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Wayne Barnes ends up on the floor yet again after player takes him down

23 seconds into that video, Barnesy puts on his bollocking face.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oWJGaUXmKA

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3 Months, 1 Week ago

Wayne Barnes ends up on the floor yet again after player takes him down

Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. ;)

Bit of banter at the end - can hear Barnes saying "it's all the upper body work" but can't quite catch what he's replying to, presumably something about his rucking strength...

Also, Irish #4's sidestepping was quite entertaining...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Rugby Tactics: Analysis of England's poor exit strategy tactics against Scotland

Graeme, Why not have a glass of water before you start recording these? You sound parched in every one!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Seven Sensational Tries from the inaugural Sydney Sevens

Yep. And the South Africa one just after was a beauty too. A less common type of try for sevens - I love that shove tackle and there was some good work at the ruck to turn the ball over.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

guyerverton: "Ashton didn't really maintain eye contact with either Craig Doyle, Dallaglio or the camera. It may be nerves in front of the camera, but it also indicates a lack of self confidence, and could go some way to explaining his occasional petulance on the field."

And why the judicial officer perhaps thought he was lying!
Although he makes some reasonable points here, he does look a bit shifty doesn't he!?

I will go a stage further with the amateur psychology and neuro-linguistic interpretation. Using the phrase "in my eyes" every time you want to say "in my opinion" is quite an unfortunate choice of words!

Also:
Defendant: "It's just deeming whether there's an intent and how bad a gouge it is".
Prosecuting barrister: "Aha! So you admit you gouged the victim!"
Defendant: "No, I was talking about the other incid..."
Barrister: "You consider there to be a sliding scale of severity, don't you? You think gouging is OK, don't you? It's just a matter of, as you put it, "how bad a gouge it is". Gouging is OK, as long as it's done quickly - that's what you said isn't it?"
Defendant: "I er, no, that's not what I meant to..."
Barrister: "No further questions your honour".

Adapted from John Grisham's hotly anticipated new thriller, The Swan Diver.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

Exactly! Should be a core skill for all positions. Your 7 physically cannot get to every breakdown so it doesn't make sense to rely on one single player for such an important job.

Also I would actually include wings and full backs. When defending out wide, ball carriers are often less good at protecting the ball after tackle and are more likely to get isolated, so if you can get to the breakdown quickly enough turnovers are relatively easier to effect there.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

Is that how it works then? You just stand next to the ruck and shout "turnover"? Seems I've been labouring under a misapprehension! All that effort for nothing. Maybe I could get a Greggs apron and sell a few to the front row boys while I'm there- sort of kill two birds with one stone. "Turnovers, turnovers, 50p for three"

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

Yes Dan, but in reality which comes first? Sel-belief goes a long way to getting you psyched up to do the winning which actually leads to justifiable arrogance.
Generally speaking I loathe arrogance, but in elite sport I reckon it's a necessary evil and a key ingredient of a winning mindset.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Carlin Isles unhappy after being caught and hit hard by Augustine Pulu

Ha! Good spot.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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.
http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/matchstats?gameId=254975&league=254969

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.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago