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New Zealand composure leads to 27th consecutive win over Wales

There was nothing wrong with that pass either. In fact it's an identical situation to the Cruden pass. Williams pass to Webb for the second Welsh try was also "forward" - passed 2 m before the 22 and caught on the line. It's basically impossible for someone running at full speed to pass the ball "backwards" - even lobbing the ball back over your head the ball will move forward relative to the ground.

The IRB have been very consistent consistent about how the forward pass should be interpreted. They even made a video about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=box08lq9ylg The Smith situation is also covered explicitly in that video.

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1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Yep that's ugly.

Sometimes these things happen when a tackler puts their head to one side and the tackled player lurches that direction and then crunch. Sometimes they both stand up straight and come together face first. Roberts just lead with his head into someone's face and from their blind side. Cowan had no chance to avoid this and Roberts made zero effort not to nut him.

Physical intimidation and perhaps a bit of hurt are fine. Wounding is never ok.

5 Months, 4 Days ago

Sky Sport New Zealand's Fans Try of the Year 2015

Towards the end of that Wanganui try, I rather like the commentators strangled orgasmic "oohs".

8 Months, 5 Days ago

Highlights and celebrations as All Blacks win successive Rugby World Cup titles

Kepu had a clean game apart from twatting McCaw with another high-after-the-balls-gone swinging arm. Just after he passes the ball to NMS for the try.

8 Months, 2 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

Based on the evidence available to him, Joubert made the correct call.

9 Months, 1 Day ago

Footage and recaps of the latest RWC 2015 Bans

Yeah, the Scotland is ugly. Frankly 3 weeks is not enough. What makes it super dangerous is that Ford's weight is driving downwards along the axis of Lam's body. It's not just gravity - it's gravity + 120kg all acting to bend a player's neck sideways. Far worse than just dropping someone like most other tip tackles.

9 Months, 6 Days ago

England finish strongly to pick up bonus point win over Fiji in RWC 2015 opener

The problem with the going to the TMO after awarding the try is not really about the decision. Its about what drove the decision - namely Peyper seeing the try in slow-mo as is was replayed over and over on the big screen at twickers. So Peyper was directly influenced by the replays and induced to change his decision.

Who controls those replays? The home broadcaster. So the home broadcaster influenced the outcome. In this instance the decision was ultimately correct, but the fact remains that a partisan source influenced the game.

Would they have been so willing to endlessly replay the incident had it been an English try incorrectly awarded? Who can say but it's a valid concern. Hence they have implemented some procedural rules to avoid any possibility of undue influence. They should stick with them because they're there for a good reason.

Refereeing errors are an inevitable (and fecking frustrating) part of the game. TV producers inserting themselves into proceedings is something rugby definitely does not need.

BTW, this is a universal issue, not an English one.

10 Months, 3 Days ago

Waikato's sensational Try of the Season contender scored by Anton Lienert-Brown

What ruck?

10 Months, 1 Week ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

Yep, in summary with .

- Moore, who has a history of being a bit a bit of twonk, tackled Nonu unnecessarily, well after the whistle had gone.
- Nonu, who has a history of being a bit of a twonk, responded in kind by bouncing the ball off Moore's head.
- Nonu, in spite of his twonk-ish history, did not knee drop Moore in the face.
- Pocock, who has a history of being a thoroughly admirable fellow, was "third man in" and therefore according to one poster above, should have been red carded.
- Messam, who has a history of being a bit of a twonk, was a twonk.
- Nigel Owens is the only adult in this particular playground.

11 Months, 3 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

So Pocock should have been red carded?

11 Months, 3 Days ago