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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.

5 Months, 4 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).

5 Months, 4 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.

5 Months, 4 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.

5 Months, 5 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.

5 Months, 6 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.

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

Depth I guess? Revolving door coaching? It seems that the Scottish forwards are usually better than their backs. I'm ready for Scotland to be good again!

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

Exactly. Look, shaking hands with the opposition after a game is not in the law book, but if someone would refuse to do so then that "crime" in my opinion shows a lack of respect to the game which is worse than any off ball issue. Same thing goes for the treatment of the referee.

Rugby union has a code and it's not the same thing as the Laws.

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

Buddy, you're 100% right.

Ashton yelling at a kicker taking a conversion is more troublesome and objectionable to me than any "tip tackle". What a horrible example for young players watching the game.

Cards and the removal of players from the field is really changing the outcome of all big games. It's one of the biggest factors in the result and shouldn't be so.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

135kg Schoolboy Prop Taniela Tupou scores Hat-trick

These are the guys I like!

Rugby has taught me many lessons, one of the foremost is that great athletes come in all shapes and sizes. I like the big props, short halfbacks, and slight wingers.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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