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Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

How dare you!!

Wash your mouth out with soap and water Mr H.

Collisions, big hits, dirty play, trysavers and rib-breakers are the very cornerstone, nay bedrock no less, of this wonderful website.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

*This bloke

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

*This bloke

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

https://youtu.be/qw4-b3jDWoU

Two brilliant moments around 2:15 on the video:

The defending Glasgow player patting Pienaar's shoulder and congratulating him on a job well done. "Busted his ass" trying to stop the try and must have been thinking You Bastard, but still able to appreciate and acknowledge the brilliance of it. I find this type of thing a great manifestation of rugby values.

And the second thing is some classic Mark Robson commentary, rambling on about replacing lost calories with sponge cake. His bloke always makes me laugh.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Fraser McKenzies comes off second best in Tommy Bowe collision

Totally agree Reality. I don't like to take pleasure in anyone's misfortune/injury, but this bloke got exactly what he deserved. The law says you don't have to move out of the way, but McKenzie very deliberately stepped INTO Bowe's path, which is illegal. It's also pretty dangerous if you ask me, and despite my opening sentence, frankly I'm delighted that he got hurt in the process of such a cynical cheap-shot move, and equally so that Bowe came out of it unscathed.

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Martin Johnson reflects on England win over Wales in Lions context

Probably wouldn't be as bad if the producers had actually provided a shirt that was the right size for him!!

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Ah yes, the legend that is Sebastien Chabal. A beautifully illustrated point Colombes. I think my favourite is your first link v Heaslip - never mind the ball-carrier, Chabal puts HIMSELF "past the horizontal" with the sheer force of his tackle!!

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Oliver,
First up, let me apologise on behalf of my less educated brethren, whose xenophobic ranting is a fucking embarrassment. As an aside, I'm seeing a lot more of this type of xenophobic nonsense since the Brexit arseholes won the referendum - hopefully not a harbinger of the depressing small-minded dystopia that awaits us. That's enough of that little digression.

Now to your points on the Lawes v Parra incident:
The difference with a player like Bastareaud for instance, is that Bastareaud looks back to the player he smashed to see if he's allright. Agreed. Not good from Lawes.

[Bastareaud] actually bumps off players that are his size. Now this one is clearly bullshit. No-one is his size. :)

You never see Lawes imposing himself on another forward, at least I can't remember it. Because it's not as spectacular. Show me the last time any forward really dominated another forward, Tupou v Messam being the exception that proves the rule. By the way, on your Parra video, about 0:44 where they put Lawes's vital statistics on the screen I was expecting the next shot to feature Parra's.

the outcome is not the same when he tackles big forwards......... ;-) O'Brien didn't withstand Lawes's tackle by being a big, gnarly forward (although he does fit that description); he evaded the tackle with a cheeky step, which is something you'd more readily associate with little backs.

DrG's made the case very well below that Parra's injury was very unfortunate, but not a direct consequence of any dangerous play by Lawes.

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Yeah, very good. By the way, I'm doing a lot more forward shit these days - have finally seen the light and realised that it's a bloody lot less cold...

But really, Moriarty was so late here, he didn't even mentally commit until after the ball had gone. He was so late he might as well have sent a fax outlining what he was going to do. And I don't just mean the time it takes for a fax message to be transmitted; I mean he could have sent a fax from the time people sent faxes and it still would have arrived in this decade before he made his tackle.




I'm going to repeat my disclaimer, just to avoid doubt:
Even if we accept that it was late, it was still a majestic hit and a marvellous reaction from Farrell.

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Correction: he said he's "had a bit of Kiwi in him".
Gatland making him his bitch.
Oo-er Mrs...

5 Months, 2 Days ago