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Thierry Dusautoir blindesides Colin Slade with punishing tackle

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.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Joost van der Westhuizen scores within 16 seconds against Otago in 1994

Westhuizen was the most valuable player in the 1995 RWC in my opinion, despite what Lomu did, and Lomu did plenty.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Joost van der Westhuizen scores within 16 seconds against Otago in 1994

Couldn't agree with you more. The less celebrating the better. Get on with the game. Now if it's a try with no time left for the win, and it's the World Cup Final, that's another story.
It seems Kiwis have had a habit of getting kicks charged down at Carisbrook resulting in tries for the opposition.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

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.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

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
in my direction, take a ball, and then I was in a great position, in that that player might have jumped up in the air or taken the ball without jumping, to take him down once he retrieved the ball, or at least hold up the player in the tackle while my nearby forwards got in position to maul or ruck. I wasn't going to out jump someone 6'3".

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

I started playing back in the early 70's. Played through the 80's into the 90's. I watched many games, reffed many games, was able to (finally) see top class matches when the International Channel started televising games with a day's delay in the USA back in the mid-90's. It really wasn't until the late 90's that this jumping for high kicked balls started to become in vogue. Before that it just wasn't done much. Go to You Tube and watch those old British highlight films of games, or any full match from the 60's, 70's, or 80's and jumping for a ball just wasn't an issue. Fullbacks, wings, whoever, stayed on their feet and let the ball come to them, and the player of the kicker's team basically did the same, either waiting to tackle or if in a better position, taking the ball and keeping possession. So, what to do? Outlaw jumping for a ball? You're right about this style of play. It does cause issues.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

About this jumping, I realize any sport changes over time, but jumping for a kicked high ball just wasn't done much in the past, and therefore this sort of penalty was rarely called. I really wonder if there needs to be a law change, as in no jumping for a kicked ball, the receiver needing to keep at least one foot on the ground, and then there would be no defender jumping and the resulting argument as to whether the defender was going for the ball or the player. This isn't Aussie Rules!

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Legendary scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen passes away

Two players from that '95 final no longer with us. They're gone way before they should have.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

One more thing: basketball players compete for ball in the air quite a bit during a game. There are fouls called against one player or another at times if there is body contact generated by one player. Can't World Rugby check with basketball referees about how things are judged in that game? One difference is basketball players generally don't land on their necks or back on the floor, and the ball is rarely going up in the air so high as an up and under in rugby.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Well, one exception would be for kick offs. On kick offs a player could jump for the ball, because, again, in the old days that's about the only time players jumped for a kicked ball. I played full back and wing for quite a number of years, and never jumped for a ball once in 'traffic.' At 5'8" I wasn't going to out jump someone much taller than me anyway.

1 Month, 1 Day ago