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O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 6

Or even Brad Barritt.... I mean, if I were looking at the team and thinking right, one of these two needs to make way for Ford to come in, I'd have definitely dropped the bloke who in his last two games, has missed fairly standard tackles, been caught out position and has shown bugger all in attack.

I imagine Goode's versatility is what has kept him in the side as a bench player, but I'd rather have a player who's playing well in his position than one who's playing badly in a number of them. Also, Ford is now covering fly-half (and 36 can if needed too). I'd have thought, with a centre pairing that has about 12 caps between them going against one with 200 caps between them, having Barritt waiting in the wings would have been a better option.

Then again, I'm not an international rugby coach.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

Nice one. ;)

But I don't think the two statements are contradictory.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

This is precisely the sort of shit the IRB was trying to address when they came up with the new tip tackle directive. It was after all in the wake of the BOD Lions Tour clear-out, which in many ways is similar to this.

Compared with some other "tip tackles" we've seen, this one involves deliberately lifting and driving a player into the ground, shoulders/neck first with the head taking a pretty hard bang on the turf too.

I love a big tackle, however nasty, unnecessary cheap shots, where you're solely looking to bully, intimidate and (I believe in this case) injure another player should certainly be punished.

Ten weeks may sound harsh to some, but this is the kind of action that does need a deterrent against it, so I'm all in favour of the lengthy ban.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

That's the point I was going to make. What a big fucking bully. Totally unnecessary.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Policeman tackles suspected criminal off bicycle

Bullshit, he was pulling the cop the wrong bloody way. policeman could have taken the crim down and landed on top of him, if it hadn't been for dopey Lewis from across the street hanging off his back.

Unless of course you did indeed mean "added wait", as in the policeman had to wait for the other cops to arrive as he was no longer able to control the crim on his own...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Maurie Fa'asavalu makes huge hit on Andrea Masi in the Aviva Premiership

Exactly Jon. And this guy does such a good job of grasping the tacklee, that - despite smashing him backwards in the tackle - he is still grasping Masi's shirt when he touches the ground. In fact, based on that criterion alone this is a textbook tackle.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

Aha!! I'd completely forgotten about that!
Nice one

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

@MisterDavid - totally agree in principle. I always try to observe the mantra "Get your first tackle in early, even if it's late".

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

I love the roar that goes up when BOD gets to his feet. Imagine being BOD, must be awesome to have that many thousands of people all cheering wildly for you.

Didn't realise he'd won quite so many caps. Awesome. So he'll equal Gregan's record against England then - look forward to that although I do hope England can piss on his parade.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

@Facepalm - sorry mate, can you explain the Courtney Lawes comment? I don't get it.
Unless you mean the lack of a citing gives him carte blanche to slice through players, with dubious technique?

2 Months, 1 Day ago

 
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