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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!

2 Days, 4 Hours 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?

3 Days, 19 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!!!

2 Weeks, 6 Days 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!

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Filthy tackle leaves Josua Tuisova seeing red

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

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Craig Barry ghosts Scarlets defence in Cheetahs win over champs

Something Christian Cullen about that try... beautiful!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Shocking footage of vicious kick during college rugby match leads to arrest

It sounds like you were there when it happened and I have no reason to doubt what you say happened, but whatever the motive, that kick to the head was blatant thuggery and to claim otherwise is the "joke".

I am not in any way suggesting a player (or anyone for that matter) should have to accept racist remarks and just "rise above it", but there are other ways to handle this.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Michael Hooper makes unwanted history with record breaking yellow card

How is it that Habana and Cudmore can have the same number of yellow cards???

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Scarlets' Steff Evans finishes sensational team try in heavy rain

Are you referring to the pass that was flat out of his hands?

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Damian de Allende apologises but should not have been sent off

Have to agree with Oui Jerome and breakaway. Maybe "plenty of time" isn't the right expression, but looking at this (especially at normal speed in the original camera shot), it just doesn't look like he tried in any way not to hit him. On the contrary, it looks like he carried on his running line so as to hit him.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago