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Manu Tuilagi returns from injury to make big tackle on lock Courtney Lawes

I agree. I think a lot of people see a big bugger and ASSUME that he can't have good hands or rugby intelligence. This side of Tuilagi's game is severely under-rated by most pundits and fans.

Looks like it'll be a long wait before we see that Cipriani-Slade-Tuilagi combo, now that Cipriani's not even made Eddie Jones's initial squad - bit surprised by that, I thought Cips would be his kind of player. And Joe Simpson for that matter. But having said that I'm pretty happy with the rest of his selections.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi returns from injury to make big tackle on lock Courtney Lawes

Great discussion gents. :)

10st10, your "Swiss Army Knife" paragraph is a beauty, not just a vivid metaphor but a very accurate description of an effective back line too.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Renaldo Bothma crunching collision in Japan's Top League

Nice tap by Kahui!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi returns from injury to make big tackle on lock Courtney Lawes

I take your point, but it was a pretty impressive try-saving hit. Watching it live, you'd have put your mortgage on Lawes finishing from there.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Hugo Bonneval scores great individual try against Toulouse

Fair point. Surely there must have a been a big tackle in this game we could/should be watching instead of a decently-executed attacking play?

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Awesome compilation of some of the greatest skills ever seen in rugby

So, are we all satisfied that it was a deliberate bounce pass/offload, not a knock-on that flukily worked out quite nicely then?

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Awesome compilation of some of the greatest skills ever seen in rugby

Dear Rugbydump viewer,
I sincerely hope you have arrived in the comments section before watching the actual video.
Please heed this important advice, which I offer in the spirit of rugby camaraderie.

***TURN YOUR SPEAKERS OFF BEFORE WATCHING THIS VIDEO***

Don't thank me, I'm sure the rugby universe will find its way of compensating me.
Alas it is too late for me and I fear my ears and memory may never recover from this horrendous ordeal.

Yours in Rugby,
stroudos

PS - Bloody brilliant video!!

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Conrad Smith dummies Ma'a Nonu to slice through and score first Top 14 try

He certainly does. :)
But I'm a "rugbydump purist" - I come here for the big hits. I wouldn't care if Smith had passed, if it meant I could watch Nonu scything his old buddy in half.

Anyway, I still maintain that "if in doubt smash the bastard with the ball" is the most effective defensive tactic in this situation. Worse case scenario you leave a 2 on 1, but you've still smashed a guy in the tackle and that's more important in my view

And, covering those overlaps is what the full back is there for anyway. Case in point: Toulon full back here was wrong-footed; he'd have had a far easier job dealing with the winger on the outside - and of course not least because he could use the touchline as another defender effectively making it a 2 on 2.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Conrad Smith dummies Ma'a Nonu to slice through and score first Top 14 try

Brit50, It's a good thing you and I don't play in the same defensive line...

It was a nicely timed run by Conrad Smith to join the line, but once he was there he became Nonu's man, in my opinion. Nonu should have smashed him and not worried about the overlap - to borrow your phrase, you must have faith in your outside players when covering a 3 on 2.

That way, if Nonu is able to make the tackle on Smith, #17 is there close by to get over the ball and try to secure possession. If Smith gets the pass away the next guy smashes his man; if that man gets the pass away the last attacking player is almost out of room and still has the covering scrumhalf and fullback to beat. More likely than not they'll shepherd him into touch.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

Definitely.

4 Months, 5 Days ago