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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.

7 Months, 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.

8 Months, 3 Days ago

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

Or until he can put away the boot at least.

1 Year, 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, 7 Months 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.

2 Years, 2 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.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Damien Traille takes a dive and gets player sinbinned

A yellow would be a bit harsh unless there had been previous related infringements and they'd been warned about it. I could see that though if it was preventing a sure score or something and seen as cynical. Not sure of the context in this game though, and whether or not it warranted that on the basis of being within the 10 meters.

As far as Traille, disgraceful, and hopefully that's well remembered by any number of teams and he gets a nice hard hit to give him first hand experience of a situation that might warrant the look he had on his face.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Montage of Amazing Lions Test series in Australia, plus WIN a 2013 Lions jersey

For better, or worse, or fun:
#1 North and Falau trading tries
#2 North carrying Falau after his tackle attempt
#3 Beale's slip (and their overall kicking that game)

2 Years, 4 Months ago

The Force upset the Crusaders with big defence amidst crowd control problems

Sounds to me like the Crusaders shouldn't be blaming the security, they should be blaming their fans and being unable to breach the Force's defence.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Paul O'Connell knocks out Dave Kearney with clumsy kick to the head

Deliberate? Probably not. Dangerous? Definitely yes. I'd say he's luck to have escaped further discipline at this point considering that has to be an area just like tip tackles where even if it isn't intended, you have to think of player safety first and your own team's advantage second. The ball being moved just prior to kicking him doesn't help his case either, as it moves from right beside the head to further away and it should have made him more mindful of the danger.

Step over and ruck (I'm sure he knows how to do that as a forward) should be his first instinct, not kick a ball close to a player's head.

2 Years, 7 Months ago