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Conrad Smith dummies Ma'a Nonu to slice through and score first Top 14 try

He certainly does. :)
But I'm a "rugbydump purist" - I come here for the big hits. I wouldn't care if Smith had passed, if it meant I could watch Nonu scything his old buddy in half.

Anyway, I still maintain that "if in doubt smash the bastard with the ball" is the most effective defensive tactic in this situation. Worse case scenario you leave a 2 on 1, but you've still smashed a guy in the tackle and that's more important in my view

And, covering those overlaps is what the full back is there for anyway. Case in point: Toulon full back here was wrong-footed; he'd have had a far easier job dealing with the winger on the outside - and of course not least because he could use the touchline as another defender effectively making it a 2 on 2.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Conrad Smith dummies Ma'a Nonu to slice through and score first Top 14 try

Brit50, It's a good thing you and I don't play in the same defensive line...

It was a nicely timed run by Conrad Smith to join the line, but once he was there he became Nonu's man, in my opinion. Nonu should have smashed him and not worried about the overlap - to borrow your phrase, you must have faith in your outside players when covering a 3 on 2.

That way, if Nonu is able to make the tackle on Smith, #17 is there close by to get over the ball and try to secure possession. If Smith gets the pass away the next guy smashes his man; if that man gets the pass away the last attacking player is almost out of room and still has the covering scrumhalf and fullback to beat. More likely than not they'll shepherd him into touch.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

Definitely.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

I've often advocated in favour of an England backline featuring both Ford and Eastmond. Although I don't really remember seeing either of them embarrassed in defence before, I suppose this passage of play illustrates why that selection might not be a brilliant idea...

Some pretty formidable ball carriers in this Wasps side. Deal with Hughes, then you've got to defend a rampaging Johnson. Deal with him and you've still got Matt Banahanahan running a your smaller guys.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

Commentator at the moment of the bump-off sounds like a clucking hen.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

RD, I love the still you've used - looks like Hughes has just decked Ford with a big upper-cut.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

What I enjoyed most about this was how, after bowling Ford, Hughes completely ignored the big gap that had opened up (behind Ford) as a result, and instead deliberately sought the collision with Eastmond. Why settle for smashing one lightweight back when you can get two for the price of one!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dan Carter makes impressive Racing 92 debut in convincing win over Northampton Saints

I see. Thanks..

The Bayonne / Biarritz thing sounds quite surprising - I thought they hated each other!? (Well, perhaps not "hate" but I had understood the rivalry was quite intense).

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dan Carter makes impressive Racing 92 debut in convincing win over Northampton Saints

What is the name change about? If you wouldn't mind sharing I'd be interested to know...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

There's a conclusion?!?

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago