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Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

Where has all the heresy on this thread come from?
How dare these people be critical of Nigel Owens!?
I've never heard such nonsense.

Be thankful for the majestic way Sir Nige rules his matches.
Behold his one-liners with joy and reverence.

Repent now for having had the temerity to question his impartiality, you hideous bunch of ingrates.

For shame!!

This is not criticism, it is blasphemy! Repent!

All hail His Excellency!

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

I've contemplated exactly that a few times myself! I reckon it would be a good second-best...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

I take your point Mr Gard, but Owens is first and foremost a brilliant ref, who does indeed blow the whistle as little as possible and lets the players play. The fact he is a funny bastard as well is just secondary.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

"scotland and france with joubert, wales with rolland, nz with barnes, etc... "

And England?? I'd be delighted to think we were above this type of horrible whingeing - I find that quite hard to believe, but I can't think of one at the moment. Not sure if this demonstrates that we English fans are morally superior to you other savages, or if you'll take this as proof that England get the benefit of doubt from the officials.

The only ref I can think of who had serious potential to be a scapegoat for England fans is Andre Watson in the 2003 world cup final, where he completely took the piss, especially in the scrum. But that's OK for two reasons - firstly, who cares, because despite his shocking officiating, England still won; and secondly, it gave rise to a classic anecdote, as told here by Lewis Moody:
Referee Andre Watson came into the dressing room before the game and said: “I won’t be giving any penalties at scrum time. You can bet my mortgage on it!” So in extra-time, after he’d awarded two in quick succession against us, Steve Thompson was on the floor and he looked up at him and said: “Andre, you must have a terrible house!”

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Fox Sports' cringey post-try interview with Henry Speight

"But their latest endeavour will probably go down as one of the worst ideas in television."

Never!! This is awesome and I'd love to see more of it, ideally featuring props in the immediate aftermath of scrums.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Aaron Cruden's brilliant tip pass sets up James Lowe try vs the Blues

A quite beautiful line cut by Mr Lowe there too. Took three defenders out of the game immediately.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Werner Kok explodes as Sevuloni Mocenacagi gets sent off in Las Vegas 7s final

im1 - agree with the sentiment of all your comments so far in this thread. I would even take issue with this statement: "the risk of serious injury from a spear tackle is statistically high enough that we ban anything above the horizontal". Is it though? Logically it seems highly dangerous, but I'm not sure it has been shown to result in a *statistically* significant number of injuries. Not saying I want to be on the receiving end of one.

The lifting tackle regulations, lest we forget, were brought in the aftermath of the Mealamu/Umaga clear-out on O'Driscoll in 2005. It was not a spear tackle, but a dangerous ruck clear-out. A better comparison, as I think you indicated earlier, would be the McKinnon rugby league incident, where the "victim" is trapped and forced into either the ground or other bodies.

A huge amount of cynicism has entered the game since the clamp-down on lifting tackles. From my own experience, I've been lifted dozens of times in tackles and every time self-preservation has made me assume a less vulnerable position and avoid injury, (excluding a bloody good winding on a couple of occasions).

Think back to how people used to tackle - here are a couple of notable examples, of Jonny Wilkinson basically trying to insert the ball-carrier into the ground:

See how neither ball carrier lands on his head or neck. This is thanks to their use of their own core strength to enable a relatively comfortable landing. This is a natural reaction.

I reckon both of these would have attracted a card now, and I'm afraid to say that's because the people in Bishop or N'tamack's shoes would more than likely have allowed themselves to be tipped and then writhed about going "oooaooaaohah".

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2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Steven Luatua receives straight red card for dangerously high tackle

Yes mate, it was a beautiful line.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Israel Dagg marks his 100th Super Rugby match with some serious skill

Could have found a more flattering still for the main image!!!
100 Super Rugby games with a deformed arm would be REALLY impressive...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

What Rugby Gave Me, John Goldman

Definitely. Hat -tip also to Mill Hill RFC for a truly hideous club blazer and tie combo. Now that is a beautiful thing.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago