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Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

Pero no creo que se trata de presión, sino de probabilidad – cuando intentas tantos juegos audaces, de vez en cuando algo saldrá mal.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

I've always been a fan of Quade Cooper, even if he does look exactly like a massive turkey.

As our Spanish-speaking colleague mentions above, he does tend to make mistakes, however I'm not convinced that's a pressure thing, more just probability - you try that many audacious moves, something's going to go wrong now and again. But this guy creates so much and pulls off such amazing individual pieces of flair that he's always entertaining to watch.

Give me a mercurial talent over a ten that constantly hoofs the ball to the opposition fullback any day.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Dan Carter converts final kick of Test career with his wrong foot

What an incredible match to finish your international career. Thoroughly well deserved and his achievements are just incredible. Almost as impressive is how he's not developed a massive ego. Look at the number of times in the past couple of years that he's played second fiddle to Cruden or Barrett, been shifted out to #12 or dropped from the side altogether. I remember seeing him running on the field as a water boy and giving the 10 on the day some positive encouragement, probably quite specific advice; his body language was just so positive and exuded a team-focused ethic. Even at the RWC trophy presentation, Offside Rich practically had to force him to put a hand on the trophy with him. For a bloke who is so individually influential, he has always seemed to be focused on the collective effort.

Hard to imagine his points scoring record being overhauled any time in the next decade. Anyone remotely within reach is also retired:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_leading_rugby_union_test_point_scorers
Of those still playing, Giteau has 698, Morning Stain(*) 694. But probably more likely to go on accumulating points at a fast rate (injuries permitting) are Leigh Halfpenny on 557 or Jonny Sexton on 530. All of these tallies are a VERY long way off 1,598.



* Copyright Jed Thian, Alternative Rugby Commentaries

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Warm Up or Performance Preparation?

Alternatively:
1500hrs: Kick Off
1459hrs: Port.
1458hrs: Quickly figure out who's playing where.
1455hrs: Hastily arranged game of touch.
1452hrs: Boots and shorts on. Forwards randomly tape bits of their anatomy together.
1450hrs: Screech into the car park.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Tryscoring Fail in Polish Club Rugby

Yes. It was a nice touch, but I'm sure we'd all have preferred to see him clatter the cocky bar steward over the dead ball line.

Might try that sneaky turn he did. Can't see it going well for me, but you never know.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

The North.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Sonny Bill Williams gives World Cup winners medal away to young fan, but gets given another one

Exactly. The bloke was just doing his job. And did it exceptionally well too. Totally neutralised the potential threat without doing any harm to the kid.

Two words for Sonny Bill re his "if it were my nephew I'd have given him a hiding" comment:

Monica Seles.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

George, how would you define "complaining" then? Ford's comment, along with the body language, certainly appeared to be a complaint to this observer.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

Spot on by the ref. Both his decision, (which to be fair was easy, seeing as Ford threw it forward at about a 45 degree angle!), and the righteous contempt he showed for the complaint.

We cannot allow this sort of bullshit to get a stranglehold on rugby, it has utterly destroyed football. Whether it's through sarcasm or penalties it doesn't matter; the bullshit must be eliminated from this wonderful game.

On question 3, I reckon Nige would have taken a similar approach and everyone would be celebrating another Owens classic.

Question 3, part b) what would stroudos have done? Changed from scrum to penalty against Ford, secretly hoping that that would piss him off and make him argue more, just so I could march him back 10 metres. This is why officious, humourless pricks like me shouldn't be refs.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Nick Abendanon says England players not backing overseas selection policy is 'pathetic'

@45678 - I think the central contracts horse bolted a number of years ago. The clubs have enough money and influence currently that they'd be mental to relinquish it.

Another option is to have an independent elite entity to run the England team:
http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/34727588

On the re-jig of the northern hemisphere season, I think this proposal has a lot of merit:
http://www.therugbyblog.com/blueprint-for-a-new-northern-hemisphere-season-structure

3 Months, 5 Days ago