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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 Year, 1 Month 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 Year, 1 Month 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 Year, 1 Month 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".

1 Year, 4 Months 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

1 Year, 11 Months 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 Year, 11 Months 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 Year, 11 Months 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 Year, 11 Months 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 Year, 11 Months 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.

2 Years, 3 Days ago