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Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

I see. We agree then.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Five outstanding tries from week 13 of the Top 14

Was it "bring your kids to work" day at that first match?

Raisuqe, 1:48 - I hope the coach punched him in the face after the game for that ridiculous dive that very nearly took him into touch.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

At first, I thought he was pointing to his nose and complaining about the smell of garlic as Huget went in for the kiss. ;)

That Huget though, what a thug. There should be no place in the game for trying to kiss an opponent. Not during the match anyway.

Hats off to Nige - can't think of any way he could have dealt with this situation better.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

I assume your first two paragraphs are directed to someone else, not me? I don't think there's any feigning of injury by North, I think he's too "brave" for his own good.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

Don't agree that it was a cheap shot, he was committed to the tackle. Penalty for the late tackle would have been sufficient in my view.
But I definitely agree that when shown a yellow card you should jog off without protest.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

Oliver, it's a fair cop. Here's what I said on the Sanchez incident:
"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."
So in the interest of consistency I suppose I'd have to say Brown milked this one a bit too. Being more familiar with Brown I find that hard to believe, so maybe I ought to retract the comment about Sanchez instead. (As you say, it's easy to accuse someone of play-acting from the comfort of a computer/phone).

I did think at the time the (Haylet-Petty) yellow card was harsh. Not just harsh, but incorrect in my view. "But I was already committed Sir" is nearly always a legitimate defence in my book.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

This concussion protocol doesn't seem to be fit for purpose if you ask me.

George North, a bloke with a horrible history of being knocked out, is quite clearly sparked out - albeit momentarily, lying motionless on the turf. That is a good enough reason, in my opinion, to sit him out for a week or two's rest. At least make him stay off the pitch for the rest of this bloody game! I get that the players generally don't want to go off and will insist they're OK etc, but you've got to be cruel to be kind. "If in doubt, sit them out" as it says on the walls of every clubhouse I've been to in the last couple of years.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Dan, Agree. Particularly on the bit about not really knowing that North was going to jump. If we watch the replays around 1:55, Thompstone is set ready to make the tackle and then North jumps right at the last minute. OK the ball had bounced up but when the bloke chasing it is seven feet tall he shouldn't really need to jump to take it.

One thing that is a key factor in a lot of these incidents, including this one, is the ridiculous height these guys get on the vertical jump. North didn't just hop to reach up for the ball, he might as well have had a trampoline. And this is the point a lot of people are making - when North caught the ball he was airborne with both knees pointing directly at the defenders head. First of all, Dan you're absolutely right the guy must have balls of steel to not just duck out of the way; secondly, by doing this, North has effectively made it impossible for Thompstone to make any sort of tackle. Therefore, another realistic outcome here ought to be jumping into the tackle / acts contrary to good sportsmanship, penalty to Leicester.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Elliot Daly suspended for 3 weeks after red card for dangerous challenge

Here's how I think it will go down:
Me: I'm off to Edinburgh next weekend to have some beers with strangers I met on the internet.
Mrs Stroudos: What? Don't be ridiculous. Anyway we're going to my parents', you know that, it's been in the diary for ages.
Me: Oh yeah. But... but, these people are my friends!!
Mrs Stroudos: What are you talking about? I've never even heard of Rugbydump. Show me!
*Shows the at-least-daily slew of ill-informed commentary posted over the past several years*
Mrs Stroudos: Ah! You sad wanker. For a while I thought you were having an affair with all that bloody tapping away on your phone and grinning! Actually, I might have preferred that.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Elliot Daly suspended for 3 weeks after red card for dangerous challenge

Agree Jimmy.

Must say my own preference is to stop chasing a few steps before reaching the catcher, patiently wait for him to land and then accelerate those last few steps and smash the hapless prick around his exposed midriff. Worse-case scenario is he offloads very quickly and you get done for a late tackle, (usually not, on grounds of "already committed"), but that's got to be a better option than risking a yellow or red card for taking the man in the air.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago