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Willie le Roux survives horror landing as Jason Emery sees red

Fixated on where the ball will be as he receives it, perhaps is a better way of looking at it, rather than staring up into the heavens...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Willie le Roux survives horror landing as Jason Emery sees red

To you all, Emery did jump. Flanker2712 spotted it. As said below, he just didn't jump as quick as Le Roux, nor as high... So simply two players competing for the ball, one with no chance, as the other already had the ball.

In actual fact IM, I'm not missing the point, a safe game is to only allow the defender to jump, not the attacker, that way there is no competition for high ball, unless it's not jumped for.

And Dan Carter, "If he collides with anyone else in the air in a genuine attempt to win the ball then that is unfortunate but legal" that is simply not the case - unfortunately I cannot state references, other than remembering some ridiculous cards being shown to players who were clearly competing for the ball. I believe these were in the 6N comp last year.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Willie le Roux survives horror landing as Jason Emery sees red

This looked 100% accidental, but it was a horrendous landing.

I have to say though, I disagree with all those who state Emery should have pulled out - here is why:

Emery was fixated on the ball, he'd have steamed onto that and taken it had Le Roux not been there. Then of course the argument, "you can't just fixate on the ball and charge"... why not? is that not what Le Roux did? Fixated on the ball and put himself into a vulnerable position as well as potentially putting himself in a position to cause serious injury to Emery, contact with Emery's head was seen.

Please note, I'm not stating I'm either for or against the red card, however the arguments put forward are flawed. Advantage in most parts of the game are given to the attacking team. Emery was on the attacking team, he was chasing a high ball, the defender put HIMSELF into a vulnerable position, yet there is zero recognition for this fact. I'd hate to see any injury as a result of this sort of thing, and I think it's important players learn to watch their surroundings, but to simply say Emery cannot do something like focus on the ball, is completely farcical when it's exactly what Le Roux did....

Here we go.... What IF... (rolls eyes) Emery jumped, made contact with Le Roux JUST as Le Roux caught the ball and they BOTH landed as Le Roux did.... Do we still focus on the fact that Le Roux came away with the ball therefore Emery should be carded and NOT Le Roux? I think there are far too many clear lines being drawn on an extremely grey area. Unless of course we hop into the realms of that free catch bollocks that was trialled....

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Fergus McFadden suspended for three weeks for this dangerous high tackle

No reduction... evidently McFadden doesn't have a twitter account...

I hope the referee, touch judges and also TMO all have to attend a conference and get a mark on their records as none of them appeared to spot an incident which has been viewed as ban worthy. This therefore means it must have been red card worthy and no one spotted it.. I'd imagine them being called to make a report on their actions in the game regarding this incident and attending an awareness course as well as having to sit some sort of small examination before being let loose on a rugby pitch again...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Silvère Tian banned for MORE THAN A YEAR after Referee abuse

Eddie....open creaks pandoras box.... why does it have to be French clubs....

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Silvère Tian banned for MORE THAN A YEAR after Referee abuse

I know what you're getting at, but I suppose its the same sort of rationale that a red card follows. Tian lost his head and got a red card - that gets the player out of the game, but it also punishes the entire team - why? They didn't do anything, it was an individual and an individuals actions and thoughts.... not the team, yet they were punished as well...

I guess as Eddie says, it's trying to lay down a blanket statement of "you are a club, you're all in it together"

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Silvère Tian banned for MORE THAN A YEAR after Referee abuse

Don't get me wrong, I'm with both yourself and Johnso below, it is simply that you can't help feel a tinge of sadness for this guys career, or ending of career... again, no one to blame but himself and I don't think I'd have it any other way, but it's just a bit crazy when you add it up to that was probably his last act.... not a great way to end... but tough luck when you act like a child...

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

I don't know Colombes, you tell me.... You talk as if RD posters - which are gathered on this site for the content - which more often than not, is video based, should be more aware of what happens outside of their country when there is evidently less footage or information out there.

Rugby is rather elitist I'm afraid, so generally when I talk about 'rugby' it's normally the british isles, France, hint of Italy, then SA, AUS, and NZ... again a hint of ARG and perhaps JAP... but more often than not it's generally to do with 6N + Rugby Championship. French D2 is very well filmed, lots of media, lots of fan base. It is not my fault, nor anyone elses fault, if less than favourable action is caught on camera more than not.

As stated before, 2 professional players coming from different backgrounds, one a spring bok, the other a canuck, and both state that they had interesting experiences and had to adapt quickly when joining French teams... Does that alone, not show that there is something slightly different? It's nothing to be ashamed of, and as I said below to Oliver, it was interesting to see a huge all in brawl, the it seemingly goes into nothing and perhaps the game is just continued....

I don't recall ever witnessing anything like the scraps I've seen online with French club teams in my own playing career. We've had dust ups, I've witnessed dust ups with other clubs, but nothing as all in as this sort of thing.

Perhaps I, like Matfield, like Cuddles, and many others have just been very lucky and played in sheltered pockets of safety within our respective countries. Maybe the more I branch out into the depths of my country the more violence I'll uncover.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Silvère Tian banned for MORE THAN A YEAR after Referee abuse

It's unfortunate that an individual has to become an example for everyone else. I think it's a fantastic example, however when it boils down to the reality of one players rugby career you can't help but feel a little sorry for the fact that he clearly lost his head. Sorrow doesn't however need to translate into leniency, but it is what it is, the end of his career - I'd guess... and it's not a pleasant way to end it...

..but again, no one else to blame but himself...

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

Interestingly oliver, how it was sort of over, did they get back on with the game? It's as if the passion boiled over, then after everyone sort of went "meh, zis is France... C'est la vie" and just went back to normal....

1 Week, 3 Days ago