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Commentators unhappy after Billy Vunipola is sinbinned for 'shoulder charge'

Ha! Yes it was a pretty half-arsed attempt wasn't it. Although I got the impression he pulled out a bit because of that elbow swinging around at face height, (which of course he could have avoided by smashing the bloke at hip height).

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

A look at Jonah Lomu's 15 brilliant Rugby World Cup Tries

I had to chuckle around 1:55 - "can Lomu get past Michael Catt?" - I think after Catt got steamrollered by Lomu earlier in the game he probably wasn't that keen to try and stop him here.

If I'm not very much mistaken, it looks like Catty's done the old try-to-make-it-look-like-you're-trying-to-tackle-without-ever-really-getting-too-close act.

I imagine him under the posts while the conversion's being lined up, going "yeah, sorry boys, completely wrong-footed me, couldn't get near him; so annoying, I was going to crunch him that time".

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

A look at Jonah Lomu's 15 brilliant Rugby World Cup Tries

I just came across this video - Jonah Lomu and Joost Van Der Westhuizen, both shadows of their former selves but in very good spirits, sitting down with family and friends and having a good old chat, reminiscing on 1995.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdF2lXRFCwk
If you can sit through this without "getting a bit of sun cream in your eye" then there is something seriously wrong with you.

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2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Bernard Le Roux shown straight red card for petulant stamp

(Copied & pasted, with couple of minor edits, from the Rees thread):

I think this is the first time I've seen Le Roux without his helmet. He doesn't look how I'd pictured him.

Here is my step-by-step analysis of "The Le Roux Incident" (sounds like it should be a culinary-themed espionage thriller):

- First of all he misses the point of the ruck and comes round the side and interferes with the opposition players there, so is essentially "not entering through the gate". Penalty to Scarlets.

- Le Roux then pins John to the ground and illegally (because he's offside) clears Ken Owens, preventing both of these players from being able to contest the breakdown. Penalty to Scarlets.

- Le Roux continues to pin John down, John reacts to Le Roux's provocation with some kind of grab, Le Roux responds with a quite effeminate slap, John goes for a comedy trip. No sanction for either player, these are just fun and games at the breakdown.

- Finally, Le Roux does that stampy flickykicky thing. Whilst accepting that the motive was puerile petulance and not aggression, a stamp is a stamp and it's on the exposed shin of a bloke who's lying on the ground. I think just the penalty would have been sufficient, maybe even yellow. Red seems excessive, but I don't have a problem with it because of the cheating in the run-up to it.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

*you're

I think that is the first time in my entire life I've made that error. Self-flagellation awaits.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

Get back to your couscous and organic quinoa pal. ;)

Surprised your not with me on this DrG, seeing as Le Roux is guilty of your most hated rugby crime; ie holding opposition players and preventing them from contesting a breakdown situation.

And I've never held any hardman views on stamping. Rucking yes, should definitely be brought back. Stamping, no. Even if it is just a petulant flickywicky type.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

Yes, I thought that was a nice touch!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

From Only Fools & Horses, circa 1988 I think:
"Which do you prefer Rodney? Grass or Astroturf?"
"I don't know, I've never smoked Astroturf".

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

I think the red is excessive, but Le Roux was the one doing the provoking here. Round the side of the ruck, clearing two players from an illegal position and preventing them from contesting the ruck.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

Rees - looked down at Easter and lined him up before deliberately bringing a boot down in the bloke's face and very very close to his eye. Deliberate, cynical and incredibly dangerous. Hope they throw the book at him. Had no idea he was a dirty f***er either.

Le Roux - first time I've seen him without his helmet, he doesn't look how I'd pictured him.

Anyway, here's my step-by-step analysis of "The Le Roux Incident" (sounds like it should be a culinary-themed espionage thriller):
- First of all he misses the point of the ruck, so is essentially "not entering through the gate". Penalty to Scarlets.
- Le Roux then pins John to the ground and illegally (because he's offside) clears Ken Owens, preventing both of these players from being able to contest the breakdown. Penalty Scarlets.
- Le Roux continues to pin John down, John reacts to Le Roux's provocation with some kind of grab, Le Roux responds with a quite effeminate slap, John goes for a comedy trip. No sanction for either player, these are just fun and games at the breakdown.
- Finally, Le Roux does that stampy flickykicky thing. Whilst accepting that the motive was puerile petulance and not aggression, a stamp is a stamp and it's on the exposed shin of a bloke who's lying on the ground. I think a yellow would have been sufficient, probably just a penalty even, but I don't have a problem with the red because of the cheating in the run-up to it.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago