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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.

3 Years, 2 Weeks 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.

3 Years, 3 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.

3 Years, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

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

3 Years, 1 Month 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.

3 Years, 1 Month 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...

3 Years, 1 Month ago

New Ireland prop Rodney Ah You smashes lock Alistair Hargreaves

Haha, he could have a Welsh mum is all I'm saying!

3 Years, 2 Months ago

New Ireland prop Rodney Ah You smashes lock Alistair Hargreaves

Off the top of my head, I don't think Toby Faletau was not born in nor has any ancestral link to Wales. Could be wrong on that one though!

He's lived there most of his life so it's a bit of a different situation. The point is that everyone seems to be doing it to some extent.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Ian Evans facing suspension after red card for stamp on Mike McCarthy

Quinnell says in the post match analysis, "When you're in that position, anywhere from the shoulder down is fair game but when you strike a head, you've got to go". Hard to disagree. Dirt from Evans.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud with big right hook

Gents, if these kind of holding incidences make watching a rugby game unbearable for you, maybe you should try League?

Holding a player off the ball is indeed cynical, unsportsmanlike and flouts in the face of the spirit of the game but it is an unfortunate consequence of a sport where grappling with the opposition accounts for a large part of the game.

3 Years, 3 Months ago