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Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Joubert seemed pretty confident in his decision though didn't he.

Personally I thought it looked fine. Even looking again at the only video footage I seem to be able to find - which changes shot at the precise moment you need to look at - it looks OK to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOgLhlBXTsU

Nowell's very flat, but he does seem to be checking his run just before the pass and change of video shot. I think it was certainly a flat enough pass that, if I'd been the ref I'd have though worth a second look.

There's also the issue of whether Nowell had a foot in touch. Maybe I need to take my white-tinted glasses off but again I reckon he just about avoided it.

That points difference argument is valid too - at the moment Ireland have a huge advantage here; if that try had been legit and converted, the difference in points difference would be a single point.

But, the ref's decision is final and I'm starting to annoy myself with whining about the ref, so I'll shut up now...


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3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

The penalty awarded just before Murray's kick to set up the try - can someone explain what that was for? All I can see there is a well-executed tackle by Nowell. Joseph attempts a tackle as well, not high or anything and there's no offside line as it's open play.

Clearly it had no effect on the game; just curious. (Although having said that, I'm not sure Conor Murray would have kicked there - potentially kicking away possession - if he didn't have penalty advantage coming).

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

* Ford

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Rugby HQ Plays of the Month for February PLUS the Wraparound, week 2

Going to follow Seanny's lead and start rocking the old suit and flip-flops combo I reckon.

1 Month, 12 Hours ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

Wk 1:
Wales 16-21 England
Italy 3-26 Ireland
France 15-8 Scotland

Wk 2:
England 47-17 Italy
Ireland 18-11 France
Scotland 23-26 Wales

1 Month, 13 Hours ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

*presumed innocent unless proven guilty

1 Month, 20 Hours ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

10/10 for effort Eddie, but only the citing commissioner and Franks's mum could genuinely claim that the second one was not deliberate and malicious.

1 Month, 20 Hours ago

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

Indeed. I'll put my hand up and admit that I would be in pieces after being on the receiving end of a tackle like this. But that doesn't make it illegal or dangerous.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

Well, DrG just did, so not sure why you're asking the same question again. But, as I explained on an earlier post:

If you freeze the video on the replay around 1:10, you can clearly see Dennis's left arm on Harris's chest. And I believe the still RD has used at the top of this page is of the second tackle too - in this image you can see his right arm on Harris's chest.

This clearly illustrates that Dennis indeed attempted to grasp the ball-carrier, with both arms no less.

Therefore it is a legal tackle. And a very good one too.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

"Tackle with the shoulder" isn't a very useful phrase!

I think it's clear in the video that neither g or h applies to either of these tackles. On the second one, if you freeze it on the replay around 1:10, you can clearly see Dennis's left arm on Harris's chest. And I believe the still RD has used at the top of this page is of the second tackle too - in this image you can see his right arm on Harris's chest.

So you can hardly say he didn't "try to grasp that player".....

Now, I would *not* like to be smashed like that, but that is another matter.

1 Month, 3 Days ago