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Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Quite possibly. Not really sure what your point is though... Rugby fans would be aware of the more relaxed rules on tackling in the Pacific Island countries and anyone with common sense could tell you that if there's a big size discrepancy, the hit will be harder and most probably, penalised more harshly.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Well you're not going to complain when ye could easily have got a red... Besides, who is there to bitch to?

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

Creatine and weight lifting have absolutely no negative effects on growth. None whatsoever. An inaccurate but widespread misconception, as the vast majority of facts regarding fitness. And by facts, I mean opinions because views on fitness are generally based on the views of those who are ignorant of the science behind fitness.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

That's a different argument. Let's try, stick to the one at hand and not distort the point by associating it with a different argument even if they do share a component.

Not their full squad? This was worse than missing a few players. They Besides, even the best teams don't have a squad full of world class players. Ireland only have a few, like most, and most of them were injured. And the injuries that occurred on the day. That issue isn't related to player depth. And as I said, there was more to it than injuries. Everything on the day went in Italy's favour. And they still could've lost it if the Irish players had made some better decisions on the Italian try line - not that they would have deserved that win given their performance.

What has the 2 wins Italy got and the 1 win Ireland got have to do with my argument above? It's true, but so what? Considering how many criticisms of Ireland I made, you seem to think I'm saying Ireland are better than they are or something. I'm going to guess you're just missing the point... I was discussing the circumstance that it took Italy to beat Ireland.

Much more than an Irish loss? What was it then? This is actually good for Ireland. I'd like to see you explain your comment first before I explain mine. Anyway, what's your point? You seem to think I'm making a point about Ireland being good. Quite obviously, I'm not. They've been laughable for many reasons. I'm making a point about Italy.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

You do have to put this into perspective. Italy have improved greatly with their new coach. But, what did it take to finally beat Ireland? Well, firstly, there's Ireland's game plan. I could go into detail, but their defensive and offensive strategies were non-existant. No other top 10 rugby nation is in this situation. Declan Kidney is utterly clueless with regards to a game plan other than the forward orientated Munster rugby of a decade ago. They couldn't have made defending or attacking much easier for the Italians, who had decent strategies in place, offensively and defensively. Apart from that, it took a massive number of injuries prior to the match taking so many first choice players from the team. Then there are the injuries that occurred during the match. Not even a good coach could have done much in response to that. Also, Madigan completely changed Ireland's backline attack when he came on. There were 15 minutes of pressure on the Italians where Ireland could have scored (and should have). This was simply decision making by the players. Madigan was the obvious choice to play 10 once Sexton was injured just as he showed, yet for some unfathomable reason, Jackson was picked. Madigan is known to be a massively better player in terms of attacking play than Jackson. He has a better kicking %, and has played more than twice as many provincial games for his provence.

Italy were good, and they have improved dramatically. But they still only one 2 / 5 games and circumstances favoured them. Lets not make this another case of a team being overhyped, like the current England side.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

Maybe you didn't see Le Cicero blindly raking an irish player repeatedly who wasn't even involved in play? No? Of course you didn't haha.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Edinburgh's Nick De Luca flips Tom Grabham in dangerous tackle

I think most people here are misreading the situation. It wasn't a malicious tackle. The lower you grab below the waist, the faster the lifted player will rotate due to gravity, not the tackler purposely rotating the player, and the worse it looks. This was a bad tackle and a red card, but it wasn't malicious and it was an easy decision for the referee - textbook red card under the current definition. A simple decision, not brave.

As for the tackler disagreeing with the referee, I don't think he's doing that at all. Judging by what I see, the player knows he's made a bad play. He tries to walk away from the situation immediately after the tackle and he doesn't respond when number 15 starts shoving and pulling him. No player lets that go unless they are trying to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Also, the look on his face looks more like frustration at himself, not disagreement with the ref. He doesn't shake his head, just blows at his cheeks and keeps looking down at the ground.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Munster's Ronan O'Gara facing ban for deliberate kick on Sean Cox

Bad for Munster I guess, but I'm happy to see Kidney not having the option of playing ROG and being forced to move on.

Stupid kick by ROG. I know people will be saying the shoulder block should have been picked up but it happens so, so much in every game and maybe one or two, if even, are picked up on by the ref. O'Gara should have this kind of temper problem sorted at his age. He should be used to wind ups and that was a relatively easy one.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Edinburgh's Netani Talei manhandled over his tryline by Munster

Embarrassing you're opposition like that doesn't happen too often so I guess you couldn't really have a better chance of a cheeky wind up than that. Can't say it looks too pleasant on TV, but it has a purpose.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Double Dose with Morty, Morty scorin

I'm a fan of plays of the week and the guys who do it, but why are they comparing the Quade Cooper incident to the other? The two incidents are different and so are the players' circumstances and relationships. They know that. I like Cooper, but he was just being a dick. Why try to bring it back up?

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

 
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