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Brazil make history with stunning victory over the USA

Statistics can be so much fun.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Yellow Carded player winds up fans, soon becomes Red Carded player

Don't know if it was a second yellow or a straight red. But I have no problem with considering this an act contrary to good sportmanship.

One thing we can learn from wendyball is that it's just not smart to challenge a large, allready emotional crowd. I know rugby is a different sport with generally speaking a different kind of crowd. But I just would not like seeing this kind of behaviour creeping into our sport.

Besides, in South Africa there have been several incidents in which referees and supporters were assaulted after the game. So players winding up the public even more doesn't seem wise to me.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

So, after this ban I wonder: if I hand someone off in the face (to my knowledge that´s still within the laws of the game) am I looking at a possible 10 week ban for making contact with the eye-area? Because this verdict basicly says: no matter what your intentions were, if you end up with your hand in the face you're looking at a lengthy ban.

In my opinion there is or should be a difference in 'going for the eyes' and 'ending up near the eyes'. The first option shows intent to gouge (zero tolerance), the second one is just an unfortunate turn of events.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili shoves referee Wayne Barnes

Well, let's agree to disagree. Barnes did the complete opposite of Kolelishvili: stop play, stay calm, explain why he was going to do. He had every right to be furious but he stayed calm. In similar incidents no cards were issued either and in both cases players were punished accordingly afterwards. I beieve that message will trickle down to grassroot level too.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Josaia Raisuqe red carded and heavily banned for eye gouge in Stade Francais win

A 10 stone number 10 replying to a heavy hooker. Somehow I find that quite funny.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili shoves referee Wayne Barnes

Barnes handled that extremely well. Player should be banned though. Can't have that sort of crap in our game.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Danny Cipriani's stunning chip kick provides childhood friend Nev Edwards with a great Sale Sharks try

Well that's one cool story. Good on Nev for not giving up on his dreams and good on Cipriani for using this story to inspire himself and others by sharing it. Thanks guys!

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Tim Visser scores bizarre corner flag try in Harlequins' defeat

A bit of luck and some excellent reflexes.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Commentators unhappy after Billy Vunipola is sinbinned for 'shoulder charge'

Have to agree with you for 100%.

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Commentators unhappy after Billy Vunipola is sinbinned for 'shoulder charge'

Agree with TSNT: 6 swung out of the tackle. I guess Billy attempted to wrap 6 but did not succeed. So I don't agree with the Ref saying 'clearly not using his arms' or something along that line.

However...

The thing that really annoys the crap out of me is the complete lack of respect for the referee's decision by at least one of the commentators.

5 Months, 2 Days ago