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Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

I don't think it has too much to do with defense tactics or technique, but nowadays when these big carriers knock down a little back they are 5 stone heavier than they used to be and that saps momentum

2 Weeks, 18 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Even in the modern game players tend to crumble and forget their defensive technique when faced with something as formidable as him. You see it all the time, big guy carries straight, little guy goes hi and gets boshed.

I think it's a case of their reputation breaking concentration. And in an era where the size difference between an athlete like Lomu's and the average was so big it made a big difference.

2 Weeks, 18 Hours ago

Dunedin Streaker gets Smashed by Security Guard Number Eight

I agree they probably aren't going to be the macho knobends that are dangerous, but they might be, and when you're dealing with someone without knowing you have to expect the worst.

As for the choking thing, I hope, and suspect, that it was accidental and purely a result of trying to drag a body off the pitch as quickly as possible.

I watched the Twickenham streaker video that's linked about, and he gets an equally uncomfortable looking handling in that. It's just the price you pay for being out there, and everyone in each situation has no complaints at the end of it.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Dunedin Streaker gets Smashed by Security Guard Number Eight

I like streakers too. But I think it's things like this that keep the numbers of people doing it down at a level that is funny but not really an inconvenience

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Dunedin Streaker gets Smashed by Security Guard Number Eight

I think that there's a couple of very good reasons for the afters. Firstly, the guard has absolutely no idea how the streaker is going to react to having been tackled, and so whilst it's not friendly or pretty, it has to be safety first. He needs to establish absolute control on the situation, and that means being uncompromising, he didn't start throwing punches or knees or twisting limbs off, he just outmuscled the bloke.
Secondly, the game was still going at this stage, and he probably wanted to get the bloke up, under control and moving as soon as possible. Which he did.
I don't really like seeing it either, but there are very good reasons for it happening.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Flyhalf killer Courtney Lawes adds Charlie Hodgson to his list in Premiership final

I think the main reason for this is that Lawes is basically a collision specialist, not so much a tackler. The timing is incredibly impressive, but there is very little technique in how Lawes tackles, and unfortunately that doesn't work so well then the ball carrier is as big as you, or moving in the right direction.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

He was my favourite player for years, but his recent spate of exaggerated falls has left me pretty disillusioned. It seems a shame that an athlete and rugby player with so much ability has resorted to pulling this kind of shit

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

No

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Ed O'Donoghue cleared of eyegouging after red card game changer

I think Walsh and the video ref did a great job here. The decision, and the card, were probably wrong in hindsight, but I am very happy to see a set of referees with the balls to make a massive call when it is required.
I remember watching this game and at the time I was 100% sure it was a gouge. All the stuff about marks on the face and people complaining etc is very easy to gather after the game, but in the 30 seconds they have to make a decision during the match I think this was the right one.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

I think Mulipola deserves a kudos for keeping his cool there. So many players would have charged in and thrown their own, which only serves to muddy the waters and probably would have resulted in a yellow for Mulipola and Ma'afu

2 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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