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Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

Played provincial ball on the wing? Pretty impressive in these days of specialization.

South Africa and NZ are just so deep with great rugby players.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

Yes I would. It's about motivation.
Deysel was trying to play rugby and the opposition was stopping him from doing so. He was not trying to get anyone in trouble or mislead the ref. He was just doing his job.

Habana was slightly impeded and his reaction was to act out in blatant attempt to convince the ref that a foul had occurred when it had not.

So Deysel is a rugby player trying to get on with it. Habana is a cheater and an actor. Big difference.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Mathieu Bastareaud big dump tackle on Jaques Cronje in Top 14 semi final

So lame. The refs are killing this game!

I don't care what the law says. Change the law. They already do every year anyway. There is nothing in this.

4 Months, 1 Day ago

Ed O'Donoghue cleared of eyegouging after red card game changer

"make a massive call when it required." That's just it, it wasn't required. There was no eye gouge and the call was wrong. What's more the tmo stopped play at a critical time and basically gave the game away. These guys don't train their guts out just to have some guy in the stands decide who is going to win based on some thing he thinks might have happened.

As a ref, when in doubt you don't make the call.

4 Months, 2 Days ago

Ed O'Donoghue cleared of eyegouging after red card game changer

Horrible, horrible, horrible. This wasn't even Walsh's fault. Horwill was right and the nameless TMO and should be fired. Reds were robbed.

Instant replay has been very controversial in American sports for 30 years. It's very tough to get the right balance of correcting missed calls and not slowing down the game.

Higginbotham is a classy dude and overzealous reffing is killing the game.

4 Months, 2 Days ago

Jean Deysel suspended for three weeks for stamp against Crusaders

No, I think stamping is justified, just not to the head.

The voiceover says that players need to trust refs to pick up on this stuff and not take matters in their own hands. The problem is refs will never ever stop play and issue a penalty or card for somebody being held away from the ball. There is simply too much going on. So what's a guy to do then? Just accept being taken out of the game by some cheater?

The self policing aspect of rugby is really vital and when we take it away we have inequalities such as this where it pays to be negative (like Taufua).

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Jean Deysel suspended for three weeks for stamp against Crusaders

Holding jerseys MOST DEFINITELY has resulted to blows to the head in the past and rightfully so. Deysel was trying to play rugby and Taufua was preventing him from doing so. Taufua was cheating and got what he deserved.

What is a player on defense supposed to do when he is being tackled by a player on offense? Cry to the referee? File a complaint a week later with the disciplinary board?

A player holding on to another and cynically preventing them from playing deserves everything they get.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Chris Ashton shouts 'push it' as Nick Evans attempts conversion kick

You're allowed to block a conversion. I've seen it happen more than twice.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

I understand where you're coming from. No I'm not a fan of having people dropped upon their heads. I do think that the way that the rule is administered is very problematic. Many times in rugby players land or collide awkwardly and unless the offender is malicious I think the "you lifted in a tackle=straight red" isn't great for the game. Actually I believe unless there is something extremely heinous all players should stay on the field and cards have hurt the game in total.

For instance that Sam Warburton tackle from the WC I thought was fair.

4 Months, 4 Days ago

Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

You realize that "tip tackling" was not illegal until very recently? It wasn't even considered unsporting or as dangerous as a high tackle. As a matter of fact just 10 years ago my coach admonished me for getting put on my back for running too high.

I'm not making light of anyone's injury. I am trying to give some historical context. For most of the history of rugby union and RL if you could pick up a ball carrier and drive them backwards it was considered a great tackle. I'm not saying it was safe, but the crowd went wild.

The idea that putting somebody horizontal at tackle (or even punching someone) is somehow a super bad thing to do is new to the sport.

4 Months, 4 Days ago

 
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