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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, 10 Months ago

Edinburgh and Phil Godman snatch dramatic win away at Racing Metro

...it would appear that more than one Tebows have been invalidated today.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Samu Manoa and Mike Haywood crunching tackles vs Harlequins

Guys this was just blown out of proportion, I'm from Chile so I'm chilean, just as the people of France are french and the guys born in the US are United States citizens (jeez it's not my fault their country doesn't have a goddamn name).

You're talking about demonyms. In English (and in other languages, as well), the demonym for a United States citizen is, in fact, "American". Claro que somos todos Americanos ya seamos de chile o de los eeuu o de cualquier pais - y, en español, tenemos el provecho d tener una palabra para nosotros de los EEUU: "Estadounidense". Pero inglés es diferente y el gentilico, por definición, es "American".

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

Scrumhalves could use a good talking down to every now and again. They complain more than anyone else on the pitch (except for Paul O'Connell, that is).

While Owens can be a bit ostentatious from time to time, this is not one of those times. It was condescending but succinct and to the point, just what the situation called for. Well done.

Oh, and Scott Johnson sounds like a dick.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

Unlike with Buzz's post, I agree with pretty much everything you just said.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Benoit August playacting after James Short lashes out

Well, so that's where fans (and, once upon a time, other teammates) come in. Shame is a powerful motivator. And while I'm sure an open-handed strike to August's throat, or a smack from Hines, actually does hurt, if a player feels ashamed of falling to the ground and look to the referee for a penalty, he might be more inclined to suck it up and move on.

Part of the problem is that too many fans seem to let things slide so long as it gets their side an advantage/win. Even if it's not in the spirit of the game.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Benoit August playacting after James Short lashes out

What I mean is, the French fans who I've met at matches, or the ones that post here, seem to be pretty good rugby fans - guys who actually know the rules and don't tolerate this crap.

So it'd be nice if, instead of people in the stands letting this stuff slide by, you let players/clubs know that this doesn't belong in rugby. Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Benoit August playacting after James Short lashes out

For whatever it's worth, I think you meant to put "Biarritz" and not "Bayonne".

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Benoit August playacting after James Short lashes out

Resorting to stereotypes is usually pretty petty, but I can't help but notice this is, yet again, a French rugby player in the Top 14. It's embedded in the culture, it would seem. From the passionate fans in the audience down to the management on the sidelines, there seems to be an atmosphere that sort of cultivates players going down a bit 'easy' - not that they're outright faking or have planned it from the beginning (not like the Harlequins a couple seasons ago), but rather it's a situation where, under normal circumstances, a player would have the humility and pride to suck it up and move on, these guys will just go to ground.

Like I said, other sides are not immune to it. One that comes to mind: I remember Giteau falling rather easily a while back, only to botch the penalty kick. Or Brussow falling down rather easily a bit ago.

But without putting much thought into it, I can think of several instances of French players doing it in recent memory...Dupuy is always ready to fall to the ground if he thinks he'll get a penalty, Vincent Clerc, Jerome Fillol, Dimitri Yachvili, and Morgan Parra.

This isn't just a shot at the French, but I think it's something that ought to be discussed, so that people know it's a problem and that it's goddamn silly. Players who pull shit like this need to be called out and admonished for such typical soccer behavior.

Do you think that in future players that act in such a way should possibly be cited?
Yes, and they ought to make them wear a dress the next match.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Schalk Brits inside flick pass for Chris Wyles try

Gotta be something in the kits - those black and red varities; Toulouse's front rowers were running around the pitch like backs today, too.

I know Brits is getting up there in age by rugby standards (ya wouldn't know it watching the guy play, though), and he's also playing overseas...but what would be the chances he'd ever get a call back from the Boks, especially now that PdV is gone, and Smit is leaving a vacancy at hooker?

2 Years, 11 Months ago

 
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