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The Wraparound Week 7 with BOD and George Gregan

Absolutely superb! Love it. :)

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

It's often stated that you're not allowed to "jump into a tackle", but I would also be interested to know what law covers this, because I've never seen one...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

So I pretty much nailed your view with my initial comment up the top eh? Thought so. ;)

I thought my post here that you replied to was as clear as it could be. In my opinion, 8 and 9 had bugger all to do with it.

The tackle by Steyn was exactly the sort that the tip tackle directive should be dealing with. Personally I don't agree with banning people for five weeks, but that's a different debate.

Also agree that the process was an utter shambles. Just the original red card for what was a pretty dangerous tackle would have been a fair outcome in my view.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

Comment 1 - excellent. Comment 2 lost you a lot of credibility.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

"Stroudos is pretty old-school in his love of physicality", said Mrs Stroudos.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

Pretty straightforward to me.
The money-shot is at about 1:03 where on Cruden's descent towards the turf you clearly see Steyn still lifting his leg.
Black 8 and 9 had very minimal effect on the tackle.

Penalty and, under current directives, a red card.

Does he need to be banned for five weeks? No, not in my opinion. But that is another matter.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

Part of the game.
These things happen.
It's a tough physical game.
Gladiators.
Broccoli.

@PhillNZ, there you go mate, I've save you the effort. You're welcome. ;)

1 Month, 2 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Phill, I think my original point to you was simply that it actually looks worse in real-time; only in slow motion can you start to make those mitigating points in Hughes's defence.

The whole "intent" thing is extremely unhelpful - and impossible to prove without a lie detector.

If I get my angles wrong in defence and accidentally swing my arm across the ball-carrier's throat, it's still a high tackle whether I meant it or not.

If you throw a forward pass purely through shit execution, should the ref let it go?

You and I actually agree on a lot of stuff, particularly that we both enjoy a physical game and a bit of "enforcement" too. Where we differ is you seem to have some objection to the laws of the game actually being applied.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

I think coucous-eater might have a different (racial?) meaning in France?

Phill's just implying that vegetarians are weak and soft.
People who object to foul play in rugby are weak and soft.
Ergo if you don't like dirty play, you're a vegetarian.

A non-sequitur and basically flawed logic, but this is a guy who seems to enjoy being smashed repeatedly in the head, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt... ;)

1 Month, 2 Days ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 7 of Super Rugby

Nadolo is a beast. Sod trying to defend on the wing against him.

1 Month, 2 Days ago