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Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

I think Mulipola deserves a kudos for keeping his cool there. So many players would have charged in and thrown their own, which only serves to muddy the waters and probably would have resulted in a yellow for Mulipola and Ma'afu

3 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 13

I hate this shortball shit. Plays of the week was funnier, faster and much more interesting, and this is essentially the same thing, just without those three adjectives. Why did they stop doing one, and start this?

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ref Cam captures referee JP Doyle hitting the turf after ball passed his way

He has to stand somewhere. And the ball never touched him, it would have ended up in exactly the same place whether the ref was stood there or in the car park. In fact it looks to me like he was only really involved because the sale player, having over run the pass to no-one, decided to grab hold of him.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

Having said that I don't like it, I will now switch sides to say that I don't think he will ever cost either side 'in a big way'. My reasoning is that he doesn't ALWAYS do it. For example, his first try he had the time and space to do it, but didnt. My guess would be that he is aware of the risk (you'd have to be dead not to), and considered it to be too high in the opening minutes of a game like this one.
So he may eventually drop one, but my guess is that it'll be a score that they really could have done fine without anyway.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

In my memory they got more than just a favourable forward pass call in 2007. But either way it turned out to be the difference.
I wouldn't ever say that they got a fair deal in 2011, but I think still whining about it 2 years later is a bit pathetic when the luck they got the previous time, at home, is taken into account.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

I don't like the Ash Splash particularly, I think it is unnecessary and has something of the football mindset about it. However, since we only see it when he scores, he could get his knob out and rub it on the camera if he wants, so long as he brings in the points for England.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

This might be true. But I think the French might be on thin ice complaining about refereeing performances in world cups costing them. Especially against the Kiwis. I personally think it is hilarious when either of those teams lose, but I was a little bit surprised at how much help the French got in 2007.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Mathieu Bastareaud makes big rib tickling tackle on Matuisela Talebula

Works just fine for me in chrome

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Marcelo Bosch takes over from Owen Farrell to land huge penalty kick

I think the reaction from the commentator was because of the contrast between his very care-free and casual kicking style and the significant distance achieved, rather than just the extreme range.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

Unfortunately, Goode. He put himself in a position where he was vulnerable. Payne has his arms ready to catch the ball, but collides with goode first, so was trying to contest it.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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