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The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

I remember making a similar throw-in to my flyhalf while playing hooker in a third side match way back in the mid-70's, for Santa Clara University versus Stanford University on a late drizzly and chilly afternoon at Stanford on a Friday, when the third side games took place much of the season. Our flyhalf was captaining the side, and ran up to me when the ball went into touch just inside the Stanford quarter, and told me to throw the ball long past the lineout. He caught the ball in full flight and scored a try. I wasn't sure about the legality of it all, as I hadn't played much rugby yet at the time, as it might have been my second year of playing, and this was a tactic I never had seen used. The captain of Stanford complained that our flyhalf ran up early to catch the ball and was offside. He probably started running up as I threw the ball, and it was straight down the line of touch, and thrown about twenty-five yards in total. And the ball was one of those old-fashioned leather ones, and it was wet. The try was awarded.
I did play 'gridiron,' as you Aussies like to call it, but not quarterback.

4 Days, 19 Hours ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

And they should have won. A penalty kick was missed that would have put the Irish up by enough points that the All Black would have lost, because there was only a few minutes left, but enough time for the All Blacks to work their way down the pitch (and it really helped that a forward pass wasn't called in one of the phases of play close to the Irish goal line).

2 Months, 2 Days ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

One of the tries really impressed me, where the player being tackled kept the ball alive and passed it off as he was hitting the ground. Lots of times the tackled player just goes to ground meaning another ruck, and the possibility of a static ruck being formed in which the defense reorganizes itself. There was plenty of quick ball in this game. The other try that was impressive was the Aussie number 7 taking on his tackler and keeping his feet until he was close to the goal line, and the number 10 was right there to snag the ball and dive over.
The end was very similar to the Ireland match last year. In that one it looked like a forward pass was missed by the ref, and the All Blacks scored. Not this time, at least from the highlight vid. I'd like to see what happened in the minutes before that got the All Blacks deep in the Aussie's territory with time running out.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Midweek Madness - The human hurdle attempt

There's lots of Welsh club rugby from back in the day on You Tube. It's fun to watch. NO static rucks and most rucks and mauls have all the forwards in them, so there's space for the backs!

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

I doubt that's what happened. I can only come away with the idea that the ball was played off the ground near the goal line by the defense, which should be a penalty. And this wouldn't be the first time two teams played with shirts that shared a color, and in this case the one team has only a bit of yellow on their shirts to the other team.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

Canadian football has a rouge (one point), and American football has a safety (two points) for doing something similar, in which the score goes against one's one team.
Rugby has no such thing.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

But he played the ball on the ground. He wasn't on his feet, I don't know if he was tackled from the replay. It looks like he pilfered the ball at the base of a ruck and placed in over his own goal line. It should have been a penalty to the attacking team.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

The player who grounded the ball over the goal line did so while lying on the ground, therefore playing the ball while on the ground. It would be incorrect to award a penalty try in that situation. A penalty should have been awarded five meters out to the attacking side.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

And another question: was it Dominici or La Salle who marked Lomu in the '99 WC semi final? Both were excellent small players.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

Just about everyone mentioned in the top five is a recent or active player. Five is too small a sample size. Gerald Davies (5'8" 12 stone), Phil Bennett (5'8" 12 stone), and Barry John (5'9" 11 stone) would have to be on anyone's best list with more than five players mentioned, like maybe the top 15 players regarded as "small." I'd add Gareth Edwards, who was only 5'8", but he had to have been at least 13 stone. So what does small mean? Is 12 stone a weight limit, and 5'9" a height limit?

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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