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England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

The only stats I can find show turnovers conceded by each player, but not turnovers won.

From watching the game I can't specifically recall Haskell or Robshaw making the turnovers but they must have been involved, certainly both looked pretty busy to me. Those two and Kruis seemed to be getting through the most work.

I can tell you that Scotland collectively conceded 16 turnovers, compared with England's 6.
Haskell led the tackle count with 18, followed by Kruis on 16. (Jonny Gray, Hardie & Denton next).

Generally speaking, I agree with your last sentence.

9 Hours, 4 Minutes ago

England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

Messieurs Colombes and Vingt-Trois,
I think you've both touched on an important point with your comments on Eddie Jones, which I summarise as he brings a much-needed sense of confidence and self-belief to England.

His comments quoted by RD - easy win, would have got more tries if we could be bothered - are arrogant in the extreme and you could never imagine Stuart Lancaster even thinking about making such immodest claims.

But as an England fan I love it.

England rugby is at its best when it is cocky, swaggering and full of itself. Look at the Grand Slam eras - early 90s personified by Brian Moore invoking Millwall FC: "no-one likes us, we don't care" and early 2000s by Martin Johnson telling the Ireland president to walk through the mud.

I remember reading comments on several different occasions from Imanol Hairydonkey saying how much he hated England because they were arrogant and how desperate he want to get one over them. England won almost every match during that period of time, if I remember correctly.

I don't want to see arrogance from England fans - that's just embarrassing - and in that sense I may need to rein myself in a bit here!

But the kind of players I think offer the kind of swagger I'm talking about are those like Hartley, Haskell and Farrell. I really think England need players with this type of mentality and for all Lancaster's "pride in the shirt" culture stuff, I think Eddie Jones will bring back a culture of self-belief and, yes, arrogance, on which successful England rugby teams thrive.

9 Hours, 26 Minutes ago

France hang on to beat Italy in entertaining Six Nations opener

Nacho, I completely agree. He was not held and was completely within his rights to continue.

What an awesome player Parisse is.
First try: wins the lineout AND scores the try. Presumably he calls their lineouts as well.
Second try: so close to scoring himself and still has the wherewithal to present clean ball, (how often do we see players reach for the try then just lose the ball).
That intercept knock-on was a bit unlucky and showed great positivity. Also he could have been more cynical when that penalty was awarded - most players would have at least chucked the ball away so the French couldn't take it quickly, (not right but everyone does it).
Massive error by the officials in giving that penalty against him at the end when he was clearly *not* held in the tackle.
The drop goal attempt? Well, he's a number 8 so let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

I think France can consider themselves very lucky indeed to have come away from this game with a win.

13 Hours, 29 Minutes ago

Rodrigo Capo Ortega's sneaky push in the face, with his fist

What a tosser though.

I played against a prick like this the other week - every time he got tackled he started throwing punches.

3 Days, 7 Hours ago

Lock Tom Savage's huge hit on opposite number Dom Barrow

That was a beauty.
Nice run by Tait but he completely butchered the try-scoring opportunity - could have given it to the winger just before or even during the tackle. And the 6 was another option on his other shoulder.
Delighted that he did cock it up though, otherwise we wouldn't have had Savage's tackle to enjoy.

3 Days, 7 Hours ago

Jacques Burger lines up and nails Luke McAlister with textbook tackle

Oh do behave Larry. This site was built on big hits and dirty play.

Speaking of which, @RD - it is almost exactly a year to the day since the last Trysavers and Rib Breakers - I think your loyal fans are due a new installment. The RWC2015 special was particularly conspicuous by its absence.

Honestly speaking, I usually make my tackles in the less violent way you describe above, but on the odd occasion I manage to line someone up and smash him, it is a wonderful sensation. You must admit that, right? The boost it gives your team when you dominate an opponent like that is immeasurable but hugely significant.

I think the comparison with American Football is a bit flawed. The problems in that sport, I think, are the tackle technique (leading with the head) and the amount of body protection including headgear, which provides a false sense of security leading to a more reckless tackling style. Fortunately we don't have these things in rugby, particularly with the clampdown on lifting tackles and the concussion protocols.

I will concede that the intensity has increased and it's more common to smash someone at chest height rather than wrapping the legs up. (Funnily enough at the (mediocre) level I play, this actually has led to more missed tackles and people getting bumped off, so it's kind of self-policing safety-wise).

As for this tackle and your comment - "going low and launching into the tackled player. So, expect more concussions from this type of tackle" - I just don't see any correlation. Only if the tackled player bangs his head on the ground, but that doesn't often happen if the player has any kind of core strength.

6 Days, 14 Hours ago

Dan Carter bags first Top 14 try with lovely chip in Racing win

Ha ha! Yeah, that would be good to see! Seems inconceivable though doesn't it! This is a perfect example - nothing particularly outstanding here really, if we're being honest, but the fluidity of the decision-making coupled with the accuracy of execution are literally perfect.

1 Week, 7 Hours ago

Jacques Burger lines up and nails Luke McAlister with textbook tackle

Fair enough. I stand corrected.

By the way, the tweets weren't in RD's description when I posted my earlier comment, (not that that makes any difference). But I think that's a case of modesty from Burger. The quality of this hit had a lot more to do with the speed of his run than of the pass.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Jacques Burger lines up and nails Luke McAlister with textbook tackle

Luke McAlister's thought process as he saw Burger lining him up:

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1 Week, 3 Days ago

Midweek Madness - U18 player scores after kicking intercept

Nice touch. Bit unfortunate for green who looked like they were defending pretty well!

Can anyone decipher / translate what the bloke in the crowd shouts around 0:05 in??
Slap yir gob in baw heid? Or something?

1 Week, 4 Days ago