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Fabrice Estebanez knockout hit on David Strettle

And IMHO -- yes, dirty and illegal -- a few week ban worthy

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Fabrice Estebanez knockout hit on David Strettle

Just wondering if people realize this guy has a long history as a rugby league player?

I have seen plenty of people on this page who are rugby league apologists. Just wondering if they accord that same courtesy to Frenchman.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wesley Fofana finishes off great Clermont team try vs Exeter

Nathan Hines a class act? Perhaps if you are comparing him to Jamie Cudmore

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Tom Varndell tip tackle on Horacio Agulla

Citing Commissioner -- Agulla landed on his elbow, which could have easily resulted in a dislocated elbow or shoulder. As for examples, I saw the dislocated elbow happen to a teammate at a national 7s tournament in the USA.

So dangerous, perhaps... but so is getting in my car in the morning.

I think the current IRB guidelines are more about protecting neck, spine, and head injuries.

But these types of tackles are also quite dangerous in terms of destroying joints (elbows, shoulders, knees, etc.) if a player is recklessly dropped by a tackler. But my point is reckless -- punish those that out to injure an opponent.

I don't think Varndell has a bad reputation, so I think just a yellow would be more than enough. I think the referee has a quick, tough decision to make (in a game that was already a bit tense, but not anywhere out of hand for a Premiership level game)

However, if this were to be say a Callum Clark, Jamie Cudmore, Butch James type, he'd likely serve some time

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Toby Flood faces ban for alleged dangerous tackle on Andy Goode

On another note, when will referees start to ding players for throwing the ball into the stands after a try, or in order to avoid a quick lineout?

<>, you are required to kick the conversion with the same ball -- the whole spiking or throwing the ball away risks losing that ball.

At the very least, you are required to kick the conversion without undue delay -- I think spiking the ball counts as needless.

As for the lineouts, does anyone notice when cheeky players (Geordan Murphy comes to mind) run into touch, and then "hand the ball" to a deserving fan in the front row. It's a clear ploy to kill a quick lineout.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Toby Flood faces ban for alleged dangerous tackle on Andy Goode

I a tackler brings a player beyond the horizontal, he (and therefore his team) is still responsible for a safe outcome.

That Flood's teammate came in and aggravated the tackle unforunately does not solve the problem.

Thus, I think that the safety lesson here should be that if Flood lifts the player, his teammate should be helping to guid the player to safety, not making it worse.

Regardless, it's Flood that should get the penalty and sanction, even if he is being hard-done.

That said, the one brining the most disrepute to the game is Andy Goode's barber.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Possibly the best scrum celebration ever

he's brought the game into such disrepute, he should be forced to scull his pint.... that is assuming props even scull pints these days.. or even eat meat pies or braai or asado for that matter...

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

The worse your kicker, the more important it is to get under the posts.

Teams like the USA have struggled for years with getting kickers to handle conversions which kickers from other countries can handle.

Everyone knows the touchline conversion is tough. But the differentiating factor to me are those that come from between the 5m and 15m lines. For the USA, those kicks are low percentage, but the better countries seem to have a much better success rate.

Back to Isles -- his skill set will be valuable no matter what, but especially valuable in the near term (until the USA gets better kickers).

-- especially if the 7s events are held in deep try zones!

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Munster captain Doug Howlett chops Schalk Brits in two

Howlett is clearly the best leader on that squad that will not get called away or poached.

Thanks for the clarification. Makes sense in that context.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Munster captain Doug Howlett chops Schalk Brits in two

Two mitigating factors support not giving Howlett a card:
1. He is not playing for a French side
and
2. He is not from Tonga or Samoa

1 Year, 4 Months ago

 
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