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Richard Hibbard and Sione Kalamafoni double hit on Brad Barritt

1) Incredible resilience to absorb the tackle and great composure to present clean ball.

2) Gloucester outside centre had rushed way out of the defensive line creating a huge dogleg. Barritt surely could see the empty space behind that defender but chose instead to run into VERY heavy traffic.

I'm actually a big fan of the bloke, but it's this kind of decision-making that makes me hope Lancaster picks someone like Eastmond over him for England.

I may be mistaken, as I'm only judging from this clip. Also the last thing I want to see is a centre running laterally, but from the comfort of my armchair it looks like he should have at least been able to get round the guy with the headband.

2 Months, 6 Days ago

Sonny Bill Williams back in the ITM Cup for Counties Manukau

Ah, Sounds like there's more to that story than I realised then. Maybe I should have taken the time to read about it more before posting. All I read about was a leaflet that was admittedly quite derogatory towards female rugby players and also referred to the barmaid at some pub as a minger, plus a couple of other things like that. Didn't know about any of the stuff you mention.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams back in the ITM Cup for Counties Manukau

@Rich - my comment was kind of tongue-in-cheek too mate, didn't mean to sound preachy. You may have noticed I was also lamenting how far to the opposite extreme we've come in England, where a university actually bans its own team based on a few rude but mostly quite amusing jokes.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Probably the worst lineout throw ever

I've seen worse...

Come to think of it, I've seen worse let go by the ref.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams back in the ITM Cup for Counties Manukau

Mate, I wouldn't kick her out of bed even if she did a massive fart and followed through on the sheets.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams back in the ITM Cup for Counties Manukau

I see proper old-school sexism is alive and well in some parts of the world...

I watched this video immediately after reading that a London university's rugby team has been banned for a year, because of some comedy player recruitment leaflet they put out at the freshers fair. No doubt a lot of the content was misogynistic and uncouth, but banning the team altogether seems a bit harsh.

Fortunately there still remains a massive middle ground.

PS - the blonde bird needs to cut back on her bloody cigarettes and don't tell me that husky voice is alluring, it is just irritating.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Argentina beat the Wallabies to claim first ever win in Rugby Championship

How dare you insult Nigel Owens!
Take that back at once you recalcitrant swine.
;)

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone in first minute, plays on and wins NRL title

Mildly controversial suggestion - Burgess and Tuilagi on the wings. They're not there for their creativity and distribution; they're there to batter through defences. Doesn't mean they should wait on the wings, they must come in looking for work so we have two incredible strike-runners to poke a massive hole in the midfield at any moment. Keep the opposition guessing as to who's going to smash it up.
Eastmond and Twelvetrees/Burrell in the centres.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Argentina beat the Wallabies to claim first ever win in Rugby Championship

Or did he do it again in this game? Is it a new catchphrase?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Naked streaker starts mass brawl after tackling Varsity match winger

Looks like someone misunderstood this passage of the Streaker's Handbook:
"Get on the pitch and show everyone your tackle".

Lovely bit of exaggeration and hyperbole from the commentator - is it Stuart Barnes's son on work experience?

So, I'm usually an ardent defender of streakers' rights, but clearly this twat has taken things too far. However, I have to say, the pipe was a nice touch.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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