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Midweek Madness - Marlie Packer takes Tyla Nathan-Wong for a ride

SDE, that is an interesting point. Can't say I'd ever really considered Folau's role in this, I always just saw North biting off a bit more than he could chew and making a bit of a balls-up of the execution.

So let's have another look:
http://www.rugbydump.com/2013/06/3280/george-north-picks-up-and-carries-tackler-israel-folau

Of course I'm not limited to your 3 areas of argument, but for convenience I will focus on your second point.

In my view, Folau did *not* lift North - actually the more I watch it the more preposterous that claim is. The whole thing is just down to momentum. Yes North put Folau's feet down first but he's still pumping his legs and pushing forward, with Folau going over. Folau's adding to the momentum because he's still trying to pull himself down to terra firma. It doesn't look to me like Folau has intentionally tried to lift, flip, tip or any similar action. Just an unfortunate result of the momentum generated by North himself.


In this video, perhaps Nathan-Wong is a less reluctant participant and I also think the other tackler helped things by changing the dynamics and shifting the direction of momentum.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Jocelino Suta penalised for MMA style chokehold on Richardt Strauss

That bloke's arm probably weighs more than you do....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Jocelino Suta penalised for MMA style chokehold on Richardt Strauss

Gratuitous and disgusting. Don't know how his barber sleeps at night.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Jocelino Suta penalised for MMA style chokehold on Richardt Strauss

https://twitter.com/SJocelino

Given the conspicuous absence of any apology from his Twitter profile, I hope they throw the book at him.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - Marlie Packer takes Tyla Nathan-Wong for a ride

George North, take note. This is how you hod-carry someone without crunching your own neck.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 10 of Super Rugby

"The more I practise the luckier I get" - Gary Player.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Toulon set for yet another final following tense victory over Leinster

I'd go with that, with your amendment of droppies being only 2 points.

1 Month, 13 Hours ago

Toulon set for yet another final following tense victory over Leinster

That Armitage effort looked as if he'd kicked three pounds of haggis. Don't get why Halfpenny didn't have a crack himself, he's usually pretty decent from long range.

There was an interview after the game with Halfpenny - he sounded like he was still groggy from concussions to me. I don't know how he speaks usually, maybe he's a bit slow generally but on this evidence alone there's an argument that he shouldn't have been playing...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Clermont brilliance sees off Saracens to set up place in Champions Cup Final

100% agree.

Could have been irrelevant though, but for a very rare rubbish pass from Abendanon though - gave it about half an hour too early...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 10

"Warning* Do not watch this video. Or if you do, for the love of god skip the bit from 0:25 to 0:45.

That bit with the blokes on the couch cannot be unseen....

1 Month, 4 Days ago