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Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

Here's a tune for the next try savers and rib breakers outa leftfield...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0KWyWwVp0E


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1 Year, 7 Months ago

Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

solid, spectacular lookingif _fairly_ routine tackle for that level, crowd responded to its impact in the stadium and that's not insignificant - and that was quite a funny ending - apt considering the vista....

DrG: my understanding of what Columbes said, is that people expect to see tip tackles here on RD, almost as the norm now- he's not saying that tackle was a tip tackle. He's perhaps decrying the fact that the illegal is more sought after by viewers than the solid legal tackle, though I could be misunderstanding Columbes....

Eitherways, its noteworthy but hardly suprising that visitors are that way...

remember the old newspaper saying: "if it bleeds it leads"

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Brian O'Driscoll's pass through the legs sets up Luke Fitzgerald try

He's brought this into his game recently - did it against samoa too - interesting development at his age!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the series 2-1 after third Test rout

not that it matters a whole pile, but where are the first few comments gone?

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Plays of the week - The incredible Jean, Lions classics and more

Bit of a rout in the end. Well done LIONS and even, dare I say it, Gatty. He was still wrong on BOD - they would have won with him, and at 13, he wouldn't have taken away from the bish-bash-bosh approach.

Even if he was bench as option 2...Tualagi's positioning when he came on- fuck! It was appalling. i didn't realise how bad his defence and positioning is.

But well done Lions. Oz scrum in the end did fall apart. Sexton, Halfpenny, whole scrum really, were excellent. Still not sure about Philips -he was coasting agian, but really dominating or controlling the game.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Brian O'Driscoll dropped for series decider against the Wallabies

When I read this:
"Instead, a midfield change has meant he's not even in the starting XV, and Alun Wyn Jones will skipper the side."
I thought, tough call, but at least he's on the bench.

He's not even on the bench?

Surely Roberts and BOD was the logical midfield combo?

And 10 Welsh in the starting XV. Well, that's that then.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

@drg : i know feeds are crooked there days in general, but in Oz its been taken to a new level. The mid week match was when I noticed it especially: the ball actually went to the feet of the #8 at times! Incredible. This explains the faster scrums in the SH- its just ball recycling, and a step towards League. (likewise with the brekadown rules).

Lions need to start doing the same sort of back row scrum feeding.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Most has been said above re philips and the breakdown especially: thought BOD was unlucky 1st 2 times in the first 10 mins, and that wa s a real tone-setter for the match. Muted a major Lions weapon.

Oz feeds into the scrum as so crooked its a laff, but they get away with it.

This might shake up Gatland and bring a few onto bench and starting 15 - most pointed out above (I'd say Tipuric, SOB, Bowe and maybe Roberts, as he partners well with BOD)

Lions were arrogant in not taking pens when they were on offer, and the state of the pitch?!? It was a disgrace. It had too much influence on the outcome of the match - like the collapsed scrum at th eend and the slip for the last kick.


2 Years, 2 Months ago

Lead up to the First Test - The Lions Story so far

As a quick warm up folks:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jun/14/history-lions-tours

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Shane Williams and Christian Wade called up and on the wings vs the Brumbies

Tipuric and SOB don't just have form in pointless recent matches, they have it for most of the last 2-3 years too: and more than Heaslip, Croft or Warburton actually. Heaslip and W have had well dodgy longish spells recently too (not just injuries, actual dodgy spells)

2 Years, 2 Months ago