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Bryan Habana hat-trick sinks the wounded Wallabies in Pretoria

Your learn? Bloody rugby schools.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Bryan Habana hat-trick sinks the wounded Wallabies in Pretoria

That's what you get for playing the "let's sub our fatties after 20 minutes so we can bring them back on later" game. It's borderline cheating, so karma was always going to pay a visit at some point.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Bryan Habana hat-trick sinks the wounded Wallabies in Pretoria

The law says that once the ref has called uncontested scrums, an already subbed prop or hooker can't return to replace an "injured" prop or hooker. But in this game he hadn't actually called the first uncontested scrum yet, so technically they were within their right to bring Alexander back on. This would mean they'd have three props in the front row and one of them would take over line-out throws.

So technically yes, but morally no.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Bryan Habana hat-trick sinks the wounded Wallabies in Pretoria

It was indeed the doctor who said he wasn't fit to play. And because they'd already used all seven their subs, they had to finish with 14. They had taken one of their props off early (might have been Robinson) and brought him back on later in the second half to replace Alexander (I think). This is meant to be an exception to the 7 subs law to prevent uncontested scrums, but the Wallabies have been doing this for a while now without the second prop even pretending to be injured. Because they'd already used all seven their subs, Fa'ingaa (spelling?) couldn't come on for the injured Polota-Nau and was wasted on the bench. Technically they could have brought Alexander back (as an uninjured front row forward can replace an injured front row forward without counting as one of the subs), but the ref didn't point out this option to them and they didn't seem to know they could. Just as well though, because this business of rotating the fatties early on only to bring them back when the next fatty gets tired makes a mockery of the subs rules and is not in the spirit of the law. In this case it appears that karma had the last laugh.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

George Stowers cited for try-saving dangerous tackle on Andy Fenby

I reckon that's a penalty try. Similar thing happened in the Currie Cup on the weekend in the Bulls Cheetahs game. Bulls winger looked sure to score, but Cheetahs flank managed to scrag him by the collar and yank him out of touch. Clearly a high tackle, which the ref spotted. And it certainly would have been a try, as the winger was only a few meters from the line. But the ref chose to simply award a penalty to the attacking team, and no penalty try. But if it's deemed to be a penalty offense, and it prevents a certain try, does the rule not stipulate that the try be awarded under the posts?

Bulls still won, but it was a very close game.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Hardest, Fastest, Strongest - Carrier, Runner, & Big Hitter

Strongest carrier: Jonah Lomu, although a guy like Bismarck du Plessis is incredibly hard to bring down. Willem Alberts also deserves a mention.

Fastest runner: I'd love to see a foot race between Habana, Ngwenya and Chavhanga before deciding. Has to be one of those three.

Hardest tackler: I'd go with Mr Collins too. Plenty of other guys put in the occasional monster hit, but Jerry was consistently destructive.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Jebb Sinclair and Tyrone Holmes both red carded for punching Sharks

Deysel's decision to sit down was very much out of his hands, but he easily beat the count. I think he was up on 2.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Jebb Sinclair and Tyrone Holmes both red carded for punching Sharks

I'm not condoning violence... but that was a sweetly struck shot by Jab Sinclair.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Dean Greyling suspended for two weeks for strike on Richie McCaw

Ha ha, maybe that’s true. I just don’t want anyone to be disappointed on the first date, that’s all.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Dean Greyling suspended for two weeks for strike on Richie McCaw

Can we go easy on all the McCaw manlove here. We get it - he's tough and rugged and everything a man wants in a man. But enough is enough.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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