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Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Naaaah. You got it wrong :-)
Red for Burleigh, yellow for Pape, that's fair imo.
Why? Because the intent is obvious in Burleigh's behavior while it's not (ahem) for Pape's.
(well, to me it is obvious that Pape dives, but nobody can prove that).
You just don't slap people in the face by mistake. That's for sure.
There is however a (veeery slight, OK!) possibility that Pape really was hurt...

If a kid dives on a Sunday morning, that's exactly when something should be done. So I hope you don't quit but find a way to deal with him. Maybe you can tell him " you're no better than Pape and Huget, you french!" :-)

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

I feel the same (french player are more often than others victims of negligent refereing) because I am - more or less - a french fan.
But then, speaking of Picamoles, i remember his first encounter with Farell (i think). It was hilarious but a plain obvious infringement by Picamoles.
All I am saying is, well, if you feel bitter because of alleged biased refering... you talk about it. You get over it. You play better.
You don't kill the game.
Never liked Pape. Never will. Straight yellow best way to deal with it.
Or we all could do something: a public, online, "hall of shame". And letters to World Rugby saying we are pissed by the soccerish play-acting, and that we expect more than officials statement and theoretical rules.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights from Week 4 of the November Tests

Well, they lost to Italy. Who then was defeated by Tonga...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Highlights from Week 4 of the November Tests

Agreed.
They lost to the Aussies but should have won (Noves finally said so himself and he's not a "howling with the wolves" kind of guy i think) and they get the best results VS the ABs (not considering chicago). A result that could have been even better with just a bit of luck.
Had they played VS the Boks, Wales, or the Pumas, they could be way higher in rankings now.
But maybe it's good that they lost. Their opponents of the six nations can still fool themselves into thinking they should'nt be affraid. I see them fifth in my personnal world rankings now. And not far away from the aussies or ireland. Let's hope they go on like that.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

By the way, I m still wondering... Spedding got out (bleeding). Lopez got in. Why not Dulin?
Any clue?

4 Months, 1 Day ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

Yup! Loosing ten points to the boot, that is so frustrating!

4 Months, 1 Day ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

I don't know if the try should be awarded or not. Obviously there's ground for discussion. Still it's weird that nobody seemed to have knowledge of that law. Ref, TMO, TV commentators... Looked fine for everyone.
And as stated, it's a remarkable effort anyway.
Indeed a thrilling game. At some point I thought the french would collapse and take 50 points. But it the end they desserve to win! Who would have tought, a couple of years ago, that their back line would shine VS Australia?!

4 Months, 1 Day ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

I m biased all the same, don't worry.
I think I was too focused on the french attack to really notice the samoan "toughness" :-)
Nothing really "soccer-like" from the french, but I was afraid that it would happen.

4 Months, 6 Days ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

The samoan are capable of worst :-)
Not sure the your second link = yellow. What would be the "legal" ground for a yellow?

And I hate to say that there was a bit of theatre by the french on some occasion. Not real faking as you can see in soccer, but, let s say, not trying to resist and falling a bit quickly. Which can be seen as clever VS Samoa but still, i dont like it.
If I remember correctly, it was vakatawa who kicked and chase once, the samoan defender goes shoulder to shoulder and vakatawa clearly didnt try to resist, but jumped like he was pushed with full force. Maybe it's not that obvious. But I 'd rather have him try to resist and outrun the defender. Surely he was capable to stay on his feet had he wanted to.

4 Months, 6 Days ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

Can't say if its due to the lack of rest but its bad news for sure. Wasnt it the first time they had more rest, for once?

Regarding the "vote" its hard to choose. The full running speed of the first australian try really impressed me a lot. Love the romanian kick. The flying japanese. And of course, the last one, from the ABs, is just perfect.

4 Months, 1 Week ago