The Rugby vs Football conversation generally leads to some very excitable and heated debates. Whether that be in late night pubs, sports grounds, or even over your Sunday morning cornflakes. Arguments towards Rugby generally being of the ilk that it is a tougher game with more respectful fans. Whereas the Football cases tend to point towards the skills on display and the devotion of their supporters.
Jim Hamilton has highlighted one of those differences in a provocative tweet about a certain Cristiano Ronaldo:
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) April 10, 2022
Ofa Tu’ungafasi found himself with these horrific looking wounds in the 25-0 victory for the Auckland Blues over the Chiefs at the weekend. During the Super Rugby Pacific clash, the Tongan-born Tu’ungafasi landed on the studs of another player whilst cleaning out a ruck. This freak accident caused two large lacerations, one above his left eye and one higher up on his head, with a total of 17 stitches required in all.
There has been a mixed response to Hamilton’s tweet, with a fair amount of fans choosing a diplomatic standpoint:
“p***** me off how so many rugby fans think that we’re somehow superior because of the physicality. Then they wonder why the game struggles to grow and why the stadium experience in rugby isnt all that great.” – Rugbytalk4
“Not a bad point. I much prefer rugby, but the whole “football players are soft”, which they definitely are btw, is tiring. I don’t want head trauma for my son. This bravado is b******.” – turnthelightout
While others jumped on board with the point being made:
“Deadly game that foolsball … 😂” neilcowley5
“Air ambulance and 3 months intensive care required for Ronaldo…” – seancochrane3
With such effort being made to protect players nowadays from concussions and the after-effects, should players, supporters, and pundits alike still be promoting this ‘old school’ bravado? Let us know in the comments!