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

That's what you get when you make a Wigglesworth the referee. Personally I'd stick to Brandybucks, Proudfoots and, at a push, a Baggins.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Someone up there doesn’t seem to like the Boks very much. Samoa in the pool stages four World Cups in a row? This is where squad depth really counts, as we’ll lose at least half a dozen players to decapitation, polytrauma and ruptured organs before the QF.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

Thank you for raising this point. He is indeed the worst commentator in the world and is roughly 65% worse than the second worst guy (SA's Warren Brosnihan). It's not just his Wales bias that makes him unbearable. It's his know-it-all smugness in the face of evidence that he's so obviously wrong that really grates. Why the BBC pay him a salary is beyond me.

And well done to Aus, although that last pass was forward. But who's counting anyway?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Great performance by the England team - they managed to keep the intensity up for the full 80 minutes. Farrell, Barrit, Tuilagi and Brown were really good, as were all three the loose forwards. I was also impressed with Launchberry - last week he was a little subdued, but yesterday he had a great game.

The AB's just didn't get things going. Too many aimless kicks and weak clearances, and intercept passes are never going to help your cause. On the upside, Savea and Smith are in top form.

Most of these year-end tour games have shown that you can hardly speak of a gap between the hemispheres any more.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

No man, don't be that guy.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

Farrell is a complete mystery. Maybe it's in recognition of the calming influence he had whenever he replaced Flood for a few minutes.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

Jeepers, all this bitterness is not a particularly good look. I know it doesn't always seem that way, but the IRB are not compelled by law to give everything to a Kiwi.

On the upside, they left both Fernandez Lobbe and Picomoles off the Player of the Year shortlist so they could squeeze two Kiwis in. That must count for something.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

All we want is the same inconsistency for everyone.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Has either Hore or Hansen made a public apology yet? All I heard from Hansen was rubbish about how it always goes like this when they travel north along with some smug, dismissive comments about not having seen it.

At the very least, tell the world it was wrong and you're sorry. That's what should count as repentance and good conduct. Not how you behave at the hearing.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

So he got 5 weeks (which means 5 games). And this is another cop-out, in my opinion. The Highlanders will argue that he would have played in all three of the warm-up games (which is rubbish) and these will be included in the ban. So he'll effectively miss one test match and the first Super 15 game.

The Kiwi fanclub is alive and kicking in the disciplinary panel.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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