As a NH rugby fan I find the ITM Cup in particular so depressing as it showcases what makes NZ rugby so good. Yes the defence isn't going to be as tight as say the full professional outfits, but the angles, handling and dynamism of these guys is so off the charts compared to what we see - and some of these guys are part-timers! »
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.