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France break Scottish hearts with late winning penalty at Murrayfield

I was absolutely devastated when Huget took that interception as I know how delicate the Scottish confidence is at the moment. We haven't had much form at the moment and until Cotter comes along, we wont have any long term consistency in tactics, squad selection, coaching etc etc.. With France scoring, there was every possibility that they would suddenly wake up and then start cranking in the tries, which didn't happen, but you could see that this was in the mind of all the scottish players. If only we had scored one of those penalties, we would be going to cardiff on a high with some momentum, to play against what looked like a rather lacklustre Welsh team.

I do think however that once the younger players like Hogg, Visser, Maitland, Wier, Dunbar etc in the backs and Beattie, Denton, Wilson etc in the forwards grow up a a bit, gain more experience and start training under Cotter's hard-work regime then we could be looking a much better team soon (I hope). Come on Verne, hurry up!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Playing for my local U16s team, my dad was reffing (really small town, only about two qualified refs in the area) and the opposition had been betting pinged all game for a huge number of infringements (no bias, my dad was always likely to ping me if I was even anywhere near the ball, just cos he could, the sadist) but there was one ruck where their captain started mouthing off, so penalty, then roughly 40 further metres up the pitch before he realised he should shut up. After the game, their coach, who had been berating my dad throughout the whole game tried confront my dad, buuut my mum got there first and gave him a piece of her mind. Dont think that coach has ever come back to my wee town.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ian Evans facing suspension after red card for stamp on Mike McCarthy

Deserved the card, deserves a ban. Intent is irrelevant, he stamped on the guys head three times. I wouldnt go as far as the studio guy does and say shoulders down is fair game if you're in the wrong place but if you're driving over and stand on him then no bother. The up/down or backwards motion law shows itself, this was deliberate. I agree with xxxwookie, take the rap.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Wallabies reclaim third in the world spot after win over Scotland

To the two comments above: Firstly, Dales, I agree with your first point, but the second is a load of nonsense. The Millennium Stadium in Wales is usually a far worse pitch than Murrayfield, which is usually one of the best in the UK, however, if you could read you would see that there is a parasitic infestation, which there is actually next to nothing you can do about in the short term. Just unlucky that its happened now.

Secondly, Hendogo, Scotland are not "just a bad team". Admittedly we do play badly on occasion, but the last two times we played Australia we won. One in Australia. What we lack is composure and consistency. It doesn't help that the SRU is run by a bunch of total idiots that couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery, although things are starting to get better now. Football is more popular, but thats irrelevant because the same goes for England and France. Scotland's biggest disadvantage comes from only having two professional teams, meaning that we don't produce the depth of talent that other countries of a similar population where rugby is bigger do. Rugby is still relatively small in Scotland, but we usually do well, all things considered. Third in the 6 Nations last year being one example. We performed terribly against SA just after having a great game against Japan (although not the highest quality of opposition) and then had a decent, but not amazing game against Oz this week.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Wing JP Pietersen's big tackle on Eighthman David Denton

Good tackle by Pieterson, well done Denton for not rising to the immature face-rub. All this does is take away from Pieterson's tackle and makes him look like a childish idiot.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Willie Le Roux stars as the Springboks beat Scotland at Murrayfield

Jim Hamilton is nearly as stupid as he is tall. He's forever losing it for one reason or another and doesn't ever think about anything. He's a total liability for us but we don't have the depth of squad to just leave him out really. Had himself sent off quite a few times for his club (believe he plays for Montpelier).

But I agree with Guy, above, I love watching the Boks play, they tend to play with an intensity you don't often see up here in the NH, but their reputation as dirty players tarnishes that shine, and JP Pieterson is definitely not helping anything. As was mentioned above, if that was early on in the game, and maybe one of the first tackles that he's made then fine, its just making a mark, but when you're 28-0 ahead with 5 minutes left, you're just being a first rate tool.

This is rugby though, glad Denton didn't react, I've seen fights start over much less and I'm sure that they will have had a drink and been fine afterwards.

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Heineken Cup 2013/2014 Best Tries - Round 1

I think this video just goes to show the increasing quality of northern hemisphere rugby. The previous gulf in quality of the H-Cup and Super Rugby is diminishing every year. Only a good thing for our sport. Some absolute stunning tries in there!

6 Months, 1 Hour ago

Wilkinson, Giteau and Armitage combine for classic Toulon try vs Glasgow

I agree, yes it was English players who started and finished the try, but a monkey could have done what Armitage did. The skill was provided by Wilkinson and the beautiful cut and offload from Giteau. English commentary is usually dire, and usually I find myself using the alternative commentary when I watch on the BBC or if its Sky, I just mute them.

6 Months, 3 Days ago

Matthew Morgan scores 90m solo effort for Ospreys against Edinburgh

Holy crap he's fast. And at 21.. oaft. One to watch maybe? And I agree with No9scrum, above, Tonks was useless. May as well stood aside.

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ben Tameifuna's hits vs the Brumbies in the Super Rugby final

The last one the guy he did tackle was between him and the ball carrier, hence the penalty for crossing. No penalty against tamiefuna since the crossing infringement caused the off the ball tackle. The first tackle the guy had the ball very briefly, which is when he committed to the tackle, you see his head go down. That was enough to make him drop the ball

8 Months, 1 Week ago

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