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Quade Cooper sinbinned for off the ball shoulder on Nicolas Sanchez

Totally agree.

Frustrating as hell in the UK, where an English commentator is pilloried if he has the temerity to show support for England.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Quade Cooper sinbinned for off the ball shoulder on Nicolas Sanchez

Mr Dump already provided your proof that Sanchez is exactly that sort of player in the write-up above - http://www.rugbydump.com/2015/07/4466/michael-hooper-suspended-for-one-week-for-striking-nicolas-sanchez.

I agree that it was a bit of a cheap shot by Cooper, but not that bad and Sanchez most definitely milked it. The milking was really just to draw the ref's attention to the incident. I have to say I prefer Owen Farrell's far more honest (and more virile for that matter!) approach to doing that - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwN9PkCpskA.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Quade Cooper sinbinned for off the ball shoulder on Nicolas Sanchez

But I was committed sir! (Committed to smashing the bloke in the face).


Got to love the one-eyed Aussie commentary on this - is it Phil Kearns?
"Just looked like nothing really, than a head clash"
"Well his arms were low. His arms were round the waist. [sees replay, showing nothing remotely resembling this]. One around his back, one around the waist."

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Double BITING allegations get Chris Ashton banned for 13 weeks

Judging only on the video clip above, so I can't be sure I've got all the context right, but at the start of the video we see Waller fairly contesting a ruck, body in a good position; then there's Ashton, off his feet, lying all over the ruck. I don't suppose he's having any material impact on the contest for possession but it does look like he's being a pain in the arse and slowing down what ought to be quick ball.

So for me, what other people are seeing as Waller putting his arm in Ashton's mouth / swinging a forearm into his face / dirtily provoking Ashton, well I see that as Waller simply upping the intensity at the breakdown and working a bit harder to clear a bloke out who's not competing entirely legally.

I would even argue that had Ashton been on his feet and contested the ruck fairly, his head wouldn't even have been in that position where it was vulnerable to a forearm to the chin.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

Et Voila, there it is - http://www.rugbydump.com/2016/09/5357/double-biting-allegations-get-chris-ashton-banned-for-13-weeks

Was that just serendipitous or am I now officially calling the shots here now? ;)

1 Week, 3 Days ago

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

Thanks for that comprehensive account. A very interesting read, albeit a bit depressing!

The whole concept of "positive discrimination" seems doomed to fail to me. Noble in its intentions, it surely just leads to people being put into jobs they either don't want or aren't qualified to do.

If you'll indulge a tenuous analogy, last night I heard a radio interview with CEO of the UK's Royal Institute for the Blind (RNIB). When asked if the RNIB should employ more blind/visually impaired people themselves, she said well actually many of those people say they don't want to be "given" a job out of pity, and it's not the RNIB's mission to give jobs to people unless you're the right ones for those jobs. They work hard to make sure jobs are accessible and that if they can demonstrate their ability then any obstacles must be removed.

I'm sure we can all understand why ANC people would feel the desire to go to such extremes, but they must be able to see that these policies will be ultimately self-defeating.

Apologies for focusing on only one of the many points you made.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

I think Imhoff did brilliantly for all three tries, but especially the first one which was really of his own creation. What about that offload off the deck by Carter though, eh?

Oops, wrong thread.....



(PS @RD, taking your time getting the Ashton incident up here aren't you? After all, senseless violence is the main thing most of us come here for, if I'm not mistaken?)

1 Week, 3 Days ago

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??

1 Week, 3 Days 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.

1 Week, 4 Days 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!

1 Week, 5 Days ago