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Steven Shingler red carded for spear tackle against Cardiff Blues

I'd say it was pretty obvious he was talking Umaga/Mealamu, Lions/NZ '05

5 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Warburton's big tackle for Cardiff Blues against Racing Metro

Not the best pass considering the situation. Still, he didn't have to jump for the ball - it's not like he was contesting a kick - so was clearly fair game. In fact, watching the slomo, Arous wouldn't have got smashed hard had he kept his feet on the ground, Warburton doesn't have much forward momentum and it's Arous' jump into him that results in him getting minced.

5 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Delon Armitage suspended for five weeks for two incidents

Biggs is only a bit under 6 foot. No idea what the commentators are on about.

Besides, I don't wanna reignite a touchy subject, but "he's small/light" has never been a valid excuse for a dangerous tackle (Warburton/Clerc).

5 Years, 4 Weeks ago

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol

Heh, love the related videos underneath. Jamie Cudmore banned for punch.... Jamie Cudmore cited for stamp... Jamie Cudmore suspended for punch.... Jamie Cudmore suspended for fight....

It's good that he got his life on track after a wayward childhood n'all, but couldn't he just lose the unreasonably dirty play?

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Huge amateur hit from club rugby in Buenos Aires, Argentina

How about the Quad Nations?

Disappointing to see some members of the other team square up to the tackler. If it had been high, early, late, no arms etc, sure, but not when it's just a great, hard tackle.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

What's up, sour Welsh fan.

Actually, if Alain Rolland had reffed the scrums in the semi-final, rather than just letting the Welsh props take a dive every time they came under pressure, France would have walked all over the Welsh. If you're still bitter about what most rational, objective people now agree was a perfectly valid sending off, there's no hope for you.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - France to wear white as Craig Joubert gets final

Sour Welshmen haven't gotten over it yet. Cooper got dumped once. Great tackle, never beyond horizontal, came down on his side/arm, held onto by Kaino (I think) all the way down. The country of Wales seems to have collectively lost the ability to distinguish between a legal dump tackle and a spear or tip.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Rolland was within 5 metres with a clear view. After a 16-man lineout had just broken up, what makes you think the touch judges were in a better position to make the call?

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Nothing in the rulebook about malicious intent, and rightly so. It's a murky grey area open to interpretation. The rules are clear, Rolland made the right call. Pienaar and Dallaglio can bleat all they want, they're wrong.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Well said.

Here's a thought for you all: most of us will agree that Warburton is now one of the elite number 7s in the world. How often do you see McCaw, Dusautoir, Brussow, Pocock take players off their feet in the tackle? Pretty much never. This probably has something to do with the fact that doing so runs an inherent risk of something going wrong and the tackler paying the price. Better to put in hard conventional hits than run the risk of a red, like Warburton did here.

5 Years, 1 Month ago