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Munster captain Doug Howlett chops Schalk Brits in two

Great tackle. And no different to the Hala'ufia tackle that got carded, banned (and successfully appealed) a week ago.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Toulouse hold off Clermont in another classic Top 14 tussle

Jeepers, Toulouse fullback can run a bit. Great try.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

Ha ha, yes we have a few. But we'll trade some for a good tighthead prop, a scrumhalf and an outside centre.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

You missed the point a previous poster made about Mtwarira. Which was that he put himself on a bus (35 hours, not 250km, to split some hairs) to get to a Sharks training camp. And this is in pretty stark contrast to being headhunted and flown up and presumably put up in luxury accommodation.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

When you're a forward and you've outsprinted the entire backline for 80m, you're allowed a little hug, even two.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia suspended for five weeks after straight red card

What a rubbish decision. The little guy only "tipped" because he was off the ground and the big guy hit his chest like a train. There was no lifting or driving down in any of this.

But even worse, how the hell did they give him 5 weeks for this? I can understand a ref getting it wrong on the field, but a bunch of blokes with a TV and access to rewind? What game are these people watching?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

I take my cue from Bilbo here.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

While you might have a point when you say that all countries, including South Africa, have fielded people born, or even raised, elsewhere, you can hardly compare Stander's situation with a player moving to SA from Ghana, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Who were they going to play for if they stayed home? And against whom? What kind of international rugby career does a Zambian national have? Stander played top flight rugby at all levels bar senior national in SA before being headhunted by Munster and Ireland.

I don't think it's a black or white issue. Guys like Strauss and Stander can't be compared to, for instance, Mouritz Botha who was a nobody in SA, started playing for a nobody team in England and worked his way up to Sarries and then England. I don't see anything wrong with what he did, but the latest Irish signings just don't feel right.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

The reason he left is because, apart from the regulars in the Bok back row (Alberts, Vermeulen, Louw, Spies, Brussouw, Burger, Kankowski and maybe still Smith), guys like Marcel Coetzee, Siya Kolisi and apparently Arno Botha were all ahead of him in the pecking order. And it must me tough to look at those odds and still back your chances of making the Bok squad in the next year or two. I don't agree with the mercenary nature of the modern international game at all, but on an individual level you can see why he made the move.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

Of all the South African players who have headed north and expressed the desire to play for another country, CJ Stander is definitely the biggest loss. He and fellow Bulls back row Arno Botha were outstanding for the Junior Boks and in the Super15. I know he has some serious competition in the Irish back row, but he's young and will only qualify in three years' time, and I have no doubt he'll be a real contender when the time comes. A real pity from an SA point of view.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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