Well, with all the emphasis on dangerous tackles, does it not make sense that if sites like this one, or TV highlights, make a spectacle of hard tackling, legal or not, then there could be more hard tackling as a result, with some being dangerous? Nothing wrong with hard tackling, as it's existed since the earliest days of the sport, but really, did TV highlights 20, 30, or 40 years ago have highlights of tackes? Tries yes, some penalty goals that won games, other flashy play, and sometimes play that was controversial, but there were no highlights of tackles! Now it seems 'lighting' up a player on the pitch is in vogue. All one has to do is make the tackle, not knock the player into the next weekend! So, the result is tightening up on dangerous play, yellow cards, red cards. Maybe the game needs less testosterone, but then again that French woman took out an England player with dangerous play.
Looking at this video several times over, with the France player still quite a bit away as the England player started her jump, I have to wonder why the England even jumped. She could have caught the ball on the full and made a run with it instead. Is this jumping for a kicked ball being coached? If you don't have to jump for a ball, isn't it better to catch it on one's feet and then take off running with it? I'm reminded of other things in the game I see that I just wonder about. So I'll mention it: why dummy runners? Shouldn't they be in support instead of running ahead of play? What ever happened to looping and scissors? Instead it's dummy runners who many times should be cited for obstruction but aren't. But going back to this play, the England player put herself at risk to have exactly what happened to her happen. The France player almost could not avoid doing what she did. But under the law, she's off, whether she meant to do what she did or not. The commentator is right about intention not being there.
Well, it would be stupid to coach back line players to make hospital passes just to draw penalties. You're right about 40 years ago, but 20 years ago jumping for a ball was just getting started. I played full back and wing for quite a long time, starting in the 70's, and I can honestly say that I never, ever, jumped for a ball, even in what we Americans would call "traffic." I waited for the ball to come down to me, hands at the ready to catch the ball, never once jumping in the air for it. And at 5'8" I wasn't going to go up high much anyway. I do recall at times basically letting a taller forward for the other team, again in traffic with lots of players nearby, after a high box kick from a line out »