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Friday Funnies - Keep your eye on the ball, and the beer

Excellent in-depth analysis there in the write-up, RD.

But how does one comment on a post of a humorous incident in the Aviva Premiership? Does one comment on the surprise that there is interesting rugby being played outside of the World Cup?

No. Instead, we should quip about how the real victim is the guy, given how expensive that beer probably was. Or there's the joke "Well, that's one way to deal with the haka!" (see the shirt).

Baseball may not have much on rugby in terms of athleticism and entertainment, but looks like rugby fans could learn a small lesson in priorities from guys like this:

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Radike Samo's big hit on Bryan Habana in RWC Quarter Final

Haha, that's a pretty funny gif. I had missed that during the match. Just for his own sake, Burger ought to keep his hands away from people's heads. Better safe than sorry.

I imagine he was a little frustrated with Pocock there...seeing as how the whole match the Aussie 7 kept disallowing the ball to be played. There's a difference between being the first man at the tackle and therefore being able to play the ball vs. not allowing the tackled player to place it and then release it.

Either way, I think for the most part, you're right about Bryce Lawrence being equally poor for both sides - especially at the breakdown. The Boks never seemed to enter on their feet, and the Australians never seemed to let the ball be played. And Lawrence just let it all go by.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Radike Samo's big hit on Bryan Habana in RWC Quarter Final

It should be said that Habana was tough as nails that match, though. At least three times, he was knocked back and the commentators (I think the Kiwi ones at least) kept speculating that "Ahh, he's not right." But he just took a minute, got back up, and went back in for more.

After that fall by Brussow, it looks like SA's number 11 is tougher than it's number 6. ;)

And I love it when Samo makes an impact - I think everybody does. That 35-year old plays as though he were 10 years younger. He and Beau Robinson are two of the more inspirational forwards on the Wallaby side.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia banned for seven weeks for dangerous tackle on Olly Morgan

Yeahhhh!!! Rugby ought to have more headbutting! Maybe the IRB will toughen up and we can elbow people in the face during mauls, too! And kick jumpers in the nuts during lineouts!

Congratulations, ceri, for the dumbest comment so far this year. To everyone else: the year isn't over yet, so you still have a chance!

5 Years, 7 Months ago

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Pool stages

Forgot about the Ghiraldini incident. Just checked, and looks like he's been suspended for 15 weeks. And that's after it was reduced due to his good record. Well...that sucks for him.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Semi Finalists confirmed

I was a bit disappointed Bryce was picked over the better Lawrence referee for this tournament...most games, Bryce Lawrence picks one area of the game to get pedantic over and forgets about all the rest.

The Boks entered almost every ruck by going immediately off their feet, and Lawrence didn't seem to notice at all.

That said, South Africa looked the more threatening team on offense. Burger played his heart out. I was surprised Australia was able to hold them out so many times - a couple of marginal forward passes certainly didn't help...Hopefully the Wallabies can keep that defense up, otherwise NZ will have a field day next weekend.

I was really hoping for an Argentine upset...but what can ya do...Weepu was on fire with his kicks last night.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Kevin the Tipster - England vs France Quarter Final

Well...wrong about the score difference, but partially right about the two weak links in defense.

Keith Earls and Godron D'Arcy. Both directly involved in all of Wales tries. Wonder if Kidney isn't on his way out, so Ireland can get a coach who isn't stubborn and will select new players instead of trying to force players that just don't seem to work...

What a disappointing end for Ireland (and ROG if he does indeed plan on retiring)...good luck to the Welsh.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Kevin the Tipster - England vs France Quarter Final

Whoops, that's whichever team gives up the least penalties

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Kevin the Tipster - England vs France Quarter Final

Wales by 10 seems a little high to me. Definitely doable, as Ireland could have a crap game and Wales could be on fire. But past encounters make me think that whichever team gives up the most penalties in this one will win. And it could very easily become a rather dull kick-fest. Hopefully that doesn't happen, though.

Position-wise, the two sides look pretty well equal. There could be an interesting battle in the scrum for the front rowers - it could go either way given that Ireland seem to be doing well in the scrum, but I'd lean towards Wales.

Both #5's are just as likely to fly off the handle some point in the game.

Ireland will have to manage the breakdown against Warburton snatching turnovers, and Wales will have to keep up their tight defense against the Irish loose.

Mike Phillips is always hard to defend against, and the Irish will need Murray to deliver quick ball in order to get the Welsh on the backfoot.

Wales is probably stronger at 12 - D'Arcy can drop tackles like a hot potato, so Roberts could be breaking a lot of lines. And Earls against North worries me a bit too.

I'm a little surprised Gatland didn't start Hook - maybe he'll bring him in pretty early in the game. Hook really can make a game turn around.

Sorry, I'm just looking through the lineups and commenting...just stating the obvious.

Either way, it'll be interesting to see Priestland and O'Gara on a pitch at the same time, to once and for all prove that they are not, in fact, the same person.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Paul Williams red card for strike on Heinrich Brussow

I think you already hit the nail on the head:
Replays showed that it wasn't a punch, and Brussow had stayed down for longer than he possibly should have. All things considered, it wasn't a huge surprise to see someone receive a red card.

Brussow is a great openside and he's typically a pretty tough player on the pitch (he's played through injuries before)...but man, he ought to be a bit embarrassed by how hard he went down by an open-hand strike from a fullback (granted, that's one large fullback...).

Williams deserved at the very least a yellow card, and a straight red is reasonable enough. No need to act like a bitch and blindside a guy with a strike to the head, just because he was punching your arms when you held on to him over a ruck (though some of those did look to connect to the back of Williams' head, so I guess maybe he figured he'd just return the favor...)

Either way, a silly incident that didn't need to happen. Thanks dickbags, for not letting this tournament go by without at least one red card.

5 Years, 7 Months ago