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Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

Every time Lawes makes a big hit on a 10, the band of merry keyboard warriors come out in full force.
"Does he ever do that to a forward?"
"Trade mark borderline late hit on unsuspecting back line member running across field"
"Looked a bit late to me! Had to do it to the smallest man on the field, I bet he feels like a big hero, NOT"

Making a big hit on the halfbacks is what all loose forwards are told to and supposed to do. If he dislodges the ball and prevents a pass being made, he's done his job and will make more of a difference than just charging at an opposition forward.
Never understood why people criticise good defensive play.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

I wonder if Big Bad Phill's suffering from some sort of twisted Stockholm syndrome, in which his old functional brain was taken 'captive' by a big fat illegal hit and some additional cheap shots sprinkled on top.

Hala'ufia has been an absolute liability for a long time and I'm surprised he still has a professional contract.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

Allowing him back on after the 2nd knock was nothing short of an absolute pi** take... unbelievable

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees in Premiership opening weekend

Completely legitimate tackle; the hit was at chest-height and Billy Twelvetrees dropped like a sack of spuds

The only thing Twelvetrees was contesting was that he thought it could've been a knock-on in the tackle

3 Years, 8 Months ago

Outcry as Florian Fritz returns to play after severe knock to head

All I have to say here is summed up perfectly by this story:

It can only take one more knock to the head before he ends up brain damaged or even dead

After all that has happened in the NFL, it cannot go on like this, and I fail to understand how a severely concussed player is of more value to a coach and their team during a game than a fresh, fit international replacement (Gaël Fickou)...?
Just can't make sense of any of it

4 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Paul O'Connell knocks out Dave Kearney with clumsy kick to the head

I think you're reading into it a little too much haha, he's a lock and therefore is unlikely to possess any sort of coordination with his feet!

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Bakkies Botha injures Marcos Ayerza with big charge towards tryline

Cockerill was complaining that Botha jumped into the tackle, which is dangerous indeed, but I cannot see anything along those lines happening here
It was no different from a player diving through/past a defender to the tryline (which, I suppose is what Botha tried, but somehow managed to misjudge how long his arms were...)

5 Years, 1 Month ago

WIN the training jersey Dan Carter wore in adidas trick shots video

The Boks with their sheer physicality will be a match for anyone. I thought they'd slipped away after their 2007 triumph, but I have been proven very wrong. Quality squad with a good mentality, I think they might just nab this!

5 Years, 10 Months ago

WIN an adidas ball signed by All Black legend Dan Carter

Carter would be my 10, not just because of his ability and classy skill-set, but because of his tremendous work ethic and the fact that he is a real down-to-Earth and humble guy. He has constantly practised from a young age in order to become the best, and he sets a great example to people in every walk of life. He edges the likes of Quade Cooper and Carlos Spencer because of his outstanding consistency; when you pick the guy to play, you know what you're going to get. Dan Carter will forever be heralded as one of the greatest rugby players to ever have played the game.

Oh yeah, and the guy defies the laws of physics -

5 Years, 10 Months ago