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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.

3 Years, 5 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.

3 Years, 5 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.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Reds winger Dom Shipperly scores last-gasp try to defeat the Waratahs

Tom Carter is an assclown. He's like a less talented version of Quade Cooper. Celebrates every try like he's god's gift to rugby and like he made it happen all on his own, but he can't defend worth shit. Least enjoyable player on the Tahs, hands down.

Shame to see the Reds win it, but at least it happened in a pretty spectacular way. You can't really complain about matches that end in a whirlwind, regardless of the result.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 Years, 6 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.

3 Years, 6 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.

3 Years, 6 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.

3 Years, 6 Months ago