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The Chiefs score six tries to thump Wales in midweek match

1:23 is the highlight for me. Lock sidestepping an outside centre is a sight to behold. I wonder what the other *four* Wales tacklers were playing at but there was some very deceptive stepping all the way to the line from the big man.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

I was going to do it anyway for a laugh, but will never get round to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIGZXHIwQ4w

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1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

He's perfected the Brent impression hasn't he? Latest one with Farrell is 100% Brent:
https://twitter.com/jameshaskell/status/742626234534887424

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Yeah, after casually throwing out the phrase in my earlier comment, I started to question whether it was even a law or if I was just blindly subscribing to one of those "past the horizontal"/"didn't wrap his arms" types of colloquialism.

Confession time, I got my last paragraph about Law 10.4 (k) from here: http://www.rugbyrefs.com/archive/index.php/t-6934.html?s=303083a80c52e398f39308f1ab98fcee. Tried to pass it off as my own wisdom and encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, but the guilt is now consuming me... :)

The rugbyrefs discussion was based on a slightly different scenario, but the crux of it is really that "jumping into the tackle" is an offence mostly because it tends to lead to people getting flying boots in the noggin.

Anyway, that page is over seven years old and it seems the laws have been amended since then.
"Acts contrary to good sportsmanship" is now 10.4 (m).

10.4 (i) sort of applies (against Haskell) "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."

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

You mean like on pornhub? ;)
At least, I've heard they do something like that, apparently. A friend of a friend told me.

Anyway, I'll have a go at time-stamping this game for you when I get the chance, will be a pleasure.

Having said that, there weren't many "lowlights" to this game, it is well worth watching in its entirety if you get time.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

You can watch the full game on youtube - at the moment anyway.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

"It might be my ageing eyesight but I can't see Pocock in contact with the ground so it looks like he was taken in the air"

I've had laser surgery on the eyes and I can assure you that the very tip of one stud of Pocock's left boot ever so briefly brushed against the end of a rogue blade of grass the ground staff had inadvertently left protruding slightly higher than the rest of the grass.

I mentioned earlier that you're not allowed to "jump into the tackle", which makes Pocock fair game to be tackled, whether he's touching the ground or, as I now realise in this case, not.

By the way, I can't find any specific mention of jumping into tackles in the Laws. I believe it's not allowed as part of 10.4 (k) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship, because in effect it stops the tackler from tackling the ball carrier legally.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

I assume it was the "mid-air" element you were referring to, rather than actually early, seeing as Pocock had the ball in both hands when tackled.

I'm back for a second comment on this not to be rude, but because it occurred to me that - regardless of Haskell's innocence here - Pocock is actually committing a penalisable offence here, by "jumping into the tackle". Logically, as Pocock jumped into the tackle, he could have had both feet off the ground and Hask could legally tackle him in mid-air.

I think Pocock took the less bad option here, jumping to take that pass. If he'd lifted his arms to catch it at head-height, he'd have had some pretty sore ribs!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Definitely a crowd-pleaser and it's always good for your own personal motivation to get that type of hit in early in the game - proven here by the awesome game Haskell went on to play, arguably his best performance in an England shirt if you ask me.

As the old expression goes, you've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late. (Or as some would suggest in this case, marginally early).

The tackle itself was made to look more spectacular because of the poor pass (or perhaps I should give Hask more credit for his line speed?). I was equally impressed by Pocock's retention and clean presentation of the ball!

Gutted that Pocock is out of the series. I didn't see the incident where his face got damaged, assume no foul play involved or we'd have heard more about it?

Also, great to see HaskCam of sorts again. Hat tip to Nowell for some quality video-bombing too.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Mate, there's devil's advocate and then there's taking the piss!

1 Month, 1 Week ago