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Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

What a bunch of pricks. 16 players is enough to have a proper crack at a game. And it's not as if they'd have been totally outclassed, if they're above this team in their league.

These precious bar stewards are a let-down to all of us who play in leagues where player availability is a constant battle.

I can remember turning up to an away game as one of 11 players before, at least 6 of whom were well over 45 years old. We still gave it a crack, with a 20 stone scrum-half among many others playing out of position. Lost 50-0 but got some good tackling practice in and one hell of a workout.

At least they lent us a couple of players after 20 minutes (and about 20 points scored).

Unlike the humourless gits who turned up to a 4th team non-league *friendly* match a few weeks ago, with half of their academy players, average age about 22 (versus about 45 for us!), squad of 22 (v exactly 15, dropping to 14 after 60 mins due to injury), a coach and physio. (Actually a few of our team were quite grateful for the physio!).

I know that we score 3 points, not sure about theirs, about 60-something I think. Despite a *massive* difference in fitness, I'm pleased to say we were still tackling, chasing and even at times putting some attack of our own together to the final whistle. And we won the post-match drink-up.

No-one likes losing, but I genuinely feel like you get more value from these backs-to-the-wall, Herculean defensive efforts than you do from an easy win.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

They're too slick and corporate now. When they first started doing them they had the feel of something raw and natural. It felt like the players really bought into it and they led it as much as the producers. Recent ones make more obvious the fact that they're just fulfilling their sponsorship obligations, (which of course they are)

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Just to clarify on point 5, Haskell & Ford, (not Youngs), I think had Faletau covered; just needed May to be aware of the offload outside.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

1. Agree on North. Not convinced everyone in scrum caps is the answer though (see below)

2. Brilliant to see that strength in depth. Couple of names you didn't mention - Farrell and Barritt. I take no pleasure in their injuries, but I think Ford-Burrell-Joseph (and 36 coming off the bench) is a much better option than could have been possible with the inclusion of Farrell and Barritt.

3. Very good. Their blitz defence was a massive pain in the arse too, especially in the first half. Which makes it all the more satisfying that England found ways to deal with those Welsh strengths.

4. The players you mention would be far more deserving of a MoM award, but I do believe Ford is the 10 for the world cup and I don't buy this "too small" business.

5. May was at fault for the Welsh try, leaving his wing to help with the tackle inside. Now, I would have expected Haskell to do better at stopping Faletau but by the time May got involved I think Hask & Youngs had him covered. May made the offload to Webb inevitable. Always a dilemma isn't it, but I think he made it a lot easier for the Welsh there. I'm probably over-sensitive about that one particular play though, because I had cash on Watson for first try-scorer, which very nearly came off!!

6. Very impressive contribution. I wouldn't start him ahead of Burrell/Joseph though. Impact replacement could be a good role for him.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

"But maybe scrum caps would help, take the edge of. What harm can it do?"

Well, potentially it could allow players to tolerate a higher volume of impacts to the head, which without the clear visual signal of being knocked out, would be allowed to continue without any action taken to prevent them.

There is a theory that this continual series of impacts can cause as much long-term damage as a few knockout impacts.

Cf. boxing headguards, the effectiveness of which is uncertain.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Well I think he went to New Zealand for a rugby education and it worked a treat.

I also felt (based on some fly-on-the-wall stuff made at the time) that the Japan trip was more about getting a different perspective and widening his knowledge than it was about the cash.

Either way, he came back a significantly better player and seems to be continuing to improve.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Although I do completely agree with your first paragraph, I do think the O2 Inside Line videos would be much improved by a return of Hask Cam...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

The original and still the best!!!

:)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Can never get tired of watching that.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Ha! Haven't seen that in a while!!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago