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New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

That's sort of my point... Punching isn't that heinous... So I'd propose a punch up equalling maybe a yellow at most for the instigator... If no card then a warning, but a yellow the second time, then a red.

I don't mind rucking, but stomping? I don't think so...

Fact is, the game can be brutal without it appealing to fat 45 year old props who drip sweat at merely the thought of sticking their unwashed fist into another blokes face for no reason other than to "impose" himself.. professional fighters can wonder off whilst the rest of us get on with the game. Afaik, punching and stamping have never been part of the game, unlike rucking....

By power plays, what are you referring to? Set moves? I guess a lot of people agree or disagree with both of us depending on what era you're from, but I personally felt the most enjoyable rugby was the 2003ish era before every team realised they should rely on a JW to slot the ball from 50m....

There was a professional element to the game, but still some champagne rugby, hits were tough, but fair, fights were around, but not dominant, cards were shown, but not every game.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot

illegal to kick it out of the hands of an opponent...

(question, does this apply during an attempt to score a try??)

But in this instance the ball was kicked and therefore in open play, if Maro wants to stick a boot on it then he is entitled to.... like I said, any policing of this will end up leading to chaos...

2 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Pre 2000...

Players should also be sent from the field due to constant disruption, hence 2 yellows..

I don't see the problem with that usage? Heinous crime? Is punching someone considered heinous? If no, then is punching someone on two separate occasions heinous?

I thought the game was pretty good the way it was, I'd say it's money that's turned it into a litigation fest rather than cards themselves...

2 Weeks, 12 Hours ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Do you even calendar?!?! 15 years.... Hate to break it to you, but time does fly.. it's 2017 now...

I disagree that cards should be scrapped seeing as the ability to eject a player from the game has been around since the 1800's iirc... Perhaps we are splitting hairs if we say that can be done without a card?! I also like the yellow 'cool down' card... I've been on the receiving end of a few of them and the majority were pretty deserved... Cynical play after warnings and the such - tbh, they probably saved me a bunch of black eyes!

But, a litigation game is something I totally agree on. Look at how are individual goal posts have moved as a result of the drivel that the citing mob has subjected us to. Someone gets punched and we talk about bans.... Years ago we'd talk about how satisfying it was to see the bloke get his arse handed to him after the punch...

We're all getting softer..

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - Referee accidentally trips flyhalf before kick at goal

Missed out on a Welsh player either swearing or gesturing a referee and getting carded for it though....

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

After just one season, the future of PRO Rugby in the USA is uncertain

Oh well US, count yourselves lucky perhaps... You will get to miss out on bullshit cards and bullshit bans for nothing activities...

Sad for rugby but like any business; that's right, "business", bad management will ruin it.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

$2.36 a kg I believe...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

I hate this sort of thing being punished however I think your statement is wrong.... I am under the impression that referees are not there to judge intent at all, that is decided by the citing/banning mob, referees are only there to uphold the law in what happens...

I know it's rarely that black and white on a rugby pitch, but that is what I was lead to believe...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

That was one of the ways I was thinking the laws could go... Only issue I see with the entire sport is that the more it is governed and policed, the more stupid the players become (or clever) and as such the more they need to be governed... Look at society as a whole. I watched a comedian online the other day (Steve Hughes), he talked about common sense and how it doesn't exist anymore. It is true...

Laws create loopholes which can be exploited because "well, the law book doesn't say I can't do that does it??" The spirit of the game will get lost because player become mindless law abiding players. Why has their been a new law for feigning injury? Because players are no longer able to get away with a yellow for belting the shit out of someone who was doing them wrong, so it's easier to go down like a sack of sounds and let the referee sort it.

Comments from a player (or ex player - not sure) regarding head contact equalling a card are that he doesn't think players will deliberately duck to get an opponent carded, but that if there is any head contact they might just stay down for an extra 5 seconds to highlight the incident...

The game is wrong...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

I made a comment around Christmas time regarding RD using the word 'reckless' in an article... I did state that RD probably used it as that was the common terminology being used around ANY unintentional incident. But it's definitely a word that I perceive to be used incorrectly - or it's been adopted to mean something different... Like I said previously, if a player sees the ball on the ground next to a bunch of heads and fly hacks at it and kicks someones face then there is argument for recklessness... "Come on man, surely you could see that your chances of kicking someone were higher than average"... however as you stated, two players competing for a ball is NOT reckless...

Further to your point just above, one could argue that in the essence of consistency where players are carded for recklessness then "self recklessness" could be considered... "ducking into a tackle"? Well, surely one could consider that a sudden ducking movement would not give the tackler enough time to react and therefore you're risking your own head - Sounds ridiculous but if you start red carding people for their own actions, they might start playing differently as well!

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago