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O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 8

Come on, we all know you can't rely on the French rugby team to stick to the script.
Also, as long as England win, almost any France win (as long as not by more than at least 30pts difference) will secure the championship for England.

Right, I'm calling it now - England to win the title:
- England to decimate Italy, all this business about early kick-off being a disadvantage is bollocks, it's extra motivation to really go for it, which will then heap more pressure on Ireland. For all the great progress and promising play, Italy are starting to run out of steam in this tourny and England should open them up like a can of beans in the second half, same way Ireland did. Italy 12-40 England (OK that probably doesn't qualify as "decimating" but it will do.

- Wales v Scotland - who cares. Wales by 25

- France will then sneak a tight win against Ireland, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the flukey bastards take advantage of some fortunate bounces again. When France look their most shite is when they are their most dangerous. France 20-Ireland 17

1 Month, 6 Days ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 4 of Super Rugby 2014

0:28 Surely the player charging down that kick is about 27km off side?

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Very similar tackles that offer easy comparison.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

before many of you wonder why a 'girl' is commenting

Well seeing as you put it in inverted commas.....
I usually play in the backs too, but I've been assured I'm entitled to express an opinion just as much as the fatties.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Exactly. People used to rave and cheer in the same way each time Jonny Wilkinson broke himself in the name of heroic tackling. Interestingly enough, from the limited amount I've seen of him since he moved to Toulon, he seems to have adjusted his tackling technique a little - he's still very effective but I believe he's less reckless now.



1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Excellent.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

You're quite right and for proof, I (re-)present the following:
Exhibit A: http://www.rugbydump.com/2007/04/85/josh-lewseys-try-saving-tackle-on-jean-de-villiers
Exhibit B: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJqc8JGwWXY


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1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Ha, got one! Did you read the first 4-5 words of my comment? Of course I'm not seriously suggesting a citing, it was just a way of making a point.

But I do take issue with your comment, among others, which celebrate this tackle for its commitment and passion, where in actual fact his injury was almost inevitable precisely because of the type of tackle he executed.

"Putting his body on the line" is admirable up to a point and then it becomes irresponsible and reckless.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ireland in pole position after O'Driscoll farewell thrashing of Italy

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA = Nice! Not as snappy a nickname as BOD but a very accurate one all the same.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Yeah, that was a beauty. Same technique and execution as Lewsey's too.

The physical match-up is actually extremely similar, (according to Wikipedia at least):
Lewsey 1.80m 87kg v De Villiers 1.90m 103kg
Halfpenny 1.78m 85kg v Burrell 1.91m 104kg

As you said, Lewsey had to push De Villiers a greater distance to reach the touchline, so had to get a really good nudge on him. The point discussed above was whether you generate more power by getting yourself in front of the attacking player - seems pretty evident from both Lewsey and O'Connor tackles that this is not necessarily the case. Lewsey getting himself in front of De Villiers wasn't an option, but even if it was it would not be a better option.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

 
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