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Hurricanes vs Highlanders Super Rugby 2015 Final preview

There seem to be a lot of forward passes that don't get blown by the ref in Super Rugby. That said, wingers appear to be getting ahead of their outside center and receiving the ball behind them. Is that deliberate? Take Nonu's pass to Savea, for example.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Hartley is a liability with no self control and a terrible example to kids and newcomers to the game. If I were Lancaster, I'd get rid of him now and replace him with a youngster (Cowan-Dickie?) who would be willing to play second fiddle to Tom Youngs without jeopardizing entire results due to such idiotic, violent outbursts.

Rugby is a tough enough game without morons like Hartley. He's missed the entire point of what it means to be hard as nails. He should go and play in the French Pro D2, they love a bit of that down there.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Toulon DVD Trailers - En Route Vers Le Doublé

@Ed, given that half the team don't speak good enough French (hence the Franglais team talks by Wilkinson), I imagine they'll bring out a subtitled version if for no other reason than for the non-french speaking players to be able to understand the DVD.

9 Months, 6 Days ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

@ Stroudos "By the way, what is it with Fijians?"

It's the combination of environmental conditions (beach / sun) and a leadership that promotes rugby, from what I understand. That and obviously now the proud tradition of being the best players of the rugby ball in the world of rugby union.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Absolutely! That was the best part of the video... boxing is probably the only other sport where I've seen that kind of decency between on a very real level between two greats. Sometimes you see it at the Olympics and it happens every weekend in schools but in professional sport at this level of intensity, it's rare and it was the most amazing part of the whole thing for me; we'll see better from both the Frenchman and the Fijian in the next 12 months.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Knock on - check syntax
Laws - check sport
"... as soon as he kicked" - check Law 8 :

Law 8
...
8.1 ADVANTAGE IN PRACTICE
(a) The referee is sole judge of whether or not a team has gained an advantage. The referee has wide discretion when making decisions.
(b) Advantage can be either territorial or tactical.
(c) Territorial advantage means a gain in ground.
(d) Tactical advantage means freedom for the non-offending team to play the ball as they wish

The wide discretion of my decision is that judging by your command of the basic fundamentals of the game you're in no position to be adjudicating but I've already heard your opinion on the field and I respect it. Some people don't actually need to know what's going on in order to be useful; it's a game for all shapes and sizes, as they say.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Can't blame Fickou, I think that would have put anyone on their arse. Happened to O'Driscoll once that I remember (although he did it to a fair few defenders to be fair).

Massive knock-on with no advantage to Toulouse after Flood's poor clearance that gave Brive the ball back in space with little ground made. I think the ref missed the knock on as he's giving advantage for playing the man when Masilevu gets his hands on the ball. Shame for Toulouse who will remember this game and that decision at the end of the season, no doubt. As a rugby fan, avant tout, I'm glad the ref missed the knock-on as Masilevu is always a delight to watch. He uses his footwork as much in defense as he does in attack, often tricking bigger players into going into contact on his terms. That side-step and pace coupled with aggression and technique in defense make him one of the most dangerous wingers in France right now which is saying something.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

I had a Welsh coach playing for Cambridge RUFC from U7s till U11s who would referee our games against other clubs and frequently penalise us in matches (and never the opposition) for the offense of "Dull play!"

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

After an off-the-ball incident involving a flanker's elbow to the back of my head that the ref missed but acknowledged as having happened, the same flanker obstructed me as I was trying to follow the opposition scrum half around the ensuing scrum. Naturally, as scrum halves do, I gave the flanker a very hard open handed slap to the face and things generally descended into mayhem around the scrum for a while. Once the forwards had pulled themselves off each other the ref took me to one side, away from the mark and waved his finger in my face, frowning yet quietly saying to me "he's had it coming to him all game but I have to look like I'm giving you a bollocking so just bow your head and nod". I did just that while fighting off the urge to grin like a Cheshire cat. He reset the scrum and the game continued uneventfully.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

French referee horrifically breaks leg, collarbone, and sprains ankle

He's the rising star of French refereeing. Hope he gets well soon and continues to receive the support he needs to get back in the middle. French rugby need him almost as much as they need a reliable fly half at the moment.

2 Years, 5 Months ago