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The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

1:06 - have to say I sympathise with George Gregan here. I'm completely in favour of respect for referees but to some extent it must go both ways. Prodding him in the chest like that is no way for the ref to behave. It's Andre Watson isn't it? Always was a bit of a wanchor, to be honest.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Awesome!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

"I've been stuck doing shift work"

Mate start blogging or something. No way a bloke with your way of words should be doing a job that doesn't harness that ability.

Or getting some rugby coaching qualifications so you can share your unique rugby insight with the rugby universe. For someone who regularly comes up with an unusual and innovative take on skills and tactics, I'm sure you'd be a breath of fresh air for players used to the usual coaching by numbers approach.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

I was going to make the same point! I've been smacked in the face during a few rugby tackles but the gumshield has never budged a millimetre. If I was playing against people like Ma'a Nonu I would be even more determined to have a secure gumshield.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Three streakers at once during Chiefs vs Hurricanes game

Been a while since I've seen a female streaker. Come on girls, get involved!!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Plays of the Month for June Internationals, JWC and Super Rugby

A not-very-good tackle from an excellent tackler.

The thing is with this shoulder barge here on Savea - I believe he got away with it didn't he? ie no penalty? So, although it was actually a shit tackle it put the bloke on his arse and I suspect may have made him think twice before attacking his channel again, (actually in Savea's case this may not be true!).

My point is sometimes a slightly dirty hit, if you can get away with it, is worth it for the psychological boost.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Plays of the Month for June Internationals, JWC and Super Rugby

Dear Mr Dump,
Favour - please can the Grants Whisky ad be set to only play the sound if you click on it? No problem with the ad and it's great to see Geoff Hurst having a laugh with the boys. And it's a nice video, very enjoyable - "yeah, Geoff Hurst - ask your grandad" - love it. I don't even mind the fact I've been served the bloody thing about 50 times now. It's just the automatic sound that's getting on my tits.
Many thanks!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Plays of the Month for June Internationals, JWC and Super Rugby

OK.........................

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

According to my source, (IRB via wikipedia), the Scotland figure is only 38,500. Although that's still quite a bit more that Samoa (23k) and more than five times higher than Tonga's (just under 7k) and those teams, especially Samoa seem able to compete on the global stage.

But to be honest, these numbers are probably a bit misleading anyway - for example England's 2million registered rugby players include people like me who play 5 to 10 matches per season for their club's 4th, 5th or Vets team.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Wow. In a little under 25 hours, you went from interesting observation to full deranged nutjob mode! Which, judging from your usual posts, seems out of character.

Your match-fixing accusations seriously undermine the hard work and dedication of players and coaches in all teams.

The refereeing decisions you highlight were not incorrect and in any case teams must be able to cope with those decisions.

Interesting to see a suggestion of France being "helped to the final", considering that of all nations' supporters it's often the French claiming bias against them.

To your final point re NZ, it seems to me the best way to stitch them up is to give them a weak pool, not a hard one. In 2007 they reached the knockout stage completely under-cooked having coasted through their pool games. In 2011, they were battle-hardened and focused.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

 
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