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Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

Exactly my thoughts on first view. The ref has a better view than anyone.
I believe he was just confirming in his own mind whether to issue red or yellow card.

I infer from your comment that, like me, you'd rather see refs back themselves to make the right call, minimising the impact of stoppage time on the game. Trust the bloke to do his job, I say. Most of them usually manage to do so. And, as you also say, multiple video angles often produce more doubt and ambiguity than clarity.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Fair enough mate.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Arguably the two blokes I least want to see on the pitch against England in the autumn.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

'Tongan Thor' Taniela Tupou sets up try after big fend in club game

Now that is awesome!

It's not a "don't-argue"; it's a DO *NOT* ARGUE!!!

Three defenders beaten, including one abject humiliation and a VERY sweet try-assisting offload.

By the way, I can remember a number of people including myself going nuts over a Wesley Fofana run a couple of years ago, which featured him switching the ball from one hand to the other and handing off some guy in the face all in one sleek movement. This guy did the same thing even better.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Forgot to put a winking smiley to let people know this comment is made primarily with tongue in cheek. I'm sure you (Dan) will get it, but might not be obvious to the casual observer... ;)

1 Week, 2 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

So, we're in agreement that he has used her as a pawn to promote himself as a saint.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Completely unrelated, but I just came across this and thought it should be shared!
https://twitter.com/cenjohnston/status/592656178796240896

@RD - my apologies if you already have plans to post this - maybe just delete this comment if you do!

As impressive as Johnston's running angle and acceleration undoubtedly are, I'm really in awe of the full back taking his life in his hands to make the tackle!

1 Week, 2 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

I'd go further than that in that I think it's very harsh singling out this one random tweeter for voicing a reaction that surely everyone else would think if they didn't know the context or background. Especially if she apologised when that was pointed out.

Anyway, I'm not buying all that Auslan/sign language business - he's clearly practising his release-the-ball-carrier-before-contesting-the-ruck gesture. See 1:38 - 1:58 above for the proof.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Midweek Madness - Marlie Packer takes Tyla Nathan-Wong for a ride

Agree with most of your analysis but not all of your interpretation.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Midweek Madness - Marlie Packer takes Tyla Nathan-Wong for a ride

SDE, that is an interesting point. Can't say I'd ever really considered Folau's role in this, I always just saw North biting off a bit more than he could chew and making a bit of a balls-up of the execution.

So let's have another look:
http://www.rugbydump.com/2013/06/3280/george-north-picks-up-and-carries-tackler-israel-folau

Of course I'm not limited to your 3 areas of argument, but for convenience I will focus on your second point.

In my view, Folau did *not* lift North - actually the more I watch it the more preposterous that claim is. The whole thing is just down to momentum. Yes North put Folau's feet down first but he's still pumping his legs and pushing forward, with Folau going over. Folau's adding to the momentum because he's still trying to pull himself down to terra firma. It doesn't look to me like Folau has intentionally tried to lift, flip, tip or any similar action. Just an unfortunate result of the momentum generated by North himself.


In this video, perhaps Nathan-Wong is a less reluctant participant and I also think the other tackler helped things by changing the dynamics and shifting the direction of momentum.

1 Week, 4 Days ago