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All 11 Six Nations Round Two Tries in Under 2 Minutes

All right. Now where's the tackle compilation??
Come on Mr Dump, it's what the fans want!!

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Wales overcome Scottish challenge in entertaining Cardiff clash

@RD - see pedantry report below:

"Gareth Davies scored a stunning early try that for all it's quality.."
"Wales skipper Chris Warburton"
"We had to dig deep and grind out a victor"

You're welcome.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Jonathan Joseph picks up second half hat-trick as England thump Italy

Hello Krip,
I'm English and support England rugby but I'm more passionate about the game itself than my national team, so I like to think I can take my eye-patch off for long enough to give a reasonably neutral opinion.

Here is my opinion: I think Haskell was lucky not to see a yellow card. If I were the ref I'd have put him in the bin for ten minutes.

But let's look at it objectively, as you requested.

Here are the laws:
(i) Tackling the jumper in the air.
A player must not tackle nor tap, push or pull the foot or feet of an opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play.
Sanction: Penalty kick

(j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground first is dangerous play.
Sanction: Penalty kick


Based on that, it seems the showing of a yellow card is a question of referee's interpretation. So there goes your objectivity.

My impression in this case is that Glen Jackson was satisfied with Haskell's quick apology. He (Haskell) certainly made it look like an innocent mistake. Watching it myself, I'm not convinced; there was a clear opportunity for him to pull out, or at least wait for the bloke to land before hitting him. (I think you only have to have one foot touching the ground, in this case McLean was not touching the ground at all).

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Paul O'Connell Retirement Tributes from the British & Irish Lions

Day in the life of Paul O'Connell is conspicuous by its absence in this tribute...

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Wayne Barnes ends up on the floor yet again after player takes him down

23 seconds into that video, Barnesy puts on his bollocking face.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oWJGaUXmKA

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4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Wayne Barnes ends up on the floor yet again after player takes him down

Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. ;)

Bit of banter at the end - can hear Barnes saying "it's all the upper body work" but can't quite catch what he's replying to, presumably something about his rucking strength...

Also, Irish #4's sidestepping was quite entertaining...

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby Tactics: Analysis of England's poor exit strategy tactics against Scotland

Graeme, Why not have a glass of water before you start recording these? You sound parched in every one!

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Seven Sensational Tries from the inaugural Sydney Sevens

Yep. And the South Africa one just after was a beauty too. A less common type of try for sevens - I love that shove tackle and there was some good work at the ruck to turn the ball over.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

guyerverton: "Ashton didn't really maintain eye contact with either Craig Doyle, Dallaglio or the camera. It may be nerves in front of the camera, but it also indicates a lack of self confidence, and could go some way to explaining his occasional petulance on the field."

And why the judicial officer perhaps thought he was lying!
Although he makes some reasonable points here, he does look a bit shifty doesn't he!?

I will go a stage further with the amateur psychology and neuro-linguistic interpretation. Using the phrase "in my eyes" every time you want to say "in my opinion" is quite an unfortunate choice of words!

Also:
Defendant: "It's just deeming whether there's an intent and how bad a gouge it is".
Prosecuting barrister: "Aha! So you admit you gouged the victim!"
Defendant: "No, I was talking about the other incid..."
Barrister: "You consider there to be a sliding scale of severity, don't you? You think gouging is OK, don't you? It's just a matter of, as you put it, "how bad a gouge it is". Gouging is OK, as long as it's done quickly - that's what you said isn't it?"
Defendant: "I er, no, that's not what I meant to..."
Barrister: "No further questions your honour".

Adapted from John Grisham's hotly anticipated new thriller, The Swan Diver.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England maintain Calcutta Cup winning streak with victory over Scotland

Exactly! Should be a core skill for all positions. Your 7 physically cannot get to every breakdown so it doesn't make sense to rely on one single player for such an important job.

Also I would actually include wings and full backs. When defending out wide, ball carriers are often less good at protecting the ball after tackle and are more likely to get isolated, so if you can get to the breakdown quickly enough turnovers are relatively easier to effect there.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago