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TJ Perenara makes big hit then later gets punched in the face by Liam Messam

Nice hit.

Silly stuff from Messam, he could have easily got a yellow for that. I'm glad the officials had enough sense to realise that there was nothing much in it. Correct call and some good officiating from the ref and also the TMO.

11 Months, 1 Day ago

Impressive big hit in USA Rugby playoffs

In fairness to the ref, after a couple of views, I think the call for a yellow card comes from some goon in the crowd.

11 Months, 2 Days ago

Prop Coenie Oosthuizen's knockout run and two tries vs the Hurricanes

The natural comparison would be to the Heineken Cup, in fairness.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Rod Davies finishes off brilliant 95m Reds try against the Sharks

I don't know about Davies for Wallaby selection in the coming weeks, great talent but I think his defence lets him down. After watching that first half, Genia and Cooper are the men to fill the halves for me. The best rugby I saw all weekend.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Stormers captain Jean De Villiers smashes Chris Noakes out of the way

Rough week for out halves in both hemispheres, it seems.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jonny Wilkinson absolutely smashed by huge Opeti Fonua

A man and a half for those of you not good with numbers.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Zee Ngwenya's great try saving tackles against Leinster

The knock on was caught by a player in an offside position.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Clermont through to first ever Heineken Cup Final after tense win over Munster

The beauty of the Heineken Cup is how competitive it is, we all know how crucial bonus points etc can be in the pool stages. I don't think having Toulouse flogging an amateur team from Romania would do the tournament any favours.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Clermont through to first ever Heineken Cup Final after tense win over Munster

Well, it's all relative, isn't it? I think the Irish clubs are allowed 5 or 6 players from overseas. Compared with Australia, I believe the established clubs are only allow 2 foreign players while the Force and Rebels are allowed 3. Similarly with the South African clubs, only 2 foreign players can play in each game (you may remember the Southern Kings controversy from earlier in the year).

It's the same thing as a Waratahs supporter complaining of the big money in Leinster attracting a Rocky Elsom etc overseas. I don't know the specifics of the finances of each club but I think that Leinster pull a bigger crowd than the 'Tahs every week so I'm assuming that they have more money to throw around based on that.

It's been said earlier, each system has its merits and pitfalls. I think it's just a case of different strokes for different folks.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Clermont through to first ever Heineken Cup Final after tense win over Munster

On the subject of "ManCity-ification", isn't this the first time that two teams with big budgets described in the posts above have met in the Heineken Final? I'd understand concern about money dominating the sport if this was happening every year but this has not been the case in the past number of years.

I think Clermont in particular have been one of the best sides that I've seen in either hemisphere this year and they deserve to be there in the final.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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