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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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 Months ago

Kevin the Tipster - England vs France Quarter Final

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

5 Years, 4 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, 4 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, 4 Months ago

Leonardo Ghiraldini in trouble after making contact with Cian Healy's eyes

Paul O'Connell - never does the fact that he isn't the captain keep him from talking to the referee like he is.

Dunno if it was really an attempt to purposefully gouge. But Healey had every right to unleash some punches on Ghiraldini. Fingers near the eye should set anyone off. And that should settle the matter.

But if it gets judged to be intentional, then Ghiraldini should expect a lengthy ban. If fingers end up anywhere near someone's face, then be prepared to face the consequences of a gouging allegation.

Just a question: Ghiraldini isn't known to be a particularly "dirty" player, is he? If not, then that should play into his favor come sentencing.

5 Years, 4 Months ago

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Week 2

This seems to have gotten a little out of hand here (though not to the extent of the comments on the old site layout).

Let me set it straight for you all:

First and foremost, this is the Plays of the Week. It's a mildly funny and lighthearted recap of a few rugby games. It's during the Rugby Club, so of course it's Aussie-centric. That's its bag. The goal is tongue-in-cheek commentary with some dreadful puns thrown in the mix. During Super Rugby, it's not rare for them to pick "Try of the Week" from an Australian side, even when it pales in comparison to one scored by a SA/NZ side. So don't get so offended - it's not intentionally disrespectful; you just have to roll your eyes and move along.

I actually hadn't even really noticed that they left out Genia getting picked up and carried like a ragdoll. It was a marvelous moment from the game, for sure, but again, it probably wasn't a favorite moment for the Wallaby supporters, so I can see why it maybe got left out.

Regarding the media - well, who takes that stuff seriously anyway? I actually think there's nothing quite as satisfying as having your side dismissed beforehand, only for them to pull off an upset (still waiting for that to happen with the USA!).

As for the Fox Sports commentators, it's pretty simple: Rod Kafer is the least biased/most shrewd guy there; Kearns is moderately funny, if only for how boneheaded/biased he can be - at least he'll make jokes about it; Greg Martin is an idiot and the most biased of them all; Greg Clark just likes to hear himself talk.

Now, can we all just move past it and talk about something important, like Ali Williams doing the haka...?

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Damp

(he also had a pretty decent/good match, to be honest)

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Damp

Stop the presses...Paddy Wallace lasted an entire 80 minutes of international rugby without an injury!

5 Years, 5 Months ago