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James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

If you can drag a 120kg man around by his scrum cap, then you are holding it tight. If a 120 kg ox like Haskell can't pull his head out of your grip, then you are holding it tight.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Chance Peni-Ataera suspended for 3 weeks for shoulder shot

"go low, commit early" - good advice. Just ask Charlie Faumuina. Sigh.

5 Months, 6 Days ago

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

Of course you clench your fist. It's just that, as this incident demonstrates, you don't need to in order to achieve the desired result. A clenched fist is almost certainly indicative of intent. But it does not follow that an open hand = no intent.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

I was going to mention that but decided against. He gets out in a hurry doesn't he. No going for the turnover or the counter ruck. Just flee the scene - nothing to see here officer. Not saying he meant to whack him, but he knew he had.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

Yah, this "open hand" defence is a bit troublesome, but you hear it often. As if you can only injure someone with a closed fist. SOB KO'd him with the forearm, so hand closed-ness or otherwise is utterly irrelevant. It tells us nothing wrt intent.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

Next time a player gets the ball from a ruck 1m out, he should jump-run onto the pass. The opposition will have to let him waltz through to score or tackle him and concede a penalty try + yellow card.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Georgia score stunning try during lost to Argentina

Ha!! I had to go back and check. There were 2 from the start of the breakout. Basically split the commentary into 3 long words, with many many syallables

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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 Year, 6 Months 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.

1 Year, 9 Months 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".

2 Years, 1 Month ago