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Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

Wow, not really sure what I'm more impressed by, the fact that Messam was sent flying, the fact Messam stayed on his feet, the fact that Taniela did that to Messam, or the fact that it didn't really do much to Messam?!?!

It was like a massive event that was also a non event...

Sad to see the "headbutt" thing afterwards though, what a prat, was he sanctioned for it at all?

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

I was surprised Dan Coles wasn't penalised for kicking the ball away. We've seen yellows for that in the past. I guess there were no warnings...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

"World Rugby HQ is in Ireland, we speak Irish"

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

Bloody hell, what I meant was:
"What he did, doesn't excuse"

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

I know why you mentioned Coles Oliver, I was surprised he was penalised himself, however what he didn't does excuse what Lopez did because it was worse.... They're both bad....

If memory serves me, it was more a push to the side/front than back....But I could be wrong...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

I don't think it's just people new to rugby.... Andy Nicol was still talking about downward pressure in Lamerats try and he's been around longer than all of us....

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Tryfest in Rome as Ireland run riot against Italy

I agree and to be totally honest it was a fair challenge, on any player if you can get a good grip you have the potential to spin them onto their back and therefore get under them to stop grounding....

...Chances are on a behemoth like Stander it'd never work... But at the same time "when in Rome"...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

Just to answer a couple points, the push was for Lopez walking away with the ball, players shoving for this is quite common, but it was definitely unecessary.. as Ali Williams said, wouldn't have happened in the past, but in this day and age, keep your hands to yourself.

The kick in front of the posts, I think initially the commentary box suggested they heard the voice on the referees microphone - so assumed it was the referee, I think subsequently someone has suggested it was actually Nathan Hines? (Did he bring on the kicking tee?) Not really sure on the latest of this matter.

Naikitaci being taken out was indeed a very odd decision, personally I don't mind if that is the ruling from now on, but I dare say soon enough we'll see some poor French sod carded for it...

Lamerat try no try, I don't know, I have seen in the past referees give no try when the player is not in control of the ball.... It looked to me that that ball had fallen from Lamerats hand and his pinky finger was still touching it.... So 50-50.... Pinky in contact = try, ball fell from grip so not in control = no try...

I'd also like to highlight my previous comment of odd decisions regarding the head clash between a Scottish tackler and a French ball carrier.... Seems to me this could surely be ruled as not protecting the players head area?

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Tryfest in Rome as Ireland run riot against Italy

It wasn't that bad and back rows moaning about trivial crap isn't something I'm used to, but if you're happy with it then ok, just highlights the negative way the game is heading.

This used to be a game where blokes would outshine their opposition, not bitch to the referees to reduce the number of opposition to then make getting those points even easier.

Seems rugby is destined to adopt a football template and become a sport that relies on referees to penalise an opposition into a loss...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Elliot Daly late try secures England win after titanic battle with Wales

You sound like a right old git moaning about people's haircuts.... I'm not being funny, but you have seen Jack Nowell's and Joe Marlers haircuts haven't you? I have heard a peep about those?

1 Week, 6 Days ago