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The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium

I don't think the turf was the problem, if you look at the scrums that dropped down, both props have their shoulders below their hips. This results in their drives being angled downwards, hence when the bind slips both props go down (not stand up). If it was a turf problem, you would expect poor footing to result in a props hips dropping due to his legs slipping.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium

I had that in my mind when it happened. terrible!

11 Months, 1 Week ago

The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium

Not to mention there was not a single straight feed from the South Africans all game! I recall at least one Welsh put in being straight as it was won against the head. I actually agree with how he handled the situation in the end, as the same side of the scrum kept going down he was well within his rights to sin bin both players.

To quote what Nigel Owens once said 'If you guys won't stay up I will put you in the bin and bring someone on who can'.

To be honest I think they should get rid of the whole engaging cadence. Crouch-Touch-Pause-Engage, Touch-Pause-Engage, Crouch-Touch-Set, Crouch-Bind-Set. Have any of them worked for a prolonged period of time? The two packs should start off engaged.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium

The final try was heart breaking as a Welsh fan. For several minutes up to that Wales were really smashing the Springboks and it looked like it would be a close fight right up to the final whistle. Regardless of an offside player being involved in the final try, the kick should have been dealt with by Priestland, it was an error that should not be made at international level. South Africa deserved to win in the end.

Frustrating as a Welsh fan to be on the wrong side of a scoreline due to fine margins yet again.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Rory Arnold banned for bite in process of scoring first ever Currie Cup try

Prized prat? As I stated in the first sentence I am not denying that a bite took place. I am asking whether the video evidence was conclusive proof that there was intent and that this wasn't an unusual accident. In cases of stamping the citing committees have shown a habit of bringing intent into the equation where it comes to bans (ie the Horwill AWJ incident).

May I point out that his appeal against the ban was successful. He was adjudged to be not guilty of biting by the SARU.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Rory Arnold banned for bite in process of scoring first ever Currie Cup try

I am not going to deny that a bite has occurred during this, but does the video evidence prove that it is an intentional act? If the defenders forearm has accidentally gone into the attackers mouth when the tackle is happening, it is not unreasonable that the attacker reflexively closed his mouth, or that his mouth was forced to close due to the pressure on his head (especially the prop piling on at the end).

Usually bites are intentional, but I think this was a bit harsh as it could simply be an unusual accident!

1 Year, 1 Month ago

The Springboks demolish Argentina in Soweto try-fest

It is a shame to see that Argentina have not been more competitive of late. If you take the Rugby championship out of the equation

Here are Argentina's last 7 games:
Argentina 10 - 49 France 39 Point loss (record losing margin & points conceded)
Wales 12 - 26 Argentina 14 Point win
France 39 - 22 Argentina 17 Point loss
Ireland 46 - 24 Argentina 22 Point loss (record losing margin & points conceded)
Argentina 3 - 32 England 29 Point loss
Argentina 26 - 51 England 25 Point loss (record points conceded)
South Africa 73 - 13 Argentina 60 Point loss (record losing margin)

It does not paint a pretty picture.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Chris Masoe finds new role as touchjudge after assistant ref injury

I am still trying to work out why they just clingfilmed him up

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Chris Masoe finds new role as touchjudge after assistant ref injury

This video shows why rugby is the best sport in the world.

Silky handling from the Toulon backs, a fantastic cover tackle by a prop on a fullback, great sportsmanship from both sides of players to show immediate concern for the touch judge and integrity from Masoe to fill in as an official despite being a player.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6jLJDn4Crw

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1 Year, 2 Months ago

 
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