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Owen Williams banned for six weeks for making contact with Luther Burrell's eyes

So on the O'Donoghue incident there's clear proof of his intentions (what should really count. If I intend to shoot a person, the fact that I missed doesnt make it all alright, just makes me a pathetic failure), and yet he goes unpunished because "the victim lacked reaction to the gouging, indicating that it didn't occur" (btw, still think this is the biggest fallacy ever, as everyone reacts differently, even when they sit still). Yet on this instance, where people can't actually see anything other than williams in the vicinity of burrel, he gets a 6 games, making him miss the June internationals? How am I to take the IRB disciplinary council seriously? You want to ban williams, go for it, he did plead guilty after all, but dont make a mockery out of the process for letting o'donoghue go unpunished

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Brian O'Driscoll's pass through the legs sets up Luke Fitzgerald try

How can a man be 235342 years old and still be that good a player? I guess class really is permanent!

1 Year, 1 Week ago

DTH van der Merwe goes headfirst into the post

I like how you're thinking, even though I don't agree. I allways like to see the lower tiers evolve (hell, Im from a lower tier nation!), but I can't see you go through france and ireland. Itally is going to be a really tough job too, as they are allways good in the set pieces, very physical and passionate on defence. On top of that you risk having Georgia as Europe 2, which means you can risk the bottom place. I hope not, but it will be a really competitive group with a really tight battle between Canada, Italy and Europe 2 (either Russia or Georgia, me thinks. My proud Portugal is only in the running for the playoffspot, which we will discuss between uruguay, us and spain, as allways)

1 Year, 1 Month ago

DTH van der Merwe goes headfirst into the post

Hah, love those expressions! The don't argue, the glasgow kiss, the samoan sidestep... Stuff of legend!

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Kane Barrett gets straight red card but cited for separate stamp

Over-reffing? Maybe. Some may argue that even without intent any stud to face contact (he wasn't even looking, it can't be intentional, but he barelly missed the bloke's eye, he could have been blinded) can warrant a red card. Others may argue that without intent it's a yellow.

What seems strange to me is that in just 2 minutes, the man had two separate incidents where he tramples someone, stepping in the head/face area (tameifuna was grasping his face, the camera doesn't show much). Naughty, naughty!!

Even without intent that's reckless, and every player has the duty of ensuring a legal and safe contest at ruck time

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Tongan Eddie Aholelei punches Jebb Sinclair after fight with Canada

One hundred percent behin what youj are saying, full back. The Pacific teams get singled out at times for a reason. You pull stuff like this once or twice and from that point on everyone expects you too. It may not be fair to the good guys in the pacific sides (not everyone is like that), but it is understandable, and they do have resposability as a team and as sportsmen to erradicate that sort of play. Samoa is the best example of trying to correct it. The pacific islanders certainly have the phisical potential, but often lack the discipline, fundamental skills and structural play to make a bid for bigger scalps. This samoan side has surprised many for it's big, effective and LEGAL defense (they won vs Australia because of it), understanding of the breakdown and even the much improved quality of their set-piece. Can you say that Samoa lost phisicality when compared to Tonga? No, just ask Scotland. But they certainly are less penalized, play a more steady, flowing game with an established game plan. It's all about the mentality

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Castres upset Toulon with first French Top 14 title victory in 20 years

Is it me or kockotts try should be a penalty to toulon for obstruction from the castres n6 holding a defender (bakkies) who wasn't part of the ruck and preventing him to atempt a tackle on kockott? Also, at 77:12, when wilko gets tackled, the castres n4 dives on the ball, preventing it to be placed back and ultimatelly causing the turnover and shuting down the attack, surelly that is a penalty? Poor refereeing, seing that on the first situation the ref was looking directly at it from 3 meters back and on the turnover he was even closer. Before you call me a sore loser, I'm portuguese and I wanted clermont to come on top this year.

Allways good to see a smaller club fight back and take some silverware, though

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The Top Five 'Don't Argues' of All Time

As much as rate the victim, what about Lauaki's Palm of The Ages on McCaw? If that isn't a "sit down and don't argue", I don't know what is!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Sione Lauaki superman handoff on Adi Jacobs in 2005

As much as rate the victim, what about Lauaki's Palm of The Ages on McCaw? If that isn't a "sit down and don't argue", I don't know what is!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Seven week suspension for dangerous tip-tackle in U20 Six Nations

Im sorry, I know this is a serious matter, but how come nobody has picked up that the guy's name is freaking MORIARTY? I had to pause the video, back it up to listen again, have a little chuckle and carry on.

Also don't understand how can this tackle be deemed mid range severity. Even if the player wasn't seriously injured (which is really lucky, considering his "landing"), I can't really see how a tackle can be worse. For that to be worse he would have to have hit him with a baseball bat! That was reckless and it is difficult to believe he didn't realise that it was going to end badly when he started that fireman grab and dunk of a tackle. And for crying out loud, a guy risks ending another players career and possibly paralizing him and then they reduce his already ridiculous ban because he said he was sorry and sent out a tweet? Well, that just makes everytinh ok, then! No sort of consistency in citing comitees, as per usual

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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