in them. It's not common for munster to loose in a semi, let alone have 40 points put through them in the process. Granted, munster started without ROG, etc. but towards the end they were on the field and the thrashing went on.

So the question? remains, why arent we witnessing more welsh teams getting past the groups at top flight european rugby?

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Butch James banned for four weeks for dangerous charge against the Brumbies

4 weeks a bit harsh? I think it's not harsh enough!

We need to focus on what matters here. Stop picking on tackles that seem fine to everybody and pinging them with bans and focus on dirty play. That was unnecessary, illegal, really dangerous (he was lucky this time, a shoulder to the face can break bones) and AFTER the whistle. Don't tell me he wanted to clear the ruck, he came sideways and dropped his shoulder and still acomplished nothing. He has a reputation of a bit of dangerous tackling (i.e. shoulder tackles and high tackles) so give him the max ban in the cathegory. And leave honest tackles (the ones who arent dangerous but you blow out of proportion because the feet passed the horizontal) alone!

One of these days we won't be able to make a legal tackle, yet this type of foul play gets lightly punished

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 22

No matter, mate, three cheers for Sirelli Bobo!

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Jannie Du Plessis slapped with off-field yellow card after starting dust-up

Oh dear, seems like du Plessis will have to hand in is Front Row Union card. Looks like my granny when she's mad!

Also, appart from te Blues, the biggest super rugby disappointment this decade, what is going on in new zealand? Every team is coming out swinging, with loads of new talent. Taylor, Perenara, Kerr-Barlow, Lam, Tameifuna, Anscombe, Barret, Savea, Lowrey, Retallick, Nanai-Williams, Todd, Manu, Sopoaga, Treeby, Poki... All young (some really young, others youngish) players that most teams in the world would gladly welcome

2 Years, 6 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

So, you pretty much agree with me everywhere. Good to know, as I havent followed the 6N as well as I wanted this year. Couldnt catch all the games.

In the n10 jersey I'd have to agree. Take Sexton as your starter and bring Farrel along so he gains a bit of experience and maturity at test level.

Well, while being "neutral" as a spectator (Im from Portugal), I have a bit of a bias for Wales and NZ. I think that Jonathan Davies is a HUGELY underrated player. It's hard to look past his bulk and strong runs, but he is actually quite an intelligent player. He often gets the pass away to the wings or to put Roberts into the gap. Hes not a magician, like Drico was (even though I think ODriscol is fading. Nobody deserves to be as good as he was forever), but is competent enough. The problem lies that in a Lions tour you want more than competent, and there just doesn't seem to be a 13 that is solid and not a bruiser. I'd give the world to get Conrad Smith to tour.

As for n8, I'd like to see Heaslip coming to form, allways rated him, but he seems to be running at half steam for years now. Both in Ireland and Leinster he seems to fade when compared to his flankers workrate and commitment, and hasn't won the fisical match with his opposite number often (he's always been the small and mobile type). And Radike Samo, probably good for another year, is no slouch.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

At Dave:

Now I think of it, don'tthink I agree with you on George North being THE best winger in the world, atm. One of the best, surelly, but Hosea Gear, Cory Jane, Digby Ioane (yes, even if suspended) and, I never thought I'd say this, but the guy seems to be coming back to form, Bryan Habana seem to deserve being in the mix. Then you have Savea, Nanai-Williams, Kahui who are improving too. But North remains a beast and one that can surelly become THE best in the world. To think hes 19!

Also, whatare your thoughts on a lions Starting XV? I know it seems easy to pull an almost full welsh squad, but try.

Knowing that the Lions usually imply a bit of role shifting, Id go:

1. Gething Jenkins
2. Rory Best/Huw Bennet
3. Alex Corbisiero
4. Richie Gray
5. Bradley Davies
6. Dan Lydiate (probably my 1st choice, but also other claims)/Stephen Ferris/Chris Robshaw
7. Sam Warburton (1st choice, but...)/Tom Croft
8. Toby Faletau/Ben Morgan (Impressed, but not enough game time)
9. Mike Phillips (Thought Lee Dickson or Lloyd Williams should also tour)
10. Owen Farrel (his boot means Kearney at 15) /Rhys Priestland and Sexton as backup (Farrel is still a kid. Sexton seems more balanced than "occasional brain-hemorrage" Priestland)
11. George North (no brainer)
12. Jamie Roberts
13. Manu Tuilagui (Huge center pairing, punching holes in Oz all day long)
14. Alex Cuthbert
15. Rob Kearney (Halfpenny in the bench, as cover for the back-three)


Hurray, managed to only include 9 to 11 Welsh in the lineup. Sorry, but they are just fantastic at the moment and are the only Team at the moment to have what the Lions really need, their biggest weakness: Conditioning and Teamplay. It just seems easier to fit the standouts from the other teams in a core that is performing incredibly, considering the limited time the Lions have to gel

2 Years, 7 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

Dave, I think Richie Gray must be a shoe in for n4. Also think one Mr Rob Kearney will feel hard done not to be included in you "must" list.

The most exciting thing now will be the battle of the 10s. Sexton, Priestland, Farrel... Even that midget from Scotland who managed to inject some pace and X Factor in a team that is, at times, very one dimentional on offense

2 Years, 7 Months ago

 
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