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

It seems that everyone is in agreement that these are dangerous tackles and the debate is around legality. One perspective could be that these are high but it's a grey area.

Regardless of the initial point of contact, it's where the tackle finishes that defines it as high or not. He's finishing with the top of his head in contact with the tacklees chins. So does that mean it's high? If it was his arm/shoulder rather than his head that was doing the tackling, then these would be high...

3 Years, 8 Months ago

Flyhalf Tom Takes the Stage in Toulon, with Jonny Wilkinson

great ambassador for the sport. 'nuf said.

3 Years, 9 Months ago

Try Savers & Rib Breakers 12 - Rugby World Cup 2011 Edition

Wonder what size feet he has?

3 Years, 9 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Touchdown!

Disgraceful rugby on all levels...

3 Years, 10 Months ago

A look at the first ever White Card in Super Rugby

i think this goes to show the complete failure of the white card. He lifts the player and drops him so that his head and shoulder hit the ground simultaneously. Highly dangerous tackle and deserves a straight red without question. This happens 11 minutes into the game and the punishment for the team is therefore ten mins a man down rather than 70...

Seems to me that the white card will mean that players are punished rather than teams, so indicates quite a significant change in the game.

3 Years, 11 Months ago

Nick Abendanon crunches Lee Dickson then gets smashed by George Pisi

It's interesting that all they have to do is "attempt" to wrap the arms... Both fail dismally. Why is it that in this regard the intention is all important while often it is the result that counts? Just in the name of consistency across the game...

4 Years, 1 Month ago

Nick Abendanon crunches Lee Dickson then gets smashed by George Pisi

It's interesting that all they have to do is "attempt" to wrap the arms... Both fail dismally. Why is it that in this regard the intention is all important while often it is the result that counts? Just in the name of consistency across the game...

4 Years, 1 Month ago

Shane Williams flipped in huge double hit vs the Wallabies

Guess the question is if they intended to lift him off the deck or not... and as seems to be the general debate at the moment, should we be judging intent or results in contact situation..?

4 Years, 3 Months ago

Shane Williams flipped in huge double hit vs the Wallabies

My point is that had it been Pocock that was on the receiving end of the tackle, we would have judged it as the tackle of the tournament as we would not have seen his legs up in the air and his upper back/neck hitting the ground first. So I guess we are saying that players should be adjusting their tackling technique relative to the size of the tackled player. I think mismatches are an inherent part of the sport, so I think it's an interesting debate...

4 Years, 3 Months ago

Shane Williams flipped in huge double hit vs the Wallabies

The tackle on Williams is legal, but is arguably far more dangerous than Warburton's red card (which was clearly illegal but probably deserved a yellow). Both incidents are actually the result of mismatches in size of player, but only Warburton's is policable. If Warburton had made the same tackle on Pocock it would have ended differently and probably would have gone down as the best tackle of the RWC....

So should size and mismatches be a factor taken into account by the law-makers to protect the big-guy from punishment as much as the small-guy from injury?

4 Years, 3 Months ago