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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, 2 Weeks 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, 2 Weeks 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, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

It's you.

Only one foot has to be touching the ground when the tackle is made.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

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

Bloody brilliant wasn't it.

Haskell was indeed immense, he's really performing well under Eddie Jones.

Itoje just seems more awesome every time I see him play. And what a motivator too. I love those scenes where England have won a turnover and Big Maro's in there, slapping backs, clapping and screaming like a man possessed.

Farrell was also excellent throughout. I think he is probably England's best 10, although Ford does offer a level of creativity that he perhaps doesn't. More the point though, in my opinion Farrell is England's best inside centre! I know nothing about Ben Te'o, but I don't think we need any more experimenting here. Farrell is tough enough but offers so much more on top of that, not least balls of steel with the kicking tee.

Burrell did some good stuff in his half hour and maybe this exact format will continue to work. Use a Burrell for 30 minutes to smash it up and bust a few holes, then switch to Ford-Farrell. As an aside, I thought Burrell got a bit lucky with that obstruction call - more importantly I didn't like him stopping playing and waving his arms about when he could have been sprinting back to help Browny, who was badly caught out on that play.

And speaking of Brown, I thought he was quite right to shove that Nathan Grey, Oz defence coach trying to get in his way fielding a touchfinder. That prick should be banned from the touchline.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

South Africa vs Ireland preview and look back at explosive 1998 Test

These French thugs are just incorrigible aren't they...

Some pretty unsavoury stuff from both sides there. The bloke who stands out most for me though is Teichmann. Real cheap-shot merchant, all swinging elbows and blindside hits, hoofed a bloke on the deck too.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

South Africa vs Ireland preview and look back at explosive 1998 Test

Nice one. Enjoy!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

Yeah, but he copped a lot of criticism/scapegoating as if he'd individually screwed things up, where in fact I remain convinced that he made a valuable contribution to the team collective effort. It was ridiculous to single him out.


(By the way, didn't mean to put those question marks above)

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

Marketing/advertising versus organic, natural chat. Still made me laugh though.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

Ha! Quality. ????
Bloody right about Burgess too. Still find it outrageous how he was treated by England.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago