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Junior World Championship 2012 - Day Two Highlights

I think that what makes the ABs particularly good at what they do, is that they play flowing rugby in a country where it rains a lot. Mud is a different matter though ...

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane

I also think that Priestland is another one of those "10s who should be first center". He seems to have some ability ball in hand, but his territorial kicking in the past few games has been more than questionable. Better put Hook at 10.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

South Africa vs England 2012 - 1st Test - Full Match

Uh-oh, how did the message above end up here in the RSA-ENG full match thread?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

South Africa vs England 2012 - 1st Test - Full Match

I also think that Priestland is another one of those "10s who should be first center". He seems to have some ability ball in hand, but his territorial kicking in the past few games has been more than questionable. Better put Hook at 10.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The All Blacks turn it on at Eden Park with big win over Ireland

Now that the world cup is over, now that the unpleasant business of French-bashing in the NZ press, and of NZ-bashing in just about every Northern forum, it's good to be reminded why the All-Blacks are such a formidable force. AB players are probably selected according to their capacity to repeat an "I will destroy you" motto. Not for their technical skills alone, which as we all know are abundant.
One example: at 10-3, the Irish kicked to touch about 30m from goal, instead of going for a 3-point penalty. The following maul failed (poor choice by the scrum-half to release the ball too early while the maul was well-formed). A minute later, the ABs get a penalty 30m from the Irish goal-line... and they also kick to touch, because they are thinking, at that moment, "Oh so you thought you could slip one past us with sheer forward power, well you though wrong because WE-WILL-DESTROY-YOU."
I think this is why France is the only Northern team that can (sometimes) stand up to the ABs. The French are all revolutionaries-at-hear and thus hate being told what to do (which is also why they lack discipline and nearly had a mutiny against Lièvremont during the world cup).
Watch out Ireland, if you don't get angry and revolt, the ABS will DESTROY YOU again and again.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Vincent Clerc's incredible try saving tackle on Max Evans

Actually in the Top14 the video ref can comment on anything happening 5m from the try line.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Vincent Clerc's incredible try saving tackle on Max Evans

Horrible 2nd semi, I was at the stadium, surrounded with many yellow shirts and a few red ones. Kick, failed dummy, kick, failed dummy, knock on, lost lineout, turn over ... rnnnn zzzzzz rnnnnn zzzzz

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The Beast's power saves Anton Bresler from disaster, twice

Excellent idea!!
Another question, is it illegal to climb on another player's shoulders? If not then surely a two-week training with the Shanghai Gymnastic Club would help the Sharks form a human tower (with the Beast and the Du Plessis brothers at the bottom) to prevent their opponent's converted kicks from going through the posts.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Motu Matu'u massive hits and great sportsmanship against the Rebels

I was thinking a bit along the same lines. It's not that his tackle is illegal, it's that he hits the chest head on. I've always been told to tackle with my head to the side of a player's body, but Matu's hits head on. As a result there is no way that he can put his arms around the opponent at the same time, his arms go around later on, which accounts for the ballistic nature of these two tackles.
It accounts for great tackles, but at this rate Matu'u albeit strong will have to stop his rugby career early on for one of the following: neck injury, vertebral collapse, or worse.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Catch up with Bhubesi Pride's African rugby coaching trip

I love how at the last stop in Tanzania the kids are watching a Rugbydump clip on the laptop!
Kids in some parts of the world must have really tough knees, elbows and shoulders, given how hard the grounds they play on look. It's awesome all the same.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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