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Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

What a lovely soft pass at the end of all that. I would say he put it on a plate for Du Plessis but to be fair young Bismarck still had a bit of work to do and finished brilliantly.

As for the tackling, I'd be more impressed if any of them had managed to effect a decent tackle in a bloke that size moving that fast and then having the cheek to throw in some audacious sidesteps as well.

4 Months, 20 Hours ago

Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

Likewise. Good to see him back. As well as that sprint time, I remember one of those behind-the-scenes training videos where he was doing an insanely high vertical jump - bench set almost at ear-height.

4 Months, 20 Hours ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

Neutrality doesn't necessarily make you right! Unless you're the ref.

4 Months, 5 Days ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

"The thing is, as someone said, English = Try, French = no try... neutral = erm..."

Or, to put it another, more accurate way:
English - Try, French = no try.. Neutral - aka the REFEREE = Quote: "they're side-by-side, the try is good".

4 Months, 5 Days ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

That is exactly what happened here though isn't it? TMO tried to poke his nose in; Nige cut him off and said, "no, the try is good" and refused to see any more replays. Decisive, authoritative reffing.

4 Months, 5 Days ago

Billy Vunipola celebrates Grand Slam with classic Backstreet Boys lip sync video bomb

I think most of the players swap shirts don't they?

4 Months, 5 Days ago

Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

"read the laws, or had them explained to him" - nice insult!

You reminded me of my dad's advice on hoovering: do a terrible job first time, then you won't be asked again!

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

I'm watching this after a few drinks, so maybe I'm going through an alcohol-induced testosterone surge or something, but to me this looks like a legitimate tackle.

Look, I'm not saying I'd enjoy wearing one of those myself, but Nonu here got quite a low body position, hit the bloke in the midriff and made a reasonable attempt to get an arm or two around the bloke. *Attempt* to grasp is all that's required.

What I'm wondering is why the scrummie didn't adopt the standard high ball claiming technique of jumping in the air with your studs pointing in the general direction of any incoming would-be tacklers.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

Hardly a "forearm smash" as some people have been describing it, is it?
However, it was an unnecessary cheap shot and I'm not too happy about it.

"they found that the offence would not have warranted a red card" - is this the same as an "off-field yellow"? And is that the same as Hask got for the neck roll? If this is correct, I would say they got both of those sanctions about right.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

Eddie, you are spot on. Brilliant post mate.

Dan, you've been hanging around with teachers too long....

4 Months, 1 Week ago