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Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

Good to see the Badge getting some meat. I love how on the first one (interception) he carries on sprinting even when he's 20m clear!

What has me rubbing my eyes with incredulity though is "Dane Haylett-Petty played 60 minutes of club football today and arrived an hour before the game, and then played 75 minutes of Super Rugby" - does this happen a lot? Seems unbelievable at this level of the game. Outstanding effort anyway.

2 Days, 17 Hours ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 9

Couldn't agree more with the sentiment though!

Watching Sean Maloney presenting deadpan to camera, without any of the studio banter, is such a deflating feeling. It's like whenever Shane Williams used to kick instead of going on a run.

2 Days, 18 Hours ago

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Biggest Hitters in Super Rugby history

Can't argue with Mau'u being number 1 on here. He has made some incredible hits. I love the last one where the guy almost looks like he's holding up the ball in surrender - "sod it mate, here you go, have the bloody thing!!"

3 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Joe Marler questions referee Andrew Small's choice of footwear

A bit Andrew Small

3 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Joe Marler questions referee Andrew Small's choice of footwear

Oh him! That hanky one was priceless.

3 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Joe Marler questions referee Andrew Small's choice of footwear

@RD - great work and write-up as always, but I'm afraid you may have over-egged it a bit in applying the phrase "complex minds" to Messrs Marler, Haskell and Badger........

Anyone know who Sean Davey is? Is that another ref?

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Carlin Isles dropped ball blooper ruins great fifteens debut try

I don't understand all this business about him running back. It's not about which direction the ball moves. It's whether you had control of the ball when it touched the ground. They got rid of the "downward pressure" thing a few years ago, but you still need to have control of the ball.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Carlin Isles dropped ball blooper ruins great fifteens debut try

I would bet money on me being wrong, but I thought there were a few instances where this has happened.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Carlin Isles dropped ball blooper ruins great fifteens debut try

Ach, they'll have been singing in the streets of Hawick when that laddie droaped the ball...

Someone in Scottish rugby needs to lock this guy in a room and make him sign up before it's too late and he's got an actual 15s cap for USA.

He's got a really unusual style though, hasn't he? I mean apart from the pace, agility and acceleration it's that low body position / centre of gravity that seems to completely throw defences - I don't think a single player got a hand to him here, did they?

It's also amazing how an American can say "I *just* want to be the best rugby player" and yet somehow it doesn't sound immodest. Just seems like a natural thing for them to say, (along with the obligatory God-bothering blabbery).

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Nick Cummins gives another great interview after Force win over Chiefs

What???

Last 30 seconds of this I really struggled to understand a bloody word the Badge or the interviewer said.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

 
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