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Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

I didn't say "his ability to defend, or whether he talks smack, or where he was taught to tackle and should have tackled". I don't even think I said it was a penalty. I think you might be mixing up what I wrote and what others wrote. And if it is against the law, then I would penalise BOD, however, Ashton certainly took it further than BOD did. I'd need to read up on the laws though.

And I am not judging how culpable he is for this offense based on his reputation. That is irrelevant. I just think that it is pathetic to pull a man down by his hair and then to drag that man on his hands and knees by his hair.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

If you want to discuss the match, a better place would be a forum or a video f highlights of the match. It's fairly obvious what the debate is going to be about, looking at the video.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

1) As I said, they are not comparable incidents. And BOD's "tackle" was 7 years ago. It doesn't matter if the video was uploaded 3 years ago, not everyone will have watched the video.

2) He failed in his first attempt at a tackle and so purposefully went for Tuilagi's hair the second time. When he got him to the floor, he dragged him out by his hair.

3) They were closer than Agulla and the other Leicester player.

4) Keep writing it because you seem to be missing the point. Different actions and different circumstances will of course be met with different attitudes, hence the negative comments towards Ashton and very few toward BOD.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

This video isn't about the match. It's about this particular incident hence the title and content of the video.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

Slip up? You don't slip up. That would be defying gravity. You would have to pull yourself up. But that didn't happen, he actually went straight for Tuilagi's hair. One hand is on Tuilagi's shoulder, the other is yanking his hair. I get "purposefully going for the hair" because he had to move closer to Tuilagi to grab him by the hair. Ashton waited until he was close enough to pull him by his hair before he made his move. The higher up you are tackling, the closer you have to be to a player. He could have tackled the man sooner by going for his legs. He could easily have grabbed him by the arm, shoulders, jersey (I'm not sure why, but Tuilagi's jersey is baggier than most backs'). And then dragging him out by his hair was unnecesary and cowardly. Again, he could have gone for any other part of him as almost every other professional player does in these situations.

And no, you don't pull a man by his hair. Situations like this arise all the time and there is a reason why there aren't more clips like these: because it is a cowardly move. It's like kicking a guy in the balls in a professional fight, except a slightly lower level. You just don't do it. Anyway, Ashton didn't have to pull Tuilagi out by his hair so the issue of pulling a man's hair for the good of the team doesn't really apply here. Not to mention Lawes and Dickson were the two closest players to the incident, Ashton wasn't had help right beside him and .

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

1) I didn't say they were week dependent. But you are making a point about people not criticising BOD. It happened 7 years ago. 1) Get over it 2) People might not remember a minor event which happened 7 years ago, which is a long time. I mean, BOD was 25 back then. 7 seasons is a fairly long time in rugby. 3) The incident isn't really comparable.

2) Firstly, it would have been easier to go for Tuilagi's legs. Even if it wasn't easier, you don't purposely go for a player's hair. Secondly, after Ashton drags him down by his hair, he continues to drag him out of play by his hair. He could have stopped but he didn't.

3) Personally, I think that's bullshit and you are just making excuses. But I can't tell what was going through Ashton's head and neither can you. All I know is that from the day kids start playing rugby they are taught to tackle the waist / leg area. They are never taught to go for a man's hair. Not only this, Ashton could have easily dragged him out by the jersey after he got him down. He had time (although minimal time would be required and if he had grabbed the ball, time would not even have been an issue), momentum was with him, the nearest players to him were Dickson and Lawes, not Agulla, and he even paused momentarily before he dragged him further. Either way, time or not, it was a pathetic move. Players are shoved / pulled into touch all the time without being dragged by the hair, even if pulling a player by the hair would be easier / quicker it isn't done because it is a bitch move.

4) The initial pulling of the hair was slightly different between the two incidents and BOD did not continue and drag the player around by his hair. And BOD does not taunt opponents and BOD can defend.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

Agree completely. If you've got long hair, it is going to get pulled at some point. However, I would take issue when another player purposely goes for your hair as Ashton does on this occasion. If a player is on their hands and knees as Tuilagi was, there is no need whatsoever to touch that players' hair.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

Who said it's hilarious? And how long ago was that? It's not as if he did it this weekend... besides, that was BOD flailing around trying to grab anything he can. Tuilagi was down on the ground on his hands and knees and Ashton had him at his mercy. He could have gone for the ball or easily grabbed anything but his hair, but he drags him out by his hair. BOD's was shitty tackling after being beaten by the runner. Ashton purposely went for Tuilagi's hair while he was in a vulnerable position and while there were other less pathetic options open to Ashton. Also, Ashton was shouting at Leicester players on the ground after he set up a try and he cost Northampton two tries. He is a terrible player, with a bad attitude who made a very bitchy move. Not at all the same as BOD.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

And I was very happy to see a bit of passion in a match. I know fighting shouldn't be encouraged, but it really adds an extra dimension to a game. Great stuff.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

Some players were very lucky to be on the pitch. I saw 3 Leicester (Tuilagi 1, Agulla 1, Murphy 2) players throw punches and 2 Northampton (Lawes 1, Woods 2) players. Murphy was very lucky to stay on the field. Tuilagi didn't really connect and Agulla's looked more like a lazy slap. Woods and Murphy were the worst offenders though. I found it funny how Murphy started pulling people away from the fight to hide what he'd done and spoke to the referee after as if he wasn't involved.

And absolutely petty and pathetic by Ashton. Pulling a man by his hair? Ashton needs to grow some balls and learn how to tackle. When he set up the try, he started jumping and screaming at the two Leicester defenders on the ground. Funny thing is that he let in two tries and cost Northampton the game for the second time in three weeks. The guy is pathetic and I have no idea why he thinks he can act that way, particularly after losing causing the loss of a game for a second time.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

 
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