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TJ Perenara big bump on opposite number sets up great Hurricanes try

Sharks were beyond rubbish in this game. Just woeful.

1 Day, 23 Hours ago

Police called as beach Touch Rugby tournament descends into boxing match

Nothing sadder than Wales on a beach.

2 Days, 1 Hour ago

Chiefs thrash the Stormers in quarter final playoff in Cape Town

Well let's hope the Chiefs beat the Hurricanes so that the Lions get a home final. Because that's what it's all about, isn't it?

3 Days, 33 Minutes ago

Lions go up a level to beat the Crusaders and reach a home semi final

Here's a great interview with coach Johan Ackerman where he explains just that. Says the year out of Super Rugby (when they were relegated to make room for the Kings) gave them the opportunity to rebuild completely. New players (many of them discarded elsewhere), new coaching staff, new style of play and new belief.

http://www.supersport.com/rugby/insider/news/160720/Ackermann_and_the_rise_of_the_Lions

4 Days, 9 Hours ago

16 of the best tries from the June Internationals

That Japan try...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Willie le Roux gets one week ban after another midair contest goes wrong

I posted this same comment on the Boks/Ireland match thread, before I saw one dedicated to this tackle. And while this was a terrible fall, I feel the IRB need to have a long hard think about how to better handle these incidents.

Making the second (lower/later) jumping player entirely responsible for the wellbeing of the first (higher/earlier) jumping player is a stupid concept, in my humble opinion.

If the ref honestly feels that the second player cynically brought the other player down, then perhaps yes. But in most of these cases both players are clearly jumping for the ball. And I'm sorry, but if you're jumping 6 feet into the air, towards an onrushing, jumping human, then you should shoulder some of the responsibility for your own safety.

Because now a jump has simply become a free pass to claim either the ball or a penalty or both. We even see players leaping up to catch a high-ish pass or a bouncing grubber, making him immediately off limits for any would-be defender. If we cannot find an acceptable way to give the defender a fair shake at stopping an advancing player who jumps up before contact, then we should outlaw jumping altogether (he said with dripping sarcasm).

I mean, later in this game, two Irish players failed to scream "mine" and clattered into each other at high speed in mid-air. Their intentions were just as cynical as le Roux's or Stander's (i.e. not at all) and the resulting clash was equally dangerous. Why not give the slightly lower/later of the two a yellow card in the name of consistency?

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Springboks clinch series victory with tense win over Ireland in deciding Test

Making the second (lower/later) jumping player entirely responsible for the wellbeing of the first (higher/earlier) jumping player is a stupid concept, in my humble opinion.

If the ref honestly feels that the second player cynically brought the other player down, then perhaps yes. But in most of these cases both players are clearly jumping for the ball. And I'm sorry, but if you're jumping 6 feet into the air, towards an onrushing, jumping human, then you should shoulder some of the responsibility for your own safety.

Because now a jump has simply become a free pass to claim either the ball or a penalty or both. We even see players leaping up to catch a high-ish pass or a bouncing grubber, making him immediately off limits for any would-be defender. If we cannot find an acceptable way to give the defender a fair shake at stopping an advancing player who jumps up before contact, then we should outlaw jumping altogether (he said with dripping sarcasm).

I mean, later in this game, two Irish players failed to scream "mine" and clattered into each other at high speed in mid-air. Their intentions were just as cynical as le Roux's or Stander's (i.e. not at all) and the resulting clash was equally dangerous. Why not give the slightly lower/later of the two a yellow card in the name of consistency?

1 Month, 1 Day ago

South Africa U20s skipper Jeremy Ward suspended for two weeks after dangerous challenge

By the logic of penalising the slightly lower, slightly later jumper for endangering the player who gets to the ball first, one of the Irish guys should have been carded too... for clashing into his own player mid-air in the final test against the Boks. I mean, what he did was no less cynical, intentional or dangerous than what le Roux did earlier in the game, or what Stander did in the first game. He just happened to be wearing the same colour jersey as his victim. For 10 points, discuss.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Should Waisake Naholo have been yellow carded for taking out Liam Williams?

Naholo had no hope of getting the ball in the first one, and he clearly knows this as he goes up to make contact. Yellow Card.

And Naholo clearly rams Williams with the shoulder on the second. He doesn't just "change his line". Also Yellow Card.

Sure, Williams dramatised the fall in the second, but this doesn't change the fact that Naholo illegally brought him down.

Don't really want to be THAT guy, but if this were any other team, I suspect we'd have seen yellows on both.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Bok-lash earns South Africa an incredible comeback victory

Thanks.

1 Month, 1 Week ago