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Billy Ngawini brilliant stepping and pass sets up Michele Sepe try

The only thing missing from your post is a link to your website where you sell "undetectable and legal" supplements.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Keenan7,

If you play in the mid-Atlantic / Northeast of the USA, most of the fields are built over top of clay or granite bedrock. In which case, those fields can be hard as a rock -- for those of you abroad, if you ever watch Currie Cup -- picture the Griquas pitch in the middle of a South African winter -- hard-packed.

So I think for most people with a grass field, where upkeep is difficult / expensive / impossible, the turf isn't that bad.

If however, you are used to playing on the lovely turfs of the US Pacific Northwest - or the Emerald Isle - sure that artificial stuff will feel like a car parking lot.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Here is a cool link from the RFU, stating their standards for play.

The good news about this is that if you build an artificial field, you could probably tie these standards into your contract, and make it something the manufacturer / installer agrees to conform with.

http://www.rfu.com/ManagingRugby/ClubDevelopment/FacilitiesAndEquipment/ArtificialGrassPitches

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Benny, not sure what the cost is. The fundamental difference of something like this is that there is a tangible upfront capital cost -- not just the first laydown of turf, but you also have to prepare the land for it with grading, drainage, etc.

I would imagine that after eight years, you'll need a brand new carpet of turf.

However, the other capital maintenance affter year eight will be minimal -- perhaps checking the level of the field, confirming the drainages aren't plugged, etc.

As for a quote, I don't think the vendors will give you hard numbers on the web, as they probably want to assess the condition of the building site -- i.e. "every field is different" (like getting a mechanic to quote you a car repair over the phone - good luck)

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Thanks Richy -- I was wondering what the commentator meant when she said "specific for rugby".

We use the artificial stuff quite a bit in the USA, and needless to say, the biggest complaints are as follows:

friction abrasions from the turf
joint pain

The biggest benefit is not just upkeep costs, but in terms of field utilization -- most areas in the USA have limited field space, and any field that is built is likely to be used all day.

There is little tolerance for leaving fields closed after a heavy rain, much less leaving a field fallow for an entire year (or season) in order for the land to recuperate. What ends up happening is that a field gets overused, and then the grass disappears, and you get tufts of grass interspersed with dirt pock marks. These tufts of grass then become hazards for people's ankles.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Agreed that this stuff bears little resemblance to AstroTurf.

It was called that because it was installed into the Houston Astrodome -- back in 1966.

Artificial grass has come a long way from the visible seams (and blown knees) at the old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Toby Flood charges straight into the post

To me, Ospreys 12 looks to be pushing someone else, but not Flood.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Toby Flood charges straight into the post

Clear obstruction -- cynical play really by the Dutchman

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Chris Ashton scores sneaky try from pinpoint Owen Farrell cross kick

I think what happened is that you had the water bearers onto the pitch for the prior play -- players hurt, referee talking to.

Players on the field (ie. opponent) are not clear whether that man is on the field for the purposes of water, injury mgmt, or a tee.

Therefore, the referee should manage the situation and not allow the quick tap (kick). If Sarries have issue with it, I think a referee could easily say "You still have your water man standing right next to me. We'll wait until he comes off"

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Chris Ashton scores sneaky try from pinpoint Owen Farrell cross kick

Terrible game management from the referee IMHO.

The referee stops the game to chat with the opposing captain, and then awards the mark (by digging his heel into the pitch), and then asks the Sarries captain what he would like to do. If he's committed to asking the question, he should have committed to waiting the response.

In addition, the water bearer (tee carrier too) is on the field. I've seen some referees do the opposite -- FORCE the captain to kick for posts if the tee comes onto the pitch.

He should have either kept his mouth shut, or not made the mark until he got an answer from the captain.

That aside, good play by Sarries.

Jeppy -- you're right about awarding posts or not, in terms of the letter of the law. My point is that the referee mis-managed the situation.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

 
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