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Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

I think your ire needs to be directed towards the officials, not World Rugby, who have specifically outlawed simulation:
http://www.worldrugby.org/news/129899?lang=en
Play acting or “simulation” will be specifically outlawed in the game in a move that formalises resistance to a practice that has been creeping into the game in recent years. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence the match officials will be liable for sanction. Previously, such offences were covered under the laws covering general acts contrary to good sportsmanship.


In my opinion, the sanction should be a yellow card as an absolute minimum, but the law/directive is there in black and white. It is up to referees to properly police this. And they must do ruthlessly before this wicked plague really starts to take root in our wonderful game.

3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

I'm 100% sure this was simulation and so are you.

Aside from that, the chat should have been about Davies cheating and preventing Skelton from playing the game by grabbing him round the neck.

3 Hours, 52 Minutes ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

As someone who's generally been reluctant to board the Ashton hate-wagon, I do hope that is correct. Giving this a-hole some verbal abuse would be absolutely acceptable, in my opinion. Bit hard to tell from the other video though.

Wholeheartedly agree on the suggestion of twatting the diving prick properly. In for a penny in for a pound! I cannot believe Davies had the audacity to insist on shaking hands. Skelton proved himself to be the bigger man figuratively as well as literally, but I'd have been very happy to see him tell Davies to piss off. Or at least, give him a contemptuous glare and walk off.

8 Hours, 49 Minutes ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

This scumbag needs to be literally tarred and feathered.

8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Here's how I'd have called it:

- Red 7 interfering on the wrong side of the maul: penalty.
- Red 7 grabbing black 19 around the head and neck: penalty, in light of the recent directive AND combined with the initial offence, this becomes a yellow card.
- Black 19 kindly escorting red 7 out of the area in order that they can both get on with their game: play on.
- Red 7 theatrics - yellow card, compounded by the yellow I'd have already issued for grabbing black 19 round the neck/head, gets upgraded to red.

World Rugby has specifically outlawed simulation now and the officials MUST enforce it ruthlessly. Technically, the sanction is just a penalty - should be a yellow at an absolute minimum - but to let it go unpunished is very very dangerous indeed.

9 Hours, 2 Minutes ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

I love the photo at the top of that article. Christ that bloke looks stupid!!

What did he say back then? I'm guessing, with the reference to a gesture as well, something along wanchor lines...

9 Hours, 16 Minutes ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

It's an utter disgrace that they didn't mention Davies's behaviour. If an English commentator showed anything like this type of bias, we'd never hear the end of it from our Celtic friends.

9 Hours, 19 Minutes ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

Why not indeed? At the moment, I reckon Farrell is England's best 12 and England's best 10 at the same time..

1 Day, 4 Hours ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

I couldn't help imagining Stuart Barnes's voice as I read this:

"Ashton: "unlucky guys, you played really well, Lions tour coming up so chins up, you'll be ok"
George: "Ashton mate, it ain't over til it's over, stop kissing the taffies and get back!"
"

1 Day, 4 Hours ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

Oh dear, what's happening around the 3:03 mark? Is Jamie George having to remind Ashton not to act like a bell-end? Presumably barracking the Scarlets players? For Christ's sake man, just let your rugby do the talking.

Impressed by Farrell here - both for the team motivation and a superb attacking line, awareness and quality pass.

I did wonder why Ashton chose to run back towards the tacklers, but who cares I suppose, he scored the try...

1 Day, 8 Hours ago