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Wales edge Scotland in tense Test at Murrayfield

Sorry that's not quite right. It's bastards and wankers.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

While I agree that he should feel guilty, as one professional to another, this is not sufficient punishment.

His reckless action (and I'm being thoroughly generous to the man there) brought about a serious injury. I personally believe he knew what he was doing and was trying to find a way to shift Heaslip off the ball. He knew he personally didn't have the strength or skill to do it legally, so attempted to weaken Heaslip's grip with a sly knee to the spine.

I also think that Gethin Jenkin's no arms shoulder charge to clear out a ruck should be met with a ban. We either encourage players to improve their skills to get these guys off the ball, or we condone thuggery. We are seeing a generation of players who are bigger, stronger and faster than ever. We are not always seeing an improvement in skills alongside it. We should be doing everything we can to encourage the development of skill, and banning players for this sort of idiotic move is a healthy step in the right direction.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

The clip I saw was pretty clear. It was the BBC feed. He didn't ground it immediately, but it was grounded in the ensuing grappling on the ground. No downward pressure is necessary (although I believe it was there), the attacking player just has to be in control of the ball when it contacts the ground.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

He's sorry! Halve the ban!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Go back to wine-making, philosophy, novel writing, cheese crafting, love-making and enjoyment of life.

Leave the bitching and moaning to us English speakers.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

I remember watching farmers chucking hay bales around when I was a boy. It's only now that I appreciate how powerful those guys must have been, and some of them must have been in their sixties.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

I've gone away to look up the laws to try to make sense of what happened.

Law 22.3:
(b) When an ATTACKING player who has possession of the ball grounds the ball in in-goal and simultaneously contacts the touch-in-goal line or the dead-ball-line (or anywhere beyond), a 22m drop-out is awarded to the defending team.

Law 22.9:
(a) A DEFENDING player who has part of one foot in in-goal is considered to have both feet in in-goal.

Vunipola was the attacking player and was not in touch. The defending player is considered in-goal because he had one foot on the pitch. Is my reading of the laws correct?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

The Vunipola try was indeed a try. The ball is grounded and he has an arm on it. Try.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

I know the arguments about not taking the seriousness of the injury into account, etc, as I've used them before, but I still want Pape to get a lengthy ban.

I am a little unimpressed that the referee bottled it. That should have been a red card, no arguing. They even TMOed it.

I didn't put Pape in my fantasy team because he's a liability, and once again he has proven me correct. What a complete dick.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

'Farmer tough', I like that. Will have to file that away. I have a friend who is a cattle farmer and he's the same.

Big fan of SOB, great player.

1 Month, 1 Week ago