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The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 18

Does anyone else find that girl spitting blood out of her nose (0:35) strangely alluring??

Call me parochial, but that diving outside the touchline and still scoring a try was pioneered by Jonny Wilkinson CBE - back when the corner flag was still deemed to be in-touch.


2 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

I did. (http://www.rugbydump.com/2015/06/4375/the-shortball-highlights-wrap-from-round-18-of-super-rugby)

Thought SBW rolled with it pretty well. Admittedly he dropped the ball but the way Lee-lo lined him up and clattered into him, you felt as if Williams was going to get smashed. In fact Lee-lo kind of ran into an immovable object.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 18 of Super Rugby

Absolutely. And last time they played, England won by 40+ points. But this guy is a a real game-changer.

Agree with your analysis too. Past world cups suggest that it usually does favour a team to work hard in the pool stage, eg England in 2007. And the converse is also true with New Zealand arriving in the knockout stage completely undercooked.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 18 of Super Rugby

Some people have suggested that Nadolo will be significantly less effective behind a Fijian pack of forwards - as an England supporter I can only hope that is the case. But I don't see it. The man is incredible. If they can get the ball to him he scores. How many blokes did he beat in the featured try here? Three? Four? From the 22 with a tiny amount of space to move in. As if the power, size and finishing ability aren't enough, I can't think of any other player with more sublime teckers. He's like the bastard offspring of Jonah Lomu and Lionel Messi. Yes, I am worried.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

I posted the right link - about 28 seconds in you get the tackle and a brief chat with Paul Williams - great quote "if that's the type of game they want us playing, I'm not sure I want to play any more". And you get the bonus of watching Alesana Tuilagi smashing the reporter into the pool, which I can watch repeatedly and still laugh at seventy-three views later.

We agree on rising/slipping/riding up being a load of bollocks. If it's high it's high. And that even it is high, a penalty is usually a sufficient sanction. Also, I don't think "he was crouching" is usually a legitimate excuse.

Where we differ on the two Williams tackles is you seem to think it's a small big difference, whereas I would suggest it is in fact a big small difference.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

DrG, Get your point but think your examples are too extreme. There are high tackles and there are blatant clothes lines. (But I do enjoy watching the Tuilagi one for JDV's reaction).

I think the Sonny Bill one here sits in a similar category to the Paul Williams one in the 2011 World Cup- about 28 seconds into this video:
http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/11/2225/alesana-tuilagi-smashes-a-reporter

Paul W got a yellow for that, which I thought was incorrect. Penalty for both (no cards or "citing commissioner warning" whatever that means), in my opinion.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Touching Haka from Under 20's in honour of fallen hero Jerry Collins

A wonderful tribute and a spine-tingling haka.

Couple of other observations:
- #3's haircut is just awful
- 0:26 - I reckon this guy must be pretty popular with the ladies.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse brilliant inside flick sets up try for victorious Stade Francais

Dreadful commentators. Dear God.

Lovely bit of skill from Parisse. Also that's a rudely long pass for a prop to be throwing, especially if he's right-handed - looked a mile forward to me on the first (overhead) view, but flattish on the replays.

Call me a boring old bar steward but I enjoyed the muted celebration from Parisse almost as much as the pass itself. Old school, real rugby player.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 17 of Super Rugby

David Pocock needs to get off this ridiculous rich vein of form before September. He is starting to give me the heeby-jeebies.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 17

Nadolo's salmon-leap plucking the ball from the air one-handed is on Shortball round 17. Incredible athleticism. Defending player didn't have a bloody chance.

I wonder who Bomber will end up putting against him in September. Watson may be our best option out of the current squad. If Ashton were to end up against him we are rogered!

If it were up to me I'd have Rokodoguni there. Fight Fijian with Fijian! He's the most impressive defensive winger around at the moment. In his one England game he defended very well indeed against Julian The Bus Savea - if you can keep him out, you're going to have a decent chance against anyone.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago