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Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

OK, I'll take the bait. You say that McCaw was at least 2m from the lineout, and the law in fact says that he must be 2m away… so no problem there. The timing thing is very marginal and lineouts cannot be, and never are refereed within such fractional margins. I have no doubt that if SA had scored, then the try would also have been awarded and correctly so, in my opinion.

As for your historical grievances going back 40 years or more, let's get it straight. Haden did not win a penalty for his dive, the referee himself has said that he penalised the player jumping off Oliver's shoulder at the front of the lineout. Nobody denies that Haden tried to draw the penalty, but if you seriously think that only NZ amongst all teams tried to draw penalties in this and similar ways during those years, or even now… you are being absurdly naive. And the refs in both those ancient examples were English. I would be very interested to read any theories about how English officials have favoured NZ rugby down through the decades… I like a bit of fantasy fiction

There are no clear forward passes in the final NZ try against the Irish, according to the current interpretation of the laws. And I see every team at international level being judged exactly the same on this aspect. However, in the first Irish try the assistant ref asked for the TMO because he thought the ball had been dropped over the line. At least one of the replays seemed to confirm this, and yet the same TMO that you say favoured the All Blacks, gave the try to Ireland.
The fact is that despite what you say, the ABs are on the wrong end of plenty of 50/50 or dodgy decisions but they still tend to go on and win, so nobody makes a big deal of them.

Now let's talk about that NZ try disallowed in 1905 when even Welsh try-scorer Teddy Morgan agreed that Deans was pulled back over the line after he'd scored. Wales won 3–0, demonstrating a bias on the part of referees against NZ "that's been fairly obvious" for 110 ye

1 Month, 3 Days ago

All Blacks score late to deny Springboks in another Ellis Park classic

"I thought he got about as much of the line as Kuridrani got last week."

Can't really go along with that Eddie. Even the low-level shot seemed to show the line was not broken. The other angle I've seen confirms that the ball had not reached the line at all. If a try had been awarded to NZ on that evidence, I have no doubt that sites like this would be in an uproar, and rightly so.
In the Kuridrani case, the low shot showed the ball grazing the grass for a moment, which is all that's needed, and the overhead showed the ball was actually well over the line at the time. That's quite a different scenario. The only problem I had with the Kuridrani was whether the extra movement took too long, but it's hard to not give it when you see it in real time.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

All Blacks score late to deny Springboks in another Ellis Park classic

The RD video is down at the moment, but it's up elsewhere. It's clear that McCaw is the required distance from the lineout; 2m is not far, just slightly more than his own height. And, according to law 19.9, the lineout begins as soon as the ball leaves the thrower's hand. I see no clear evidence that McCaw jumps the gun. I'm glad you're not a TMO, Steve.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

All Blacks start Rugby Championship strong with Argentina win

Well that's strange. RD have changed the video since I posted and the new one doesn't even show the second Pumas try. So my time reference means nothing. But whiteafrican's YouTube link tells the story.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

All Blacks start Rugby Championship strong with Argentina win

I have no problem with the first Pumas' try or McCaw's try, they were assisted by players bound at the side or behind them; but the second Pumas' try is a different matter. At 12:19 a Puma forward is running in front of the ball carrier without being bound, and continues to do so until the player behind him grounds the ball over the line. Even if accidental it amounts running interference and I've seen this penalised plenty of times in the past.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Massive schoolboy hit from new Edinburgh signing Nasi Manu in 2006

I played fifteen seasons of rugby in central Auckland and the Waikato and I've seen plenty of tough footballers. I agree with stroudos and DrG. The tackle was tough but the followup was just trying to look tough, and failing. I've had a few coaches who might've had a quiet word: "The tackle was great son, but don't be a dickhead about it".

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

11 Months, 3 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.

11 Months, 3 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.

11 Months, 3 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.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago