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Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

I do find it quite amusing how Leitch - after being kicked studs-first in the face! - gets up, gives Bismarck a little shove and trots off to get on with his game. I've never been kicked in the head on a rugby pitch but I can't imagine I'd remain so composed if it did happen!

"the player claims he was frustrated by Chiefs' No. 8 not releasing him from the tackle".
This is bullshit. Maybe held for a split second, max.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

I don't mean to take the piss, but could you rephrase that because I don't understand what you're saying...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

Hat-tip to Rory Kockott here too. Keeps the big lad away from the ref when he looked like he might be planning to having a word, then the little tap on Robshaw's shoulder and reminder to "let the ref referee the game" may have just been enough to make Owens think it was time to stamp his authority a bit. Not that Owens needs any help in that respect, but it was a useful mental nudge.

Sort of undermined Robshaw a bit, in a cheeky scrumhalf kind of way - reminded me a bit of George Gregan a while ago, (Are you the ref mate? I thought he was).

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Betsen was awesome. A wonderful exponent of the art of "flyhalf-hunting".

In Oliver's 2003 example, I think the yellow card was too much. Probably was a penalty though. The ball was about 30ft in the air after being kicked by Wilkinson, so it was unequivocally late. Not by much, but late enough for a penalty, no more.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

I like a flyhalf who plays flat and attacks the line. Ironically, your best policy against Lawes might not be to sit deeper and pass faster, but to get up to the line even more quickly, before Lawes has had a chance to build up speed...

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

I used to love that Aussie commentator on Oliver's Betsen video. No idea what his name is but think he's retired now?

He was flattened. Absolutely creamed. Still lying flat on his face, sucking in the big ones. He got a beauty.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

And he moisturises too...

https://twitter.com/stroudos/status/580457134992814080

Now we know his secret! These unsuspecting fly halves see that baby soft skin and assume he must be harmless.


1 Month, 4 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

No it doesn't! It says lifting and dropping or driving.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Has he done anything else?

Dominates line-outs; wins almost every ball he jumps for, is a massive pain in the arse on opposition throws.
Pressurises ball-carriers with phenomenal line speed.
Very impressive work-rate in the loose, securing shitloads of ball without giving away penalties, (something some people seem to want to level at him).
Runs excellent support play including providing an outlet for the backs to offload - eg that one last year where Burrell was denied by Halfpenny's head - Lawes involved about three times in that move. Similar examples in this year's competition.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Oliver

Lawes tackles forwards all day long. Those tackles don't get posted on rugbydump because they're less spectacular and dramatic.

When you tackle a forward you usually only have to cover a couple of metres; to reach the flyhalf from a set-piece you need to have covered at least 10m and to have done so very quickly indeed. If you're a forward you're likely to be running into a smaller person and at full speed.

Should you, on recognising the disparity in size, soften your tackling technique to be considerate? Or capitalise on your relative strength and smash him? Bearing in mind of course that this is what you're paid to do and am have been training hard to do for all your adult life.

1 Month, 6 Days ago