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Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

I quite like the additional scrum laws... I mean, soon enough they'll manage to get every single part of the scrum written down...

"Ensure that all scrum feeds are credible
FK if clearly not straight"

So is this a change? Were scrum feeds allowed to not be credible until these laws? Scrum feeds have been a joke for a long long time. Remember when hookers were guys like Keith Wood and not just a third prop?

The second set of changes (to aerial ball/contact), I'm too lazy to see what has actually been amended, but I hope these changes are used sensibly. Also I would like the referees to take into consideration mitigating factors... for instance recently Parisse was carded (I think) for an incident that wasn't that bad, but he was held back which was a contributing factor..

Anyway, we can only hope these are all positive steps.



1 Week, 4 Days ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Explain how Ardie managed to legally drive Naholo back so far with Naholos feet off the ground then stay on his feet while Naholo was prone, all without any help or interference from others....

You'll see the same tackle get a yellow in the world cup...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Explain how Ardie managed to legally drive Naholo back so far with Naholos feet off the ground then stay on his feet while Naholo was prone, all without any help or interference from others....

You'll see the same tackle get a yellow in the world cup...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Richie McCaw reveals his secrets in this excellent Breakdown Masterclass

Macaw: "Basically, I put on this black shirt and it makes me invisible to the referee for about the first 8-10 seconds of a breakdown, sometimes more, very occasionally it's less....it means I can do whatever I want..."

1 Week, 4 Days ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Watch closely at 00:15 when Ardie gets hold of him... He drives him back, at about 16secs, you can see Ardie has hold of legs and the player is now horizontal, keep going and Ardie is on his feet and the player is on the deck...

So he either drove him into the ground, or he dropped him, either one is an offence...

I don't like making this into a bigger deal, this was just a 'dump tackle in the past,, so I apologise for doing so, just seems like inconsistencies to me...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

I beg to differ, looks to me like Ardies right elbow is twisted outward, which is sort of an indication that he is driving him...

Of course I'm actually glad it wasn't pulled up, I would be interested to see other angles.. It just wouldn't surprise me if it was..

1 Week, 5 Days ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

I'm gonna be THAT guy, Ardies tackle looked dubious (in this day and age....)

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

Ah, sorry mate, I just clicked on the link and saw the title and incorrectly assumed it was wrong.

That is a great quote!

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

It was supposed to be a bit tongue in cheek as they were blatantly obvious. The thing is Stroudos, I think this tackle by SBW is blatantly obvious too...

I think you meant to post this video no? http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/09/2104/paul-williams-yellow-carded-for-huge-hit-on-theuns-kotze

The difference with SBW and the tackle in the above linked video is the point of initial contact. Paul Williams shoulder hits the very top of Kotze's torso (but still below the neck) and it appears Kotze's neck springs his face onto the top of Williams shoulder, however in SBW's tackle, SBWs shoulder is the first point of contact with Smith, it's right on Smiths face (or side of face/head)...

Again, honestly I'm not arguing the case that it should be a penalty/yellow/red/hanging offence, I just don't understand where this 'slip up' 'rise up' 'initially legal' twaddle is coming from when at 0:56 you can clearly see how 'bad' the tackle was...

Again, pause Paul Williams tackle at 1:08 where you can see he makes initial contact, and pause SBW tackle at 0:56... that's where you can see the big difference (however small it may be...)

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

Real bug bear... how in the hell can you use words like "slipped up a little high" if the initial point of contact was on the head?!?!?!

Don't get me wrong, it was probably accidental and a penalty is fine, but things like "slipped up", "Initially legal", etc etc are complete BS in this scenario....

Unless of course you and the rest think things like these are classed as 'slip ups' and 'initially legal'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ss29vABFGM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6S8mtSgxE



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2 Weeks, 2 Days ago