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The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 1

Sean Maloney seems subdued in this format. There's something about his commentary during the Top Fives that makes them gold. Bring them back - I don't care if there's no more decent material!

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

Nacho

If that's a "pretty clear" obstruction by Boss (number 21), every rugby game would just be a series of penalties!

I wonder whether you are referring to the movement by Madigan (number 22) just after the kick. He leans his body into Parisse with no intent or hope of doing anything other than getting in his way. But again, we see that sort of thing all the time in games and to give a penalty try there would be very harsh.

Regarding the knock on, at 0:42 and 0:53 in the video Nacho posted, you can see the trajectory of the ball change slightly as it glances Parisse's finger tips.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

Choumai,

If you really were involved (and I have no reason to suspect you were not), can you give a bit of colour? Specifically:

- Did Soignies "play" like this from the start?
- Did anyone try to convince them to give it a go?
- How did your team miss 18 conversions?
- And most importantly, how many tries did you bag?

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

I maybe going against popular opinion, but I was very pleased by Ireland's performance. Of course final table positions show Italy is the weakest team in the competition, but (ignoring the game against England last year when England were chasing points) it has been a while since Italy have suffered a heavy defeat at home. While fans, media and likely coaches and players may expect to win in Rome, it is unlikely to be an easy win.

Ireland had key players missing from the squad (Sexton, Healy, Heaslip) and then lost O'Brien in the warm-up, but their replacements played well and suggest strength in depth that has not always been available to the coach.

The centre pairing has less than a handful of caps between them but showed promise.

Ireland's performance was disciplined. They wore Italy down when they needed to and when the opportunity arose they were clinical enough to put the game out of reach.

Of course there were errors, of course there are areas to improve, but all in all for a first outing I think Irish supporters should be happy.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Agree 100%.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Pretty sure in 1, 2 and 5, the tackler (or shoulder charger in the case of 5) left the field injured. Bodies on the line stuff.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Nations 2015 : The Journalists' Preview

Insightful: Having or showing an accurate and deep understanding (Oxford English Dictionary).

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Yoann Huget gets official warning for faking injury against Bath

Excellent point about the replays.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

On the forward pass, I agree. The ball travels forwards and the "backward out of the hands"/Newton's first law of motion argument doesn't apply as Castro is going sideways.

On the runner taking out the defender, also arguable as he seems to stick his left arm out to grab the Ulster player. But the ref says "He was straight. You took the dummy", so you weren't the only one to see it!

4 Months, 2 Days ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

For summer tour, read WC warm-up matches.

4 Months, 3 Days ago