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Julian Savea scores a brace as All Blacks win comfortably vs Argentina

There's an interesting discussion of the charge-down and the other incidents here:
http://www.rugbyrefs.com/showthread.php?18024-Pascal-Gauzere-All-Blacks-v-Pumas

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Julian Savea scores a brace as All Blacks win comfortably vs Argentina

Oops.. that was in answer to Eddie's next post, below.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Julian Savea scores a brace as All Blacks win comfortably vs Argentina

I largely agree with you Eddie. I found this online in an IRB clarification of the charge down and offside laws. The IRB says: "The act of a charge down is one where an opposition player not in possession of the ball approaches a kicker at close quarters and makes an attempt to block the kick."
There seems to be no definition of what "close quarters" means and I guess it's left up to the ref to judge that on the spot. On that basis it appears that Gauzere decided that the oncoming player was too far away from the kicker, and so it was not a charge down but an attempt to play at the ball. I don't agree and neither do most other people. But it makes you wonder how far the kick needs to travel off the boot before a charge down becomes a knock-on. I don't think anybody knows for sure… another of the game's many grey areas.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Springboks snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Wallabies win in Perth

Strange. Both sides moved the ball through the hands, put players into space and scored early tries. Then maybe the word went out… that kind of rugby looks way too effective and entertaining, let's stop it. Both sides then kicked away possession as often as possible and continued to do so despite the ineptitude and the tedium that marked the next hour of play. Suddenly, with five minutes to go Australia realizes they can put on a player who has a second and maybe even a third idea of what to do with the ball… and Beale promptly sets up Folau with a nice inside pass, he offloads and the SA defence looks threadbare outside… the game is won.
The yellow card was a poor decision and probably helped a mediocre Aust, but the Boks did nothing to help themselves for most of the match.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Julian Savea scores a brace as All Blacks win comfortably vs Argentina

Oh dear… someone who thinks that their childish assertions about the IRB being corruptly biased should never be challenged by anybody else. However the bitter little follow-ups and the whining and complaining while telling others to "suck it up" pretty much says it all. You gotta laugh.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

"As an English supporter I'm getting so sick and tired of NZ routing Australia constantly during these Championships, the result is seemingly never in doubt."

The previous test was a 12-all draw and the result was in doubt until the final whistle.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

I've been watching the All Blacks for many years and I don't think I've seen them play with more sustained intensity than they did through most of this test. At times it was spine-tingling. Credit to the Wallabies for not dropping their heads and getting those two tries, but that seemed to just irritate the ABs into taking it back up a notch to get the 50 points. I noticed a tweet from John Smit saying "The rest of us can be very happy we are not playing the ABs today".

2 Months, 5 Hours ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

For me the standout small man missing is Grant Batty, at 5ft 5in (1.65m) and 70Kg. Tough as nails in a tough era, he copped more that his share of swinging arms both home and abroad. A brilliant winger but with only 15 All Black caps before a recurring knee injury forced an early retirement. Not a lot of film around, but here's an intercept try against the 1977 Lions, Batty's last test match.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGLn5UF3SxU

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2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

Sorry.. that's 2:54.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

I love the guy lifting his kid in the air at 2:44 (just under the score top left) as Cummins goes over. He nearly throws him onto the field in his excitement. And the very formal handshake after the intercept try is one of the moments of the season for me. A lot of good rugby too, what an enjoyable game.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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