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Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Not condoning Jannie's slaps here (or maybe I am just a little), but if you're in the "red zone" - attacking from a ruck near the line - and you hang onto defenders to open up gaps around the ruck, then it should be an immediate penalty and yellow card. When we talk about cynical infringements, it always refers to the desperate defender trying to stop an otherwise certain try. But it doesn't get more cynical than holding defenders back near the try line.

1 Day, 7 Hours ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

Blues were in Etzebeth's face all match long. They knew he's got a short fuse and they tried to get it lit. Successfully, you might say. Amusing so see 4 Blues players hanging on his collar. Reminds me of that time Andries Bekker grabbed himself two little Hurricanes. http://www.rugbydump.com/2007/11/271/andries-bekker-tells-the-little-ones-to-settle-down

4 Days, 8 Hours ago

Waisake Naholo and RG Snyman both banned after red cards for shoulders

Both players got nothing to complain about. If anything, Naholo got off very lightly with only one week off. That was a horrible charge to the face, nowhere near the ball and miles late.

As for Snyman, what a wally. He cost his team this game. And that could have ended very badly for his victim.

Not that it matters much to these decisions, but it looks as if that Highlanders player was also completely offside at the ruck before he got KO'd.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Virimi Vakatawa's unbelievable no-look offload and try at the Paris 7s

So good. I think I sounded a bit like Sean Maloney when it happened. My kids thought I'd lost the plot.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

South Africa are World Sevens Series champions after tournament win in Paris

What a season.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Super Rugby 2017 - Round 12 Highlights

Wasn't a game with too many highlights. But I don't think the Lions minded too much. They wanted three from three on tour, and in their last game they did exactly what was needed. Brumbies wasted a lot of possession and good opportunities though.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Ruan Pienaar bids tearful farewell to Ulster after seven years in Belfast

That's a good point. When you needed one "magician" and one "speedster/bruiser" for your backline bench, he was an easy pick. But when you could pick out and out specialists, other names came into the mix.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

LIVE STREAM: Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw from Japan

SA ending up in NZ's pool is actually a blessing in disguise. Means we can't face them again until the final :)

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Super Rugby 2017 - Round 11 Highlights

That Sylvian Mahuza try for the Lions... Admittedly the Rebels defense was awful, but still you've got to give them man the credit. Unbelievable run.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Ruan Pienaar bids tearful farewell to Ulster after seven years in Belfast

Classy player who never really got the credit he deserved back home. And by home I mean the Boks, not the Sharks (they still love him in Durban). Admittedly much of his career overlapped with Fourie du Preez, and that's a tough gig. But the fickle Bok fans could never really agree on Ruan.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago