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Commentary was more embarrassing than the scoreline.
A few moments of pride to take away from the Eagles' performance. Thought Scully played his heart out. The whole team played as best they thought they could...
Room for improvement obviously...support running and offloads, defensive cover tackles, scrums. I mean, some things will never happen unless the US starts taking rugby seriously. But some...I mean, what happened to the defensive effort that was there against Ireland last RWC? I think the USA made over 100 (close to 130?) tackles that game?
Sure "they were playing the ABs" is valid, but an excuse is still only an excuse.
Come on, England!
3 Weeks, 3 Days ago
"if you're going to stick your hand or fingers near them, be prepared to get a bit of heat for it"
So what of Higgibotham's hand in O'Donoghue's face - near the eyes - as well?
6 Months, 6 Days ago
Anyone else notice what looks to be a cheap shot but Taumalolo with a punch to Chouly's (?) gut in the first tackle?
Looks like he was just out there to punch away and start a fight as quickly as he could...
1 Year, 1 Week ago
1 Year, 4 Months ago
2 Years, 2 Months ago
The brush-off by JdV on Tuilagi in the clip reminded me of my favorite moment from the mid-year tests: Rob Kearney shoving SBW to the side as if he weren't a giant of a man.
But that's another story.
I thought the write-up summed it up well. Tuilagi had plenty moments of great play - his battering-ram-brilliance, but nothing that lifted England up to another level or anything. But that's the way things go sometimes.
I was also glad to see de Villiers playing as though he were still in his 20s. I thought he captained his side pretty well.
2 Years, 4 Months ago
who knows what he'll do.
Probably nothing, since that what he's done since all the hype rose up around him last year. Surely there are some more deserving wingers to put in the English squad? Maybe not, I don't know.
2 Years, 5 Months ago
Given the all-Irish final, does this mean Connacht will be in the Heineken Cup again next year, too?
On another note, I find it unfortunate that Ireland can repeatedly field the top club sides in Europe, but on a national level, they are anything but consistent.
2 Years, 6 Months ago
Wonder if it'll be going on his tackling stats for the year...
2 Years, 7 Months ago
I disagree with the last sentence (unfortunately), but I wholeheartedly agree with the first one. I wonder how we could petition to have something like that happen. I doubt Rugbydump could get that done alone, but I wonder if that could get support going for a Heineken Cup vs. Super Rugby championship game.
There aren't many good reasons for it not to happen, either. Yeah, there's the whole delay factor, with the two competitions finishing at separate times, but I bet it could be worked out.
And judging from how well the Super Rugby match played at Twickenham last year did (not phenomenal, but pretty damned good for a less-than-well-advertised, everyday match), I can imagine the turnout for the cross-hemisphere club championship would be pretty terrific.
And, like mise linked to - if they can do an exhibition/practice match like that, why couldn't they do a high-profile championship...
2 Years, 7 Months ago