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Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

I think it's fair to call the Cardiff's defense into question, but what impresses me more about the clip is something that Leinster are one of the best teams at - timing of runs and passes.

Yeah, it's just an inside ball, but the timing of the pass - no look, just pop the ball out - was perfect. The ability to know when your runner is going to be there, when the pass will be made, where the ball is going to end up - it's what any back line strives for, but rarely achieves. And Leinster are terrific at it.

Maybe the play isn't all that spectacular or one-of-a-kind, but it's just a beautifully worked try.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Jannie Du Plessis slapped with off-field yellow card after starting dust-up

Glad he wasn't suspended or anything too harsh. The penalty was enough, and I guess the "yellow" just tops it off.

Was certainly unexpected watching the match, when all of a sudden there's a brawl involving almost all 30 players. Funny watching McLeod running in there in true scrumhalf fashion, throwing punches at any opposition player in his field of view.

Nothing really wrong with all that - and both sides went back to relatively calm rugby afterwards (save du Plessis, who was a stone in the ref's shoe almost all match).

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

And what's more, I should've known better - because I remember watching the Cheetahs v Crusaders match, because I recall the unusual "I give up" move by Goosen kicking the ball out at 80min, denying the team the chance at a tie game.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

Yup. I'm a fucking idiot. The writeup was concerning the Cheetahs/Canes game today, while the video was from the Crusaders/Cheetahs match last week.

Hey, RD, help a brotha out and remove that post of mine.

...or, leave it up as a reminder to think before posting.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

The Cheetahs were behind 32-10 with ten minutes left in the first half, before they pulled things back and went into the break tied at 32-32.

Maybe I'm just particularly dense today, but the video shows time at ~45 min (presumably 2nd half?), with the score 18-3.

Did I maybe miss something?

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

Call me a jaded back, but I agree totally.

I wish we backs could act like props more the fuck often.

Awesome idea about the scrum dances. Maybe rugby will just turn into one big dance contest. No actual tries will be scored, just "You Got Served" for 80 minutes.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

I was speaking more to Henson's recent "return" to the game. Sarries/Toulon/Cardiff - he hasn't done much to bring back any respect for himself. Of course before, it was easier to stomach the fact that he's a cock, because the guy was talented and, plenty of times, a hell of a player. But once he stops bringing that to the table, people tend to get tired of his shit.

Of course I wouldn't take away the feats he's had with Wales. That wasn't really what I was getting at, I guess.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

Dunno. I think it's a bit premature to be talking about him making a go at the England 10 shirt. That'll have to be decided in the coming seasons, I'd imagine.

I really don't know much about Farrell either. I tend to not watch the Premiership if there's anything else to choose from...he's been on the London South Africans since 2008, apparently...I guess I just hadn't noticed him really. But you're right - he did a bang up job in the 6N this year. Plus, he's young, so he the bright-future-appeal for coaches as well.

All I meant was that Cipriani looked to have dwindled off with the Wasps and England up until his move down under. And last year with the Rebels wasn't great, either, but he looks to have improved. If I were him, I might want to stay another year and soak up some more Super Rugby experience...but I guess he thinks he's ready to go back to England. Or maybe it's money. I don't know.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

Who knew that pulling a hamstring also makes you go full retard.

He looked like a buffoon, as do all the idiots who celebrate like this after a try. Modesty is a desirable quality in rugby, I used to think.

In any case, Cipriani does actually have my respect - the guy has come back on form after failing to live up to the original hype surrounding him back home. Kind of like that tool Gavin Henson, except that Cipriani is actually succeeding.

This was a pretty great match to watch, too. Amazing how the game changed after the English 10 went off...but glad the Rebels still came out on top. They've probably deserved a win for a while.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

A look at the first ever White Card in Super Rugby

No worries.

This idea will be abandoned before the end of the season. I guess the premise is simply to save citing officers time (?), but either way, it's redundant and will hopefully go away.

That, or we just pick up even more cards. Let's have a full dozen, each one for different intricacies of the game.

*A try will no longer be awarded by a whistle and a gesture, but by the display of a black card.
*If a player makes a particularly good touch finder of a kick, the ref will hold up a brown card.
*If prop runs more than 5 meters with the ball, he'll see a blue card; if he manages to offload on top of that, it'll be purple.
*If the crowd is being gratuitously raucous, then maybe an orange card.
*A rainbow card every time the scrumhalf throws his arms out wide and shouts at the referee.

Etc. etc. ad nauseum.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

 
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