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The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

The weekend before the Hong Kong game, eight Lions were in the Rabo final and six were in the Premiership final. In any case, the Force had their wooden spoon clash with the Highlanders that weekend. I don't think that playing it that weekend is entirely practical.

I take your point about Foley's interest being in the Super 15 and not in a friendly against a touring side but at the end of the day, the Force have a nothing game against the 'Tahs at the weekend and then have five weeks off before playing their final game. With very few Wallabies absent from the squad, I think it's reasonable to expect a bit more from them.

2 Years, 11 Months ago

HSBC Lions Weekly - Hong Kong

Pretty average looking Force side to play the Lions; there are quite a few debutantes making appearances. Expect a large score in favour of the tourists on this one.

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Twickenham Streaker dots down beneath the posts

To paraphrase a commenter from the Force/Crusaders clip from a few weeks back:
Pitch invaders = idiots
Streakers = hilarious!!!

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Rene Ranger's massive tackle on the Brumbies' Nic White

I'd agree. Fruen was a form player last year but Ranger is definitely the man this season; he's been immense for the Blues. It's hard to see Conrad Smith being dropped for anyone but Ranger's been better than Ben Smith, and with his versatility I see a black jersey in his near future.

3 Years, 2 Hours ago

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

I agree for the most part but I'm happy with the shoulder to shoulder contact. There is an allowance for it in the laws and Tikoirotuma utilised it well.

3 Years, 4 Days ago

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

11 for the Chiefs is Tikoirotuma.

3 Years, 5 Days ago

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.

3 Years, 5 Days 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.

3 Years, 6 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.

3 Years, 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.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago