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Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

Badger, Couple of things:

"The game has become soft" - one bloke was knocked out and the other had blood pissing from his ear. That's a decent enough level of carnage for me.

"I'm worried the refs rely too much on TMO for decisions" - completely agree, but in this case Romain Poite can be heard immediately after the tackle saying (to the touchies and TMO): "for me it's a yellow card". This was exactly the decision he ultimately made, so we can surmise that the TMO had no influence other than perhaps confirming Monsieur Poite's view.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

Rugbyrob, Sorry to hear of your injury. Was your broken neck the result of a high tackle?

Your big question is actually not that at all. In fact it's irrelevant. The law you states you must "attempt to grasp" the tackled player. Very difficult to grasp a player who's unexpectedly fallen below waist height.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

The brilliant thing about Jeremy Hunt is just how many times his name has been publicly "mispronounced":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suOPz-rRSxg

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

Check out the hero around 27 seconds into the second (heinously vertical) video!!
Lurking behind the dugout/shelter, he emerges only to lob a rugby ball in the general direction of the fight, then casually wander off, generally disinterested in the whole event.

4 Months, 6 Days ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

Agree the line has to be drawn at spectator involvement. Especially if the fighting is on concrete - unfair on the blokes wearing studs...

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Crusaders beat Jaguares in entertaining clash in Christchurch

Should be happy they at least identified him correctly. Remember that awesome try Cedric Heymans scored against NZ a few years ago and the kiwi commentators insisted it was Vonson Clerc.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

Add to those two Farrell and Ford, and it seems we have quite a strong trend for rugby dynasties in England.
I think Will Greenwood's dad Dick played for England as well didn't he?
Oh and Bill Beaumont's boy seems to be doing pretty well too!

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

I have never heard of Thomas Young, Wasps 20, before. In the first try above, that turnover on the line was outstanding. Then in attack, he sucked in no fewer than FOUR defenders and gave a lovely soft pass for the try. Very impressed. I'll be looking out for him from now on.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

I'd love to see that, especially with a click of the heels and a shout of "Olé!" as the would-be tackler flies past into thin air.

To be fair, most times when I try to "get my Lawes on" it seems the 10 has read your comment. I suppose the main difference is the sheer speed at which Lawes accelerates into the tackle. I mean he really does telegraph what he's about to do, but he arrives in the guy's face so quickly that it's too late to pull out a matador swerve.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

Mr Horse, Welcome to these esteemed pages. Hope you'll stick around. Or are you a regular commenter who has rebranded?

Either way, completely agree and I'd add that even if you don't dislodge the ball, next time that flyhalf gets the ball he's either going to be standing deeper so less attacking threat or he may crap himself in anticipation and ship the ball far sooner than he'd like. (Unless he's Owen Farrell of course, in which case apparently he just rolls with the tackle, jumps up and gets involved in the very next phase).

Anyway, I only scrolled down to the comments on this one to look for "that guy" making the sort of comment you quoted. And the first one I saw was in fact your excellent pre-emptive strike. Well played sir.

Ah, I see our Welsh comrade has now kindly indulged us. Reliable as ever. :)

4 Months, 1 Week ago