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The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Why not wait the week until all international games have been played? Seems bit ridiculous to me...

4 Days, 22 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

The problem I see with Cooper is that he's almost like an Aussie version of Michalak..Can be awesome sometimes with that natural bility and flare, but to be honest I think the fly half position at this level demands more stability..The world cup game against ireland in 2011 always comes back as a good example..he often tries to do too much with the ball and puts his team in bad positions..That kind of attitude is ok for outside backs maybe who might be able to afford that bit of flair, but at outhalf you have to be on constant control at international level..Make your kicks, make your tackles and keep the field position in your favour.

In saying that I havent seen him play this year at all so maybe he has improved in that regard..

1 Week, 11 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

Lucky for you then that the World Cup is going to be played in a lovely hot, dry and peaceful climate ey?

oh wait......

The best teams play good whatever the weather..The AB's are continually awesome in wet or dry or windy conditions...South Africa in particular should be well able to play the conditions up north better than most..They have an awesome pack, a great full back and very good half backs...pretty much the blue print for playing in difficult weather conditions..

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Closing montage from the last ever Heineken Cup PLUS tournament stats

Great video...Althoughit would be a huge undertaking I would be really interested to see those statistics but for the Heineken Cup in its entire history

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon aiming to defend title after tense semi final win over Munster

Yea I was shocked that once the good angle of the grounding was shown that it was only shown that once and was actually immediately switched...

To those interested the grounding occurs at about 1:11-1:13 in this video...

Regarding the match..Toulon are just too good a side for Munster to have been making such amateurish mistakes like they did in that first half...Absolutely horrendous knock ons killed them in the first half> If they ever had any hope of winning those 6 points gifted to Toulon straight after scoring two penalties of tehir own sealed their fate..They played extremely well for portions of the match but were outplayed for large portions also...If it wasn't for that amazing try saving tackle by Zebo at the beginning of the second half it could have been over then and there I think..

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon aiming to defend title after tense semi final win over Munster

There was an angle which was shown once which clearly shows that Zebo touches the ball down..And even if there wasn't a camera angle to show it, the touch judge was sure he got it down so why bother going to the TMO...The tmo may not have been able to find an angle where it showed the ball being grounded, but the touch judge himself said he seen it grounded..Why risk it not being awarded when you are sure it was legitimate try...

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Heineken Cup 2014 Quarter Final Highlights

I don't think anybody is questioning the referee's integrity here..We, who disagree with the decision, are merely stating hat he made a very big mistake..None of us said it was intentional, which would be an attack on his integrity..All referees make mistakes, but that doesn't mean you can expect people to be quiet when big mistakes are made...Sweeping mistakes by referees under the rug would be the absolute worst thing to do for the sport..They should be held accountable for bad decisions, or at least for continuous bad decisions, as they have been this year in Super Rugby..

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

All you people calling for reds for this challenge? Would you also call for reds for guys grabbing players who are lifted in the lineouts before they hit the ground..Essentially the same thing (tackling a player while in the air) but in that scenario it is completely intentional..



7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Heineken Cup 2014 Quarter Final Highlights

Also Leinster played their worst HC cup match for a number of years..Toulon didn't really have to get out of 3rd gear all game, and were it not for some handling errors in the first half they could've been out of sight after about 25 minutes...They really missed Sexton in this game..his influence and skill could have dragged leinster back into the match..instead they looked gittery all game, dropping passes and making the wrong decisions..Reddan was really poor and it would seem it was a huge mistake to leave Cronin on the subs bench..

Considering how easily Toulon won, without ever really showing anything more than cruise control for most of the game, I would have to say they should be favorites to lift the cup..Munster's only chance is if they can do again what they did to Toulouse but away from home against that monster Toulon outfit, it will be a much much harder task..

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Heineken Cup 2014 Quarter Final Highlights

Absolutely awful decision for the red card in the Ulster match.. Can clearly see the man's eyes on the ball up until the very last second, at which point there was no chance of being able to pull out..Just because he did not jump for the ball, does that then mean its is automatically a foul, even though he clearly was eyes all for the ball with his hands cupped to catch it,(up until the last half second before contact at which point there was no chance of avoiding it)...

Awful decision which ultimately probably cost ulster the chance of winning the match..

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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