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Policeman tackles suspected criminal off bicycle

The bystander is a complete bellend. Bet the policeman loved having him clinging onto his chest and pulling him in the wrong direction while he was trying to subdue the suspect.....

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Seven of the Best tries scored at the 2014 Wellington Sevens

Love the ref giving it beans around 0:10, trying to keep up with Isles. Fair play to him too, didn't look like he was blowing too hard.

2 Months, 3 Days ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

Agree with the sentiment and I remember getting frustrated in the 2nd Jonny Wilkinson era where he would drop a goal when England had possession and momentum. Personally I would much rather see the ball moved about and kept in hand. But the fact is, JW used to keep the scoreboard ticking over and that gave the team confidence; it became a virtuous cycle in that they more quickly worked back into a position to knock another 3 points over.

I've never played any forward position(!) but the impression I get often is that when they see all their hard work and graft rewarded with a few points it's highly motivating for them. I'd always prefer to see 5 points scored rather than three*, but tactically speaking, 9 times out of 10 it just makes sense to knock the points over at the first available opportunity.


* By the way, and at the risk of opening a large can of worms, I'd be happy to see penalties and drop goals reduced to 2 pts, or tries rewarded with 6pts, in order to encourage teams to try and score tries rather than taking the easier points.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

I didn't like Brown buggering about with Huget last weekend, but what have Farrell and Care done to upset you?

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Ireland outplay Wales for convincing week two win in Dublin

This is a bit hypocritical, as I pity these "anyone-but-England" celts, but I must admit I really enjoy watching Wales lose at rugby...

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Ireland outplay Wales for convincing week two win in Dublin

Much as I love a free-flowing spectacle of running rugby, I'm not sure you can describe the Irish forward-dominated style of play as boring. It's just smart rugby. They still fling the ball about when the chance, but they're doing so at the right time and in the right parts of the pitch. Schmidt's influence in all of this, as well as the sensible tactical kicking game, is no coincidence and he deserves a lot of credit.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

matt, I find it odd that you've singled out Danny Care for criticism, based on one decision that you disagreed with - you're wrong on that, by the way; he put points on the board at a crucial time in the game. Regardless of that, for the second time in as many games, he was arguably England's most dynamic player, zipping round the park with real vigour, consistently delivering quick ball and playing a key role in both tries.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

Yep. England are going to have to really psych themselves up for the next match, because unless they see this as anything more than a training session it will be very easy to build up a false sense of confidence.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

matt: Farrell stepping up to do the same thing, but with a much higher chance of success.
Ordinarily maybe, but not on Saturday's evidence.

I dislike drop goals any time, I just prefer to see people running about with the ball in their hands. But I've come to accept that points on the board, especially early in the match, are invaluable. Keep that score ticking over and you shift the momentum of the game so much in your favour. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush -or as a mate of mine used to say, a bush in the hand is worth two birds in the pub.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

France ease past Italy with comfortable win at the Stade de France

DrG: Thought the whole incident could have been dealt with in a Nigel Owens fashion: 'You're both acting very immature.'

Exactly. Nothing in it. Just a couple of front-rowers getting acquainted with each other. Waste of TMO time. Fortunately it was late enough in the game to not have any impact on the match itself. Can't really criticise the officials, they're just implementing the laws of the game, but give me Owens's common-sense approach any day of the week.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

 
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