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Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

I'm not sure if you are talking about all SH players or just Polynesians…

Athleticism is determined by genetics. There is no genetic difference between people in the northern hemisphere and people in the southern hemispheres so if you were speaking about players in general, well, what you said is not correct. If you are talking about Polynesians, well, firstly there are Polynesians in both hemispheres who may be good athletes, but they may not be the best rugby player. Not to mention there are a lot of non-polynesian players in the SH, especially in South Africa obviously. Either suggestion would still imply that the difference between the hemispheres is not athleticism.


I play have played for 3 different rugby clubs and have played many sports. The differences in attitudes between the clubs and people are massively different, even at that level so I'm not sure how you can generalise the attitudes of all nations, clubs, players and coaches from two different hemispheres and say there is only a difference between two hemispheres. Obviously that is not the case.

I wouldn't really consider much of what Martin Johnson says to be honest.




I think you are confusing athleticism for skill and a more open playing style and you are generalising quite a bit.

And I agree with Rich on the posh lad view being a bit outdated by the way. Not that that is even an issue as "posh" lads are not better genetically different from non-posh lads.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

There are less tries and less points scored.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

The skill level is for the most part higher in the SH but this isn't something that happens regularly in the SH. It is never as clean and fluid as this move was here. It's not very often that a move like that comes off so well and a ball carrying player is never touched by the defense.


And as for better athletes? I don't agree with that either. I just think SH players are trained to be more natural and fluid with the ball from a younger age e.g. handling, passing. It shows from 1 - 15 (e.g. props passing the ball on instead of killing play).

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Andy Goode red carded for high hit against former team Leicester Tigers

If a shoulder charge / elbow ever deserved a red, it was that one. Firstly, it was a shoulder charge. Quite a strong one. On that basis alone they are sometimes given a yellow. Secondly, he nailed Croft in the face / head. Thirdly, it looked like he tried to use his elbow (I think that on it's own is also a yellow card). And Croft didn't have the ball. It also looked entirely intentional by Goode...

It's pretty obvious that Goode was just trying to nail him. If you're going to blindside someone when they don't have the ball / have just lost it, you should at least make an actual tackle. I like Goode, but this was a stupid tackle and a straight red was fair. If the game hardened back up a bit and it wasn't a red, I'd also be happy with that too but it's kind of hard to argue that a red was unfair or not deserved.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Greg Martin rips into smart Tahs Tom Carter following dramatic Reds win

What an ass. Brilliant!

2 Years, 4 Months ago

All Blacks take down coptercam at training

Kind of tired of these videos. I'm sure most sports fans would rather see some genuine skill instead of camera tricks and video editing.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Matt Giteau steps up as Toulon score late try against Stade Francais

Yeah, that's true.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Matt Giteau steps up as Toulon score late try against Stade Francais

I wouldn't call that a strike to be honest.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Matt Giteau steps up as Toulon score late try against Stade Francais

If he had received a red for that "headbutt", then that would have been a joke.

Not a big fan of Botha to be honest. I can't remember him ever starting anything by simply squaring up to an opponent. If he ever has done that, it is certainly a rarity. He always seems to go for the cheap shot. Even here, when he ends up squaring off with Papé, he initiates the incident with a cheap tackle, on the floor, from behind. And even then it is Papé who starts the squaring off, not Botha. I'm really not a fan of the cheap, bitchy tactics that Botha uses in every fight he starts. Apparently he's a nice guy off the field, but on it, I can't think of any other word to describe him but pussy.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Matt Giteau steps up as Toulon score late try against Stade Francais

Isn't Armitage from the South of France anyway?

2 Years, 5 Months ago

 
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