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Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

Oh come on, you didn't remove my comment did you?!?

It was all in jest... I'm hoping RD hasn't gone peacekeeping mad and that it was some inner workings of the interweb that didn't post the comment...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Toulon play the France '98 FIFA WC squad in Half Football, Half Rugby charity game

I know it's probably a bit harsh, but it reminds me of that whole Jerry Collins playing for a small club side - If the late JC had turned the burners on, he could have probably racked up triple figure points for himself and who would have really thought high of him? Maybe this is an unfortunate incident to pick on as it may have been very one off... but I see Delon Armitage showing up a bunch of old footballers... I mean for starters the 98 wc squad can't be entirely fresh (I didn't read descriptions, so I don't know if there were young guys in there to bulk out numbers?!?), also he is a rugby player, he makes a living running hard... so to see him burst down the wing then trot around in the try area is kind of like, "Oh wow, well done Delon, you showed up a bunch of football OAP's at the game of rugby".... Going full circle back to JC, if he'd turned the burners on, it would have been a bit like "yeh well done mate, you're a pro player for the All Blacks... of course you're going to outclass us... now please **** off".. as it was, he was humble and played down his skills...

I dunno, probably is harsh on Delon, but you can't help it.. if Dylan Hartley was in this you'd be expecting him to bite, gouge, headbutt someone... (Zidane and Hartley head to head..headbutting?!?!)

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

Ok, so this is a lil shirt tug... when does a shirt tug become a big one? Are you allowed to react to a big tug? Are big tugs to be penalised?

Are small punches ok? Or small slaps? Or small brushes of hands on face? When do they become 'not allowed'?

Just wondering seeing as we're clearly drawing lines in the sand here about what is acceptable and what isn't..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

Did for me, very good!

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

But you said "Wallaby haters"... Dan maybe able to enlighten us better on the English side of things, but as far as I'm aware, the s denotes a plural, meaning more than one..

:D

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

....There is a bit of separation between the C and the H on my keyboard, and even on the phone there is a slight gap that is perhaps slightly too big to blame my fingers for..

Predictive?!?!? *clutching at straws..*

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7tRAquZNrA

That is the only thing that I'd say comes close and:
1) Look how ridiculous it is.
2) Look how long it took.
3) Take note that the referee didn't see it!!



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1 Month, 4 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

I agree with your comment, but Richie McCaw also has the added bonus of 14 other guys around him that know how to play rugby to a near 100% winning record. I'm not suggesting Australia don't have that talent, but they've not had anywhere near the success rate the All Blacks have had (maybe discipline is the reason..) however if McCaw doesn't react and it just slows down their ball, chances are they'll create something from nothing... If someone tugs on Parisse's shirt as he's running for a possible try with Italy, you can hardly blame him for turning round and smiting someone, as it'd probably be Italys only chance and something they wouldn't be able to fix in the next phase..

Basically the conclusion I'm drawing towards is the a-hole that is pulling the shirt should always be flagged up and punished.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Alesana Tuilagi crunches big winger in thrilling Samoa and Fiji draw

I thought the commentary was shite... but there we go..

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

Queue jokes about hoping Cooper gets a long ban to keep him out the world cup...

Jokes aside though, I'd hate to see him not play, as it'd signal a lesser wallaby side and although we all want to win, I'd rather see my bunch play against a worthwhile Aussie side (and other nations). So onto the situation, I'm sick to death of seeing players being held onto and held back around the pitch... It's not a big deal in reality but it's cynical play and depending on the player it can equal an unpleasant scene... I think more needs to be done towards this and until referees penalise these things or are notified then these reactions will continue..

The Argie player was certainly after an Oscar or a football signing with his reaction... I better open or closed fist it hurt, but you don't roll around like that!

I'd say kick the Argie in the area and just tell Hooper off...

....you don't ban cars and trucks just because some w****r decides to end it all by stepping in front of one..

1 Month, 5 Days ago