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Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

If I may make a slightly tangential point, I don't agree with players "charging the kicker" either. Seems to be accepted as part of the game, but surely this is at least as bad sportsmanship as shouting something out. The idea that you're looking to actually charge the kick down is nonsense - very unlikely that you'll be able to physically do anything about that, (Stringer mugging O'Connor in that Baabaas game would be the exception to prove the rule).

With this in mind, although Ashton takes it to a more uncouth level, I don't see that it's significantly different. All gamesmanship however you look at it.

2 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

DrG - Hardly mate! I mean I know he got knocked down, but that just gives an indication of how hard the punch was. To bounce back up from a punch like that is pretty impressive in my book.

2 Months, 6 Days ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

For me, Bowden's was worth a card - looked really awkward the way the bloke's body crumpled and got his feet over his head. I think Bowden could quite easily have avoided tipping him, and it could have a been a lovely tackle.

The Bosch one was total bollocks - beautifully timed and controlled tackle. He actual put downward pressure on Evans's legs in a perfect example of ensuring a safe landing for the tacklee.

I felt that the other decisions were all pretty good. At the time I thought the cards for Youngs and Ma'afu were a bit harsh - just a couple of front-rowers "exchanging telephone numbers" as Bill McLaren used to say. But you can't exactly allow a punch that's hard enough to knock over a bloke of Tom Youngs's build to go un-redcarded, can you...

My personal highlight (not shown in the clip) was one Northampton restart where Courtney Lawes turned into an exocet missile and launched himself at a load of potential ball-catchers. Missed every single one of them and just carried on flying through the air then sliding on the turf!! made me laugh anyway.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

Hats off to Youngs and Maafu for keeping alive the age-old tradition of getting your aggression aout on the pitch and leaving it there...
http://officialrugbydump.tumblr.com/post/86199238484/the-salesi-maafu-punch-on-tom-youngs-followed-by

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Excellent rant, pissing myself laughing! Not sure you can legitimately claim to be "not a Hogg-hater" though......

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Ha ha! Spot on mate!!

Unless of course your team enforces jug purchases for hat-trick scorers...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - The Honey Badger's 101 in Aussie Lingo

SA word = boet. (Afrikaans for bro/bru).

Splitting hairs here, but I think you'll find the collective noun for c*%ts is shower - http://therumourmule.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/leveson-nquiry-daily-mail-faces-censure-over-incorrect-collective-noun-in-cunt-jibe/


2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

That's hilarious, what a bastard! Looked like it was done in the name of banter to me, but Hogg looked like he was fuming though - wonder if there's some subtext/previous involved??
Nearly backfired though didn't it - how close was he to "splitting his heid" on the metal bar behind that loose ad hoarding?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Outcry as Florian Fritz returns to play after severe knock to head

Aside from the sheer stupidity / irresponsibility of it all, I also don't understand the decision from a practical point of view.

I mean this is the key phrase for me:
Warhorse: I fail to understand how a severely concussed player is of more value to a coach and their team during a game than a fresh, fit international replacement (Gaƫl Fickou)...?

Pretty insulting to Fickou, I would say!!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - The Honey Badger's 101 in Aussie Lingo

Not as ignorant as you might think mate. I mean apart from being based on facts, I haven't yet met a real-life Strayan who objected to being called a crim. It's all tongue-in-cheek you c*%t.^

^ (See Jon's comment below)

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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