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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.

5 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

5 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Rieko Ioane calls Springboks and All Blacks classic toughest Test he's played

So many people here and elsewhere just stating outright that the Crotty try wasn't a try, without looking at why the try was given or the laws that allowed it.
I had the SA commentary and could clearly hear the TMO and ref agreeing that the ball had been knocked back under the player, who had grounded it with his waist. The video confirms this is what happened and the laws say that's a try, whether you agree with the laws or not.
Unfortunately both SA and NZ commentators appeared to not understand what was going on, and to be honest, showed once again their patchy understanding of the laws.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Damian de Allende apologises but should not have been sent off

I agree with Oui Jerome on this, to say it's not a penalty is silly. De Allende had plenty of time to deviate if he'd wanted to. I understand that he's putting pressure on the kicker, but he did it badly and the hit was late and high. Penalty and a card (pick your colour). If it had been, say, SBW on Jantjies, I'm sure you would have a different point of view.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Taranaki claim Ranfurly Shield with sensational comeback against Canterbury

As you say, Canafrikaaner, a beautiful trophy. When this much loved symbol of NZ provincial rugby first arrived in the country from the UK, it was presented to the Auckland side which had gone through the 1902 season unbeaten. But first, the embossed silver 'action shot' in the middle of the shield had to be altered.The UK manufacturers had assumed the prize was for association football. Uprights had to be added to the goals and the round ball made more egg-like. It's still pretty easy to see where the work was done.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand second half too strong for courageous Argentina

As I see it, when Barrett runs towards the fullback there are two Pumas in the tackle and third starting to bend over the ball and tackled player, with another AB arriving. Barrett is entitled to enter this situation and clean out the 15. The other AB coming in clearly starts his run behind the tackled player's feet (at 3:10), so he is not entering from the side. I understand your different view, but I'll stick with what I see.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand second half too strong for courageous Argentina

"I see the ABs doing a lot of this kind of thing".
I see players from all teams doing this kind of thing all the time.
When Barret first stepped towards Tuculet to make an entirely legal cleanout, the fullback had both hands on the ruck and was hovering in an offside position. Barrett was fully entitled. Tuculet appeared to step back just as Barrett was hitting him. Similar things happen at the ruck in every game of rugby I watch. Play on.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

New laws explained with two very informative pitch demos

Lifting has allowed the lineout to function much better than the flailing arms and scragging brawls that I remember and which so often ended in a scrum being called. Not to mention the regular penalties for the sneaky lifting and supporting that went on. I was a bit dubious about that change at the time but I now think it was a good one.
The cards were inevitable once the authorities rightly started to crack down on the thuggery, and there was plenty of it. Of course I don't always agree with every card, in fact I think there are too many, but I have no problem with the concept.
With the amount of rugby that players now play in the professional era, substitutions are necessary, and I'd rather have a bench used in an honest way than the phoney injuries that were sometimes employed.
I enjoy watching rugby at least as much as I ever have. So I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on these things.

8 Months, 2 Weeks ago

New laws explained with two very informative pitch demos

I don't have any false nostalgia about rugby, but generally scrums in the time that I played (when there was no ref's call) seemed to work fine. I don't recall collapses being a common thing and I don't recall anyone ever talking about them. Film of test matches etc from past decades confirm that most scrums took literally a few seconds for the whole process, packs down, ball in, ball out. Apparently all the scrum tweaking of a few years back was to do with player safety. What happened of course is that instead of scrums taking a few seconds, we had neck-scrunching 'hits' and constant resets to do some more scrunching. And forwards milling around fiddling with this and that while the ref explains to these highly paid professionals the basic laws of the scrum. Don't get me started! Anyway, as you say, I think we're roughly on the same page with most of this stuff.

8 Months, 2 Weeks ago