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Yoann Huget gets official warning for faking injury against Bath

Really?

15 Hours, 49 Minutes ago

A look at the Top International Try Scorers of 2014

...Like I said, I'm sure it's a secondary school magazine project that the IRB grabbed hold of...

3 Days, 16 Hours ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

Actually a very good point.

3 Days, 16 Hours ago

Yoann Huget gets official warning for faking injury against Bath

I think whatever punishment would be placed on the ''offender' i.e. the person who supposedly struck the opponent, should be placed on the 'victim'; in this case Huget.

So in this incident, one would assume the facepush etc (if it was genuine) would result in a yellow card... in my opinion, that should mean that Huget receives the yellow.

In the Tom James headbutt example posted above, where the so called offender Tom James receives a red card, I would reverse that and place the red card on the diving player.

Of course this is a very over blown punishment for the actual actions (diving to the ground) however, the players in both cases deliberately attempted (and in Tom James' case, succeeded!) in getting the other players into hot water and through 'false acts'... Don't get me wrong, if someone pokes your eyes go insane, but in these situations I think the ethos needs to be protected.

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Yoann Huget gets official warning for faking injury against Bath

To be fair, nothing was worse or as blatant as this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rJrZdhtJQ4

...I never get bored of sharing,...

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3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Jonathan Joseph brilliance sets up Francois Louw try for great Bath try

It makes very good sense, the only problem is, if you go into the game with 'defensive' backs, then you'll only ever have your forwards working their arses off to try and reclaim the ball after the said 'defensive backs' coughed it up (one way or another)...

...if of course you go into the game with attacking backs and your forwards are awful, then you'll have had a decent plan in place, but not been able to follow through...

I suppose its sort of a case of putting your best foot forward and going for the win. None of the 6N teams are unbeatable at this stage, of course if you were heading into a match against NZ, you'd have to think a bit more carefully.

4 Days, 20 Hours ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

To be fair though, I've heard about lots of teams 'self banning' players for certain things, even if it means they put themselves in a tough position, purely because they have their policies...

...I admire putting the ethos ahead of the game, however you have to go with what works...and frankly, Armitage comes across as a clean player/decent guy and someone who won't be a detriment to the team - unlike his brother (if they were so desperate to want to select him)

4 Days, 20 Hours ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

Probably leave France and go play for some weasel like Cockerill....

4 Days, 20 Hours ago

Jonathan Joseph brilliance sets up Francois Louw try for great Bath try

Not quite sure who to reply to here, but I'll pick Stroudos due to his last sentence regarding Tuilagi on the wing.

I think perhaps the common problem in rugby is that people see the likes of Julian Savea tearing through opposition and they automatically think "we need someone big"... don't get me wrong, teams need someone who is either big enough or skilled enough (or daft enough) to get in Saveas way, but there is no point in picking a human fridge who has as much manoeuvrability as the Titanic and plonking him in the midfield... which is the sticky mess I find many selectors jump into...

Julian Savea, Jonah Lomu etc, are unique (enough to be lumped into the same group...) - It's not often you get a big guy, who has pace and has some degree of skill... I'm fairly big (not as large as those two!), my pace is 'ok'.. I'm quick for a forward, but please don't ask me to play in the backs and my skillset is reserved more for the forwards - of course, all at an amateur level. So when you get Savea who is big enough to dwarf forwards, fast enough to blitz backs, and skillful enough to ruin anyones day, you need to either get your exact equivalent of him, or think outside the box on how you can produce your own game and hope it works...

5 Days, 22 Hours ago

Jarrad Hoeata banned for 6 weeks after red card high shot on Rob Kearney

I don't like to see the idiocy afters.... The bloke gave a high tackle and immediately looked to shelter/support Kearney and check he was ok, to go in and:

A) 'Attack' a bloke on the ground *full stop*
B) 'Attack' a bloke on the ground who isn't actually attacking your team mate.
C) Pull the guy off your team mate...but actually pull him ON to your team mate..

...is all a little bit moronic!

6 weeks may seem harsh, but actually as the commentators say, there was sort of never any other outcome from the very start... it didn't look like he was ever going anywhere but the head... Kearneys body position didn't appear to change i.e. he didn't duck, Hoeta wasn't wrong footed...it all looks very strange...

6 Days, 12 Hours ago

 
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