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Casey Laulala's big hit on Owen Farrell - Barbarians vs England

he'll appreciate that? Yea,I'm sure that's the first thing Farrell was thinking: "Good hit! Cheers man!"

2 Years, 5 Months ago

The Beast's power saves Anton Bresler from disaster, twice

sounds like a plan stroudos.......

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Shane Williams bows out on a high with decisive tries in PRO12 final

agree on the ref @welsh osprey. Esp just before half time: main cause of the handbags in the tunnel I'd say. However, scrum seems to be an area that is becoming more and more difficult to ref: the whole game was half destroyed by the crap scrums.
Well impressed with the new Osprey's thou, post-galacticos. More Welsh qualified players than Leinster had Irish qualified (and that's sayin something!). Good balance in the team, great future ahead of them.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Harlequins beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2012 Aviva Premiership title

@guy: fair enough, to a point. But would they have won the premiership had they been more severely punished, eg, punished more as a team rather than as individuals, within 3 years of an appropriate punishment? Not sure. They might well be rebuilding well etc, but winning the premiership? Questionable.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Harlequins beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2012 Aviva Premiership title

Feel a bit conflicted on this. Considering how lightly they were treated over bloodgate, this victory does leave a bit of a taste in the mouth. Their punishment could have been more severe/apt - they only lost that bloodgate match by one point...imagine if they'd won it? How would that have been unraveled?
Thoughts?

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Carl Hayman suspended for four weeks for Zee Ngwenya spear tackle

ahh hold on. He didnt succeed in driving the man into the ground head first, but the angle involved was extreme. That's a throw back to why they are sometimes called spear rather than tip tackles.
Hayman brought his legs up to an insanely high angle, we're talkin 150 degrees from the ground (hip height being 90). That could easily be a red.

Often a player gets sent off or a yellow for 90 degree tip and a reasonably safe put down, which is wrong (eg Ferris for irl vs Wales, when the player actually had a leg still on the floor). In this case, once the angle goes that high, at that speed, u have generate an out-of-control moment.


2 Years, 6 Months ago

Quade Cooper returns after seven months off through injury

mcCaw defo gets away with it:@ he's miles offside when Cooper clears him out in that first clip from Jon. As usual. A post rugby career in hypnosis awaits Sir Richie, as he seems to have refs bamboozled continuously.....
Cooper reacted cos the ref, like all refs, let McCaw away with it. Continuously.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Highlights of Leinster's record breaking Heineken Cup final win over Ulster

"You don't experiment in matches against New Zealand."
Kidney........sheesh...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=10807537

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Highlights of Leinster's record breaking Heineken Cup final win over Ulster

looks like cheika will be available too..
http://www.theage.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/cheika-to-stop-coaching-stade-francais--source-20120515-1ynv3.html

but I can't see the IRFU making a bold decision, unless of course Irl are slaughtered in NZ....oh, wait

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Highlights of Leinster's record breaking Heineken Cup final win over Ulster

Leinster are certainly a form side globally: a world club cup might not be significant, as it doesn't even work in soccer. So we can only ever speculate about the levels a Leinster are at. Thou I'd imagine Leinster, Clermont and Toulouse (and maybe globetrotting toulon) would do OK in the SH, the rest of the NH clubs would struggle.

BOD really rolled back the years in that final: ppl keep saying he's lost pace: I'm sure he has, but his 5 yard burst, which was always his strong point running-wise, was in full effect in this most important of matches. The change of pace and burst happened a few times, like when he offloaded to SOB for the Healy try.

Ulster showed great handling and momentum at times int he first half, but they were playing Leinster's game. However the up and under game wasn't an option with of all ppl Kearney at the back. (Possibly now Leinster's best full back again!)

SOB completely back on form, and played in an acceptable position: will Heaslip stay on the Irish team now (bench warmer for a few perhaps?) Ferris and SOB both have to play, in their correct positions for Irl as a priority.

SH coach for Irl would make a lot of sense alright.

@CCC:That's the all time European table from your perspective, not the current best in Europe I'm defo presuming....

2 Years, 6 Months ago

 
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