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Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Hmmm... feels like a slippery slope from this to a situation where 30 blokes in a big room are strapped to Wii consoles and the ref is called the moderator.

Or maybe I'm just one of those conservative South Africans mentioned in the article (talk about useless stereotypes...)

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Chris Ashton scores sneaky try from pinpoint Owen Farrell cross kick

I can't find a video of it anywhere, but there's plenty of reference to it. This piece sums up what happened:

The biggest talking point arising from the clash with Ireland arrived in the 22nd minute when Honiss awarded the Triple Crown holders a controversial try by Ronan O’Gara which left the Springbok camp fuming.

Ireland were awarded a series of penalties close to South Africa’s line and on the last of these the tourists appeared to have been caught napping when O’Gara elected to tap and go instead of kicking for touch.

But irate Springbok skipper John Smit revealed after the match he had been told by Honiss to inform his players of the reasoning behind the penalty, giving O’Gara the opportunity to strike.

An emotional White was reluctant to discuss the incident in the post-match press conference but now he is even more convinced Honiss got it wrong after reviewing the episode on video.

“We’re not going to make a complaint. You can’t change the result. If you make too much of a fuss about what happened you don’t end up with much credibility, especially if you’ve lost the match,” he said.

“It was a bad decision. After the penalty the referee said ‘time-out’, stopped the clock and told John to talk to his players about his infringement. Then he walked back to the mark and said ’time-on’ to the Irish, but forgot to tell us.

“We were still talking to each other at that point. When we looked up again they had scored. According to the laws of the game everything was done correctly but when the referee says go and talk to your players, you assume it means now."

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Chris Ashton scores sneaky try from pinpoint Owen Farrell cross kick

This looks totally legit to me. If you want "sneaky", look no further than Ronan O'Gara's score against the Springboks a few years back, when Paul Honiss told John Smit to go and talk to his men, and then let O'Gara tap and score as the Boks were huddled.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Toby Flood charges straight into the post

The post made no attempt to wrap his arms. Surprised the ref let it slide.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Fabrice Estebanez knockout hit on David Strettle

A late shoulder charge followed by a swinging arm to the head by the same player in the space of 5 seconds. That must be some kind of record.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Opeti Fonua puts referee Cedric Marchat on his backside

If you didn't read the intro you'd be forgiven for thinking this was another Ronan O'Gara tackle video.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Toby Flood faces ban for alleged dangerous tackle on Andy Goode

Look, he'll probably cop a short ban (1 or 2 weeks) because the final moments of the tackle didn't look good. But there was certainly far less malice in this tackle than when Goode rammed his knees into a try scorer in the same game.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 13

Dammit, wrong thread.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 13

Look, he'll probably cop a short ban (1 or 2 weeks) because the final moments of the tackle didn't look good. But there was certainly far less malice in this tackle than when Goode rammed his knees into a try scorer in the same game.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 12

Oops, that was meant to be on the Rugby Championship video. Not sure how I posted it here.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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