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George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

By the way - what a try!

Beautiful aerial take by Manoa and a sweet offload. Great step and the usual pace and strength by North to finish.

Seems a shame we're debating a bloke's wellbeing when we could be just celebrating a textbook example of how to score from a restart.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

PhillNZ, couple points mate:

- In full speed it looks like he just walks over and deliberately kicks a bloke in the head.
- Kicking the ball out of a try-scorers' hands is not part of rugby.
- their heads
- decent

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Dai Young: Nathan has gone looking for him to make sure he is okay - he is not that type of person [who would injure someone deliberately]."

Oh well that's all right then! I trust there will be a Twitter apology issued shortly too...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

I've had enough of these cheap shots on players in the act of scoring. Which is precisely what this is.

It's become much more prevalent in recent years - players with clearly no chance of preventing the try sliding in with elbows and knees flailing, pretending that they're somehow "trying to hold the ball up". At least that sort of involves using the hands.

You are not allowed to kick the ball out of a player's hands at any time, let alone when he's stretched out on the ground.

Should be at least a penalty even if he hadn't made contact. This type of "reckless" action needs to be eliminated, in my opinion.


3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Exactly.

I cannot comprehend how people are defending this.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Apparently. And one of them lives in High Wycombe and the other once slept with a girl from Coventry.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Not having a pop at you, especially as I agree with the rest of your comment, but this point keeps coming up and needs to be addressed.
"Trying to to stick his foot in to stop the grounding" is not allowed in the laws of the game.
The reason for this presumably is to avoid people being kicked in the head.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

Nah... "Jumping into a tackle" is illegal. This isn't. What's he meant to do, deliberately leave his foot on the ground so that Lydiate can chop him down?

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

Specifically for side-one tackles you'll want to keep your head out of the way.
I post this link every time there's a RD post on this type of tackle, so apologies to the regulars for being so tedious, but - Josh Lewsey set the gold standard for how a small full-back can smash a much bigger player running at pace, with this beauty on Jean De Villiers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsMdyjLUsxQ

Head on "the right side", plenty of grunt through the leading shoulder, wrapped him up and dragged him out. Textbook stuff.

That was bloody ages ago, yet you see increasing numbers of players trying to defend with their noggins.


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3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

Ha! Nice one.

The version I was brought up on was "cuddle his arse, don't cuddle his cock".

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago