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Martin Landajo banned for one week for stamping on Wallaby hands

I agree with you. However, I think that ball carrier not releasing came before any further infringements. I consider this a good bit of refereeing in that Barnes seems to realise that the reason the players lose support is that the player didn't release the ball quick enough. I suppose it's easy to see when the ball carrier runs in on his own into two opposition.

4 Years, 8 Months ago

Wales thrash England by record score to retain Six Nations title

I want to give full credit to wales before I talk about the refereeing at the scrum and breakdown. They were fantastic and completely out-played england. They were more switched on and played the referee. They noticed the areas that walsh wouldn't referee and the ones that he would and played according to that. The welsh back row completely dominated the English back row. Tipuric is well on his way to being a world class number 7 and I hope that wales play him there more often. This game was won by the forwards.

The scrum has changed a lot since moore played and he isn't up to date with most of the rules. There are occasions when he'll be moaning and it's because a rule has changed or times when he just misses what is going on.

At the scrum, Walsh was penalising England nearly every scrum because England were either 'collapsing it' or 'coming up'. This was not the right decision. He (incorrectly) assumed that because England's pack were inexperienced they were being dominated, but the domination came through cheating. Jenkins wouldn't take the hit and Jones would either bore in (or even just scrum at a massive angle) or lift up. Both of these are illegal and just lead to a collapsed scrum or the front row lifting up. But if you aren't getting caught, why obey the laws?

Something that no referees pick up on either is the early push. I'm all for big hits on the 'set' but then teams start pushing before the ball is in and so scrum halves will delay the put in. Walsh would then penalise Youngs but the scrum wasn't stationary.

Walsh's refereeing of the breakdown was non-existent. Wales were more clued up to this and realised they would not be penalised for things much sooner than England did (eg not through the gate, offside, hands in etc).

I can't shake the feeling that he always tries to make games a spectacle of his refereeing as opposed to the 30 guys on the pitch.

Well done Wales. Played the conditions and referee and dominated.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Sergio Parisse red carded and banned for insulting referee

I find Shaun Edwards remarks quite strange...
" can clearly hear him on the ref's mic coming out with profanities in the ref's earshot about what damage he was going to do..."
What does this have to do with anything? Is he claiming that Wales players don't use 'profanities'? This is definitely not proof or even 'evidence to suggest' that SP insults referees.
Surely there needs to be a burden of proof on referees. I think this is the case of all sports. Referees need to be performance managed and proof needs to be given for bans. I find it very strange that he offered no explanation: "I will explain in the changing rooms." That sounds an awful lot like "I will explain when I'm not being recorded." Why couldn't he be open on the field when he is on microphone?
Perhaps rugby has turned into a game where referees decide they don't want anyone swearing...

5 Years, 3 Months ago

O2 Inside Line: Episode 1, Season 3

Totally agree. This just seems like some overproduced PR campaign whereas Healy and Haskell were actually funny and it felt amateur, especially with the Haskcam.
Not as funny. Probably introduced her for some eye candy and not her sense of humour.

5 Years, 7 Months ago

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

As a Saints fan I find this disgusting and deplorable. I totally agree with most of what has been said here and I think he will get off lightly with anything less than a year. I do not want players like this representing my club or my country.

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia suspended internally for six weeks after citing for dangerous tackle

He was going high (for the shoulders), his opposition ducks down and gets a forearm to the face...probably his fault for going high in the first place, but it isn't the worse case I've seen of ducking into a high-tackle

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Morgan Parra vs George Chuter, and Manu Tuilagi simultaneous yellow

Best comment I've rread on RD lately

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Francesco Minto red carded for head-butt on Yann Lesgourgues

Hahaha what on earth was he thinking?

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Mathieu Bastareaud breaks Agen scrumhalf Alexis Bales

I fail to see how this was yellow card worthy? Referee was conned by some football-esque acting. I hate how much we're seeing this creep into rugby (especially in France)

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Luke McAlister's big charge through Nick Evans in the Heineken Cup

Why would anything here be a shoulder charge and a yellow??? McAlister has the ball

6 Years, 6 Months ago