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Asaeli Tikoirotuma's huge hit on Tom Homer in the Premiership

"Didn't look as though there were a lot of arms in that tackle" is grammatically and factually inaccurate.

There were four arms in total and two of them were making as legitimate an "attempt to grasp" the ball-carrier as you will see.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

I don't think I've seen another flyhalf who gets away with playing so high up. Gives himself no time or space, but has the speed of thought and execution to get away with it, especially with the comedy bounding sidestep that makes him look like a demented kangaroo. On the middle video above, around 1:10 that positioning allows him to commit three defenders and still give a perfect scoring pass.

On a different note altogether, 4:08 on the bottom video - that is a hideous swan dive by Tillous-Borde - completely bottled it and practically kneecapped himself. Almost makes the Ash splash look elegant.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Sonny Bill Williams gives World Cup winners medal away to young fan, but gets given another one

It makes complete sense. When a person runs on the pitch towards the players, Security doesn't have time to weigh up all the factors involved, like size and perceived intent. His job is simply to stop random members of the public from causing harm to the players and/or pitch.

He didn't have time to ascertain whether this was an innocent child, (incidentally Sony Bill mis-estimated his age by about 6 years), or a very small angry Scotsman*.

All he can, indeed must, do is neutralise any potential threat immediately and THEN assess the situation. Which is exactly what he did.

* Note: I realise Scotland had nothing to do with it, but when I try to picture a small, angry psychopath with malevolent intent, the image in my head is unmistakably Scottish.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

Pero no creo que se trata de presión, sino de probabilidad – cuando intentas tantos juegos audaces, de vez en cuando algo saldrá mal.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

I've always been a fan of Quade Cooper, even if he does look exactly like a massive turkey.

As our Spanish-speaking colleague mentions above, he does tend to make mistakes, however I'm not convinced that's a pressure thing, more just probability - you try that many audacious moves, something's going to go wrong now and again. But this guy creates so much and pulls off such amazing individual pieces of flair that he's always entertaining to watch.

Give me a mercurial talent over a ten that constantly hoofs the ball to the opposition fullback any day.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Dan Carter converts final kick of Test career with his wrong foot

What an incredible match to finish your international career. Thoroughly well deserved and his achievements are just incredible. Almost as impressive is how he's not developed a massive ego. Look at the number of times in the past couple of years that he's played second fiddle to Cruden or Barrett, been shifted out to #12 or dropped from the side altogether. I remember seeing him running on the field as a water boy and giving the 10 on the day some positive encouragement, probably quite specific advice; his body language was just so positive and exuded a team-focused ethic. Even at the RWC trophy presentation, Offside Rich practically had to force him to put a hand on the trophy with him. For a bloke who is so individually influential, he has always seemed to be focused on the collective effort.

Hard to imagine his points scoring record being overhauled any time in the next decade. Anyone remotely within reach is also retired:
Of those still playing, Giteau has 698, Morning Stain(*) 694. But probably more likely to go on accumulating points at a fast rate (injuries permitting) are Leigh Halfpenny on 557 or Jonny Sexton on 530. All of these tallies are a VERY long way off 1,598.

* Copyright Jed Thian, Alternative Rugby Commentaries

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Warm Up or Performance Preparation?

1500hrs: Kick Off
1459hrs: Port.
1458hrs: Quickly figure out who's playing where.
1455hrs: Hastily arranged game of touch.
1452hrs: Boots and shorts on. Forwards randomly tape bits of their anatomy together.
1450hrs: Screech into the car park.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Tryscoring Fail in Polish Club Rugby

Yes. It was a nice touch, but I'm sure we'd all have preferred to see him clatter the cocky bar steward over the dead ball line.

Might try that sneaky turn he did. Can't see it going well for me, but you never know.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

The North.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Sonny Bill Williams gives World Cup winners medal away to young fan, but gets given another one

Exactly. The bloke was just doing his job. And did it exceptionally well too. Totally neutralised the potential threat without doing any harm to the kid.

Two words for Sonny Bill re his "if it were my nephew I'd have given him a hiding" comment:

Monica Seles.

3 Months, 6 Days ago