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Hawick hold out Heriots for an incredible 66 phases before try is disallowed

In real time it looked held up, which is all the ref and touchie have to work with. As unofficial TMO, I say he did indeed dot the ball down briefly before the holding-up.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Entry-level trolling really. You'll have to get some more practice in before you can slip in bait that's as blatant as that. :)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Hawick hold out Heriots for an incredible 66 phases before try is disallowed

@Xenophile - let's hear you call a 66-phase series of pods and maintain this guy's level of exuberance.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Hawick hold out Heriots for an incredible 66 phases before try is disallowed

Outstanding defensive effort that. A must-watch for those kiwi fans who still can't comprehend how France managed to not concede penalties despite massive onslaught in 2007.

Depressing attacking play though. To be fair a lot of blokes must have been breathing out of their arses but surely if one or two of those forwards had tried to build up a head of steam instead of receiving the ball statically, we may have seen more penetration and some gaps open up.

Red card was a factor too, as for all these phases of play they just couldn't create an overlap- partly because of the numerical advantage but also thanks to Hawick's disciplined approach to numbers in rucks.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

It's not. Highlander fan is just having a laugh.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Ha ha.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Pause the video around 0:48 and 2:33...

The banter between Fekitoa and the physio speaks volumes.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Unusual to read such an opinionated intro from RD. Couldn't agree more though.

The application of tackle laws is starting to resemble the U.S.-style litigation, where one party is completely absolved of any responsibility. Here, Fekitoa should take more responsibility for his own safety. Very dangerous portents now- Won't be long before players are coached to actively seek tipping situations and exaggerate the effect. The pressure to milk penalties will ironically put player safety at more risk than the actual tackle.

Final penalty was harsh on Williams - Fekitoa came from the side, put him off balance (off his feet) and pinned him in so he looked like he was killing the ball. Two penalties earned at a crucial moment of the game - some would say Fekitoa's played a blinder; others that he's a sneaky little git. His grin as Lowe was being sent off unfortunately puts me in the latter camp.

On a different note, first time I've come across Marty Banks - Screech is incredibly accurate!!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

The Top 5 Tries of the Aviva Premiership weekend - Round 16

Another nice example of the Samoan Sidestep on the latest Wraparound (wk3) - Julian The Bus Savea just swatting a tackler away like a fruit fly - quite amusing actually as he shoves him into his own team-mate so he gets clattered both sides.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

The Top 5 Tries of the Aviva Premiership weekend - Round 16

Love the way Tulagi actively seeks the contact, rather than trying to run around defenders. It used to be called a Maori sidestep, but to be honest Samoan Sidestep has a better, alliterative, ring to it.

I'm glad I never have to try and tackle anyone like that. Here, the fullback tackles pretty low but Tuilagi still manages to get lower and bowl him over.

I wonder what the best technique is to get him down actually? I mean a bloke that size running at pace. Best approach I've seen is Peter Stringer taking Jonah Lomu down years ago - dived in at ankle height, wrapped his arms round one leg and just held on. The big man came down, having just broken three tackles by blokes much bigger than Stringer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRlEOaCrcko




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