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Joe Pietersen's sensational try for the Stormers against the Highlanders

brilliant. Great technique in the chip and the line to take the pass. Used the ref nicely too at the start! (line taken again, c replay)

perfect all round try really

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

on the try itself (!)

The overhead reply shows it well: they certainly drew in defenders really well, esp Reddan (#9): 3 Cardiff players seemed to gravitate towards him. 5 cardiff players transfixed by the move.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

Ah lads do we have to go there so early - NH vs SH? God knows we've been over that enough times....

Yes its true there's lots more of that sort of play in the SH, and in France - e.g. the Stade tries in the recent RD clip was full of great offloading etc...but, and here's the difference this time:

I distinctly get the impression that Leinster weren't even pushing it really hard in this match. there were many occasions where they could have gone for risky and high octane offloads, but they seemed to be able to trust themselves to just go to ground, make a few yards, recycle...and score anyway. Great balance between continuity and more traditional forward play. Less risky, less chance of an intercept.

And also a v solid defense. This lower risk and good defence approach is backed up by the fact that Cardiff only managed to score 3 points. In the whole match.


In this context, stats on the scoreline gaps between winners and losers in NH and also SH games in the top tier would be interesting...to a point......(I dont believe I've just added to the NH SH debate!)


Leinster's game is fairly complete at the mo - each area works well for them (a bit like Toulouse a few years back)

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Front rowers Ben Daley and Dan Palmer square off in Brisbane

"will that go down on his stats?" classic

Headlines U would not have expected in the past:

"Scrum half stops prop fight/ With his physicality."

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Edinburgh Rugby upset Toulouse in Heinenken Cup Quarter Final

nice to see the small guys come through in this one.

And very nice to see an actual crown at Murrayfield. usually, when there's a club match on there its like a neutron bomb has gone off.

What odds was there on Edinburgh vs Ulster for the semis?!?

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Aviva Premiership Highlights Wrap-Up for Round 19

@cmon84: it was a verrry boring round up thou. sheesh. RD didnt make it, no fault there, but man on man it was as sleeper.........

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Manu Tuilagi's huge hit on quick hands Dan Bowden

i second that on the interview - insightful - and yes, perfect rugby moment - the tackle and the pass.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 21

Stade looking good alright - great hands. Baldy contemponi also did v well (superb hands for the last try, #1 there)

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Andy Goode red carded for high hit against former team Leicester Tigers

Pretzel - how blatant do u want a charge to be for a straight red? His complete inaccuracy and bad timing is his own business/inability.

Outside of his gushing sentimental fan base, he's always been viewed as something of a loose cannon, to be fair and polite.

I remember so many straight arms, mis-timed tackles, and bizarre decisions by him....he's like a throwback to characters doing stuff off the cuff. Which, in some ways, is fine. Rugby needs personality.

but this tackle? I laughed and grimmiced in equal measure. Esp when it came from Goode.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

32 weeks so, is it?

Me, I blame Stephen Ferris. He's the girl in the short skirt in this situation...

come on folks - Ferris to blame for begin gouged and bitten? Nothing wrong with his eye?!? FFS!

Maybe, just maybe, he's been playing like a complete animal (in a good way) when he's been fit and players are trying to take him out?

32 weeks for Clark does seem v weak. I'd also be interested in hearing a follow up on the N'thhampton query.

3 Years, 3 Months ago