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Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

Agree with you Larry. Very boring and negative period of play and I was delighted to see it blow up in their boring faces. This was the rugby equivalent of a football team pissing about by the corner flag "protecting their lead" for the last five minutes of a game.

Don't know if it was a deliberate play by Saracens but they showed a neat way to deal with that approach- simply pull out of the ruck situation- the attacking players meeting no resistance are bound to go off their feet as nothing to push against.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

kadova - Silence for the kicker is an interesting debate. As a spectator I love the atmosphere of tension created by the funeral silence and I think it matches rugby's values of respect for the opposition.

But if I'm kicking that is the last thing I'd want. (As Dan mentions above, I believe many professional players say this too).

I have never kicked in front of a big crowd and am never likely to, but to translate into my level of experience - if I'm lining up a kick and the opposition are all standing motionless under the posts staring at me, it can be quite distracting. I mean obviously I don't have the temperament for it, even the ref watching me put the ball on the tee puts me off...

Personally I'd much rather have the opposition in a huddle getting bollocked by their captain for giving away the penalty, maybe just chatting among themselves, taking some water on, or - dare I say it - waving their arms about and shouting "push it!" (© Chris Ashton). The less focus on my kick the easier it is to knock it over.

Looking at how relaxed Bosch appears here, perhaps he would agree...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

Owens as usual not afraid to make the big decisions. No doubt here - I counted three Racing players off their feet, (seemed harsh how the cameras focused on that one bloke).

Racing deserved that too - their keep-ball tactics were more dull than that Scottish game that was posted on RD a few weeks ago. Really boring.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

Once heard in commentary at a live motorcycling event:
"This boy must have onion bhajis of steel!"

I love the calmness of the guy. Looked like he was just knocking balls over at the end of a training session. The bloke would make a fantastic hitman.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

Cheers Guy, thanks for that - you should include yourself in that group too. :)

See, the plan was to engage in a quick game of "bait-the-kiwi" - thought I might have had some nibbles even with the telegraphed motive...

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

England beat South Africa to win the 2015 Tokyo Sevens

Great scalp for Canada!!

Speaking of Canada, how infuriating is that when you get your restart kick to hang majestically in the air and come down at 10.2 metres, then no bugger on your team claims it?

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

b<>DrGI don't see why you'd class it as trolling...
Well I was deliberately and blatantly trolling, so it's a fair cop... :)

I do find if interesting at the time how the New Zealand fans who vociferously criticised Wayne Barnes's skillful and even-handed management of the semi-final in 2007 were strangely silent after Craig Joubert's display in 2011.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

A quick read of Viz comic's Profanisaurus will quickly disprove the suggestion that there could ever be any perceptible limit to number or indeed quality of swear words.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

The self-righteous argument that swearing betrays a limited vocabulary is eminently specious. It's a great way to add a bit of colour to a subject or to emphasise a point. In this case, the swearing in the song adds a raw edge and a sense of gritty attitude that is not achieved in its absence. This then translates perfectly into portraying Manu Tuilagi's abraasive and confrontational style of rugby.

3 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

I'll just post this link to an "autopsy of the 2011 final" here...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXCQnL421WM

*Takes cover*

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3 Weeks, 7 Hours ago