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Bulls prop avoids red card for late shot after referee is talked down by TMO

I think if a tackle is not late, but a player slips, ducks, gets tripped etc and you end up going high, it is harsh on the defender and that should be taken into account. However, once you decide to go late (and that usually is a decision, no matter how split second it is), I think you should have to assume liability for things that happen, even if unexpected, that result in your late tackle being worse/more dangerous than you thought it would be.

In this case Mackenzie slipped so far that the forearm ended up hitting his forehead and sliding up. Had he not slipped as much, it could have caught him in the chin, nose or eye and been much worse.

5 Days, 13 Hours ago

USA reach another level with thrilling Las Vegas 7s Cup Final victory

They are on a different planet in terms of gas, but the rest of the team doesn't seem to be lacking either!

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

USA reach another level with thrilling Las Vegas 7s Cup Final victory

Was there some niggle in the final? On both tries scored by Danny Barrett, he seems to engage in a bit of needless provocation.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Incredible hooker domination on display in South Africa's Varsity Shield


"one of the best sights one can see in sport"

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

New footage shows moment Owen Farrell pushed Scotland players in the tunnel before kick-off

John Barclay should be able to confirm that.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Scott Higginbotham pleads innocence but red card wrecks Reds opener

Agree with DrG. And disagree with each of Higginbotham pleas: the tackled player was falling down and Higginbotham didn't have time to wrap his arm.

It almost looks the opposite: he waited until the tackled player was upright to line him up and then hit him with the shoulder!

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Romania's dangerous high tackle that helped Spain to an upset victory

Good point about not appearing to have TMO or the benefit of replays and therefore probably more reluctant to give a red.

Can someone explain what he says to the player as he shows him the card. I think I get that he says he agrees the player was low, but that the tackle was very fast and very high. High OK, but since when was tackling fast an offence? Does he mean the arm as opposed to the tackle?

4 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

Teddy Thomas burns Irish defence with raw speed for memorable French try

I particularly liked the French commentary about ten minutes later.

Attention le drop... le drop de Jonathon Sextooooooooooooooooooooon... Il passe... C'est terrible... terrible!!!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ruan Pienaar's controversial stalling asks questions about the spirit of the law

Is there any reason why the laws shouldn't be changed so the clock would stop between the try being scored and the conversion kicked?

The clock did seem to stop at 53 for a few seconds. Any idea why that was? Seems like Pienaar then turned to the ref and said something and the seconds magically started counting down again.

I don't think Pienaar did anything wrong here. But I did find myself wanting him to miss the kick!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Filthy tackle leaves Josua Tuisova seeing red

I share your bafflement. It was pretty much a flying clothesline.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago