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Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

Yeh, the US commentary leaves a bit to be desired... The look on his face is hardly going to be written all over his arse now is it?!

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

Revoke that mans front row licence immediately until he proves he can eat enough pies to bounce off any pesky 1/2's

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

I like every comment above mine, I think they all sum it up well.

What a hugely missed opportunity for a tv station, although, tbh it's nice not hearing the usual draining commentary by the usual suspects.

Thought the conversions/penalty kicks were brilliant! I enjoyed the penalty tap. The whole game looked brilliant. Credit to Leicester for the footage.

I'm losing my connection with the 'modern game'. I'm still in my mid(ish) 20's so I'm not particularly old, but I find this sort of stuff really highlights how 'commercial' the game has become. It's not surprising and I totally understand it, but when it comes to the world cup.. I think I'd rather watch the baabaa's playing around like this.

It's difficult, everyone wants to take their rugby seriously, but watching this makes you want to just go have a laugh.... perhaps we're unfortunate that at amateur level you need to be serious, because if you don't then you'll find you're not skilled enough or in tune enough with team mates to pull off anything useful..

I have a feeling I'm going to break some glass inside somewhere soon by showing off my baabaa skills....

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

The second you pull on a pair of boots with studs you know there is a risk you could cause someone serious damage... There is a chance 2 people could have the entire weight of 26 people on top of them causing serious injury or death...

..This is the game of rugby, if you don't accept the fact you could be seriously injured through legitimate non malicious play, then you shouldn't step onto the pitch. I'd imagine Olding doesn't hold any grudges, so neither should we...

3 Weeks, 18 Hours ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

To someone more in the know:

On this occasion the lineout was not straight. Cummins knocked the ball on as well...

My interpretation would be to go back for the unstraight lineout, no? Instead the referee seemed to signal the knock on as the reason for blowing up. I know the lineout was towards the opposition but last time I checked it still counts as not straight (even though they had a better advantage...)

Reasons?

3 Weeks, 23 Hours ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

That was brilliant. I love the brief confusion you can see with the jumpers on the Aussie side... "wait wha-?"

I love this side of the BaaBaa's. The win for any player/team/game is important, but it's not the MOST important thing.

I suppose this is the rugby we sort of all probably grew up with in the playground/playing fields etc.. the weekends, afternoons, lunchtimes when you get a chance and your not stuck betweens strict guidelines of what a school boy lock does and does NOT do etc.. you clown around, you 'shovel sh*t' and you see what you can make from nothing. Invariably things go wrong, but when they go right it makes it worthwhile (perhaps not on a win/loss sheet, but in ourselves!).

I'd rather watch a team I love (and always want to win) playing the best clinical boring rugby and get destroyed by the Baabaa's having a d**k about.

For me the spirit of the game is what makes it great. I think it often gets lost and the ingrained regime takes over and game days you go out there and DO YOUR JOB, but I have found that sometimes amateur teams have a set routine and when that doesn't work on game day, there is no change.. some of my teams best results have been when we were forced to mix it up, create something new in the lineouts 10 seconds before we got set up. Some of the worst games we've played are where we continued to do what didn't work, throughout the entire game.

Another great 'game' was coming back from uni one holiday and training with the 2nd's in a 2nd's vs 1st game... where we were forced to be human targets for the 1st's... It was one of the best 'games' I've ever played, we tore the 'how to play' book up and just went all in and we came out on top in every situation. (Probably the closest I'll get to ever feeling like a Baa Baa player!)

3 Weeks, 23 Hours ago

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

It's not really a wanker move... Granted it's not text book, but I've created tries with my big boot by kicking through the opposition ruck. You're 'HeavyHooker'... you can't really tell me that every scrum you've gone into, and every lineout ball you've thrown has been perfect can you? This 'ruck' from Romain, could be chalked down as one of his less than perfect rucking techniques and from the bad technique he attempted to create something out of a near guaranteed lost ball... had he made contact with the ball and it gone skimming down the pitch he'd have been a master of a great bit of pressure... as it turns out he's the master of a headache...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

Players have been getting career ending injuries since the dawn of time...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

Very well written. I can't agree with you more about it. The only way rugby can be truly sanitized is to ban it altogether. This halfway, sort of clean sort of not thing is causing no end of problems. Players, fans and officials, have no real idea what's happening half the time or where they stand. The game is a fairly complicated one and not just for those with double figure IQ's, so these sorts of interferences are less appreciated than a bout of haemorrhoids.

Letter of the law, boot to the head generally = a red, but I'd be happy to see this one result in a yellow card, or a post game yellow (something on the players record so that future offences can be weighed up).

I think when you read about O'Connells effort and the rulings, it's quite shameful that it's not be copied across: "O'Connell has escaped sanction after the incident was viewed by citing commissioner Eddie Walsh to be careless and nothing more. It was decided that he was making a genuine attempt to kick the ball, and there was no deliberate intent."

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

European Rugby Champions Cup Tries of the Week - Round 2

Probably roight, easier to ignore copyright laws when you're more beneath the radar

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

 
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