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

I reckon it was that Italian dude dumping him on his arse last week........

Agree he was awesome. If I were the Wales coach and was looking to make some changes around the hour mark, Moriarty wouldn't even have entered my head as an option. Even if I had 15 replacements, I'd have probably kept him on. But what do I know?

8 Months, 6 Days ago

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

Yes, I recall AWJ writhing about on the ground holding his arm/shoulder for a bit. Not like our Owen. And he's a second row...

You are of course absolutely correct about the blatant obstruction for the Wales try, and doubly correct that - in the elite level at least - this is almost never penalised nowadays. (I can guarantee that if I tried this sort of nonsense in one of my games, the ref would still be pissing himself laughing after the resulting penalty kick had been booted into touch). Anyway, I'm glad someone else pointed that out because I think England fans are not allowed to, are we?

Now, before I get accused of being a one-eyed troll, (an accusation that I'd probably have to take on the chin, to be fair), I think Jack Nowell - who was awesome throughout - should have been penalised after tidying up Biggar's chip-through, for getting up and playing after Biggar had clearly tackled him. Can't think of them now, but I'm pretty sure I noticed 3 or 4 other refereeing calls that could be argued the other way. I think those two were probably the most significant and I'm fairly confident they and any others evened themselves out over the course of the game. Generally, I think Monsieur Garces managed the game very well indeed.

8 Months, 6 Days ago

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

I'm a more subtle troll than Dan, that's all... ;)

8 Months, 6 Days ago

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

Launchbury well deserved man-of-the-match, the bloke was tireless. Daly was a pretty close second though, in my opinion. That try-saver on the line was awesome, probably more impressive that the try, which was an excellent finish against an opposite man defending poorly. Daly's defence and Nowell's were extraordinary - there were quite a few moments where I think it's fair to say Wales would almost definitely have scored against any other defending wings. Daly's attitude has been exemplary - he's not a wing but that's where he's been offered his chance and he's absolutely nailing it; the unfortunate red card is a distant memory already. Personally I hope he gets more of a chance at either full-back or outside centre - not to be too critical but I feel Browny and Joseph could benefit from some real competition for their places. Either way, Daly has to be involved.

On the 10-12 axis, can anyone honestly say there's a combo they'd rather have seen fielding that shit kick by JD2 at the end? My two penn'orth: Farrell is England's best option at 12 currently and Ford is about par or very close behind him for 10. And the combination is clearly working! Would like to see some other arrangement trialled at some point against Italy, so they have options for future reference, but other than that I see no reason to change.

8 Months, 6 Days ago

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

Yep. Farrell's reaction to that tackle was one of the highlights of the game for me. We've debated on here the validity of cynically smashing the opposition 10 (or indeed 12) - personally I'm all for it within reason, but at least when Lawes does it he does at least try to make it look like he's only a fraction late. Moriarty might as well have waited for the next ruck to form and then smashed Farrell. A delightful rib-tickler of a hit though. I think Farrell not making any fuss over it and getting right back into the game undeterred delivers a massive psychological boost for the team. Good captaincy!

8 Months, 6 Days ago

New Zealand Super Rugby 'BOOM BOOM' advert comes under fire ahead of tournament

"read some of the comments on our facebook page"
No way, last time I spent any time on your Facebook page I got a nosebleed from the sheer stupidity of some people commenting. I'll stick to the sanctuary of these esteemed pages thanks. :)

8 Months, 6 Days ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

Guy: "to my knowledge there is no specific law concerning 'jumping into the tackle'. It falls under dangerous play".

Actually it comes under "acts contrary to good sportsmanship", I believe because it's preventing a tackler from making a fair tackle. I think that point applies perfectly to this incident.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

Agree with all of that Larry.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

#TBT: Peter Stringer's brilliant low tackle on Jonah Lomu in 2002

Always annoys me hearing the commentator say "just lost his footing", but to be fair if you hadn't seen it very clearly that could be a reasonable assumption!

I wonder if scrumhalves were less awe-struck by the idea of tackling Lomu, because they were already used to tackling people bigger than them? From their point of view Lomu would be just another rung up the scale?

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Wales come good in second half to comfortably beat Italy

Not sure what point you're making DrG. But I would argue that nothing stresses a team more psychologically than watching some bastard slot three points against you every time one of your team-mates makes a mistake.

8 Months, 1 Week ago