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England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I thought May had an excellent game all round.
Mate I was watching with kept complaining about his lateral running but he was always probing for a gap and as far as I recall he found one every single time and straightened up, gaining a bit if ground each time.
Same mate groaned when he kicked at the end, but what a kick - fantastic clearing kick, relieving the pressure and pinning Ireland back to a position whence they never threatened again. Stuart Lancaster's reaction (he only time I saw him smile all game) I think vindicates my view.
He also tackled effectively and did some good tidying up of Sexton's kicks.
I do rate Yarde also and Watson looks a right handful from what I've seen. But I don't think May and Nowell have done much wrong, definitely not May.
We're looking ok for depth at wing currently.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Yes. Call me old-fashioned but I've always considered tackling someone by the hair to be a high tackle.

And I may need to check I haven't left my white-tinted glasses on here but I'm fairly confident that if May hadn't lost that little bit of forward momentum due tote hair tackle he had the pace and power to bust through and ground that.

To my reading of the laws that makes it a penalty try. However, you could argue that not awarding a try did keep the game more tense and exciting.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 6

Or even Brad Barritt.... I mean, if I were looking at the team and thinking right, one of these two needs to make way for Ford to come in, I'd have definitely dropped the bloke who in his last two games, has missed fairly standard tackles, been caught out position and has shown bugger all in attack.

I imagine Goode's versatility is what has kept him in the side as a bench player, but I'd rather have a player who's playing well in his position than one who's playing badly in a number of them. Also, Ford is now covering fly-half (and 36 can if needed too). I'd have thought, with a centre pairing that has about 12 caps between them going against one with 200 caps between them, having Barritt waiting in the wings would have been a better option.

Then again, I'm not an international rugby coach.

2 Months, 10 Hours ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

Nice one. ;)

But I don't think the two statements are contradictory.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

This is precisely the sort of shit the IRB was trying to address when they came up with the new tip tackle directive. It was after all in the wake of the BOD Lions Tour clear-out, which in many ways is similar to this.

Compared with some other "tip tackles" we've seen, this one involves deliberately lifting and driving a player into the ground, shoulders/neck first with the head taking a pretty hard bang on the turf too.

I love a big tackle, however nasty, unnecessary cheap shots, where you're solely looking to bully, intimidate and (I believe in this case) injure another player should certainly be punished.

Ten weeks may sound harsh to some, but this is the kind of action that does need a deterrent against it, so I'm all in favour of the lengthy ban.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

That's the point I was going to make. What a big fucking bully. Totally unnecessary.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Policeman tackles suspected criminal off bicycle

Bullshit, he was pulling the cop the wrong bloody way. policeman could have taken the crim down and landed on top of him, if it hadn't been for dopey Lewis from across the street hanging off his back.

Unless of course you did indeed mean "added wait", as in the policeman had to wait for the other cops to arrive as he was no longer able to control the crim on his own...

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Maurie Fa'asavalu makes huge hit on Andrea Masi in the Aviva Premiership

Exactly Jon. And this guy does such a good job of grasping the tacklee, that - despite smashing him backwards in the tackle - he is still grasping Masi's shirt when he touches the ground. In fact, based on that criterion alone this is a textbook tackle.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

Aha!! I'd completely forgotten about that!
Nice one

2 Months, 6 Days ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

@MisterDavid - totally agree in principle. I always try to observe the mantra "Get your first tackle in early, even if it's late".

2 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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