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Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

bokshark I'm making my suggestion based on actual results of actual matches. Them be different to the last time or the time before for de Autumn internationals, from memory, when it seemed like all the top 3 SH teams won everything...and in gen, this time so far, many of the matches were closer than expected (eg Scotland and NZ) and an interesting number were close in general (eg Italy, Wales Romania) maybe things are, broadly speaking, leveling out a bit.

SH are still to the fore thou I would say.

The mull cover the other fairly obvious point is a game played in all conditions, and it may be v wet next October in eh Wales and England!

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

Interesting how tight a lot of these matches are eh? Only the Tonga and to an extent Canada matches weren't...

also with Irl (last week) and Fra a little more balance between NH and SH...

all augers well for the world cup I reckon....

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Ireland upset South Africa with impressive physicality in Dublin

Hi Bey: eh yes I have - I live in Ireland.

I'm basing what I said on listening to experts on radio, in print and TV - former players and professional rugby journalists - all of whom said Ireland didn't have a hope. Former International (and now pundit) Trevor Hogan went for Ireland, but I didn't hear any others. They may have been out there, surely someone else along with Hogan gave Ireland a sniff- but they were very much in the minority.

General fans felt likewise, in as much as I can call my own personal encounters representative. (they aren't but they are as representative as any others)

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Ireland upset South Africa with impressive physicality in Dublin

Very unexpected result - no one gave Ireland a sniff really, especially without Cian Healy and Sean O Brian (there were a lot of other injuries too, but those two are world class and the right kind of player to face South Africa).

Schmidt really out-thought Meyer this time. Not using anyone to contest lineouts (even with a tempting 6 ft 11 option in Devin Toner!) really worked for on the ground defense. Bizarre that Ireland were 29-10 up with half a minute to go.

Yellow card did have a bearing and was tight but I can see how and why he gave it: usually those thing are a lot more spectacular looking, and thus easier to give, but technically he did take the player out in the air, albeit just about in the air and not very viciously - more a professional foul.

However I can also see how and why he didn't give the first half one when he asked to go to the TMO for the forearm to the neck tackle on Healip (a bit like Du Plessis against the Kiwis that time in Eden Park - doesn't look too bad but there' a technical logic to the query).

Not sure if the yellow as the different thou, Ireland were savvy this time.

Interesting to see how they didn't celebrate like lunatics either...

Aussie match will be very interesting now....

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

Hi DrG: i'm thinking more of the ideas not the individuals. IE some of the stuff they are trying out may permeate/peculate (choose your osmosis !) into the main a summer school....

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

along with all of the above comments, I'd add that they are actually perhaps introducing some cutting edge ideas which could become innovations in the game .Its like an elite hit squad of the best players in the world playing the best players in the world without - and here's the crucial bit - anything at stake. So they can try things out, test the very limits of the rules and actually help push the game forward in a weird way. (like the peno huddle, the quarterback lineout throw etc etc)

And of course the general joy fun and creativity they are bringing is heart warming.

I was worried for them after the last few years - couldn't see the point or purpose of thebaabaahs in the modern professional game....not now.

More of this!

3 Years, 6 Months ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

best baabahs match in a while....was in danger of dying out as a concept. More of this please!

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Munster come from behind to snatch dramatic win with Ian Keatley drop goal

Epic finish to that match and not a comment ...feckin facebook comments sapping the life out of the real thing....some sites feed facebook directly into the main site these days, so they are indistinguishable from actual, embedded posts. But then, you have all those facebook idiots lowering the tone...what to do?

In the meantime ,Id say watch this and remember even more insane ROG dropgoals for munster.... (just wait for the little green man to start up.... :-)

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3 Years, 7 Months ago

BYU score great try after neat passing and huge charge from Paul Lasike

He does stand up well thou, doesn't he...

4 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Stephen Ferris returns to rugby with trademark powerful tackle

Ah yes, a thing of considerable beauty that tackle.

Such a long layout, he must have thought it was nearly all over at various stages.

Re the timing: player didn't go to ground, but the yards he made kinda made up for it!

(He said on Irish radio that he didn't compete in this tackle as last time he went up for one of those, he did his ankle in. And it took 1.5 years to recover! Not sure how serious he was thou)

Animal backrow Ireland will have. Note sure about who JS will put where thou...

4 Years, 2 Months ago