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Biarritz score a sensational team try against Montpellier

And THAT is why I fucking love Biarritz rugby! A tackle, good counterruck, steal the ball, eight passes through seven different players, and the required strength to stay in and touch it down while being tackled for the try. Brilliant.

I just wish we could cultivate that kind of running rugby here in the US so that Ngwenya would get set up for try opportunities like that and it wouldn't seem like he was under-performing when he plays international matches (though to be fair, part of the problem is that he's a finishing winger, and not always the type to go infield looking to make himself available).

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Northern Hemisphere XV vs Southern Hemisphere XV - Help for Heroes 2011

Quite. Now it's time to get scientific. We need to repeat this match, but with 3 year olds; that way, we can figure out if the folks down south come out of the womb like that, or if it's just something in the water.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Farewell to Shane Williams - Final try and interviews after the game

That's one of the few sensible posts I've ever seen you make. I agree; it could be nice for him to move down and play Super Rugby (if the Rebels or another team were actually even interested). And it could be fun/interesting for him to play where the game has a different style than up north in the Celtic League. Food for thought.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Farewell to Shane Williams - Final try and interviews after the game

Got both a try saver and scored a try in his final match for Wales. Can't ask for much more than that (other than the win, I guess).

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

Dunno. Nothing really wrong with what happened - you go in with punches, expect a red card. Not that I mind seeing a small punch-up here and there, but a match-stopping brawl is unnecessary.

Either way...if you've got long hair, expect it will get pulled at some point. But then if you pull someone's hair, expect to get a punch to the head and your team ought to give you some shit for a while about being a hair-pulling little girl.

Yellows could have been used here, but red works just fine, and the laws say red is justified.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Peter Stringer commits daylight robbery on James O'Connor

O'Connor does have a tendency to take a while at the tee, and has gotten away with not kicking it within the allotted minute after the try before. But I don't think that's what happened here.

It's his somewhat irregular routine (as pointed out in the write-up). He does a little shuffle with his feet, shifting his body weight, and then lifts an arm. From back behind the try line, it could look like he's beginning the kick.

The charge is allowed when "the kicker begins the approach to kick or starts to kick", right? But then, "Neither the kicker nor a placer must do anything to mislead their opponents into charging too soon." So I imagine discretion is just left to the referee.

This clip is hilarious. From Stringer's penchant for being a stone in the other team's shoe at every opportunity, to O'Connor's look of total confusion. Great way to end the first half.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Richie Gray ruins Stephen Donald debut with match winning try

I'm sorry, could you repeat that again? I didn't quite catch it the first couple times ;)

Despite the gratification in seeing Donald do well elsewhere (when he was pretty much dismissed back in NZ), this was a satisfying try. Friggin' Heineken Cup. The only time of the year NH rugby really shines. It's games like this that make it such a great tournament. Plus, it's always good to see a Scottish side come up on top. Doesn't happen often enough.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

2003 RWC winner Martin Johnson resigns as England rugby coach

I love it when English rugby constantly gets in the way of itself. They really have the ability - both in the talents of current players, and the talent in the extremely large pool of players below that - to be right up there with the best in the world. But they always seem to shoot themselves in the foot.

They had it alright with Johnson. He wasn't great. But he wasn't awful. And he was getting better. As was the English squad, for the most part. Maybe a new coach can help speed that along, but maybe it won't. Who knows. The only thing that's certain is the RFU will keep fumbling over itself, so just grab a cold beer and take in the comedy that is international English rugby.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Ronan O'Gara sinks Saints with injury time drop goal

And Sexton slotted an 80th-minute penalty to tie the Leinster-Montpellier result. A good weekend overall for Ireland's two top out-halves. Though, to be fair, a dropgoal 40 phases well after the 80th minute is always more exciting than a penalty kick - partly because it's won through the determination of the players and not the referee's whistle.

99% of the time, efforts like the one in the clip end up with a knock-on, a turnover, or a penalty. Well done, O'Gara et al.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Mike Tindall sacked and fined by the Rugby Football Union

I'm still trying to figure out what Tindall did exactly, other than go out an enjoy some beers, the company of some ladies, and something rather about midgets. I wonder if the RFU is mad because they're jealous they didn't have the chance to tag along? That sounds like a pretty mild evening for many rugby property damaged, no one ending up in a hospital, no one thrown out of the bar...must've been pretty well-behaved.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

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