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Morgan Parra vs George Chuter, and Manu Tuilagi simultaneous yellow

Well said.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Peter Stringer commits daylight robbery on James O'Connor

"i love bacon" has it right; not sure why there's much confusion. O'Connor himself said that it's happened to him before, so there's something in the little hitch he does with his feet that makes it appear that he's starting his kick. We can't see his feet in the clip, but it's obvious O'Connor knew what caused it. The referee sure isn't going to make a stink about it in a match like this.

Loved it, pretty funny stuff.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Yeah, one or two drunken idiots booing doesn't mean people were happy to see Cooper hurt. The Kiwis probably took Cooper's abuse a bit too far, but he was plenty willing to accept the role of Public Enemy. Kiwis know he's a hell of a player and gave him a respectful applause when he was taken off.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

"Kiwis are just dicks and New Zealand as a country and people suck...New Zealanders are just halfwits."

Sounds like someone got turned away from the Hobbit tour.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Exactly right on the eye gouge/rake. Seems like people are letting the intensity of the match get to them. There can be NO justification for hands across the eyes, not on Saturday morning, not in Top 14, not in 6 nations/tri nations, not in a world cup. And yes, not even in the last few minutes of a tense final.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Wow, maybe the best example of sour grapes yet.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Huh?

2 Years, 9 Months ago

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

Looks like this has moved to its own thread here, but here is a longer and better quality version of the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r_SKz0CQnk

2 Years, 9 Months ago

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

Well, I don't believe all clear outs require a player to be grabbed, but that's as far as that needs to go.

A terrible quality video, from NZ media, so ignore the commentators if you like, but it sure looks like a headbutt, then a rake.
http://www.joe.ie/the-2011-rugby-world-cup/rugby-world-cup-news/video-rougerie-headbutt-and-eye-gouge-on-richie-mccaw-0017071-1

As for equating the two actions, you're digging deeper.

So "you can understand a player doing a stupid thing at the end" even if it's a gouge? "It just happens"?? That's simply ridiculous. There's a reason why Ghiraldini was banned for 15 weeks; it cannot be tolerated, regardless of the situation. The moral equivalence you stated is staggering. You would "understand" if McCaw cops a potential career-ending injury because you think he's playing offside? If Rougerie headbutts or works in a punch or two, OK, I could see that as "it just happens". As you said, "Pretty shameful act"

"The AB's calling other teams dirty just drives me up the wall.." Again, the filth stuff came from one former player whose scrotum was torn open playing against the French (so he's probably a bit sensitive there ;-). Not classy things to say, but you make it sound like the NZ team itself called the French dirty. On the contrary, both teams were class enough to leave it on the field. McCaw didn't say anything, and Dusautoir and Lievremont both said they just weren't good enough. No whining, no complaining, just class.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

This word "deserve" keeps popping up. You all follow sport; "deserve" rarely has anything to do with it. Yes, France may have deserved to win the final, but they didn't. Wales may have deserved to win the semi, but they didn't. South Africa may have deserved to win their quarterfinal, but they didn't. Ireland footballers deserved to go to WC2010, but France got the benefit of that refereeing, didn't they?

Teams feel hard done by refs all the time, yes, including the All Blacks. People need to let it go.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

 
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