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Looking back at a classic Steve Walsh moment as he announces retirement

Guessing I'm the odd one out here, but I actually never minded Steve Walsh, I thought the bloke allowed some great running rugby. I know laws are laws, but I always felt Walsh sort of allowed the game to play itself, without too much intervention, he talked a lot, but he talked to both teams.

Some say he was bad, or made bad calls... If that is true, I can only see at least he was consistent at it and both teams got the same treatment...rather than it all being one team.

I've come across numerous referees in my time playing, some of them will blow for everything; leaving a hand resting on the ball when I laid it back to sort of stable it after getting tackled and being blown up for not releasing the ball was a wonderful penalty against me once... especially when apparently the opposition wasn't even competing.. Then you have other referees that will talk and warn players who are infringing and give them a moment to redress their errors rather than blowing the whistle every time.. obviously repetitions are dealt with differently, but those were the better referees in my opinion..

13 Hours, 10 Minutes ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

This was written a little while ago, so I'm not sure if you'll read my reply.

You mentioned 'key players were missing' - I don't follow an awful lot of French rugby, but were the players missing or have the been omitted? i.e. dropped by PSA? Seems to me the guy has had a sheer dislike of Trinh Duc for a while. I think France needs the likes of these players, I'm just wondering if it will ever have them due to PSA?

13 Hours, 27 Minutes ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

I was a bit of a neutral in the match, I wanted to see the French play in their old style; flair, excitement, which I believe they made a decent attempt at doing. I'd have given the French winger try, I think the ball was on the ground before the foot was out, but I'd sort of question the grounding... then again, if his finger tips were on the ball, it's still a try!

I still cannot believe he went that close to the whole thing though!

13 Hours, 33 Minutes ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

By comparison, French rugby is now like tiddlywinks, I'm amazed at the lack of fists flying, it seems Georgia has taken on that style. French rugby some how cleaned up overnight.

I also thought that was interesting with the last 2 comparisons and the English one throwing up more hits, however there were a few league ones and for some reason the Aussie getting pummelled by the French was included...no idea why..

13 Hours, 41 Minutes ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

I wouldn't worry about criticising his technique, I will wholeheartedly admit that 1/2p could probably play back row better than I ever can/could (and bear in mind he's a 15).. but the last paragraph by RD sums it up pretty well. 1/2p is 26, I'd rather not hear about him retiring from injury ever, but especially not this year or near future.

13 Hours, 51 Minutes ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

Jumping is indeed illegal, it looks like a jump, but I'd like to see some other angles.

I think if 1/2p had sort of grabbed hold of his leg around arse level and slid down he'd have brought the big guy down - not instantly, but in time...

13 Hours, 55 Minutes ago

Julian Savea continues to draw comparisons to the great Jonah Lomu

I think people might be selling Lomu short a little bit in the above comments. Lomu developed to be the player he was because of 2 reasons:
1. His natural ability and size.
2. The players he was playing against.

Savea has the same 2 'things'...

Nothing can be guaranteed, but I think had Lomu and Savea arrived on the scene at the same time, either now, or in the past, I think they'd both evolve their style and game to compete against the athletes in front of them.

You're not likely to develop laser guided missile skills if you're playing against wooden sticks...

So who would I like on my team? Both... Lomu 11, Savea 14 :)

1 Day, 6 Hours ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

I think criticising his technique is fair enough as it is clearly not a one off. I personally defended his awful technique against Burrell in the linked video as I felt that he put his body in the way to force Burrell round the outside; and subsequently into touch.

I can see what marty is getting at, but I think in this situation there was no specific line that the Italian had to be tackle short of, or forced out of, so the key here would probably be trying to grab hold of the guys ankles and watch him fall like a log... (he says to the professional rugby player..)

I think Marty, there is a line between just simply tackling a player and putting in a big hit, and personally I feel that line is a long way away if it involves sticking your head on the wrong side. I think if you need to put your head in front of the player then you need to make sure you're smashing them towards 'their corner flag'... whereas 1/2p was only going to ever be pushing him towards the touch line direction... in which case he's already in the wrong position to put in a 'big hit'...

...also to be fair, that Italian is pretty bloody big!

1 Day, 6 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Exactly my point for why 'intimidation' is part of the game..

If your team has a JW, then I want him to be receiving the ball from 20-30m behind the ruck, because my team has a Lawes that will get him in an instant....

I am a forward and I love putting pressure on the fly half, when do club teams every practice changing their plan entirely because the fly half is under huge pressure??? If I can force the fly half to pass earlier, stand deeper etc then as far as I'm concerned I have an additional tick in the 'defensive duties' box..

2 Days, 10 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

The point is Colombes, is that there are players that have been putting in monster hits for years and the majority's don't even give it a second thought....

The moment a monster tackle is done in 2015 everyone goes mental.

The is no clear connection between French league brawls and this, other than fans of the game who have seen both... I don't know where all the French rugby fans that used to watch the 'brawls'.. I'm amazed at the huge difference between the brawls and this (which was deemed legal) and how such a fuss is being made... Or does a lot of the unhappiness stem from ill treatment of French players in the 'courts'?

If it is due to unfair punishments to French players, then I beg that you stop and re look at incidents and judge them on what they are. If French players are being mis-punished, then THAT needs to be addressed. After seeing Du-Plessis get a 4 week ban for his kick I am inclined to agree French players are mistreated, however I do not believe this has cause to add additional punishment elsewhere when clearly this was 'not that big a deal'...

2 Days, 10 Hours ago