Viewing comments for stroudos« back to profile

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

This gets penalised all the time in the (low) level I play at.
But yes it's unusual to see it called at this level.
Maybe we'll see a crooked scrum feed pinged next??

2 Months, 1 Week ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

Not sure the comparison works. SA haven't been THAT awesome for some time, it hasn't been a sudden slump like it was for England post-2003.

The wave of retirements for England had a massive impact - Monsieur Wilkinson being missing was the least of their worries; also consider Messieurs Johnson, Hill, Dallaglio, Back, Moody, Kay, Leonard, Thompson, Greenwood and I'm sure I'm missing some important names - that is some exodus of key players. Botha, Matfield and De Villiers have left huge gaps but not really on the same order of magnitude.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

Is it time to consider introducing a handicap system for the All Blacks? I mean, I know this South Africa team is not the best they've had for a while but putting this many points on SA is just ridiculous.

Clearly, giving the other team a headstart doesn't seem to make any bloody difference, so the authorities will need to be a bit creative.

Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling:
1. Their strength in depth is really insane. Limit them to two replacements, at least one of which, of course, has to be a prop.
2. Ban their hooker from throwing perfectly-weighted 10m passes or maybe at least say he has to hold the ball in both hands for two seconds before passing.
3. No offloads from front row forwards.
4. Only one bloke with the surname Savea or Smith allowed on the pitch at any time. Or Franks for that matter.
5. Haka to be replaced by a charade, nominated by the opposition.
6. Make them play in fancy dress, incorporating Cuban heeled shoes. I'm thinking Elvis Presley costumes but open to other ideas.

Seriously, drastic action is required here, or the Lions tour next year is going to be a complete joke!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

Different game mate.
But I don't know who is #26...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

I understand that, in England at least, handoffs are not allowed until U12.
This video would seem to support the logic for that decision.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

The lad in the yellow bib at the end demonstrates exactly how I would go about tackling someone that size: set yourself in position then just at the last second gracefully shift weight a fraction to the side like a matador tricking the bull into missing me completely. "Bloody hell, he stepped me!" I would protest.

Actually, my favourite part of the video is the MASSIVE sidestep he pulls about a third of the way in. Wonderful stuff.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth's giant frame revealed after jersey rip in scuffle

Commentary around 0:35 sounds like an excerpt from the old Twelfth Man CDs!
(Anyone here the right vintage to remember them? Billy Birmingham - bloody genius)

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Front row sparks mass brawl and three red cards in Brive vs Grenoble clash

Nice analogy!

So, yeah, bloke can't scrum properly, gets man-shamed, then thinks it's acceptable to take out his frustration by punching people. Pretty pathetic if you ask me. And he needs a shave too.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Front row sparks mass brawl and three red cards in Brive vs Grenoble clash

Edit: shit scrummaging technique by Jourdain and isn't he also let down by the second row behind him, who should be literally locking him in better?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Front row sparks mass brawl and three red cards in Brive vs Grenoble clash

I'm not a prop, maybe someone can put me right here. Being lifted at the scrum like that - isn't that caused by really shit scrummaging technique by Jourdain?

If that is the case, then I think Taumalolo can feel very hard done by here - munch someone in the scrum, then the bloke you've just "owned" starts raining punches on you. I think Taumalolo was entitled to defend himself and as far as I saw he did the bare minimum of self-defence too.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago