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Eddie, I totally understand your comment, what I am saying is that Warburton went into that situation attempting to tackle the French player, Payne on the other hand was attempting to catch a high ball... I understand that you are not trying to compare them on the actions alone but on their categories - reckless - but I for one will agree that Warburtons tackle was most likely reckless (and not deliberate) but there is no way I can class Goode's effort as reckless...

Look at the actual scenario, you are punishing someone for their commitment to catching a ball.. This is not a case of a reckless early tackle or someone jumping at the last second to catch the ball so you end up tackling them in the air, which could be deemed reckless.

Like I said if you want to start punishing people for legal play and take the competitiveness out of the game then that is all on you. I look forward to the next bunch of videos/penalties in the future where high crossfield kicks are now going to become key tactics to earn penalties and red cards.

If you think I haven't made a case that the referee was wrong by stating that Payne ran face first into another player whilst trying to catch the ball, then I'd imagine there is little point in continuing this discussion.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Heineken Cup 2014 Quarter Final Highlights

@Facepalm, if I was in the referee's position I would hope that I'd get it up on the big screen have a look at it, see that it was clearly an accident and restart the game from where Goode fell.

I'm not going to write two full explanations as to why, but I'll write one lower down in reply to eddie et al.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

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Definitely not, Ashton knew how much of a prat the referee was and he was terrified of being shown a red card for a blatant tackle on a player in the air, (which would be totally consistent with an earlier ruling!)

1 Week, 2 Days ago

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Like I said below, I understand people can play the old "I was looking at the ball referee, honest.." card as they adjust their halo and angel wings, but you can't tell me that if you ever attempted to do that then you would run into the player face first.. he was more likely to do himself a world of injury before Goode..

1 Week, 2 Days ago

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Right here, right now, I'm saying it was not a red!

1 Week, 2 Days ago

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That red card for the Ulster player was the biggest crock of shit I have seen in an awful long time.

I'm not being funny right, but lets say you play the whole "I want to mess up Goode by pretending I'm going for the ball" card, the last thing you are going to do is run into him face first! Even the likes of Schalk Burger and Lewis Moody who probably played most of their games concussed would be bright enough to not do that if they intended to hurt someone.

All this has done has now reduce the competitiveness for the high ball.. leap in the air, if the other guy knocks you then he gets a red card... Simple. Surely the next step will be to card a player that also jumps to compete for the ball but DOESN'T catch it and instead knocks the OTHER jumping player.

Absolute sham, and Eddie this is completely incomparable to the Warburton incident, especially seeing as the referee is allowed to use the big screen to see what's going on. Warburton (I would argue shouldn't have got a red) was tackling an opponent, this player (Payne is it?) was running to catch a ball and hit Goode face first.. Hardly the act of someone who has maliciousness in their mind..

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Joe Marler questions referee Andrew Small's choice of footwear

Not a fan of long sleeves or cotton shirts. I always rolled up the sleeves on my school rugby shirts (less to grab hold of and I have gorilla arms so the sleeves are never long enough) and cotton soaks water like a sponge.

Cotton shorts are fine, I remember playing a game where one of our props was boasting about his new poly shorts which turned out to be the most pathetic thing to bind onto in the scrum, end up pulling them down most of the time (because they're so stretchy), so cottons great there.

As for boots, I think they honestly make fast people faster... I just need extra speed or extra weight and I'll don a pair of neon or pink boots :D

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Biggest Hitters in Super Rugby history

Great selections and great video as usual.

I would actually love some input from any professional rugby medical staff on players putting other players into the recovery position... I doubt we'd get anything from the comment section, but I honestly think it might be something that needs to be addressed to the rugby community. Obviously we have 2 outcomes, the guy lying flat on his back out cold ends up with his airway blocked when he is not in the recovery position, or the guy with a neck injury gets it made worse by being put into the recovery position...

2 Weeks, 14 Hours ago

Kiwi Dan Bowden's big driving tackle on James O'Connor

Awesome :D

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Joe Marler questions referee Andrew Small's choice of footwear

I'm not going to lie, if I was quick I'd wear neon yellow or pink boots... sadly as a second row/back row I'm not QUITE fast enough to pull them off...

Well, either that or I'll try and gain another 10kg's of pure muscle and then I can carry them off..

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

 
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