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James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

He's perfected the Brent impression hasn't he? Latest one with Farrell is 100% Brent:
https://twitter.com/jameshaskell/status/742626234534887424

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Yeah, after casually throwing out the phrase in my earlier comment, I started to question whether it was even a law or if I was just blindly subscribing to one of those "past the horizontal"/"didn't wrap his arms" types of colloquialism.

Confession time, I got my last paragraph about Law 10.4 (k) from here: http://www.rugbyrefs.com/archive/index.php/t-6934.html?s=303083a80c52e398f39308f1ab98fcee. Tried to pass it off as my own wisdom and encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, but the guilt is now consuming me... :)

The rugbyrefs discussion was based on a slightly different scenario, but the crux of it is really that "jumping into the tackle" is an offence mostly because it tends to lead to people getting flying boots in the noggin.

Anyway, that page is over seven years old and it seems the laws have been amended since then.
"Acts contrary to good sportsmanship" is now 10.4 (m).

10.4 (i) sort of applies (against Haskell) "Tackling the jumper in the air. A player must not tackle nor tap, push or pull the foot or feet of an opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play."

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

You mean like on pornhub? ;)
At least, I've heard they do something like that, apparently. A friend of a friend told me.

Anyway, I'll have a go at time-stamping this game for you when I get the chance, will be a pleasure.

Having said that, there weren't many "lowlights" to this game, it is well worth watching in its entirety if you get time.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

You can watch the full game on youtube - at the moment anyway.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

"It might be my ageing eyesight but I can't see Pocock in contact with the ground so it looks like he was taken in the air"

I've had laser surgery on the eyes and I can assure you that the very tip of one stud of Pocock's left boot ever so briefly brushed against the end of a rogue blade of grass the ground staff had inadvertently left protruding slightly higher than the rest of the grass.

I mentioned earlier that you're not allowed to "jump into the tackle", which makes Pocock fair game to be tackled, whether he's touching the ground or, as I now realise in this case, not.

By the way, I can't find any specific mention of jumping into tackles in the Laws. I believe it's not allowed as part of 10.4 (k) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship, because in effect it stops the tackler from tackling the ball carrier legally.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

I assume it was the "mid-air" element you were referring to, rather than actually early, seeing as Pocock had the ball in both hands when tackled.

I'm back for a second comment on this not to be rude, but because it occurred to me that - regardless of Haskell's innocence here - Pocock is actually committing a penalisable offence here, by "jumping into the tackle". Logically, as Pocock jumped into the tackle, he could have had both feet off the ground and Hask could legally tackle him in mid-air.

I think Pocock took the less bad option here, jumping to take that pass. If he'd lifted his arms to catch it at head-height, he'd have had some pretty sore ribs!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Definitely a crowd-pleaser and it's always good for your own personal motivation to get that type of hit in early in the game - proven here by the awesome game Haskell went on to play, arguably his best performance in an England shirt if you ask me.

As the old expression goes, you've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late. (Or as some would suggest in this case, marginally early).

The tackle itself was made to look more spectacular because of the poor pass (or perhaps I should give Hask more credit for his line speed?). I was equally impressed by Pocock's retention and clean presentation of the ball!

Gutted that Pocock is out of the series. I didn't see the incident where his face got damaged, assume no foul play involved or we'd have heard more about it?

Also, great to see HaskCam of sorts again. Hat tip to Nowell for some quality video-bombing too.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Mate, there's devil's advocate and then there's taking the piss!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

It's you.

Only one foot has to be touching the ground when the tackle is made.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

Bloody brilliant wasn't it.

Haskell was indeed immense, he's really performing well under Eddie Jones.

Itoje just seems more awesome every time I see him play. And what a motivator too. I love those scenes where England have won a turnover and Big Maro's in there, slapping backs, clapping and screaming like a man possessed.

Farrell was also excellent throughout. I think he is probably England's best 10, although Ford does offer a level of creativity that he perhaps doesn't. More the point though, in my opinion Farrell is England's best inside centre! I know nothing about Ben Te'o, but I don't think we need any more experimenting here. Farrell is tough enough but offers so much more on top of that, not least balls of steel with the kicking tee.

Burrell did some good stuff in his half hour and maybe this exact format will continue to work. Use a Burrell for 30 minutes to smash it up and bust a few holes, then switch to Ford-Farrell. As an aside, I thought Burrell got a bit lucky with that obstruction call - more importantly I didn't like him stopping playing and waving his arms about when he could have been sprinting back to help Browny, who was badly caught out on that play.

And speaking of Brown, I thought he was quite right to shove that Nathan Grey, Oz defence coach trying to get in his way fielding a touchfinder. That prick should be banned from the touchline.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago