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USA Eagle Samu Manoa's huge hit on Peter O'Mahony

Hit the All Midyear Tours Highlights link and you'll find highlights of Canada v Tonga

1 Year, 6 Months ago

USA Eagle Samu Manoa's huge hit on Peter O'Mahony

"Manu Samoa... Hello, Hello!!"

Genius.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

I'm not sure I get what point you are trying to make here. How on earth can there be 4 second row spots up for grabs?? Last I checked, a rugby team consists of 2 second rows, not 3 or 4!

Are you trying to say that Gray or Parling will make the bench and come on for POC after 60mins? If so, that is kind of irrelevant as we are talking about the STARTING Test XV. I'm not sure what POC's ability to go the full 80 has to do with anything.

Whether he lasts the full match or not, the fact remains he is one of perhaps only 4 players in the whole squad who is nailed on to start the first Test (Phillips, Sexton and Halfpenny being the others IMO).

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

I think Parling's main problem is one of numbers. If you assume that POC has one of the second row slots sewn up, that leaves four guys fighting it out for just one spot. I can't see him being able to do enough in 3/4 games to separate himself and stand out from the crowd, especially considering two of the other three locks are Welsh and Gatland naturally favours them.

POC and AWJ will be the Test locks IMO

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

Agree with Tc. Pace isn't everything. Vision, awareness, handling, tackling, ability to create/exploit space are all vital skills for a centre, and BOD is light years ahead of Davies in those departments.

Davies is quality, but a fully fit and on form BOD is different class.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

Not bad, but you have to fit SOB into that back row somehow! I'd have him ahead of Croft any day of the week. Also, I don't think Parling is anything more than 4th choice at the moment. Wyn Jones and Gray are both well ahead of him IMO

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Leinster give coach winning send off with RaboDirect PRO12 Final victory

Yep, definitely held up. Good call. You could also argue that the ref could have even penalized Diack for double movement. So, not a try on two counts!

1 Year, 6 Months ago

France and Ireland draw for second consecutive year

I may be in the minority here, but I actually thought this was a pretty decent game, given the conditions. It had a fraction of the mistakes and handling errors of the Ireland v England game in similar conditions, and it was certainly a damn sight better than the muck served up by Scotland, Wales and Mr. Joubert immediately before it!

Immense physicality, players hurling themselves into rucks, mauls and tackles with reckless abandon and with no regard for their own well being, bodies strewn all over the pitch, a sprinkling of controversy and drama, and the outcome of the game in the balance right up to the final whistle. What more could you ask for?

Finally, as it was probably his last home game for Ireland, a special mention to Brian O'Driscoll. No player has ever given more to the cause than he, and if this is to be his last game, then what a way to go. Seeing him being helped from the field battered, bloodied and concussed (accompanied by a standing ovation and the tears of his wife!), only to somehow find the will to limp back onto the field 5 minutes later to see out the match, was truly inspiring. Body broken, but Spirit unbowed. Legend

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Scotland go back to back with tense victory over Ireland

I never said line-outs weren't important, go back and read my post again. Of course they are important, but what I said was that they weren't ALL-important, i.e. that it is possible to win a match without them. A good line-out is rarely the deciding factor in a match.

To me, there are things that are of greater importance to a team eg. a quality goal-kicker. Do you really believe that Best missing a handful of throws had a bigger bearing on the result than Jackson missing all of his kicks or Earls not passing to a wide open BOD with the try line in sight?

"you might as well right off ANY penalties given to you that aren't kickable..." That is just straight up nonsense. There are a number of things you can do with a penalty, you don't HAVE to kick it to touch. You can opt for a scrum, you can tap and go, you can put up an up-and-under and let your big guys compete for it in the air etc. etc.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Scotland go back to back with tense victory over Ireland

Are you honestly suggesting that Best's throwing is the reason the team lost the last two games?! Seriously?!!

A good lineout is an asset, but it's not all-important. For me, there numerous other more important factors that cost Ireland the game yesterday. Lack of a front-line kicker in the team, an inability to convert clean line breaks into tries, horrible decision-making, ill-discipline, a retreating scrum, ROG's quite frankly ludicrous cross-field kick etc. etc. I would rank all of these issues and more as reasons for the defeat ahead of Best's throwing.

Sure, Best had a poor game, but in his (slight) defense he was up against two giant 2nd rows who both had excellent games. Also, some (not all) of the missed line-outs were down to bad calls and poor timing/lifting, which is not his fault.

Court has had a fine season for Ulster, but i agree he shouldn't have started ahead of Kilcoyne who had been 2nd in line behind Healy for the opening two matches. But then again, the scrums didn't exactly improve once Kilcoyne came on! Healy can't get back quickly enough.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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