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Seven week suspension for dangerous tip-tackle in U20 Six Nations

Moriarty is going to have no future in English rugby if he doesn't sort out his attitude and his temprament. 3 times I've seen him play and I've seen him get two reds and a yellow. The other red was playing against Leicester Academy last year when he ran up and punched someone in the spine. He needs a serious discipline check.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

but a "citation" by it's simplest definition is merely a summons. Whether or not it comess from the citing officer. The red card itself is an automatic citation - simple definition.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

How To Scrum - With England tighthead prop Dan Cole

Euann Murray wasn't available on a Sunday though

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

@allthetimeref (because it keeps coming up with a syntax error when I click reply)

If you cite someone you summon them to answer for their act. A red card results in an automatic citation, but that player is still cited. Just for your clarity

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

Simple rule - striking with the knee is a red card offence. If you're going to be that bloody stupid, don't do it at the head because it will always be considered worse.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

England beat the Barbarians in high scoring Twickenham romp

I'd argue to be honest that Youngs and Flood do a very good job of eluding defences. Drawing a man, or dummying was looking sublime last year and Ashton off the shoulder was awesome

1 Year, 10 Months ago

England beat the Barbarians in high scoring Twickenham romp

it was a step, but when attacking 3 on 1, you don't have to do much. The defender's watching for the pass left.

I'm just not convinced yet to be honest. The only good running I've seen him do is in massive open spaces and he has pace, but pace isn't enough in the 15 man game. I've heard people comparing him to Jason Robinson though and he's far from that.

My concern is, he threw the ball into someone's hands for Baa-baas' first try and he ran way out of the line as the last man on touch to nothing (not on this video). He didn't tackle, he just ran past the ball carriers. Defensively, I thought he had a shocker and his attacking was just okay., better than only having 14 men.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Manu Tuilagi tip-tackle citing dismissed ahead of South Africa tour

I've personally never heard one say anything about the horizontal, but for the same reason as commentators. It's a bit more convoluted to quote the law at someone so using a phrase like "taken through the horizontal and put down on his head" is easier I suppose. The "horizontal" element though is not part of the law. You can lift the player through the horizontal all you like as long as he's put down horizontally.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Manu Tuilagi tip-tackle citing dismissed ahead of South Africa tour

To suggest that the scrum is well policed is actually madness and it's a subject of constant debate. The majority of injuries at scrum time would come from collapsed scrums which happens far too much, sometimes deliberately, often from being poorly set, but that's a separate discussion. The difference is of course that a "tip tackle" is much easier to see and define with video evidence.

The end of the day though - a red card is an automatic ban, but anything deemed worthy of a red card is automatically looked into by a disciplinary panel. In much the same way, any incident that could have been red or yellow that comes under law 10.4 (dangerous play) can be subsequently looked at and an appropriate ban given. i.e. if Manu did tip tackle and was not punished, he can be in much the same way that gougers and punchers can be. Often it works out better for you if you're caught on the pitch.

There are limited numbers of injuries from spears because they're illegal and people try to avoid it. This is still a gentleman's sport and the point is that you're never trying to injure your opponent and to instill that, you are responsible for making a safe (as possible) tackle and putting the man down. There is a huge chance of being injured in a spear tackle though, same as I've seen many people injured when dragged down in the lineout

1 Year, 10 Months ago

England beat the Barbarians in high scoring Twickenham romp

I'm a little dubious about the big talk of Wade. He's looking a lot like a poor man's Tom Varndell (and that's saying something). His eventual try was a 5 m run-in, but for all the talk of his speed, he has nothing to go with it, no side step, no crash ball. In defence he looked more a liability than a use.

All in all though, (and considering that the Baa-Baas side is scratch and not always going to be huge), the game was in the spirit of a Baa-Baas game, aside from 2 early attempts at goal. There was free running and that will always result in conceding tries. It's a very different thing to real rugby though and that is a hard fought physical grind and it will be interesting to see how it goes. I liked Chris Ashton's first try - reminiscent of his work off Youngs and Flood where they draw the defenders and Ashton comes in off his wing. This has been absent as long as his international try-drought.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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