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Carlin Isles dropped ball blooper ruins great fifteens debut try

I might be wrong but downward pressure (with ball in hand) seems to be a phrase that has come over from league, much like the term "double movement" and should be disregarded.

In this case, assuming the ball did not go forward, it's down to 22.1 b) and the player is require to "press down" on the ball in goal.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Carlin Isles dropped ball blooper ruins great fifteens debut try

Pretty sure that underage has no bearing on full international. Struggled to find an example until I came across Sean Maitland's Wiki page. Richardt Strauss is another one.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Brilliant individual effort decides Crusaders vs Hurricanes classic in Christchurch

For the first try, did I hear the ref tell the TMO, "You'll have to give me a decision, I was 150m away"? A bit of an exaggeration surely!

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland and O'Driscoll celebrate 2014 Six Nations victory in Paris

I thought Swareski's (sp?) was borderline but I'd allow it; he appeared to have fingertips on the ball from when he picked until he placed it on the ground and slid it forward and contacted the post. I've seen knock-ons given in general play for similar things but it's definitely up for debate.

A lot of parallels with this and Jessie Mogg's try at the weekend in Canberra.

1 Month, 14 Hours ago

Scott Higginbotham sets up try with crosskick then scores with goose step

Looks like Pocock's dusted for the year... Knee's gone again.

Higgs, Hooper and Mowen for my money.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

I don't agree; McCaw was pretty flat footed and got smashed off the ball by the oncoming Mackintosh. I could see an argument for committing to the tackle if he was running at a gap with a full head of steam (in which case the attackers momentum takes him into the area where the defender would move to take up space).

You can't tackle someone just because they might potentially get the ball.

Well handled by the ref; quick word and a penalty.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I agree. I was expecting a penalty for a high tackle on that one.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

Might be wrong on James. Parra might still be no 1 at Clermont...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

Gotta agree. I read during the week that of the forty guys in the French extended national squad, not one of them is the preferred kicker at their club. See Wilkinson, Mcallister, Steyn, Sexton, Kockett, James and the rest knocking penalties over in the Top 14 every week.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Football's biggest problem in regard to dissent is that a yellow card means sweet eff all to the player in question. A trial of the sin bin could make a big difference.

Couldn't see it happening though...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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