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Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas

Well he's not a true Cudmore... Cudmore would have gotten up then tried to beat the shit out of anyone that was within 2 metres of him...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

His reaction is obviously born from frustration... But that still doesn't mean it's a wrong reaction. Frustration from being dominated is wrong, frustration from someone cheating in that manner is fair enough. 7 was off his feet and holding on...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

USA botch try as Luke Morgan makes big tackle over try line

Brilliant tackle!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Whilst you're right, why should Jannie have to even go looking for fingers to bend? Either he should be allowed to batter the player or the referee should penalise the player...

However just think if Jannie had bent a finger and broken it, wouldn't that look far more deliberate and damning when it's reviewed later?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Exactly, if you were to watch this game like a sponge and absorb all it has to offer, one thing you're bound to take away is holding on equals a potential red for the opposition player and NO punishment for yourself (bar perhaps a few lumps)..

It's pathetic!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

The problem is, those in charge don't know which way they're going with the game... on one hand they want a sanitised game, but on the other they're not willing to make sensible rulings.

I know in the past we've seen reds dished out for lashing out over holding on, Troncon, Grewcock, Johnson (I think it was a red for lashing out), however it's something that hasn't ever been well addressed. In days gone by you might have had a yellow for a punch provided it was a fair scuffle and it wasn't a bloody great KO haymaker...however these days it seems it's a clear red every time...which if that's the way they want to go, then I guess that's the way it is.. however you can't expect fairness if you are going to punish a reaction but not a cause..

As you said, if players were yellowed for holding on, we'd see more hands thrown into the air at every opportunity, which won't be attractive, but it would save your players from being sent off.. or alternatively they let players sort it out, in which case don't get upset when someone is laid out on live TV...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Josua Tuisova blasts David Smith into next week

Not a bad technique I suppose, especially if they're planning for and leaning into a big upper body smash...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Quite a satisfying combination of videos to watch in reverse actually.... Du Plessis getting sent off in a bullshit call, then Poite getting hit in the spuds as a result of that call...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

*and IF YOU look at the face

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

Not sure how they say EE started this... Obviously words were exchanged, but if you look at 4:03 you can see EE stand up and look at the face in the background as a fixed position, you can see EE doesn't move, Ioane steps into him - that to me is the first physical contact and the start of it...the push from EE should have been the end of it, Ioane pretty much throws a punch/grab at EE's chest... EE returns in kind with a flatty to the face...

NONE of the above should have resulted in a yellow and definitely not to EE.

Only person who should be carded should be dickhead SBW who is the 3rd man in joining with aggression...

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago