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Plays of the Month for June Internationals, JWC and Super Rugby

Loved seeing Tuilagi being brushed off like a fly. Nonu showing him up there.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

If he'd given the penalty try earlier you'd then be complaining that he gave the penalty try to early. Was that maul legal?? Do you actually play rugby?! That's a textbook maul! There's no interpretation needed there, only rudimentary knowledge of the laws of the game. I agree that often cards are handed out too easily, but here I feel that both were deserved. Especially the second.

5 Months, 3 Days ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Cant have truck and trailer if the maul was already formed. Even if all the defending players leave, the maul was still formed in the first place so they can just waltz up the park. (i believe)

5 Months, 3 Days ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Sorry but both those yellow cards were earned by the idiotic Welshmen who received them. You point out Biggar's, it could hardly have been more obvious that he was bringing the maul down! Watch it again. He grabs the saffer and then just pulls him to the ground. Thats a penalty anywhere on the park except 5-10m from the line, which it was, and after being pinged for infringements around the maul at least 4, 5 times in the previous few minutes.

5 Months, 4 Days ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

One of the most obvious penalty tries I've seen in ages. Was lucky not to get a yellow for an illegal tackle that stopped a try. There was already 3, not like Walsh didn't want to use the yellow card.

5 Months, 4 Days ago

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

Not sure what the point in drawing that offside line in during the analysis but was, it was completely wrong. It was drawn from the wrong back foot?! How do they get that wrong?

6 Months, 1 Day ago

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

My hairs always all stand on end when I watch some old highlights with Bill McLaren commentating. He really knew how to turn a phrase too, in this video for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqIaXLBk5tQ
"all arms & legs like a mad octopus", "a mad giraffe", "a runaway buffalo" "the baby faced assasin" & "it was as if he kicked 3 pounds 'o haggis".

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6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Tom Court shown straight red card for tip tackle on Devin Toner

Also, the tackle from Kearney was a bit off the book. I think the ref got that one right though.

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Tom Court shown straight red card for tip tackle on Devin Toner

I agree with Wallace there, the tackler didnt cause that, that was all the tackled player. Toner bent over in the air, causing the imbalance that ended up with him falling face-first into the dirt. Maybe a penalty for lifting the player, and the consequent awkward landing, but thats never a red card for Court. I hope if this gets referred to the Citing Commissioner, they apply a bit of common sense and see that; although to the letter of the law, its the tacklers responsibility to make sure they come down safely, the bending over of Toner in the air was not something that Court could have predicted or even countered, so no further sanction should happen!

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The new European Rugby Champions Cup explained

Well 8th place at the moment are Edinburgh, and they are usually very surprisingly competitive in Europe. Beat Toulouse in the Quarter-finals two years ago! Although I will concede that you're right on that. Are the 7th/8th placed teams in the Premiership competitive in Europe? Who knows, they wouldn't have been in Europe before.. Its not a bad solution, its just one that favours England and France. But yeah, I'd rather some form of european competition, even if it isn't perfect!

7 Months, 5 Days ago

 
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