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Manu Tuilagi denies assault and says he was injured for RWC anyway

I have no opinion on whether Manu was guilty or not, but people do sometimes plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit. They do it when the police convince them they're going to get it worse if they don't fess up - this is often the case with confused young people or people with mental disabilities. Or they do it when their lawyers think they're going to lose the case and can get a better deal by plea-bargaining and admitting guilt to a crime they didn't commit.

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Ireland take narrow win over USA in front of record crowd in Houston

Let's be sure to call out both sides for challenging the ref. The video shows the Irish captain arguing the penalty called near their goalline.

The video doesn't include some of the things that created the American players' frustration, such as a player tackled in the air on a trestart with no penalty awarded (clearly a yellow-card offense) and Ireland twice kicking away the ball when penalties were awrded to USA to avoid the quick tap. That's why Clever suggested to the ref that the second time Ireland kicked the ball away it "deserves a warning." Pretty mild suggestion for something that should warrant a yellow card, especially when done repeatedly.

5 Years, 2 Months ago

Tom Varndell tip tackle on Horacio Agulla

very tough tackle for teh referee to adjudicate. The player certainly goes past horizontal and teh first point of contact is with the ground is the players shoulder, but just barely so. Ref's, being human and acting in real time without th ebenefit of replay, won't get it perfect every time. I think a penalty and yellow card is just about right in this situation. The Toby flood tackle below, where teh player landed on his head/neck/shoulder is a very different tackle and deserves a red and citing. even if Flood didn't intend the spear, he initiated the tackle that brought the plyer into the air and he is responsible for the tackled player's safety once he does so. It's not an easy game to play or referee, but if we don't put safety before fairness, we jeopardize the players' health in one of the most dangerous parts of our game.

5 Years, 7 Months ago