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Nick Cummins' amazing try saving tackle against the Crusaders

Sorry to be a spoil sport but 2 tackles made, 3 missed according to that last graphic? That doesn't sound very honey badger!

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

The Top 10 Tries in South African Rugby in 2013

That cheetahs try with the one handed pass was amazing

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

New Zealand tested by England but the World Champions remain unbeaten

Strange match in many ways, England had 62% of possession and made only 87 tackles versus 152 by NZ in the match. This probably reflects the dominance of the English pack, but England still don't really seem to know what to do with ball in hand.

NZ in attack were mighty, even with such little possession they made 5 clean breaks and got 3 tries, England had 0 breaks and got 1 somewhat fortunate try.

Part of this is I imagine is to do with the backline still seeming to be a work in progress but I'm not actually sure who England can bring in aside from Tuilagi that I can say would be able to bring the required creative flair without sacrificing some of the defensive solidity.


11 Months, 1 Week ago

Brian O'Driscoll's incredible skill at training - Lions RAW teaser

...I might not agree with what he said or think it's particularly relevant now but it is actually a well articulated post and your attempt to dismiss it as the "ramblings of a drunk Irish man" is pathetic. Stick to soccer.

1 Year, 1 Week ago

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France

Some quality tries there, although do wonder if having internationals after a long season for the NH sides is good for the players. But I guess same applies to the SH sides when they visit the NH too.

Also it looks like nonu is missing a whole eyebrow in that picture...

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Harlequins pip London Wasps after incredible comeback at Twickenham

I was there, was great! The wasps backrow were mighty, completely outplayed the quins and that messed up their attacking play. It also meant that they had lots of opportunities to counter and wade was no match for lowe (he is a centre after all). I think wasps did tire after the hour, and the match really changed when haskell and masi (he looks like a good transfer) had come off and quins brought in chisholm and guest.
You also saw both sides of the new video replay regulations. The good was when Varndells try just before half time was disallowed for the forward pass early in the passage of play and the bad when the video ref spent an absolute age looking to see if Evan's kick through for Brown's try was legit. Still it didn't spoil the match which was quality. The second match was a drab affair though, sarries thrashed the Irish who looked really poor. Hard to tell how good Sarries attack was with Ashton in the backline because the Irish weren't very good.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Hosea Gear bumps Keith Earls out the road on his way to the tryline

What an offload! Conrad Smith is just class, everyone goes on about depth in positions but he's the one that keeps that backline ticking over and you won't be finding a replacement for him any time soon. His decision making in defence and attack is so consistently good and I feel its a great shame he's so under appreciated.

Also I'm not a big fan of the forearm to bump people off, in fact I remember playing in a match when i was younger where the ref gave a straight red so I can't be the only one... Banahan did that against Kelly Brown a few years ago and that was fairly controversial with people asking how it's acceptable to hit out with the forearm just because you are holding the ball when it wouldn't be allowed from a tackler. I know in this video it isn't the same thing but I still think its ugly and dangerous.

As for Earls, its not his fault Kidney keeps moving him anywhere between 12 and 15 whenever he feels like it.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

Again like Robshaw and Warburton I think they are very different, Lydiate is deceptively good at the breakdown and he's actually quite mobile and I can't remember him missing a tackle. I think he offers a lot when things are tight and hes another player thats always doing the simple stuff well. He bossed the French in the 6N and they haven't got a half bad back row..

Ferris is definetely more dynamic and I think had the highest tackle count for the Irish but I still don't think we saw him in the kind of form he's been in in the past, he wasn't helped by some dodgy decisions and his teammates at the 6N and it meant we didn't actually see much of his attacking game which is beastly (Lions 09 comes to mind). Based on that I just see Lydiate as the favourite right now although my mind may change if the wales back row fail to contain the aussies in the two games.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

Interesting stats, what sort of fascinates me is how you never really notice Robshaw unless you properly watch him. I remember when he first hit the scene for Quins thinking he doesn't really do much but noticing just a general solidity to him. You sort of barely notice him but if you watch him he is always there doing the basics very well, all of the time.

Warburton is a very different type of player and captain, he just appears to be more explosive and noticeable (at least in the WC) but recently he seems to be shut down defensively when players start sniping and picking and driving around the fringes - kind of makes me wonder if teams have begun to figure him out? I think we need to see how the respective series progress - I can see SA improving massively now that they've been together and the same for Wales so I think we need to wait and see how it pans out.

Also I'd throw in a dark horse candidate for Lions captain, someone who I think has been one of the best rugby players over the last 18 or so months - Dan Lydiate, surely the favourite for the no 6 jersey?

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Celebrating Dan Carter's milestone of 100 Super Rugby games

I try and avoid these debates because it's a bit of a chicken or egg argument. But as good as DC is and even if I personally think he's probably the best 10, he's never really been at the top of his game in world cups and pulled out a stand out performance.

I know a lot of it is down to bad luck due to a variety of reasons like age, ref decisions and injuries but in WCs he just hasn't had a headline moment. Purely on that basis you can make a case for some of the fly halves of the past like Lynagh, larkham, andrew even lamaitre being at the top and I think thats one of the main arguments for JW; 2 world cup finals including an assist, a winning drop goal and 21 points.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

 
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