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David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

With hindsight, yes! But remember in the first few games of the world cup last year, the referees were as far as I can recall criticised for stopping the game too often to look at replays of what often ended up being nothing.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Ugly fight erupts between French and British navies in annual clash

I hope the props that were sent off weren't the Navy tighthead and the Marine loosehead. If you look in the background between about 0:05 and 0:10, they can be seen having a bit of a grapple but then seem to decide that they don't want to go there, so end up having a bit of a hug.

Unless they threw the first digs to set the whole thing off, they were a beacon of camaradarie.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Carlin Isles unhappy after being caught and hit hard by Augustine Pulu

Great hit.

Isles took the pass probably a couple of metres closer to the oncoming tacklers than he would have liked and got caught in three minds. After Pulu didn't commit too early to Isles first running line, it was an "easy" smash.

Agree about the afters. Not sure I've ever seen Isles say or do anything arrogant to warrant it, With that sort of pace, he could easily showboat/take the mick if he was that way inclined. But nothing wrong with having blistering pace and liking to use it.

I remember a clip of him bombing a try when he dropped the ball in the in-goal in a 15s game. Was just a simple mistake, but yet a load of comments on one thread (not rugbydump) about how he deserved it etc.

Put it down to envy.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Whiria Meltzer's incredible flick pass sets up great 7s try

That kick at the start was awful. Clearly shows the lack of basic skills at the amateur level in NZ.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

Agree entirely with first two paragraphs. He was knocked out when his head hit the ground (involuntary arms in the air), so not sure how quickly he could be expected to bounce back up on his feet anyway.

I'm an Ulster fan.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Awful spear tackle sparks huge brawl in French third division

Red 5 is itching for a scrap from the start. When the tackled player gave the tackler a bit of a "what the hell was that" shove in the face, it looks like it would have ended there. But, as DrG points out, red 5 gets involved.

For me, the trigger for it all properly kicking off is when red 5 shoves his hand (fingers?) in yellow 4's face (eyes?). Yellow 4 up to this point looks like he has been trying to defuse the situation. Yellow 4 gets angry and voilá.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

England knocked out of home World Cup by outstanding Wallabies

It seems to me that Andy Farrell had a bigger say all along in selection (and likely coaching) than Lancaster ever did. I'm sure he out his foot down a few times, and Lancaster doesn't seem like a man to stand up to Farrell. The Burgess experiment went horribly wrong, and I can't see how that was anything other than Farrell having his way.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

The Top 10 Tries in Rugby World Cup History

Not even the best Argie try.

But I'm not bitter!

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Josh Valentine knocked out by brutal upright tackle from Taiasina Tuifua

Agree with the sentiment of the majority who have posted.

What troubles me most in this is the amount of time that passes between the tackle and the game being stopped. I know its only a few seconds, but in that type of situation, a few seconds is all it takes for a more serious injury to happen to a player who has no way of protecting himself. Admittedly I've seen worse (I remember one incident on here a couple of years ago, possibly from a Super Rugby game, where the unconscious player was in the middle of some pretty ferocious rucking and counter rucking).

I know that you play to the whistle, that these things happen in the game, that players get knocked out and then are back on their feet a few seconds after etc. But surely one or more of the players in close proximity to the tackle must have heard the thud and seen the player knocked out cold. If the ref doesn't blow up, should they not try to let the ref know immediately? I see the blue 2 hit the ruck pretty hard, right above his unconscious teammate's face. I see blue 6 (I think) pick the ball up and try to make a few yards. Can't see his number, but a grey right behind the tackler seems to have a pretty good view and doesn't seem to bat an eyelid.

Maybe I'm being too harsh?

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

I would guess that the word "caution" has a very clear meaning for both participants in a conversation between the referee and the TMO of a professional rugby game in South Africa, both of whom are likely to be very familiar with the laws of the game!

2 Years, 9 Months ago