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Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

Not to disagree with your statement, because it has its valid points, but in any era of rugby, if the play was done right, the game was played right. There is a lot of physicality in the game today that didn't exactly exist before hand, even in these women matches, though not to the degree of the men's game. Let's face it, some law changes have made the game into what it is, and it is a version of rugby league now. There's good and bad in that. Defense coaches figured a decades and a half ago that rucks would better be not contested, and just spread out defenses across the pitch. That, in my opinion, has led to some negative play. To counter that, any team with the ball should, and some do, go up-tempo and play pick and go if they can, if those on defense, the tackler or nearby team mates, don't react fast enough to stop it; or don't even have a potential tackled player go to ground: get the ball passed off ASAP to an open team mate following behind. That in and of itself should suck in defenders, and open play so that the ball can be spun out wide, or kept close in with a vertical attack straight up field. What I don't like about the modern game is the recycling of the ball with uncontested rucks, with big players making up a few meters only to go back to ground and repeat over and over. I do not find that play entertaining one bit, and very, very negative! Perhaps there needs to be, as in League, a 'ruck' limit, like no more than four phases, and then the ball gets turned over in a scrum to the defense, or the offense kicks it away, as in League.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to win 2017 Women's World Cup in Belfast

The referee's non call could have cost England the match. That was a penalty for playing the ball off the ground. It had been released by the New Zealand player, and she grabbed the ball again and passed it. I have made that call myself dozens of times over the years. I do not know if the referee saw what happened, as she could have been screened, but did not the touch judges see it, and isn't the TMO allowed to intervene? I believe it was the TMOs who called attention to the referee regarding that dangerous tip tackle in the first half. Regardless, the rugby I saw on the TV from this tournament was fantastic. There was plenty of open running rugby to be seen in various games. Even when the play got tighter, with the multiple "pick and go" phase attack, it seemed to occur very close into the goal line, and running rugby, or tactical kicking, got the ball down close in the first place. There was some defensive kicking that allowed for counter attacks, and I don't recall much aerial ping pong played instead. I was totally entertained. NBC sport televised some of the matches, but one had to cough up the dough for NBC Sport Gold to get them live. Only the USA-NZ match was live on regular cable on that mid-week morning here on the Pacific coast. I saw the replay Sunday night of the final.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I've refereed many, many women's matches. I've rarely ever seen a player shove another from the opposite side, let alone exhibit unsportsmanlike behavio(u)r.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I totally agree. I'd rather watch the women play than the men. With men it's either the overplay of phase rugby, three meters and another phony ruck, or aerial ping pong!

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I saw the tape-delayed broadcast of USA v England the other day, and I have to say that the level of play, of both teams, was high. England tactically kicked the ball to keep America pinned into their own end of the pitch, and the running of the ball, the unloosening of play, by both teams, was what I would expect from top class rugby, by either sex. I'm afraid the men's game has become more of a "union" version of rugby league, with multiple phase play, while the women are intent to shift the ball and get it out and over the goal line. The commentators during the USA v Italy match criticized the USA for trying to keep the ball alive, therefore making ball handling errors when they might have "gone to ground." Why play it safe so often? Keep the ball alive and don't go to ground so often! Carwyn James would approve.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey

I'd like to see some statistical analysis of whether head injuries are up since the advent of tight fitting shirts compared to before when looser fitting shirts were worn. The tackling has changed. In American football a lot has been done with equipment to make the game safer. I wonder in rugby if tight shirts could be seen as having to go as a safety precaution if indeed the wearing of such is leading to more head injuries. A player can't just grab onto a shirt anymore, most of the time anyway.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey

Dr. G, I hear you. Just how much faster can someone run with this newfangled kit? My guess is what, .05 of a second faster over 100 meters? Another ugly design, some sort of phony collar to it which is just, well, phony! Just go back to the solid white shirts, and, for heaven's sake, with collars, like Ireland, Scotland and the Lions have. I can accept that polyester is here to stay, but do what baseball did in America: go back to a traditional look!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Unfortunately not one major sports TV outlet in America has even mentioned this series and its importance.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

These comments are much more civil than on YouTube, and there the Kiwis are really in a bother about not winning the series. I'm sorry, but in sports a 100% winning situation just doesn't exist. There might be dynasties by teams in sports now and then, but things seem to even out over time. It's about time the Lions returned to Great Britain/Ireland with something other than a series loss. I doubt the runway at Heathrow is going to be jammed with fans like in 1971, but I imagine the Lions are going to get some attention from the British and Irish public for what they've accomplished on tour. Good on them. And I predicted that they would not lose. Kiwis were saying a year ago that there was going to be a white wash and a thrashing of the Lions. Maybe they have opened their collective mouths a bit too often!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Look, I'm an American, and in sports such as American football and baseball, caught balls can be dropped, and then the runner is safe at first if the first baseman drops the ball out of his mit, or the ball hit into the outfield isn't an out as the outfielder lost control of the ball and it hit the ground, or the ball thrown by the quarterback is incomplete because the ball caught by his team mate was dropped right away and no control of the ball took place! And for crissakes, read Law 11.6 A and B. Now, if the Lions player actually caught the ball and turned around and proceeded to "play it" by running forward toward the All Blacks' goal line, then it would be a penalty against the Lions. He didn't do that! I referee, by the way, and rarely have I called a penalty for accidental offside, but more than often award a scrum to the non-offending side. A similar situation occurred with Scotland v Australia in the last RWC, and I believe Scotland got screwed because it wasn't certain that the ball went off an Australian or a Scot.

3 Months, 1 Week ago