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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, 6 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, 6 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Toby Flood charges straight into the post

Clear obstruction -- cynical play really by the Dutchman

1 Year, 6 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, 6 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, 6 Months ago

Fabrice Estebanez knockout hit on David Strettle

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

1 Year, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 Months ago

 
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