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Mathieu Bastareaud smashes Alex Lozowski with MONSTER hit

"Yes!! Got past Nonu! Nice one! Woooh.... oh shiiiiiiiii.............!

Lovely tackle by Bastareaud, a sight to behold. Like O'Driscoll*, I'm even more impressed by how Lozowski dealt with that, kept the ball and presented it beautifully, then jumped up as if it was just a run-of-the-mill hit.

* I reckon this could be the only time I ever get to use the phrase "like O'Driscoll, I..."

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

Hoot, no minefield at all. I think my point was very clear: it is inaccurate to conflate all atheists into one homogeneous group.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

Just realised I don't think I've used - or even heard - the word "claptrap" in ages. Might start reintroducing it, maybe in work discussions.

One small point of order for you Hoot: you can't say "atheists think X", or "they held X theory". There is no "they"; belonging to an organised group is one of the key things that "they" reject.

Anyway, back to the Rugby...

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

World Rugby moves in mysterious ways... :)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

Indeed. Whereas Mr Dump is quite right to say Nadolo "channelled his inner Jonah Lomu to brush aside no less than 5 tacklers", especially given how reminiscent that try is of Lomu v England 1995; in most cases the comparisons are inaccurate and inadequate. Just because they're both massive and play on the wing, Nadolo is a far more complete rugby player - not to say Lomu couldn't have been, but he didn't need Nadolo's more rounded skill set in the era he played in.

4 Weeks, 13 Hours ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

Very reluctant to agree with anything that supports religious claptrap, but yeah there's clearly some evidence to back up the theory of people who have that kind of faith excelling in sport. A very powerful way of gaining a psychological boost.

4 Weeks, 13 Hours ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

The thing with Nadolo is that he's not just a behemoth, but a comprehensively skilled rugby player. I reckon if he weren't so massive, he would still be a phenomenal talent. Handling, vision, spatial awareness, soft passing, capable of wonderful tactical kicks (grubbers/chips), and a great place-kicker too. AND he's almost annoyingly modest with it all too.

4 Weeks, 15 Hours ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Agree. Very little Betsen could do about that.

I love that commentator by the way. Can't remember his name now, is he still around? The way he described the big hits was beautiful. Best one was when Josh Lewsey cut Mat Rogers in half that time - as he get the ball he gets smaaaaaashed!

4 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Hear hear!!

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

Do you know what? I just watched it again and realised that George and Ashton were both off their feet and there's really no ruck formed here, so Scarletts 23 was entitled to use his hands as far as I am concerned.

Doesn't alter the fact that the ref was screaming "no hands no hands" right in his ear, but yeah the ref's interpretation here was perhaps debatable.

1 Month, 1 Day ago