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Super Rugby 2012 Profiles - The South African teams

Why would RD be offended by anything you wrote? The articles have been written by (as mentioned in the first paragraph) Tony O'Sullivan...a Kiwi. So I imagine that's the person your tirade is aimed at.

It's all just sports banter. Nothing to get too worked up about, least of all directing it at the wrong person.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Super Rugby 2012 Profiles - The South African teams

Come on Lions! Aside from the Kiwis behind the team, one could argue that the Lions typically play the most "New Zealand" style of the SA sides...running rugby, racking up tons of tries...but then that can often come at the expense of giving up tries, too.

Until this past CC, they almost always gave up more than they scored, but their defence is looking more and more solid.

So now there's a side that knows how to play exciting offense, and can make the tackles, too. Sounds good to me.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Rotherham beat Doncaster with dramatic extra time wonder kick

So it is. I was confused with Doncaster League, which plays in Championship 1, which is league's 3rd tier. My mistake.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Rotherham beat Doncaster with dramatic extra time wonder kick

I don't want to take away from the kick, which was incredible, but it's stuff like this On Saturday afternoon 4000 fans witnessed an incredible finish to a Championship game at Castle Park in South Yorkshire that sticks out most to me.

Here in the US, we're lucky to get that number at a friggin international 15's match, let alone a third-tier domestic competition. 40,000 people regularly turn up to Division I college football games; if 10% of that showed up for a similar-level rugby match, I'd have a heart attack.

Anyway, like I said, great kick. Close to that Dan Carter magic kick from years past. It's great to see things like that happen in a game - million-in-one chances that actually pan out.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

No date confirmed yet for postponed Six Nations game

Thanks for the link. That's more or less along the lines of what I was getting at (although, I guess I was thinking more of just a heated tarp that still allows moisture to get out, but it's still the same), so it's good to know that kind of solution also exists - and that it's a viable solution for places that don't/can't have underground heating.

I guess the Parisians most likely didn't have ready access to that sort of equipment, given that this kind of cold snap isn't all that prevalent...but I wonder if they'll invest in that kind of technology for the future.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

No date confirmed yet for postponed Six Nations game

What's done is done, but I have to wonder:

Do they make heated field covers as well? In situations like this, where, apparently, underground heating is impossible, a heated cover would maybe have helped keep the pitch from freezing long enough for a game to be played.

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In a perfect world, they would've just packed the show up and moved it on down somewhere in the South of France and played it on Sunday or perhaps on a weekday. But in the real world of professional sport, with broadcasting rights, with the countless tickets and spectators....it'd never happen.

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And lastly, if nothing else, this serves as a good reminder of why it can be beneficial to get travel insurance.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Bradley Davies & Stephen Ferris controversial tackles discussed

Agreed. I saw an Irish Times article hinting at Ferris' carding/penalty giving Halfpenny the game-winning kick being an injustice, as though it's what cost the Irish the match.

But most fans with half a brain know that's not true. Wales won because they were better and more clinical. Ireland gave up and didn't capitalize on the pressure they put on the boys in red.

The disciplinary committee finally got a ruling correct, it would seem. Davies probably could have received a lengthier ban, but who cares...7 weeks is a pretty long time , compounded by missing the chance for international caps in the 6N...I imagine it'll be more than enough motivation to make Davies think twice about an action like that in the future. Ferris did nothing wrong, and was vindicated. Good to know.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Wales seal victory with late kick in Six Nations thriller against Ireland

Must be the curse of the goidelics. The Q-Celts in the form of the Irish and Scottish sides, for the past few years now, seem to be at various levels of inability in terms of finishing.

Even in games where they really should dominate, or do dominate, I always have a closeted fear that at any minute, they'll throw in the towel and the other side will rally back and win.

For the Irish, the only game I can think of that they were unrelenting side - the kind that deserves to win matches - was against Australia in the pool matches of the WC. Maybe against SA a couple years back. But every other game in that time period, I feel like Donncha O'Callaghan at the end of this weekend's match, face in hands, anxiously awaiting the moment when the Irish totally fuck up a good thing.

But hey, well done Wales. If they can just get rid of the silly indiscipline, they have a good shot at being the best team in the NH at the moment. Possibly. But who knows anymore...

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Scotland fail to capitalise on chances as England take Calcutta Cup

Just Scotland being Scotland. Man, I long for the day that they overcome their inability to finish the brilliant running game that they have. They can break lines with the best of them, but seem utterly unable to finish anything off.

England were never amazing. They just had to weather the Scottish storm and wait for the inevitable turnover, and then capitalize on a scoring opportunity.

Sad, really. But, like I said, I can't wait to see a time when Scotland become the great side that they seem capable of being.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Nathan Hines hangs onto two Ulster players

That's how Clermont supporters are: fervent in their belief that their team in infallible. Watching home Top 14 matches is almost unbearable. There aren't many sides whose fans harass the ref as much as Clermont's do. Like the Philadelphia Eagles or Boston Red Sox fans of French rugby.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

 
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