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England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

FatProp: "I seem to be wrong after looking at the comments"

Pleased to see that you acknowledge the Rugbydump comments section as the undisputed Oracle on facts.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

Completely agree. Also, keep the oppo guessing because he could just as easily replace one of the wings and keep that very promising centre partnership intact.

Stuart Lancaster seems to be considering the wing option too:
“He had very little training time with us ahead of last weekend’s game, but we’d be more comfortable bringing him in for this one and if we choose to go down that road, we’d look to him to make an impact off the bench. He could certainly cover wing as well as midfield, with Jack Nowell and Jonny May [the current first-choice wings] able to cover full-back.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/international/six-nations-2014-manu-tuilagi-looks-set-to-wing-his-way-into-england-action-against-italy-9182922.html

1 Month, 5 Days ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

@Phil - surprised not to see you calling for Tuilagi to replace May on the wing.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

Phil mc avity: "I meant May was shite. But you probably got that anyway!"

Yes, I did get the general gist. Haven't seen this much wrath directed at one individual since your little pep talk via these pages to Dave Attwood. Hopefully Jonny May will respond in a similar fashion.......

BTW, I disagree, I think he's done very well so far. Haven't seen him make any mistakes under high ball and the lateral running is an optical illusion - if you watch carefully it's not aimless, he's probing for gaps and more often than not he seems to find an opportunity to straighten up and get some forward momentum together. And that try he should have grounded v Ireland, well he was being tackled by the top of his head, which slowed him down a bit, but yes he probably should have finished it - benefit of the doubt I reckon.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

FatProp: "Defence Defence Defence we were awesome "

Agree. When you see players like George North and Jamie Roberts aimlessly hoofing the ball away because they don't fancy trying to go through or around the defending player, you know the defence is at a seriously high standard.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

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

Arguably trolling a bit here, but I wonder if there's a case for a citing against Halfpenny here, for risking serious neck/shoulder injury through inappropriate tackling technique. I mean this is precisely the reason why players are picking up bans for tip tackles, is it not?

1 Month, 5 Days ago

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

I'll just say that if I had to tackle Burrell's size moving at that speed, I'd be more comfortable using my shoulder than my head to stop him.

For any aspiring relatively small fullbacks reading, here's a demonstration / reminder of how to tackle a big rampaging centre (Lewsey on De Villiers, 2006):
http://www.rugbydump.com/2007/04/85/josh-lewseys-try-saving-tackle-on-jean-de-villiers

I suggest this is pretty conclusive evidence that you can indeed get enough force into the tackle without injuring yourself by getting your head on the wrong side.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

Not so much Burrell v Roberts as Burrell v Davies. And Burrell totally dominated his opposite number. In fairness, I don't think Davies should have played, he didn't look match-fit either physically or mentally. In any case, Burrell had him in his pocket all afternoon.

I thought Twelvetrees did very well to keep Roberts quiet too. The only decent attack I remember Roberts being involved in was the one where he kicked the bloody thing into the deadball area - I take that as an indication that he didn't fancy his chances of busting through or going round the England centres and you don't get much more of a symbol of success than that.

I really think 36 and Burrell are developing a fantastic partnership together, almost as effective as that of Launchbury & Lawes... They have a good understanding in defence and, more excitingly, in attack - prime example that break by Twelvetrees that nearly led to Burrell scoring in the corner. To be honest I wouldn't make either of these give way for a fit Tuilagi at the moment. I'm not entirely sure where he's going to come in now - maybe he'll be a utility impact sub, I wouldn't mind seeing him come on on the wing after an hour and offer another strike runner option to mess with the heads - and lungs- of the oppo.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

That is awesome!

1 Month, 6 Days ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

Bloody good prediction if the game only lasted 40minutes!

Exciting game so far. Don't think Wales deserve to be as close in scoreboard but I England are going to keep on donating them 3-pointers they only had themselves to blame.

Hope the next half is as good...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

 
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