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Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Big fan of the old "already committed" defence, but it does not apply to Moriarty's tackle. You can clearly see him watching as Farell passes the ball and only then does he accelerate his run and smash him.

This is just a factual correction though. Even if we accept that it was late, it was still a majestic hit and a marvellous reaction from Farrell.

6 Months, 3 Days ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

No, I will not call you a one-eyes Englishman. I'll call you an objective observer of facts, accurately describing two different incidents.

6 Months, 3 Days ago

Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

I don’t have money. But what I do have is a bloody enormous body; a bloody enormous body that I have acquired over a very long all-you-can-eat buffet. A bloody enormous body that makes me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me run through now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will run straight at you, I will smash you, and I will send you flying.

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

It's not a new law. I posted the explanation further up but will put here as well, partly because I buggered up the italics on the previous attempt.

There are two different ways of grounding the ball for a try.

Law 22.1 (a):
"Player touches the ground with the ball
. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required."

Lamerat was not holding the ball when it touched the ground. He had effectively lost control. No try.

The only times you'll see a try awarded with someone just touching the ball with a finger is when they pounce on a loose ball:
Law 22.1 (b):
"Player presses down on the ball
. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive."

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

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6 Months, 4 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

Oliver, you must have missed the memo. You're still allowed to take French players out in the air. That was an exemption built in to the law.

"The Lamerat try-non try. At first I thought it was a 50-50 call and was ok with the decision. Now that I've watched it again, it seems absurd. Especially when you compare that with a try like Yarde's against Australia, which was awarded."

Delighted to say, I can answer this question for you - it's because of the two different ways of grounding the ball for a try...

Law 22.1 (a):
"(a) Player touches the ground with the ball. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required."

Lamerat was not holding the ball when it touched the ground. He had effectively lost control. No try.

Law 22.1 (b):
"Player presses down on the ball. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive."

So pouncing on a loose ball is different and this is why Yarde's try v Australia was awarded - https://youtu.be/6g40gMyGSfY?t=2m40s.

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6 Months, 4 Days ago

2017 Six Nations: Best of social media from Round Two

I tried a spot of trolling on a different post a couple of weeks ago and didn't get any mileage from it, so here goes again.

On that post I made this prediction for the final table, which I'm now revising slightly:
1. England (Not a GS though)
2. France
3. Ireland
4. Scotland
5. Italy
6. Wales

That slight revision is: 5 - Wales, 6 - Italy. The rest stays the same.

Arrogantly, I really think Ireland away is the only genuine potential banana-skin now between England and a grand slam. That is such a brilliant fixture to finish the tournament. Can't even guess which way that will go. My hunch is Ireland will win. Which might not be a bad thing for England in the long run, lest they "peak too early" with the world cup still a couple of years away.

I'm calling Scotland and France to both beat Wales. Expecting close games but with home advantage in both cases making the difference.

Italy are basically home and dry for the Wooden Spoon, so swap positions 5 and 6 around.

Then it's just the head-to-head between Ireland and France. One should never, ever, try to predict anything involving the French rugby team, but to maintain the order of my prediction I'm saying Ireland will rest on their laurels after thrashing Italy and the upcoming break will also upset their continuity. France usually click for at least one game and I say it'll be this one.

I introduced this by saying I was trolling, but it's actually a genuine prediction. I'm not baiting the Welsh, but I hope Wales finish bottom (bar Italy). This is only to encourage a refresh of the coaching set-up in the vein of England post-world cup. Howley "is only fit to drive an ice cream van around Tenby" and Gatland I think has not only gone as far as he can with Wales, but worse he's sucked all the natural Welsh flair and creativity out of the playing ethos and someone needs to re-inject that. This will only happen if they have a shit six nations.

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6 Months, 4 Days ago

Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

Got to love the Aussie commentators - main guy here sounds a lot like Sean Maloney doesn't he?
Aaaaaaaaand Kabaaang!!
Have. Some. Of. THIS!

Also, did Liam Messam get an arm around him?? Of course he bloody didn't! But is it even physically possible to get an arm around someone when you're being propelled backwards in mid-air!?

Unfortunate that young Taniela decided to be a dick about it. Hopefully he'll learn soon enough, that a beast like him just doesn't need to get involved in that sort of nonsense.

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Elliot Daly late try secures England win after titanic battle with Wales

Dan, I think you'll find you meant "we're not allowed to be pedants".

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Elliot Daly late try secures England win after titanic battle with Wales

I wouldn't pick Roko ahead of Nowell, who would be one of the first names on the team sheet for me, for the reasons you highlighted. But I always thought Roko's decence was pretty solid. The only times I've seen him in an England shirt, he kept Savea quiet all game v NZ, which is some achievement in itself, and then the same with Nadolo v Fiji. Yeah I know Nadolo scored but I would be surprised if anyone else would have had any luck in the same situation. Anyway, I'm happy with all the wing options England have available at the moment.

6 Months, 4 Days ago