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Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

I don't mind a penalty but a card was a bit harsh. He's clearly jumping for the ball, and you can't try and penalize that out of the game. So long as it's two players in the air challenging for the ball, it should be a fair contest - it doesn't matter that one was being boosted and was higher. Otherwise, what can a player chasing a kick do? Would they have to concede the catch and automatically defend? I'd like to see more responsibility put on the boosters' shoulders in open play like this to ensure he comes down safely, or maybe they stop boosting in open play altogether.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Schalk Burger awarded Comeback of the Year at the 2015 Laureus Awards

Certainly a good story to see his return to form, and I'm sure many players around the world - even opponents - are glad to see him recover.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

It's an important point that Cruden jumps into the tackle, and you can see even Messam lift his hands after the decision in apology to the other team.

But, it doesn't absolve Steyn from the tackling motion he makes where he lifts, then drives while continuing to lift. I think it would have resulted in at least close to a spear tackle but likely still one even without the additions of the other players.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

The red is a tough call on Hughes, but he has to be more careful in how he plans that outcome. Players at that level are very aware of timing and he had to know he wasn't close enough to get his foot under the ball to prevent grounding. At best he'd be hoping it wasn't grounded at first and he could kick it out, but then with the ball around the head that would be extremely reckless.

What's more likely is he was careless about coming in to support the tackle and then had no where to step without making contact. That's still on Hughes, but red card/deliberate is a tough outcome. Hopefully it'll teach him to be more careful as no one wants to see injuries from accidental but preventable situations.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

Not only to have his arm by is side like that (almost awkwardly so, I agree), but to come into a maul standing upright? He's surely a better forward than that to not know he'd have no real power stopping the momentum of the maul.

But then it looks to me like he had other ideas on how to stop the maul, in this case by hitting another player deliberately in the head and knocking him out (or at least causing him to fall to the round) and disrupting the maul.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

If he'd known Robshaw's middle name, he really would have been in trouble.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

Or until he can put away the boot at least.

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

These guys are good, good players, and if he doesn't realize he's got an opposition player who'll get under the ball before him and could likely be in the air at least 10 yards prior to contact, then the penalty/card is deserved. I might have left it to the red I guess, since he is still hoping to play the ball and it'd be insane to try and pretend to catch it in an effort at foul play - but then again, I've seen stranger things.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Ben Tameifuna and Jamie Mackintosh banned for old school rucking

Both were obviously intentional in my opinion and neither were within the boundaries of acceptable rucking. You're legs shouldn't be pistoning up and down and the foot should be moving from forward to back, as if to roll the player towards you.

The first he steps (hard) twice in the same place where if he was just joining the ruck he would have been making an attempt to step over him. The second he is aiming outwards to just rake the back, rather than try and pull him back with his cleats on the side.

Penalties for sure, but borderline for a week suspension.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Ronan O'Mahony back heel flick sets up try for James Coughlan vs Edinburgh

I don't know, it almost looks like he's trying to bring it forward slightly with his left boot so he can put it back in front of him with his right. But, maybe he did hear a call from his support and figured he'd pop it up in the air on chance.

1 Year, 8 Months ago