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Wales win comfortably in Cardiff clash with France

I think we can safely assume Monsieur Osprey was being sarcastic. (I hope so anyway!). But before England fans get cocky, they played very similar tactics, just with a bloke in an 8 shirt instead of 12 smashing his way through the middle of the park. A sight to behold as far as I'm concerned, not that subtle though. Will be fascinating to see if he can still do this against his cousin in a couple of weeks...

Oliver, 100% agree on Guirardo, the bloke was everywhere and absolutely immense. Talk about leading from the front.

Reluctant as I am to criticise the refs, this was not Barnesy's finest performance. I got the impression he was concentrating so much on delivering his instructions in French that it may have distracted him from more important tasks. Rumours that his French vocabulary book was taking up so much space in his pocket that he had no space left for his yellow card are as yet unconfirmed.
Also annoyed me how much he wanted to teach seasoned front rowers how to scrummage. Thought he was going to pull on a team shirt and pack down at one point.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Schalk Brits banned for three weeks after red card for punching Nick Wood

Deck-chairing!? Haven't heard that term before, but it does seem very accurately descriptive.

Only Nick Wood will know if he deckchaired Brits on purpose - I find it hard to believe any professional rugby player would do such a thing deliberately, but then you look at that Calum Clark breaking Rob Hawkins's arm and such scumbaggery doesn't sound quite as unthinkable.

My impression is that Brits was obeying the ref's order - "Two Off" is heard around 0:04 on this video - by stopping pushing, inadvertently making himself a bit more vulnerable to Wood's shove as he tried to clear him out. It looks to me like the deckchair folding could have been avoided though.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

'England are favourites to beat Ireland and win the Six Nations' says Flatman

I'll admit I am slightly nervous about Monsieur Poite, as he's reffed England scrums very harshly in the past. (Incorrectly in my humble opinion, but I probably know even less about scrums than he does). Generally speaking, I think he's a fair ref though; he punishes idiocy quite severely and I am fine with that.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

'England are favourites to beat Ireland and win the Six Nations' says Flatman

"Katman's wrong about Flatman", says The Latman* who's not a fat man.

I reckon England will win by 5-10 pts.

* a new nickname I just made up for myself, but admittedly it's wishful thinking.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Manu Tuilagi penalised for big shoulder on Winston Stanley

I'm always a fan of free content, especially the good quality free content that we're accustomed to being treated to on here. (Having said that, I find I am sitting through bigger and more imposing adverts, many of which are in video format and start playing loud audio without being clicked).

The more important point here is to spare a thought for all those young students of the game, eagerly anticipating the next round of rugby insights. I can picture them now, hundreds of them, breathless, beads of sweat dripping down their foreheads as they frantically refresh the rugbydump homepage, thinking "I wonder what stroudos and DrG will have to say about that Brits punch???"

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Manu Tuilagi penalised for big shoulder on Winston Stanley

Not too much to see here.

I'm more keen to find out more about - and see again - the Schalk Brits punch. I read that Brits claimed he was defending himself against a dangerous clear-out which he felt was putting him at risk of busting his knee again. I didn't really see enough on the ITV highlights the other night, will be interesting to see again in slow motion etc..

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Tommy Seymour's aerial brilliance against Wales in Cardiff

Delighted to see this performance rewarded with its very own Rugbydump post. Watching it live he seemed to be everywhere, especially when a high ball was involved.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

That's the one. And people kept going on about his bravery and commitment. What I see on that Barritt video is poor tackling technique, putting the ball carrier and himself at unnecessary risk of injury. Surprised Quade didn't get bloody whiplash.

My main point is that in both cases the safer option, smashing the bloke a bit lower, would also be far more effective.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Mr Osprey, I love a big tackle as much as the next guy, but this type of tackle is just not that clever.

It reminds me a bit of Brad Barritt and how people used to rave about his commitment and willingness to put his body on the line. There was that game a while ago where he left the pitch with blood pissing down his face from 2 or 3 different cuts and the commentators were going on about what a hero he was - brave warrior and all that nonsense. I'd have been far more impressed if he'd got himself 6-10 inches lower in each of those tackles and not smashed his face in.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Cowan needs a haircut. Who does he think he is, Victor Matfield?

I don't like this sort of tackle. Not sure why it isn't penalised as a high tackle - if you're not allowed to tackle with your arm across someone's face, why should you get away with using your head at the same height? Especially if your head is made out of concrete, like Roberts's apparently is.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago