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IRPA Try of the Year 2016 Nominees announced

There's an almost surgical precision about the All Blacks' try that appeals, and it was also their third try in about 5 minutes. But I think the gong will go to one of the other two and I can't really split 'em.

The pass to Sexton at about 22 seconds should be studied by all those who think they are doing a service to the game by harping on about lines on the field indicating a forward pass. Although the ball is clearly passed legitimately from the man outside him, Sexton catches it past the point at which it was let go. And yet who would claim a forward pass? No player, official, or commentator shows the slightest interest, and rightly so. A perfect example of how the law is (and in my opinion, should be) interpreted.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

I agree, Facepalm. There's a point on the video when the shove comes from Haylett-Petty (around 1:29) where Savea's front foot is almost in line with Speight's back foot. With well over 25 metres to run there's every chance Savea could have made some kind of contact, certainly an attempt to ankle-tap, which is often all that's needed.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

"Wouldn't you rather beat a BOK team that is as strong as they could be?"

Yes. And to be honest, I don't personally know of any true rugby fan who thinks differently. But as DrG says, the only people who can sort this out and improve the situation are the rugby people of South Africa.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

I agree with RD that this is probably a matter of timing. I think this is one of those laws that is sometimes transgressed by a small margin and let go by the refs. But maybe this one was just a touch too blatant to ignore. If Strauss had actually started to move his arms before Etzebeth jumped, they would probably have got away with it. It's all in the timing.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Vaea Fifita avoids the tackle with perfectly executed jump

I agree. It looks exciting but it's going to end badly for one or both players way too often. As you say, if the tackler had clipped the Fifita's heals and flipped him accidentally, would he have been carded for a dangerous tackle? I've seen penalties against tacklers in similar situations where a small jump into the tackle by the runner was as much to blame, and I've disagreed with the penalty. In this case the jump has to be considered dangerous and I would've had no problem with a penalty against Fifita.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Compilation of the unpunished Teboho Mohoje high tackles against Argentina

I've commented against some Argentine fans' everyone's-against-us mindset, because it's not true. But refereeing this poor wouldn't encourage any Puma fan to see things differently. I lost count, but there has to be half a dozen tackles there where you would normally just expect a whistle.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I wasn't referring to other pundits commenting on this sort of incident, just to punditry BS in general. There's always a bit of it about. Anyway, I've made my point, moving on.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

… got that out of my system… off to bed.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I get that DrG. As you say, pundits spout blatant BS all over the world and people get on sites like this and say what they think. I do it myself, but I don't assume the pundit represents the whole rugby culture of SA, England or whatever. To use this situation to accuse a specific fan base of driving some imagined increase in arrogance and nastiness, with no objective evidence at all, is nonsense. It's just more spouting. I reckon the NZ fans' range of responses to this situation in general is probably no different than you'd get from any other fan group. Some good and some stupid. To pretend otherwise is rubbish. So I'm in the mood to call rubbish when I see it.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I'm not sure you've chosen the right time to make this very subjective claim. On this forum and others that I've checked, there seem to be plenty of NZ fans who agree that SANZAR have stuffed up completely on the Franks incident. That's my position too. There are as always some people who cannot see out of two eyes at once, all fan bases have them. But experience tells me the balance between the rational and the idiots would not be much different if this involved a player from SA, UK, France, Arg etc. So I don't understand why you point the finger at NZers.
And I just don't see any proof that NZ fans are driving some sort of perceived increase in nastiness, even if there is one. As for nastiness not being there before… going back a bit, before many forums were moderated (including this one) the nastiness was full on at times and came from all over. Nope, I don't buy it.

1 Year, 9 Months ago