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Super Rugby 2017 - Round 1 Highlights

A lot of head-hunting in that Reds v Sharks game. Did they not get the memo about refs clamping down on this? Karmichael Hunt practically knocked a bloke out with a head-shot and still looked surprised to be carded for it.....

How come I have never heard of James Low(e?) of the Chiefs? Looks a right bloody handful.

3 Months, 13 Hours ago

Rieko Ioane gets hat-trick in Blues Super Rugby opener win over Rebels

I assume/hope you mean Andy.
https://www.facebook.com/AndyGoodeforthe2017Lions/

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Awkward discussions eliminated with new SANZAAR Super Rugby TMO Protocol

I thought this was already the protocol. I distinctly remember Nigel Owens requesting help from the TMO then sticking with his own decision, even if it differed from the TMO's opinion. I'm sure he's done that a number of times, and other refs too.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Rieko Ioane gets hat-trick in Blues Super Rugby opener win over Rebels

I'm very much in the DrG/larry camp when it comes to preference for muted celebrations and a polite nod to one's team-mates, rather than the silly gesticulation and prancing about that is so popular these days.

However, as in any other situation, I'll always make an exception for a bit of air guitar. Not only that but a gently strummed air-ukulele I can definitely handle. Only after scoring a hat-trick though, you've got to earn the right to pull out the old air-ukulele.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Rieko Ioane gets hat-trick in Blues Super Rugby opener win over Rebels

I reckon you're right Jimmy, probably won't make any difference, but it is sometimes hard to tell isn't it? The try just after the 2:00 mark, for example - did I count FIVE missed tackles there? Shite defence or deceptive speed/power and elusive running? Pretty sure he'll be shredding far better defences soon enough.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Martin Johnson reflects on England win over Wales in Lions context

I wouldn't rate Russell that highly.
What was that match recently where he ignored about 5 perfectly set up drop goal opportunities right in front of the posts, in the last five minutes of the game? I'd have been fuming if I'd been in his forward pack.
That nonsense with the rushed kick against France.
Also against France, I saw him throw some ridiculous speculative offloads which all turned to shit. (The one sublime offload to put Seymour through and create the try is the exception that proves the rule).
All the above shows he doesn't have the temperament and game management that will be needed in NZ.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Sona Taumalolo makes thumping hit against Pau in the Top 14

Boomfaaah!

As so often with these monster hits, I'm equally impressed by the ball-carrier's ability to keep and present the ball...

If you watch it on a slow enough speed, you can see Taumalolo did at least attempt to grasp the player (aka wrap arms around him), which is impressive in itself considering how fast the bloke was bouncing away from him!

Would definitely recommend trying out in Hollywood before his rugby career's over. Could be an amazing villain or henchman.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

Anyone see this clip of Jacob Zuma being heckled as he fumbled over Van der Westuizen's name?
https://www.facebook.com/vanniekaap.co.za/videos/1275390432542841/

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

Brilliant! And from the same video: if Nick Evans goes to Paris again they'll take him to the Bastille and get the guillotine out!

I should say this in a hushed voice, but I actually think Robson brings more colourful idioms and metaphors than Bill McLaren did.

My personal favourite, after a horrible hospital pass resulted in someone being scythed in half: well it was the sort of pass you'd give to someone who'd just taken your last Rolo!

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

Interesting and insightful. Can't say I learnt anything as such, but this is a nice behind-the-scenes piece.

The mos intriguing but I thought was where several of the coaches said they use all these data to back up their own gut instincts and subjective opinions. Not saying this is wrong, but it's generally not a great way to use research. As the advertising guru David Ogilvy said: a fool uses research the way a drunk man uses a lamp-post; more for support than illumination.

3 Months, 3 Days ago