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Willie le Roux gets one week ban after another midair contest goes wrong

I agree with the general sentiments above. Players are now hurling themselves into the air without any regard for their own safety... we seen players throwing themselves into tackles and being criticised by commentators for their poor technique when it leads to a self injury, why do we simply commend someone for jumping so high and berate another player for being a split second slower on the jump and not getting the ball...

What also gets me is that this is a contact/collision sport, we all know "THOSE players"... Bakkies Botha, Cudmore, Burger, the French...;) etc etc, the players that really play on the line in terms of physical violence, but what we often end up with in these aerial battles is essentially, rugby saints, being red carded.. Those players that wouldn't say boo to a goose are ejected from the pitch because of a half second incident at the end of proper legal rugby that only someone deems is now 'reckless'...

Like it or hate it, I genuinely view that Stander tried to charge down the ball, he turned as he watched the ball sail past and to protect his good looks... he was red carded for what ended up as a nasty incident... but if he was honestly playing legal rugby then why should that have happened?

This incident here, Le Roux should have been red carded if we want consistency, but really, ignoring consistency (most referees do anyway), WHY should he be red carded?? He was contesting for a high ball and lost that contest?!? As a forward I contest lineout balls, win some, lose some, make contact with other players, I tumble, they tumble... it's just part of the game. Sure if a second row shoves another player in a lineout and he lands on his head, then punish him, sure if a player deliberately takes out an airborne foe with a tackle then punish, but don't punish an aerial contest.

...and whilst Katman said sarcastically ban jumping... I honestly believe that is the next step forward if this is such a risk to player safety.. Free catch ideas...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Racing beat Toulon with just 14 men to claim Top 14 title in Barcelona

I am a neutral and I'd agree with you, yellow at most.

I sort of feel KaiTeko might have a point.... the movements didn't look 100% natural to me... looked like he forced the landing..

...or alternatively, maybe he felt himself going and figured if he forces his body to turn more then he'll land on the flat of his back, rather than his head/neck..

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Craig Joubert breaks silence on THAT decision against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup

To add though, if he did need a wee then fair enough, but you'd imagine he'd in someways have returned, or quickly told a captain "Sorry lads, I'll be back, I'm bursting for a piss"

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Craig Joubert breaks silence on THAT decision against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup

That's exactly my thoughts, I don't think a lot of people give a hoot about the decision itself - I mean granted there are probably a lot of upset Scots, but I'm sure even the least rational Scotsman could accept that Joubert cannot use the TMO and that it wasn't possible for him to review the decision, quick bit of action etc etc. Joubert; as you said, can be forgiven for the decision - referees make numerous 'wrong' decisions during games and the reality is, that is the nature of the game that we love.

But as you said, him running off the pitch is actually what I remember the game for, not the decision itself...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Springboks clinch series victory with tense win over Ireland in deciding Test

He said in the name of player welfare they were the same.... I'd agree, both incidents were dealt with as a result of care of player safety. Knocks to heads are what is the main drive here. Neither incident was judged on its own merits and in the context of the game. They were only judged on the outcome. Neither contact should be particularly punishable in any contact sport.... so the fallacy of world rugby direction rules over common sense...

1 Month, 2 Days ago

England pushed all the way in thrilling Wallabies Test but take series 3-0

You've summed up your comment in a manner that says "I'll wait and see" but your comment itself is a little negative towards the England performance...

You state the AB's have tried and tested their quality against the likes of the boks + Wallabies etc... but the England indeed did beat the Wallabies... the wallabies were also those who came 2nd in the rwc 2015... the one England got knocked out in, in the pool stages...

So England having gone through the grandslam could indeed be criticised as is quite common due to peoples perception on the gap between NH and SH rugby, but they've then taken that form into the SH team and beaten the world cup runners up...

Of course world supremacy won't be declared until - a) they beat the AB's probably more than once and B) until they win the rwc... However, judgement on a teams quality and their standing in the world stage has to be made from year to year, otherwise we'd all pop and it'd be pointless to play any games in the world cup interim...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

France bounce back with convincing victory over Argentina in second Test

How typically French.... lose the first match by a fair few points then complete blitz the opposition by a load....

Consistently inconsistent is why we love French rugby!

1 Month, 3 Days ago

England pushed all the way in thrilling Wallabies Test but take series 3-0

Sorry, I missed the Eng v SA match...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

England pushed all the way in thrilling Wallabies Test but take series 3-0

Looking at the Autumn internationals and the teams England have to face, I'd say that they might be able to make it an undefeated year, although with all respects (and obviously big credit to their performances so far) I think that they've got a fairly gentle Autumn bar the match against Australia at the end...

If I've read correctly, they're facing Fiji and Argentina, two big teams in their own right, but England should be the favourites to beat them both. Australia will be the ones to beat (I believe), they will be hurting from this series and I'd imagine they'll get a heck of a lot of criticism at home for this performance, especially given the *ahem* prelude to the series about how poor England have been... which lets face it, if currently true, then it sort of suggests the Wallabies are utterly abysmal... So they will be fired up I'd imagine.

Well done to England, commiserations to Australia. It's very interesting to see what Eddie Jones has done to the team, especially considering the players are more or less the same ones that Lancaster had, Jones has just taken them that bit further.

Very much wonder how England will fair against the likes of NZ..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

New Zealand romp to victory against hapless Wales to take series clean sweep

I still think Gatland should be the head of the Lion's team, how many times has he lost to NZ now?? Law of averages, he's got to be due a win eventually.....

1 Month, 4 Days ago