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Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

Well put DrG.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 14

Fair enough, if that's what the disciplinary hearing found. They must have had other camera angles though, because from the above it looks about as blatant a "contact with the eye area" offence as you'll see.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 14

The "he is not a thug" defence doesn't wash when you're deliberately stamping on someone's face.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 14

Well Horwill's gone right down in my estimations. Slagging off the ref in his post-match interview is bad enough in itself, but is he seriously defending that dirty fucker with his fingers all over a bloke's eyes?

Can't believe that stamp by Deysel - had no idea he was that sort of dirty thug. That is outrageous. Looked very deliberate too.

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

If I may make a slightly tangential point, I don't agree with players "charging the kicker" either. Seems to be accepted as part of the game, but surely this is at least as bad sportsmanship as shouting something out. The idea that you're looking to actually charge the kick down is nonsense - very unlikely that you'll be able to physically do anything about that, (Stringer mugging O'Connor in that Baabaas game would be the exception to prove the rule).

With this in mind, although Ashton takes it to a more uncouth level, I don't see that it's significantly different. All gamesmanship however you look at it.

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

DrG - Hardly mate! I mean I know he got knocked down, but that just gives an indication of how hard the punch was. To bounce back up from a punch like that is pretty impressive in my book.

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

For me, Bowden's was worth a card - looked really awkward the way the bloke's body crumpled and got his feet over his head. I think Bowden could quite easily have avoided tipping him, and it could have a been a lovely tackle.

The Bosch one was total bollocks - beautifully timed and controlled tackle. He actual put downward pressure on Evans's legs in a perfect example of ensuring a safe landing for the tacklee.

I felt that the other decisions were all pretty good. At the time I thought the cards for Youngs and Ma'afu were a bit harsh - just a couple of front-rowers "exchanging telephone numbers" as Bill McLaren used to say. But you can't exactly allow a punch that's hard enough to knock over a bloke of Tom Youngs's build to go un-redcarded, can you...

My personal highlight (not shown in the clip) was one Northampton restart where Courtney Lawes turned into an exocet missile and launched himself at a load of potential ball-catchers. Missed every single one of them and just carried on flying through the air then sliding on the turf!! made me laugh anyway.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

Hats off to Youngs and Maafu for keeping alive the age-old tradition of getting your aggression aout on the pitch and leaving it there...
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5 Months, 1 Week ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Excellent rant, pissing myself laughing! Not sure you can legitimately claim to be "not a Hogg-hater" though......

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Ha ha! Spot on mate!!

Unless of course your team enforces jug purchases for hat-trick scorers...

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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