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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!!

3 Days, 1 Hour 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!!

6 Days, 12 Hours 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.

1 Week, 6 Hours 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.

1 Week, 6 Hours 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...

1 Week, 6 Hours ago

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

Yep, fair point Guy, that does seem feasible. That was quite an awesome level of beast mode to maintain for a full 80...

1 Week, 6 Hours ago

Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

Tough crowd though isn't it Jimmy?

1 Week, 6 Hours ago

Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

Read my comment with this video playing simultaneously and then tell me it's not funny.

https://youtu.be/jZOywn1qArI

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1 Week, 11 Hours ago

Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

Wow, I was not expecting tumbleweed from that! Jimmy put Liam Nesson, not Messam. Liam Neeson's monologue from Taken seemed to lend itself perfectly to a Tongan Thor parody, no?? Come on, it was a good joke wasn't it?!?

Well. If you have to explain it, I suppose...

Honestly. You people.

1 Week, 12 Hours ago

Tryfest in Rome as Ireland run riot against Italy

Yep, agree with that and I know I'm preaching to the converted, but the footballery whiny shit is destined to get worse now that rugby players are no longer allowed to self police the game. Not so long ago, someone in Stander's position would have made a mental note of the player and clattered him, possibly very illegally, at the next opportunity.

1 Week, 12 Hours ago