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Waisake Naholo falcons Aaron Smith, probably because of the hairstyle

Ow! .. with the pointy bit too.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Waisake Naholo escapes card after taking Stuart Hogg out in the air

However you describe the situation, I'll stick with my view on how this sort of contact should be judged. I can't make it much clearer than in my post, so it looks like we disagree.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Waisake Naholo escapes card after taking Stuart Hogg out in the air

Naholo had to run around the #9 and once he saw Hogg flying towards him his only hope of avoiding a penalty would have been to disappear completely. Hogg just landed on him. In my opinion, this sort of situation has to be treated differently to one where there is a deliberate tackle or reckless contact made on the player during a contest for a high ball.
The new laws covering these things from a safety angle are a good thing, but there needs to be some common sense. I don't want to see matches ruined when a player leaping at speed for the ball, travelling some distance in the air while doing so and landing on an opposition player, always results in a card. Nadolo seemed more concerned about his own safety.
The push by the Scotland #5 was silly. He could easily end up in the same situation himself and would, like Nadolo, have no way of avoiding the hit.
Apologies for repeating myself from an earlier page.

3 Weeks, 2 Hours ago

Waisake Naholo escapes card after taking Stuart Hogg out in the air

I agree Jerome. Parisse had a real chance at the ball and would've jumped higher if he hadn't been held back by the jersey. It was the holding back that put Parisse in a bad position. Not Parisse's fault at all. He shouldn't have tried to pick him up, but that's another matter.
The jersey-pull is so clear to see – the officiating on some of these things is a real worry, in my opinion.

3 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Waisake Naholo escapes card after taking Stuart Hogg out in the air

"If this was another team, or the reverse situation, it would have been a card for sure."
An assertion for which there is no evidence.

3 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Michael Hooper makes unwanted history with record breaking yellow card

Looking at this again under better conditions. I don't think the going to ground and roll away were the problem. Under any interpretation that would not be a "tight" call, it would be ludicrous. But I do think your other suggestion is right. Hooper was standing offside in front of the line under the posts, and as soon as he makes contact the ref twice says "offside seven gold", well before Hooper even goes to ground. When the ref talks to Hooper he says: "We've had tackling the lifter, collapsing the maul, two offsides. The last two offsides were against you." So it's an accumulative thing.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Michael Hooper makes unwanted history with record breaking yellow card

I agree tphillipsstl. Hooper makes a driving tackle off the line, goes to ground, immediately rolls away and gets back onside without interfering with anything. I see no infringement at all. He then stands back on the line and starts to creep around the post. There's a penalty there if the ref chooses, but this clip doesn't show the ref giving it. If Hooper did enough to get a yellow, it's certainly not on this video clip.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

New Zealand hang on to beat Scotland after dramatic finale in Edinburgh

Like your previous self, perhaps, mine spent many years playing and watching a game in which this would have been 'play on' and nobody would've batted an eyelid. I'm not saying that the new laws covering these things from a safety angle are not worthwhile, just that there needs to be some common sense. I don't want to see matches ruined when a player leaping at speed for the ball, travelling some distance in the air while doing so and landing on an opposition player, always results in a red. I believe a red card has to require a degree of intent that is not obvious in this incident. Nadolo seemed more concerned about his own safety.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

New Zealand hang on to beat Scotland after dramatic finale in Edinburgh

Naholo had to run around the #9 and once he saw Hogg flying towards him his only hope of avoiding a penalty would have been to disappear completely. Hogg just landed on him. In my opinion, this sort of situation has to be treated differently to one where there is a deliberate tackle or reckless contact made on the player during a contest for a high ball. Unfortunately World Rugby seem to be impervious to my opinion on anything, but I think the ref got it right this time.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Damian de Allende apologises but should not have been sent off

You don't have to see me do better. Players are deviating at pace within two and a half steps regularly in most games I watch. Especially for a centre/wing like De Allende, it's a basic skill. I don't think it was a particularly bad hit, but as others have said, he made no attempt at all to avoid it.

2 Months, 5 Days ago