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RWC Daily: Habana's 15 tries and a Semi Final preview

Bit frustrating during that gay soft porn how they kept cutting to the bearded guy talking about rugby....

But on a serious note, those were very hideous swimming trunks. I'd be checking my contract if I was told I had to wear them.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place

"I don't agree that referees shouldn't be allowed to hold their hands up and admit where they made an incorrect decision after a game"

Glen Jackson did exactly that a while ago, albeit in a domestic NZ game. In fact, if I remember correctly, he justified his own decision but at the same time acknowledged that the captain (who had complained about it) was entitled to a different interpretation and that another ref might have ruled in his favour.

Lovely bit of transparency, maybe born out of empathy as a bloke who has himself played at elite level. I think he gained a lot of credibility in making that statement. However, I disagree with any suggestion that they should be obliged to come out and defend their decisions.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place

Ford and Gray were let off completely on appeal. For me this is absolutely insane. Of all the disciplinary decisions we've seen recently this was undoubtedly one of the most dangerous. They should both have been banned for a lot longer than three weeks.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

So, am I literally the only person who thinks Craig Joubert got this call right?

*Puts on tin helmet*

Seriously, the infringement is that a Scotland player in an offside position plays the ball after a knock-on from one of his team-mates. The touch by Phipps was marginal and had no material effect on the outcome.

This is evidenced by the fact that *nobody* noticed until they’d seen slow-motion replays. The ball didn’t change course as a result of Phipps’s intervention; his touch made absolutely no difference. Different sport, but I would compare with the “ball-to-hand” accommodation made in wendyball.

I really don’t think that Law 11.3(c) is not intended for this type of minimal contact.

I reckon that Welch had no idea that Phipps had touched the ball. I’ve given away a penalty in the same way – the ball pops up next to you, you instinctively dive on it – very hard to resist that natural urge to secure the ball.

The ball was knocked on by Scotland and then played in an offside position by Scotland. That’s all there is to it for me. The contact by Phipps was so minimal and so inconsequential that it should be disregarded.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

Or, in Monsieur Owens's case, a fist in .... oh never mind, I think you know where this is going, hopefully I stopped early enough for Mr Dump to not remove this...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

Matt, if a scrumhalf can't pick the ball up cleanly from the back of a ruck, he's failing on his entire reason for being there in the first place and deserves to be penalised.

I would compare it to a goal-kicker asking to retake a conversion attempt because there was a gust of wind just after he kicked it the first time.

Back to our plucky scrumhalf, I don't care if the ball he just dropped goes forward or not, it's a handling error. Scrum, with opposition to put in.

If the 9 is incredibly flukey and the ball *clearly* goes backwards, then yeah I suppose you can give him the benefit of the doubt. That hardly ever happens and I don't believe it did in this case.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

Couldn't agree more mate. He is painfully slow as well, deliberates over the decisions for an eternity and is then extremely unclear in his communication back to the ref. Actually this applies to a lesser degree to all of the bloody TMOs.

I love the relationship Nigel Owens has with the TMOs - "Nigel, let's check X?", "No, piss off I've seen it, playing on".
Also, there was one (might have been Skeen), holding the game up while he reviewed his umpteenth bloody angle, Nigel got on his case, TMO responded "be patient Nigel". Don't remember exactly what Nige said, but it was a diplomatic version of "no I won't bloody be patient, we're trying to play a rugby match here!".

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

That kind of fumble by a scrumhalf is *always* ruled a knock-on if spotted, regardless of the direction the ball moves in - I mean it's got to be really clearly backwards to get away with it.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

"why wasn't there a penalty for a late hit on Hogg?"

Because he's been caught diving/simulating/cheating on at least one occasion and, like the boy who cried wolf, when it happened for real nobody gave a toss about him.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

Thank you Katman for being a voice of reason amongst all this ill-informed parochial BS!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago