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Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

The yellow card here is debatable, particularly since Poite had ruled the opposite earlier in the game, saying that the player had gone down before impact. Seen in isolation, this one could probably have deserved a card.

What isn't debatable is that Romain Poite is a very poor referee and should not be getting games of this magnitude. There is no consistency in anything he does, and every ruck, scrum and tackle ends up a complete lottery. At one stage he was trying so hard to keep Wasps in the game.

But despite Poite, this was still a very entertaining game.

9 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Kenya upset Fiji to win first ever Sevens Series tournament!

What a performance by Kenya. And what a great tournament in Singapore. Got to love what sevens has done to world rugby. 20 years ago rugby had a relatively tiny global footprint. Now it's everywhere.

10 Months, 6 Days ago

Seven Brilliant Tries from the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens

As far as team tries go, that last one by Cecil Afrika is just phenomenal.

Also love the double Samoan sidestep by that large American fella.

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Sunwolves lock Tim Bond suspended for 4 weeks for dangerous tackle

Well he wasn't wrong. That was a horrible tackle, and he had every right to argue the case. Captains do that all the time.

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Pukke fullback launches HUGE dropgoal in Varsity Cup Semi Final

Jeez, that passed through the top of the posts too. Worth at least 5 points.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

Thing is, this has happened before in football (soccer), where referees were "got" after the game. And by got, I mean got dead. So to dismiss this as a hot-headed player having a brainfart is dangerous. Because who knows if he didn't mean way after the game? As in follow him home from the stadium later. Too late then to say "Oh, we had no idea he meant that". If a player threatens an official with "justice" after the game has ended, I say let him go use his phenomenal ruck skills delivering pizza or flipping burgers. Rugby can afford to let him go.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

He's going to be older than Matfield when he returns.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

The swearing is one thing, but the threat to "get him after the game" is a whole new level. And the fact that he tried to follow through on this should see him banned for a long time. If it were up to me, that would be the end of his season, an possibly next season too. Got to send the strongest possible message that if you pull that shit, your days as a pro rugby player are done.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

And carried on after they all hit the ground and no one was contesting the maul any longer. Not cool at all.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

If that's a red (which it probably is), then what is this mess from Argentina?

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10 Months, 2 Weeks ago