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England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Definitely!!

6 Months, 1 Week ago

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

Agree with that HH. All this type of unnecessary jump achieves is to prevent a fair contest.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

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

Bloody French thug! Throw the book at her!!

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6 Months, 1 Week ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Oliver - fair enough, I retract my earlier aspersion of M. Picamoles. Other than that sarcastic applause - and on re-watching I must say I can understand why he felt the need to do that, even if I don't agree with it - I'm not sure where I got the negative impression from. I can only conclude that it was purely on account of his being French......

That is a beauty of a "don't argue" from Spedding isn't it!

It seems also that Farrell's upright tackle technique isn't quite so effective on massive Polynesians:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlpoYdHVUgg

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6 Months, 1 Week ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Dan! Remind me not to drink coffee at the same time as reading your comments!!

Good shout on the quarter-speed thing though - can see now it's Farrell's right shoulder into "Limpdick"'s chest/collarbone. Technically I think that does qualify -just - even under new tackle directive as a not-high tackle. Fair play to Farrell for being able to wrap both arms - reckon this may have helped to avoid the penalty too.

DrG - I think the head snapping back like that is partly self-preservation by Picamoles - an instinctive reaction to get his face away from the contact area.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Occasionally you see footage of rugby where there's no commentary, just the sound of the crowd and the players and officials via the ref's mic. So much more enjoyable to watch!! That should definitely be an option.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Wales come good in second half to comfortably beat Italy

WelshOsprey - unfortunately I have to agree. And it's bloody Wales - great running lines and backline moves have always been intrinsically part of Welsh rugby players' DNA. It is sad to watch these young Welsh players involved in such a blunt game plan. Can't help feeling Gatland has destroyed the whole ethos of Welsh rugby.

On the other hand, I felt that in the early stages of the game, when Wales kicked 3 or 4 penalties to touch, they should have just taken the points. Get points on the scoreboard early and put pressure on the opposition to score.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

When I was moaning about Picamoles' petulance earlier on this page, his complaining to the ref here was one of the things in my mind as an exhibit for the prosecution. However, I obviously hadn't really seen that "tackle" clearly! I'm now wondering how he managed to stay on his feet / awake, after basically being Zidaned whilst running at pace. Looked like he took the headbutt flush in the face too, but I don't remember seeing too much in the way of bruising and definitely no cut. His face must be made out of granite!

A bit high is an understatement and to be honest I'm surprised Farrell didn't get a card for this, let alone concede a penalty.

Ah, go on then, I'll say it: if it was Frenchman on Englishman we'd be looking at a red card and a ban!

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Wales come good in second half to comfortably beat Italy

Yep, agree with all of that. Just seems a shame to watch a bloke I've always respected gradually becoming more petulant.

I've already mentioned the "tip tackle" or whatever that beautiful hit was described as, which I thought was a major turning point in the game. Webb should have definitely been shown a yellow card for barracking the ref like that - utterly disgraceful.

Must be hard enough playing for Italy, without this type of frustration. So yeah, I understand Parisse's exasperation, I just wish he'd react more positively.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Wales come good in second half to comfortably beat Italy

Touché Guy! Have to say that probably goes for me too. Maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt!

6 Months, 1 Week ago