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The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

After the first sentence I was expecting a very different and more entertaining story.........

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Thought Nigel Owens had a shocker - Heresy!! How dare you question Nige's judgement. It is interesting though isn't it, how much narrower the ABs' margin of victory is when they're properly policed at the breakdown.

Whitelocks try disallowed - clear knock on. Also, presumably I'm mistaken here, but I didn't see why that wouldn't have been a case of coming in from the side of the ruck anyway?

the yellow carding of Coles - you think you should be allowed to kick another player, off-the-ball with very little provocation? Yellow card any day of the week. Like Nigel, I couldn't comprehend the TMO's reluctance to recommend yellow.

the yellow card that wasn't given against England - when was that? I don't recall any yellow cardable offences by England...

the "penalty try" that was given to England - so clearly the correct decision that it's hard to see Owens could have made any other decision.

the penalty try that was not awarded to NZ - again I don't remember any potential penalty try for New Zealand. What would that have been for?

I turned off before post-match interviews, but if what you say about the booing is correct, I would like to apologise on behalf of those pricks. Maybe Nigel Owens could have given them directions to the football stadium.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Offside Rich is undoubtedly an exceptional player, as he has proved consistently over a quite ridiculous number of games. He's also been very adept at adapting his game to suit new interpretations and tweaks in laws. I do think it is interesting though, that - in my impression at least - he seems to be getting penalised much more frequently than in the past. It looks to me like his invisibility cloak has finally lost its magic power. I mean he always used to commit the same offences at the breakdown, but he managed to do it so subtly and right at the cusp between what is acceptable versus something the ref deems to be worth pinging. Don't know if it's statistically true by the way, but my impression is he's getting penalised much more than he did before. Being Richie McCaw though, I have little doubt he'll tweak his methods a bit again so he'll give less away.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

@MattyJ - that Oliver Brown piece is a masterclass in trolling isn't it? Although I do agree that the "blank incredulity" from the US basketball players is an excellent haka response.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Swing Low being sung at England rugby matches has always felt incongruous to me too, but it's one of those things that starts randomly and just gets adopted by everyone.

Apparently the first appearance was nearly 30 years ago, when a young black winger scored a hat-trick of tries on his debut and a bunch of kids from his school celebrated each of his tries singing Swing Low - it was just something they did at their school. People nearby thought it sounded quite cool and joined in. By the time he scored his third, hundreds of people are joining in and it kicked on from there.

Love it of loathe it, it does have a rousing effect - can send a shiver down your spine. Not that dissimilar to the haka in that respect.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

Superb.

Testament to the bonding experience of the game of rugby that the Baabaa guys look they've been mates playing together for years.

If I can just sour the mood with a bit of negativity, while I love the free-flowing game played by both teams, some of the kicking in open play reminded me very much of the amateur games I play, where I'm constantly infuriated when team-mates put up a silly bloody kick to nothing when there are blokes in space to pass to.

Also, that grumpy old **** in the crowd about 1:05 into the clip. Although of course I don't know if the player said something to him as well as jumping around in front of him.

Highlight of the game for me is the Leicester "M" scoring a try just after the 2-minute mark. The way he lined the guy up for a bit of Maori sidestep - it sort of looked like he was taking a backswing before bowling the bloke.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

I think these commentators are being a bit unfairly bashed. I have never learned so much information about the players' height and weight statistics in any other game of rugby. It really was quite informative.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

European Rugby Champions Cup Tries of the Week - Round 2

Did I hear correctly around 2:30 another belter from Mark Robson? "Is the mullerisation of the Ospreys complete?". Is that what he said? I certainly hope so..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

The Tuilagi and Vunipola brothers talk mums, crossdressers and big hits

Yes. Clearly he was barking up the wrong tree with that one. I'd say it's far more likely that the faafafine culture has survived *despite* Christians telling them it's immoral.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

The Tuilagi and Vunipola brothers talk mums, crossdressers and big hits

I read an interview a few years ago with some of the Tuilagis, where (re Julie) Henry Tuilagi lamented "it's a pity really, he could be an awesome flanker".

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

 
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