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Rob Vickers cited following yellow card punch on Joe Marler

Didn't sound like he swore to me. As someone accustomed to NZ/Aussie commentary, I was expecting some sort of lengthy expletive-laden tirade!

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Blues vs Crusaders Highlights - Super Rugby Round 1

There was a great charge down, regather and pass by one of the Otago front row in that game last night.

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Super Rugby 2012 Profiles - The New Zealand teams

Because the writer is from Auckland. Aucklanders are filled with bitterness at being part of Australia and take it out on the poor Hamiltonians just over the border.

6 Years, 4 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

I'm very surprised at the speed at which the Aussie pundit goes through that list. You can't see any of the penalties at first watch, most of the his criticisms are extremely subtle and require a second or third watch, and would ideally have a slow motion replay. Viewers basically have to take his comments on faith. That's terrible reporting.

When you do their work for yourself and rewatch the alleged incidents yourself, it's pretty clear that half of the things the Aussie guy points out are not penalties at all. Moreover, the inconsistencies were explained very poorly, half of them weren't inconsistent at all, and Joubert was pretty much unsighted for the two legitimate penalties in there.

I think they were smoking whatever Laurence Dellaglio was smoking when he "commentated" the game on ITV. That commentary team was right up there with the worst I've heard and these two pundits aren't much better. This just looks like the typical NH assumption of guilt as usual.

6 Years, 7 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Yeah, it's safer to let him go than to drive him, but it's still dangerous play that could have resulted in a serious injury.

To be honest though, Wales can't blame that for the loss. France responded to the card by playing like they were a man down too! Wales had plenty of chances and still should have won the game. Neither team deserved to win that. France better smarten up their play or they'll be demolished in the final.

6 Years, 8 Months ago

Quade Cooper - Public Enemy Number One in New Zealand

Well he takes the pressure off Genia to be the most annoying guy on the field, the usual halfback duty. In fact, I always forget he's a 1st five; reminds me of a dirty version of Gregan.

6 Years, 8 Months ago

Late Toulouse try against Agen leads to post match chaos


I wonder how much McCallister is one of those players like Donald who tears it up against lesser opposition, but can't bring it against serious opposition.

6 Years, 8 Months ago