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HSBC Lions Monthly - Episode 4

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Brian O'Driscoll
12. Jamie Roberts / Manu Tuilagi (depending on form in warm-up matches)
11. George North
10. Jonny Sexton
9. Mike Phillips/ Ben Youngs (depending on form)
8. Ben Morgan
7. Sam Warburton
6. Chris Robshaw
5. Geoff Parling
4. Alun Wyn-Jones
3. Adam Jones
2. Dylan Hartley
1. Gethin Jenkins

That gives a fierce scrummaging team... great balance in the back-row and a world-class back-line

1 Year, 3 Weeks ago

Romain Poite enjoys the funny game, but Geordan Murphy disagrees

Have you just read your own definition? 'Ball carrier is held' Best is holding Croft. 'Id brought to ground' - I'm pretty sure that happens

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Romain Poite enjoys the funny game, but Geordan Murphy disagrees

Agree totally! What happened to giving the benefit of the doubt to the attacking team...

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Romain Poite enjoys the funny game, but Geordan Murphy disagrees

Well we can debate whether that's incidental contact or his an assister all day... It's interpretation, but there's an argument that he uses that contact to give himself an advantage at ruck time, and doesn't allow Croft to place the ball. Where is the benefit of the doubt given to the attacking team? The number 5, deliberately falls on the wrong side, and does not allow Croft to play the ball - that's a clear penalty too. So I was just taking offence to the comment which said Youngs should 'grow up'. Not that it mattered, Leicester were massively outplayed anyway.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Romain Poite enjoys the funny game, but Geordan Murphy disagrees

And yes, the number 5 falls and the wrong side and doesn't allow Croft to play the ball. Croft has to be allowed to play the ball, and a combination of the hooker and the number 5 prevent him from doing so. So I'm not sure why Ben Youngs needs to 'grow up'. If you've ever been on a rugby pitch you'll realise that in the heat of the moment, if somebody pushes you, you push back.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Romain Poite enjoys the funny game, but Geordan Murphy disagrees

If you freeze it at 0:06, the hooker clearly makes contact with Croft, before Croft is on the ground. Therefore technically he is assisting the tackle, and it is a double tackle. This contact with Croft gives him an advantage at ruck time - if he had released croft before playing the ball, he would have been rucked off.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

 
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