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Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

I'm with you. Refs used to be old players that wanted to help out and contribute to the game. Now refs are like cops with quotas trying to put their own stamp on a game.

The refs have become more of a part of the game than ever before and it sucks. Guys don't train so hard to have a ref decide a game. Be #31 not #1.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Fiji score six tries in Pacific Nations Cup rout against Tonga

Very entertaining rugby! Great stuff.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Owen Williams banned for six weeks for making contact with Luther Burrell's eyes

Interesting. The way it works in professional American sports is that they rarely ban players but give them monetary fines instead. Of course most every player is a millionaire. 30 large sounds like a lot.

So "making contact with eyes" is like a less despicable form of gouging? I'm not sure I get it. If the PTB are serious they should produce a written guideline for degrees of offense and the appropriate punishment. The citing commission process is so inconsistent.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Adriaan Strauss suspended for three weeks after tip tackle

Because machismo is part of rugby? You don't get dumped if you go into contact at a low body angle.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Adriaan Strauss suspended for three weeks after tip tackle

Why do we have to accept that? At the end of the day the central question is whose game is it, the players and fans or the refs and irb? You say we should just shut up and accept whatever law change these clowns come up with without question? No way Jose!

The irb makes these rules up monolithically and has an agenda. I ref and at every meeting it comes down from above "we" want to see more of this and less of that. Who is "we"?

Rugby should exist primarily for the experience of the players playing the game, secondly for fans, and not at all for administrators and officials who are there to serve the players and fans' interests because hopefully, they are/were players and are fans too...

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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

I wonder how this Toulon team would against a test team? They have about 700 caps on the field. It's like a Barbarians side but they train together.

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

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.

4 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.

4 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.

5 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.

5 Months, 1 Day ago

 
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