Didn't see the game but looked like a nail-biter. I reckon the Yaarde one was a yellow to be honest - he never looked to make an effort to roll away and unfortunately when you get into that kind of position no ref's going to have much sympathy so don't really buy the argument that Owens didn't give him much time. »
I coach the kids down at our club and that kind of thing is a terrible example to them. Not only is it dangerous for the player being tackled but it's also dangerous for the tackler too. It's clearly a shoulder charge and can't believe he wasn't cited for it. I don't think the fact he's been injured should mean he gets let off from a ban. IRB should set an example.
I remember my brother got a video once for Xmas - Cliff Morgan's Great British Sporting Moments - it had the Baa Baas game of course but also things like Daley Thompson winning the Decathlon gold at the Olympics in 84, Dennis Taylor beating Steve Davis at the Crucible and Botham's Ashes in 81. I always remember his introduction though to the highlights of the Baa Baas game: "In 1973 the All Blacks came to Cardiff to play the Barbarians. There were no tedious preliminaries, there was no feeling of the pulse; the game started off like a firecracker."