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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...

3 Years, 3 Weeks 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.

3 Years, 3 Weeks 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.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Edinburgh and Phil Godman snatch dramatic win away at Racing Metro

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

3 Years, 1 Month 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".

3 Years, 1 Month 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.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

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

3 Years, 1 Month 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.

3 Years, 1 Month 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.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Benoit August playacting after James Short lashes out

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

3 Years, 1 Month ago