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The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super Rugby 2014

He is not saying it would be illegal to rip the ball out, he means that if the ball was deliberately ripped out then there would be a case for saying the Blues player knocked it back, rather than the Lions player knocking it on. But because there is no clear ripping action, the onus is on the Lions player to maintain possession in the tackle.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super Rugby 2014

On the SuperXV.com site the full replay of the TMO process clearly shows the ball hitting the ground before the Lions' player's foot hits it, so the "he kicked it" option is not valid. Not that it ever was, in my opinion. It also shows the tackler's arm going across the front of the chest with no ripping action on the ball, and it is clearly not a high tackle. I agree with the SA commentators who are all dismayed by the decision .. and with SANZAR who now say this...
SANZAR Referees Boss Lyndon Bray: "Lions #13 is carrying the ball and about to attempt to score a try. Blues #11 effects a tackle and Lions #13 loses possession as a result. While the Blues player does jolt the ball out of his possession, he is not trying to deliberately 'rip the ball' out of the player's possession. The onus is on the ball carrier to maintain possession while being tackled. Therefore, this should have been ruled as a knock on and subsequently, no try."

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

I'm a 100% neutral, so I'm only going by what I can see in the vid. But it seems to me that SANZAR is wrong and the TMO was correct. The Sharks player reaches around the Bulls player and knocks the ball straight up in the air so that it comes down right above the next Bulls player in the lineout, who reaches up and taps it back to the halfback. As the TMO says, "no clear and obvious knock forward" and no interference. But I'm sure others may see it differently.

9 Months, 3 Days ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

Let me correct it for both of us, of course it's Read. I see that Heaslip (21) and O'Brien (19) topped the tackle count. I don't know Read's stat.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

I've followed the All Blacks all my life but this game made the ancestral Irish blood from both sides of my family stir in the veins. I was glad the ABs won but I could've handled this loss OK, if that's the way it had turned out. The best I've seen Ireland play and although they didn't score the points when it mattered, they somehow didn't deserve to come second either.
Looking at the last AB attack, it seems as if they put everything they had learned in the previous 80 minutes to full use. Smith had been clobbered behind the ruck a couple of times so he just grabbed the ball as soon as he arrived at the breakdown and went with his first decision. Nonu had dropped passes and fallen over, but he was not going to drop another ball, Cruden was not going to pop another kick over the top. The breakdown, as always, had been reffed unpredictably so they didn't risk anything and got out of the way asap. And with all that control they trusted their skills so that when the final break was needed, the riskier long pass came and it stuck, with the hooker, who drew the tackle and passed.. if he'd passed too soon Crotty was covered and would probably not have made it.
Also, Reid's lone chase down on the third Irish try resulted in a missed conversion from an angle. You just never know when that extra effort is going to pay off.
A great game.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Dimitri Yachvili stamp on Racing Metro's Henry Chavancy

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1 Year, 3 Days ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

I have never suggested that another teams' indiscretions should be copied just because they commit them. My general point is that all teams are indiscrete at times (and that's putting it mildly in some cases) but many people can only ever see one side's sins when they're playing certain teams. And it gets so ridiculous sometimes that even a mild-mannered student of the game like me feels like trying to restore some sort of balance.

Eggman said: "On rugbydump most people were fairly gracious in defeat and victory though ;)".
I said: "I agree with your comment about RD". So no problem there. But I do read a lot of other rugby sites and comments sections of newspaper reports. Allowing for a little exaggeration to make my point I stand by my impressions regarding the complaints about the refereeing, especially early in the tours.

As for this weekend.. no matter what the current form of the teams, or the venue, state of the comp. etc there aren't many rivalries that so consistently feel like 50/50 propositions as Bledisloe Cup matches when the teams run out. I pick NZ by a healthy margin but nothing would surprise me.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Best Tries of the Top 14 - 2011/2012 Season

Yep.. love this game!

2 Years, 3 Months ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

@Eggman
I was mainly referring to fans on rugby sites rather than management or columnists. In fact I think the press covered those tours pretty well in general. But the number of times I read during the Irish and Welsh series "we played better and should've won if the ref hadn't done this or had done that." or "Aust/NZ didn't deserve to win, the ref gave them the game" etc. Then you look at the stats and the winners had more possession, more territory, more turnovers, ran with the ball hundreds of metres more etc etc ... and I'm thinking it looks like the best side did win and would've been unlucky to lose.
I agree with your comment about RD, although I sometimes miss a bit of the whacky element of the old days I don't miss the racist and other stuff that used to slip through. It's a great site.

@Pretzel. I've got to smile a little when you talk about "the shadowy nature of NZ play" .. presumably this is compared to the glowing purity and virtue of the French forward pack, on that day or any other! :)

2 Years, 3 Months ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

I'm gonna move on Lb but first:
1) If you didn't get any of the whining about the reffing during the southern tours then we must be reading different sites and blogs.
2) As I've been saying, you only see one team pushing the limits of the law, I see all top teams doing it and if the loosies aren't going for every advantage they can get, I don't care what team they're on, then they're not doing their job.
3) Nobody "lives constantly offside", even in the 6N, so there's not much I can say about that.
4) Every single team uses dummy runners but you seem to be saying that NZ is somehow cheating... in fact I don't know what your saying. They were penalized for crossing once on Saturday but nobody including the Oz players (they would've appealed for sure), the commentators, the crowd, me, the guy I was watching it with or anybody else could figure out what it was for, except old Allain. I think he just got a bit confused. The only other thing you could possibly be referring to is during Cory Jane's try when Nonu took off in the completely opposite direction to the ball and a defender followed him and bumped into him. Neither player was anywhere near the ball and the defender wasn't within a bull's roar of being a potential tackler. Rolland got that right by ignoring it, so you see I don't think he was all bad.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

 
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