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The Rebels upset the Blues in Melbourne

Looked like an intense match! (unlike the Brumbies vs Sharks match the other day in which some players looked tired, or disinterested - which was understandable for the Sharks on a long away haul).
I've always been a big admirer of Kurtley Beale and of James Bieber O'Connor, they probably enjoy having a 10 who's good at passing. But defensively, are the Rebels solid? On the few highlights we saw, it was often 4 Blues vs 1 Rebel on the short side.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Cheetahs come from behind to beat Hurricanes in Super Rugby thriller

I agree that there were some very nice tries in there, with great handling (try starting at 2:19 in particular). I also agree that Cory Jane is a George Douche. And I also agree that some of the tackling looks a bit amateurish (lack of motivation, rather than skill).
Damn it I agree with everything you said.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Lwazi Mvovo hits the turbos for a great try against the Brumbies

Watched this match "unlive" today -a few days after the fact- on Canal+ (French private channel), I had just managed to avoid Rugbydump or other rugby channel updates on the match ... so managed to watch it in a "pseudo-live" context today.
So I must say that this try just came out of nowhere!!! Very impressive to watch live!!
But on the other hand, because of strangely inadequate behavior from both teams on the field, I am now utterly convinced that Super rugby is a "doesn't really matter if we lose" version of Heinekun Cup rugby. Don't mean to sound NH-bitter by saying this! But at some point the Sharks, or the Brumbies, however unstoppable, seemed to not really care whether they won ... no relegation, hmmm?

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

Awesome try! No one gets carried away, nice control. The Crusader's n°21 is a bit too casual in the final moments, but then again, he would have been running for 90m by that time.

This week I also enjoyed one of Stade Français' tries against Agen (previous weekend), I found this horrible-quality video of it, after the lineup at 0.34 secs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edtcJE0ZvjM

2 Years, 7 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

About great tries, we should have a look at the Stade Français' match against Agen last week. Score in the fifties, amazing tries (one in particular with heavy ball-handling).

2 Years, 7 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

Gatland has sure added an SH touch to Welsh rugby, now everyone in the team is over 100kg (apart from Halfpenny), and this of course includes wingers North and Cuthbert, who albeit talented, also depend on their team to score tries (unless they exchange favours to do so, as in this video here where Cuthbert lets North through). The problem with heavy wingers is that they often get injured at some early point, and after that it's all downhill. I hope North will be ok, he's got many good years ahead of him, but I'm an optimist with experience (a pessimist).

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

He doesn't make the first tackle, he doesn't do the following drive forward, he doesn't stabilize the ensuing ruck, he doesn't act as scrum-half and choose that particular side at the ensuing ruck, so why can't the players who did all of that also deserve as much credit? He scored a try, a very fine try in fact, good on him. But as someone else pointed out below, that is exactly what's expected of him. I don't mind celebrations that are adrenaline explosions (like throwing the ball in the air while growling), but doing some dance in front of the cameras: that's too much for my taste - I could get plenty of that on MTV (if I ever watched it).

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

That got me laughing!!
But I don't know much about a prop trying a try, I'm a front-rower and I never score at my amateur level of rugby (I always find a faster runner to hand the ball to - who'll generally mess things up with a ridiculous knock-on). I mean I never score in matches, only do so at training.
But I'll probably sing "The Internationale" on one foot if I manage to score one day, because apparently it's alright to do so. I'm sure the opposing teams will find it alright, hell rugby is all about showing off individually, like football, isn't it?

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Danny Cipriani's great try and celebration against the Western Force

Great try, scored after a few people handled the ball and drove it upfield. Taking individual credit for the result of a collective effort (by doing a little dance) is something I don't enjoy much ... definitely on par with Ashton's swan dive.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Wales win Grand Slam after tense battle with France in Cardiff

On the current state of affairs, game style makes it that:
- Ireland is the new Scotland
- England is the new Wales
- France is the new England
- Wales is the new France
- Scotland is the new Italy
- Italy is the new Ireland

2 Years, 7 Months ago

 
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