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Eben Etzebeth banned for attempted headbutt on Nathan Sharpe

What a rubbish banning. Next we'll be banning players for intending to tackle high or late, whether they did or not.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

Come on, it’s seldom black and white like that. If every ref were to blow every single infringement that ever happened, regardless of how small, then we’d never have a game of rugby.

Every scrum feed would have to be scrutinised. Every line-out throw measured. Every hand that plays the ball with a possible knee on the ground. Every possible case of obstruction during a kick chase.

In every game there are literally dozens such cases that, in the ref’s view, don’t warrant the whistle. Because if he blew them all, no ball would ever leave a ruck. So refs are to make the call on what gets blown up and what is marginal enough to let slide.

And some, like Rolland, are just super pedantic.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

Only guy who had a worse game than Beale was that Irish referee. Was it absolutely necessary of him to steal the show like that? Can't remember a single scrum that didn't end up in a penalty. I'm sure there were, but they certainly don't stand out.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Rodrigo Roncero puts Ronan O'Gara on his backside in 2008

Hands up, who hasn't put O'Gara on his backside?

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna cited for dangerous hit on Ryan Kankowski

No one fell into anything here. It was a swinging arm to the head, simple as that. Seriously, an accidental high tackle? Do you anything about this game?

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Young lock Eben Etzebeth smashes Bismarck Du Plessis to the floor

He said 75kg, so understandably incredulous.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

Pretty much, yes. In one season Victor, Bakkies and Danie Rossouw all left Bok rugby, so there are a few big gaps to fill in the second row. But Eben seems to have the no.4 jersey sewn up, with Bekker probably settling into the no.5 jersey. And then there's Juandre Kruger as back-up to them. So not too bad.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

He has a colourful family history. He’s from a fairly rough, working class area of Cape Town where his dad and uncles were legendary hard men and bar brawlers (as well as provincial rugby players and amateur wrestlers). Here’s an interesting piece on him:

http://www.greenandgoldrugby.co.za/the-terminator-from-parow/

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

Thanks, that's the one. Big Boom. But to his credit Bismarck carried on, shook it off and had another big game for the Sharks.

Watch out for Etzebeth though. He's the next big thing in green and gold. Like Bakkies without the brainfarts.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

JP Pietersen is playing the best rugby of his career. Hope he can do this for the Boks too. And the Sharks back row are in great form. This final is going to be huge.

Any chance of posting the huge collision between Eben Etzebeth and Bismarck du Plessis early in the game?

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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