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Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Ha ha.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Pause the video around 0:48 and 2:33...

The banter between Fekitoa and the physio speaks volumes.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Controversial yellow card for James Lowe tackle leads to Highlanders upset

Unusual to read such an opinionated intro from RD. Couldn't agree more though.

The application of tackle laws is starting to resemble the U.S.-style litigation, where one party is completely absolved of any responsibility. Here, Fekitoa should take more responsibility for his own safety. Very dangerous portents now- Won't be long before players are coached to actively seek tipping situations and exaggerate the effect. The pressure to milk penalties will ironically put player safety at more risk than the actual tackle.

Final penalty was harsh on Williams - Fekitoa came from the side, put him off balance (off his feet) and pinned him in so he looked like he was killing the ball. Two penalties earned at a crucial moment of the game - some would say Fekitoa's played a blinder; others that he's a sneaky little git. His grin as Lowe was being sent off unfortunately puts me in the latter camp.

On a different note, first time I've come across Marty Banks - Screech is incredibly accurate!!

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

The Top 5 Tries of the Aviva Premiership weekend - Round 16

Another nice example of the Samoan Sidestep on the latest Wraparound (wk3) - Julian The Bus Savea just swatting a tackler away like a fruit fly - quite amusing actually as he shoves him into his own team-mate so he gets clattered both sides.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Tries of the Aviva Premiership weekend - Round 16

Love the way Tulagi actively seeks the contact, rather than trying to run around defenders. It used to be called a Maori sidestep, but to be honest Samoan Sidestep has a better, alliterative, ring to it.

I'm glad I never have to try and tackle anyone like that. Here, the fullback tackles pretty low but Tuilagi still manages to get lower and bowl him over.

I wonder what the best technique is to get him down actually? I mean a bloke that size running at pace. Best approach I've seen is Peter Stringer taking Jonah Lomu down years ago - dived in at ankle height, wrapped his arms round one leg and just held on. The big man came down, having just broken three tackles by blokes much bigger than Stringer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRlEOaCrcko




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3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

(Don't know where the question marks came from)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Sorry. Seems like a top bloke too. ????

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Fair enough. I'll retract that thuggery accusation then.

4 Weeks, 10 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

when what they should have looked at was the bigger picture, that Ireland has an awesome kicking game, so why try and take that on directly if yours is not up to the same standard - or, as Phil Mc Avity so eloquently put it at the top of this page, "why fight fire with a shitty little flame?"

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Well Warburton's was technically more dangerous because Clerc's head was pointing downwards. Healy on SBW, although he didn't tip him, he deliberately dropped him from a height. Obviously, no harm done, partly because Williams actually tried to break his own fall rather than milking a penalty... *cough*, anyway... My view was it was Healy showing off and trying to make a statement. Some would argue that's what you want your prop to do. I just felt it was a bitch move.

Must admit, the fact that I can't think of any other specific examples of Healy thuggery (except the stamp on Cole) makes me question whether or not I may in fact be talking bollocks.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago