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Closing montage from the last ever Heineken Cup PLUS tournament stats

Nerd points for 5Lock4ward.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

Kill all of the dogs. All of them. Kill them now.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Owen Williams banned for six weeks for making contact with Luther Burrell's eyes

It'll be interesting to see some better angles. 6 weeks seems extremely low for gouging, so I guess that they thought it was something else? It'll be interesting to see more.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

I've got £5 that says he's both.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Adriaan Strauss suspended for three weeks after tip tackle

Speedee, I competely agree with you. There is a theme on these boards that "the game is going soft" but if there is one unifying message from doctors and medics within the game, it is that the collisions are harder, players are bigger and faster, and the intensity is increased. We don't want to end up with an NFL-like game where the average playing career in certain positions is 4 years.

Rugby is still an intensely physical game; it is simply a matter of making sure that it remains a physical game without becoming ludicrously dangerous. Lift and tip tackles are too dangerous to be allowed to continue unchecked - the 'legs about the horizontal' rule is an easy to enforce way to try to bring this about.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

You've also got to credit Burden. The rest of the Toulon defensive line was back behind the last foot - he was the only man who was in the correct place. That shows intelligence as well as foot speed and brawn. A lovely bit of play.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 15

That was a sensational kick. That was more like me kicking my pants across the room, vaguely in the direction of the laundry basket...

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

Thank God that joke missed you! It whistled right past your head!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

"Sit down class. Stop talking at the back, DrG.

"Today's lesson is about how to avoid being punished when you have done something wrong.

"Point #1: Always apologise afterwards in a prompt and timely manner. This is evidence that you are very, very sorry for what you have done. It is good for getting a few weeks off a ban when you've punched someone in the face, stamped on their crotch, or molested their dog.

"Point #2: Never, ever use the 'C-word'. You did not 'cheat'. You made a 'mistake' in a 'moment of madness'. This means that you are not a cheat, you are simply a decent human being who is, at the end of the day, simply another victim of the all-penetrating darkness at the centre of the human condition.

"Point #3: Try not to look too smug when the powers-that-be decide you have learned your lesson and let you off with a warning."

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

You won't see a single post from me anywhere on this website condoning stamping. There is a big difference between understanding why someone stamps and condoning it.

Deysel did something wrong. Habana did something wrong. Deysel was punished. Habana was not. Deysel also did something which was once far more common and is becoming less so, Habana is doing something which was once very rare and is becoming slightly more common, therefore it is natural to get more worked up about it.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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