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Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

I know! Further evidence than a slap can result in a KO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88W8ab1ngwc

But still, in this case...dura lex sed lex.

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8 Months, 3 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Well I looked again and indeed we must be looking at differents clips :-)

- not a slap from Pape, he's just letting his hand wander around Burleigh's neck but without hitting him. It must be pretty annoying.

- definitely not an uppercut from Burleigh: it's somewhere between slapping and pushing imo.

It looked like Burleigh his genuinely surprised by Pape's reaction, which is grotesque. There is no possible reason for him to dive like that other than "lets make the ref give him a red".
I am having second thoughts. I said red was OK... well it's really not that obvious.
Final word: red with a heavy heart for Burleigh because the law is the law, happilly yellow Pape whatever the law is!

8 Months, 3 Days ago

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!" :-)

8 Months, 3 Days 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.

8 Months, 3 Days ago

Highlights from Week 4 of the November Tests

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

8 Months, 2 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.

8 Months, 2 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?

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

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

8 Months, 3 Weeks 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?!

8 Months, 3 Weeks 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.

9 Months, 5 Hours ago