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Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

Big Bad Phill's gone a bit quiet recently, so if it's not too presumptuous I'll take the liberty of stepping in for him.

[Big Bad Phill mode activated]
That's what you call in your face hit and he rubbed it into him by shoving his face into the ground. Rugby's competitive and you always celebrate a big hit and I like it.

He celebrated a massive hit and rubbed the guys face into the ground. Down here we don't play Queensberry rules, we don't care. This is why we breed them tough.

Grandstanding after a big hit lets everyone know who's the man.

Maybe we take our rugby a lot more serious than you northerners and are not used to the niceties and politeness on the field that you exhibit.

Mothers if you don't like little Johnny being pulverised and having his face rubbed in the ground - play soccer. At least he will get paid a lot more money and have great hair style and will look good.

[/Big Bad Phill mode off]

Must admit, out of all that BS, it was the bit where he called me a "northerner" that really got my back up.....

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Prop Brendon Edmonds finishes fantastic length of the field Highlanders try

Yeah, I suppose so. 4 and 6 definitely go straight off their feet. But Sharks 8 is also on the ground scrabbling about and interfering with the ball a fair amount of time after the tackle, if you want to get pinickety about it. Personally I'm happy to see the benefit of the doubt given to the attacking team in this scenario. Especially when they're playing attractive, positive rugby - I realise this last bit in particular has no relevance to the actual laws of the game, just a personal armchair fan preference.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Prop Brendon Edmonds finishes fantastic length of the field Highlanders try

There's pedantry and then there's downright cynical misery.

Anyway, I bloody love this try. Much more enjoyable than ones where a winger intercepts and races away.

That kick was a good tactical choice and more importantly the chase and securing of possession were excellent, really got the Sharks on the back foot. 7-8 phases required? Good! Patience and knowing when to flick an offload versus getting to ground and making the ball available to your support is good rugby. So is committing the right numbers to rucks to ensure you keep possession over those numerous phases. And so is having blokes running good lines of support and getting their timing right to take the ball at pace.

As Mr Marshall says quite accurately, this is a real pleasure to watch.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

Of course the money is important, but it only goes so far. Anyone looking for Toulon's magic ingredient for success should look at the passion of their supporters, not at the size of Boujellal's chequebook.

I saw Toulon v London Irish at the Madejski a few years ago - Wilkinson was playing for them, but I don't remember many other real big-name players being there. Quite a few Toulon fans had come over and the atmosphere they created was phenomenal. Brought a real passion for the game and most were shouting very constructive comments that showed insight and understanding of the game. The energy and exuberance was palpable and that's at an away game.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

European Champions Cup Final Preview - Clermont vs Toulon yet again

That Lobbe turnover though. Literally won the game for them.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 12

What happened to "Heeeere's Seanny!"??

Love that high-five gone wrong!

Great to see another view of the Tongan Thor's awesome run and better angle this time.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Maro Itoje's great catch and powerful don't argue on Julien Bardy

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3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Richie McCaw knocked out cold after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle

Have a look at this!

Of course this is all just part and parcel of the courtship ritual. These NZ girls are tough warriors. Getting a tooth ripped out is the same as a casually groped buttock - just a sign of affection. These soft northern hemisphere ponces, with their bouquets of flowers and boxes of chocolates, would probably have sex dentistry banned, for the sake of the kids or some silly nonsense.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

The Top 5 Aviva Premiership Tries plus Highlights Wrap - Round 20

And Hougaard.
Still a bloody good try though. ;)

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

The Top 5 Aviva Premiership Tries plus Highlights Wrap - Round 20

Not I Mr Palm.
But @@@@ me I like a quick game.

For me the prospect of Simpson, Ford, Eastmond and Joseph running fast at defences is bloody mouthwatering.

Speed frightens defences and creates tries.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago