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Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

No way that was a knock on. That being said, and while I'm not up to speed on scotish rugby, what the hell are they doing? They go through games with a super narrow game (granted, they have a great forward pack, and one must play to one's strengths), run odd and predictable lines and decoys, as was shown in a huge hit by jon davies, I think, who knew where the ball was going and had more than time to have a cup of coffee before murdering the receiver, and then we have plays like that. Obviously there are some players (i.e., Laidlaw, Hogg) that have that X-factor, that can create something out of the blue. So why play such a narrow game, instead of using forwards to create difficulties in the defense and have quick ball to creative backs? Again, please fill me in, I dont know much about the scotish game. I think with their forwards, laidlaw, hogg, Visser in a not so distant future (cant wait for that) and maybe a scrummie with crisp service, a rugby brain and an atittude, scotland can become so much more...

4 Years, 4 Months ago

Samoa beat New Zealand in dramatic Vegas Sevens final

Faosaliva, what a monster, having the confidence to thump a defender inside the goal area. I vaguely remember seeing someone doing that in XVs, cant remember who. Also, how about Ngera? Rockets in his boots.

I love how anything can happen in sevens. The 6th placed side winning a major tournament, minnow sides (like my Portugal) beating established powers... Everyone has a shot in 7s, you just have to want it bad enough

4 Years, 4 Months ago

Incredible try from Bath prop Anthony Perenise

A little maori sidestep, didn't go anywhere but strauight... Classic! Nice to see the front row fatties putting the gas on

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Extended highlights from the Biarritz rout over Ospreys

That's what actually makes me sad about Biarritz. Such a strong team on one day and such a poor team on the next. Still, awesome performance. Allez, les basques

4 Years, 5 Months ago

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Big Hits

anonymous above, you sir, are awesome. You deserve the whole internet for that joke ;)

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Gloucester and Toulouse play out a classic at Kingsholm

Is it me or the gloucester n8 pulled off a "carlos spencer"? Magic.
This seems to have been a cracking game, this heineken cup just seems to get more and more exciting. Cant wait for the quarterfinals

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Samu Manoa and Mike Haywood crunching tackles vs Harlequins

Adrew Bates, let me just see if I got it straight. You are arguing that a person with the characteristics of the indigenous people in the continent of Australia (you ARE talking of Europe, Africa, Asia and... Australia, right?) can be designated as Australian?

A) The continent in which the country called Australia is actually called Oceania, so the expressions you were looking for are Oceanea and (don't really know) Oceanians.

B) If you ever think of saying out loud that all persons with the racial traits of the original inhabitants of Australia are to be designated as Australians in front of an Aborigene (the correct designation for said people), please contact me, so I can watch

C) I guess "Live by the pedantry, die by the pedantry" goes both ways after all. Sucks, doesn't it?

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

@ Ronan: Come on! loads of everyday, ordinary people post things about their lives, often way worse that what he posted, and no1 gives a rat's arse. He does it and hes a wannabe celeb? Atention seeker? Hard to respect as a professional referee because he has problems outside rugby? It's not as he posted pictures of himself drunk, or talked about injustice in rugby being the same thing as the Holocaust, or nazism. Didn't see Scott Johnson crying in outrage then, and the Sapolu event is much more damaging to the sport. Same goes for the entire conduct of the English side. Who is Scott Johnson to take it upon himself to be such a moral authority in the rugby world?

Although I agree that refereeing must be regulated to impose standarts and that law interpretation must be uniformed wherever you are playing (North or Southern Hemispheres), I must say that both players and club officials allow themselves too much when talking to or about referees both on and off the field. That IS a lot like football. We're even starting to see some players walking to the refs and arguing about their decisions.

Also, what's with the double standard? When Quade Cooper, injured, SMACKS A WOMAN while drunk, club officials rush in his defence and oafs like Euan McKenzie say, quote "What do you want him to do - stay at home? He can't just sit in his lounge all day. He's got to be able to celebrate and do stuff like everybody else.". But Owens tweets some stuff about having problems in his personal life and now it's hard to respect him as a professional?

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

Genius from Owen. I certainly think all this "it's very hard to respect a referee that post his life online" is a piece of bullshit. If referees have the composure and professionalism to go out on the field and treat players that have a reputation of true gentlemen of the game in the same manner that they treat twats like Sapolu, Powell, Bakkies, Cudmore et and all, why shouldn't players respect ALL referees, regardless of their personal life problems outside of rugby? Grow up, you are allways demanding the world from referees, start demanding more of yourselves aswell

PS- Now I've vented some of my frustrations, I love seing a referee that can impose some respect on the field, especially if he can do that without making the game all about him and do it with a bit of humour, even

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Classic Encounters - Montpellier vs Racing Metro on New Year's Eve

@ stroundos: Three cheers for sirelli bobo! I'll have to think about it, think about it deeply, very deeply

4 Years, 5 Months ago