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Keith Earls furious after red card for tip-tackle in Munster win

I can see what Earls meant too. The hooker's upper body did seem to twist towards the ground, which led to it being a red. Given how marginal it was, it made the difference between a yellow and a red.

Having said that, what the hell was Earls doing lifting his leg that high anyway? You leave yourself so exposed to being carded. Why not just get a leg off the ground (as he did) and driving backwards?

Red deserved, because I think consistency is important. Sadly there does seem to be a trend of tackled players making the most out of these exchanges, and I don't like it.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

Allowing him to take the attempt again was good enough.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Brilliant flick infield by Adam Knight saves Otago try

This kinda stuff is commonplace in the NRL. Honestly, we rarely see wingers in union pulling off the kind of acrobatics you see there. If you don't already follow the NRL on Facebook, it's absolutely, definitely, most positively worth a follow.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

I apologise for the obvious gender bias in my comment. I should have written young men and women.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

You've got to believe that he will leave a massive legacy. It's hard to imagine that there aren't young men who watch him refereeing and think that they fancy a bit of that. There must be loads of guys who realise that they're not going to make it as a pro, but want to be involved, and the respect he is obviously held in (and other referees) means that his career seems like one they'd like to be part of.

Contrast that with the state of football. I don't know how they get those guys to take up refereeing, but they deserve a medal.

We must continue to treasure our culture of respect for the officials, and we must continue to celebrate excellent refereeing every time we see it. We do it for the sake of our sport.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

God, but I bloody love Nigel Owens. He's a proper stalwart of the game.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby community in shock following sudden death of Munster legend Anthony Foley

RIP.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Matt Toomua escapes red card decision after dumping Finn Russell

Guexit...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Matt Toomua escapes red card decision after dumping Finn Russell

The citing committee found that during the action of Toomua's tackle, his hands automatically reached for his mobile phone and he apologised on Twitter. Therefore technically, under Law 45a subsection 12, he will immediately receive a ban of -1 game.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Maro Itoje performs some sort of wizardry to steal ball

*stands and applauds*

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago