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Darren Cave picks up concussion after two big tackles vs Treviso

I completely agree that it's not dangerous, but do you remember Ferris' tackle last year against Wales was deemed dangerous by the citing commisioner?

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Darren Cave picks up concussion after two big tackles vs Treviso

While i agree that second tackle is completely legal and fine, I've seen far less get carded and cited etc..just goes to show the inconsistencies which are plaguing the game at the moment..

Not really sure about cave being BOD's successor..The centre partnership in a few years time will probable be Marshall and Earls or Marshall and McFadden..Although if Cave does keep putting in good performances then he will likely get his shot at the Irish set up(if Kidney is gone or gets a new attitude towards bringing guys into the squad)...The more competition we have the better...

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Scotland go back to back with tense victory over Ireland

Ireland simply not clinical enough..Just as in the England game, they butchered any good chances they created either through poor decision making or simple mistakes..

Marshall should be at inside centre for the remainder of the championship at least, whether Darcy is fit or not..Wouldn't mind seeing Jackson start the rest of the games if Sexton doesn't recover in time also..the game time would give him a chance to earn some valuable experience..if not him then madigan..ROG was an excellent outhalf but he doesn't seem up to it anymore and its time to give the younger guys some real game time to build towards the next world cup..

Great to see Scotland getting a good run of results at last, but unfortunately I dont think you can read too much into todays i thought with the England match it seemed that ireland lost the game rather than Scotland won it..I dont think I could pick any other top 10 nation in the world who could enjoy over 70% possession and lose the match...I would like to see some of the scottish boys go on the lions tour though..Jim hamilton and Hogg especially..

All in all, looking like another forgettable six nations for Ireland..I don't hold much hope for our next game against France..even with the French not playing up to their usual level I see their pack doing untold damage in the scrum and starving Ireland of possession..

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Sergio Parisse red carded and banned for insulting referee

If i got sent off wrongly I and any other normal human being would not take it lightly either..if he was sent off wrongly then he has justification for being annoyed..obviously if he did insult the referee then he deserved his card because that sort of ting has no place in rugby and should have no place in any other sport either...

people like to come on here and act like they would have just walked off quietly in the same situation, but I can't judge anybody for not giving out a bit if he was sent off wrongly...

5 Years, 4 Months ago

Alfie To'oala superman tackle and Ed Williamson flying clearout

Deserved a yellow for first hit, late with no attempt to wrap or use the arms...However there's no need for a citing or a ban imo..

Regarding the second incident I'm pretty sure there's a rule which means that as a ball carrier you're not allowed to jump into an oncoming tackler..but I dunno about jumping into rucks etc..

then again he made no use to bind and he made no attempt to stay on his feet so the penalty and probably more might have been deserved...

I really don't know the specifics of the rule book so correct me if I'm wrong...

5 Years, 4 Months ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

Knee to the head....Red card completely justified, even though it guaranteed Munster a place in the quarters ahead of Leinster :(...

Anybody claiming this is not a red card is an idiot plain and simple...he knees a defenseless man in the head..I'm all for fisticuffs and a few punches being merely a yellow at most, but you cant allow men to go around dropping knees in rucks...Sounds like people have sour grapes on here, and don't like the fact that Munster got through....

On a side note, I do believe they need to restructure the HC group stages...Maybe have less groups/less teams..At the moment only two second place teams make it through, meaning if you draw a group with some of the weaker teams you have a huge advantage of making it through to the knockout stages...

I know I'm probably biased here butlLook at the Leinster this year for an example..They put it right up to Clermont twice, most likely eventual champions, while missing 3 of their most dangerous players, yet they are demoted to the amlin cup while teams who got by mostly based on the strength of the group they were drawn proceed...Even if they were to have playoffs amongst all of the second placed teams to decide who joins the group winners in the quarters..

Here's hoping Ulster pull it off this year, but smart money on Toulon or Clermont..

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Munster's Ronan O'Gara facing ban for deliberate kick on Sean Cox

Not even on the same level as the Flannery kick, nor would I say it's worse than a straight up punch to the's more or less a trip and given is excellent disciplinary record, particularly in the HC (never cited before nor red carded) I don't think this warrants any sort of a ban at all...I would said yellow i it had of been spotted at the time...I would have also said yellow for the obstruction..I would have also said yellow for the blatant shoulder charge obstrution, but maybe a penalty here would have sufficed..

He has been cited though and it's almost certain that some sort of ban will be handed out..Hopefully the board sees sense and makes it a minimal one..

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Nick Evans and Jonathan Davies pick their British & Irish Lions starting XV

Ireland have arguably the best back row out of the Lions nations..Dont think Eng, Scot or Wales come close to having 3 players as good as Ferris, heaslip and O' Brien...Its only arguable because they have no top quality specialist 7...if fit and playing anywhere near the level he played over the last few seasons Ferris is a must start..Nobody comes close to his defensive skills and he is a powerhouse with ball in hand..

I'd probably put Faletau at 8, but wouldn't argue with Heaslip there..I think I read or heard in the build up the Clermont game that Heaslip has made 40 plus tackles in this years HC and has not missed 1 either..Pretty impressive and that's the sort of hidden work you need out of your back row...

Warburton at 7...Warburton is the best breakdown specialist and we're gonna need him to try and shut Pocock down...If not Warburton then O' Brien should get the nod..(wouldn't mind seeing him at 8 either)....Considering he's only back from a pretty bad injury he is playing great ruby and nearly always gaining yards and/or breaking tackles..

Of course this is all speculation that current form will continue up to he Lions tour and during the 6 nations in particular..

I'd definitely have Dan Cole at 3 with Best at 2...Not sure about 1 at the moment but Healy should definitely be mentioned along with Jenkins....Second Row is toss up because there's been no really stand out players this season yet..6 Nations form will decide it here...

Agree with Danny Care at 9 and Sexton at 10...For the 2 centre positiosn I believe it'll come down to the 4 of BOD, Roberts, Davies and Tuilagi...Sure Bod's not near what he was 4 years ago, but he's still one of the best in the game and even if he won't start he's a great leader with great experience and would be invaluable to have on the bench and in the locker room..

Bowes injured as of now so he could be a doubt..Agree with Kearny and North for final 2 back three.

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Heineken Cup 2012/2013 - Best tries from Round 4


5 Years, 6 Months ago

Heineken Cup Round 3 - Four of the bigger games

Only watched the Leinster Clermont match and it was indeed a very good encounter....Plenty of big hits, big scrums, nice offloads and broken tackles...Two main points from the game imo are, Rougerie (spelling) is a monster...He put in so many big hits, and at crucial times too...Secondly, once Leinster replaced Cronin with strauss I think they gave the ball away at lineout 3 or 4 times, often at crucial places on the field...cant do that against a side as good as Clermont and ultimately it made it much easier for Clermont to close out the game by playing it in Leinster's half...

5 Years, 6 Months ago