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Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Regarding the Hogg incident, that was in the Millenium stadium not Murrayfield as stated above. But please anyone else correct me, as a regular attendee at Murrayfield I can't remember any replays of contentious plays being shown to the crowd - they are only shown on the TV coverage. In fact it can be frustrating as you end up texting a mate watching the game on telly to find out if it was a fair decision or not.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Surely Hogg's ball? He kicked it ahead and there was no opposition. I think if it was me I would have picked Matawalu up and rammed him into the hoardings again!! Mind you, I did play prop so would have already been back on the halfway line waiting for the kick-off!!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge on Dan Biggar

Hogg is a fantastic player and one who obviously needs to be built around as Scotland go forward (and lets face it ... they can't go further backward!!). But he has to be made aware that what he did on saturday has no place in the modern game. It was not needed ... it wasn't even a questionable decision ... straight red. However, i do agree with some commentators in that this may end up in having a positive impact on him. He can only do this once, so never again. As someone who travelled to Cardiff with a number of family, at a fair cost, to only see 20 minutes of near competitive rugby was hugely disappointing. Stuart Hogg needs reminding of that in the years to come!! If I had any influence in the SRU, I would pay Jim Telfer for at least three hours to have a Telferesk discussion with Mr Hogg in a very closed room. Hogg would come out of the room hating Telfer ... but it would change him for good and for the better.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

I'm sure I heard another Owens classic during this match. Very faint and not picked up at the time but it was along the lines of "You have actually played this game before have you?"

2 Years, 9 Hours ago

Glasgow's Peter Horne scores incredible winning try vs Northampton Saints

Nice try - good mix of team and individual play. Poor tackling and by then Saints down to 14. But good to see such a try from a Scottish player. Hope he gets the opportunity to do the same in the 6N. ... and a more competitive Scottish side can only be good for the 6N as a whole.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

After watching the clip many times, it is difficult to see a red card offence. Not sure what the scrum-capped player is screaming about; possibly more damage could/would have been caused by studs on the head of the number 13. However, pretty stupid thing to do after the whistle had blown. As always, you want to give the referee the benefit of the doubt as they see it only once and in real time. But with the luxury of the replay ... a verbal warning only for me; no card, yellow or red.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Hooker Dylan Hartley cited for striking Ulster's Rory Best

BBC Sport online:

Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley given two-week ban

Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley has been banned for two weeks for striking Ulster's Rory Best.

The incident happened in the second half of last Friday's Heineken Cup match at Franklin's Gardens, which Ulster won 25-6.

The Saints skipper was cited after the match and pleaded guilty to the charge. "

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Hooker Dylan Hartley cited for striking Ulster's Rory Best

Good spot!!

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Hooker Dylan Hartley cited for striking Ulster's Rory Best

I agree wih many of the comments above. I do think that citing is becoming increasingly petty and much more involved than perhaps waht it was initially set up to achieve. In particular I feel that players retaliating to obvious provocation are often hard done to, especially where the referee or touch judge is unsighted and, therefore, not in a position to protect the victim.

However, there are three things that concern me about Hartley's actions in this case. Firstly there does not appear to be any obvious provocation (not saying there wasn't, but it wasn't obvious) - just seemed like a tangle on the floor with perhaps some contact as Best tried to free himself and get back into defence. Secondly, the use of the elbow (see comments above). But lastly it looks like he was just about to let fly with a scorcher and was only prevented by the swift and very fair actions of Afoa.

Doubt if he'll escape a ban - the use of the elbow was particularly nasty. I think his previous should be taken into account as it is obvious that he lacks self-control and self-discipline. The national team may be better off without him.

Would like to see Afoa's actions commended by the citing committee.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Cardiff Blues' Lloyd Williams red carded for alleged dangerous tackle

Disturbing how the trend now is for the potentially "wronged" team to all rush in with handbags. Get the impression that a lot of these decisions are being given one stage higher in some cases purely because of the reaction of the rest of the team?

3 Years, 1 Month ago