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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.

6 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...

6 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.

6 Months, 3 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.

6 Months, 3 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.

6 Months, 3 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.

6 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

6 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

6 Months, 4 Weeks 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).

6 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

6 Months, 4 Weeks ago

 
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