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Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

Part of the game.
These things happen.
It's a tough physical game.
Gladiators.
Broccoli.

@PhillNZ, there you go mate, I've save you the effort. You're welcome. ;)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Phill, I think my original point to you was simply that it actually looks worse in real-time; only in slow motion can you start to make those mitigating points in Hughes's defence.

The whole "intent" thing is extremely unhelpful - and impossible to prove without a lie detector.

If I get my angles wrong in defence and accidentally swing my arm across the ball-carrier's throat, it's still a high tackle whether I meant it or not.

If you throw a forward pass purely through shit execution, should the ref let it go?

You and I actually agree on a lot of stuff, particularly that we both enjoy a physical game and a bit of "enforcement" too. Where we differ is you seem to have some objection to the laws of the game actually being applied.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

I think coucous-eater might have a different (racial?) meaning in France?

Phill's just implying that vegetarians are weak and soft.
People who object to foul play in rugby are weak and soft.
Ergo if you don't like dirty play, you're a vegetarian.

A non-sequitur and basically flawed logic, but this is a guy who seems to enjoy being smashed repeatedly in the head, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt... ;)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 7 of Super Rugby

Nadolo is a beast. Sod trying to defend on the wing against him.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

Phill, I love the physical aspect of rugby. I'm not so keen on dirty play.

You keep describing deliberate acts of foul play as "part of the game". They're not. There are laws which prohibit deliberate foul play.
Do you remember that scumbag stamping on Doddie Weir's knee in the 1997 Lions Tour? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3zr2HJv6BE). Do you consider that to be "part of the game"?

A professional player trying to stop a rolling maul will assume a body position that might actually have some effect on the momentum of that maul and join the maul in a legal way. This guy joins from the side and does not bind onto another player, so he's already committed a penalty offence (Law 17.2.b), even without the foul play. More significantly, he made absolutely zero impact on the direction the maul was moving.

By the way, I reckon from your rabid bloodlust, you're probably more likely to be a "vegan eater" than most.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

:)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

1st paragraph - absolutely spot on mate.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

PhillNZ: point out which law "Kicking the ball out of a try-scorers' hands is not part of rugby."

Law 22.4:
(f) In this situation, defending players who are on their feet may legally prevent the try by pulling the ball from the tackled player’s hands or arms, but must not kick the ball.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Correct.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR_x3PTYvm4


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1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Well the spelling pedantry was an after-thought, but yeah, touché.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago