- summer rugby
Back in the amateur game a bit of cheating was all part of the fun but as the professional era dawned and the game got a lot faster / harder the tolerance for such things has been sliding. The direction of travel on these issues is against the big cheating Aussie and I was shocked he got away with it. The appeal makes a lot of sense to me. IRB taking a stand as to how such things should be interpreted. IMO what Horwill did is now completely unacceptable although was part of the game 20 years ago. Canadian QC to rule on the appeal I will be shocked again if he isn’t banned for the 3rd test.Posted 6 years agowreckerMember
There were, and are some expectations by players of a bit of naughty. I know that if I’m on the wrong side, I’ll still probably get a bit of a shoeing. I know that there is a likelihood of being punched especially if I’m doing my job. One thing that (to my mind) has never been and will never be acceptable is high tackles. I am not prepared to accept that it’s part of rugby. I generally play with a smile and like to enjoy the game. There is very little which occurs on the field which will make me properly violent. The exception is a high tackle. If I receive one; I’m punching someone and that’s it.
I don’t see how they IRB can not ban Horwill. It’s on video FFS. He’s done it in one of the most high profile rugby games of the year. They have to send the message that it’s unacceptable.Posted 6 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I was on the plane home (from the Caribbean) today, and the bloke sitting next to me was on a connections based trip to Aus to meet with friends and watch the tests tomorrow – a 30hr trip to Gatwick, Heathrow, Hong Kong and then Aus.
Yet becuase tomorrow is designated “post holiday rest day” Mrs K is allowing me to reside on the Sofa for the Lions matched followed by and afternoon of the Grand Depart. *much grinning*Posted 6 years ago
Funny how a high tackle was always frowned upon but a bit of a shoeing to the face was for years part of the game.
Different from when/where I played. Boot face interactions would result in a fight, high tackles would not normally if it was one of those accidental arm out type of things. Tip tackles were positively encouraged!Posted 6 years ago
I once got sent off after smacking a guy who kicked one of our players in the face, he got sent off too. I did not recieve a ban, he did.
I once got sent of for a tip tackle too but that was in a touch rugby tournament 😳duckmanSubscriber
IMO,Face was always out of order, from memory of the second tier of Engerland rugby in the 90’s; biting,stamping on anything, testicular cancer checks and at least one all in a game. Things were especially interesting for a couple of years after the grand slam. The dirtiest games I ever played in were London Scottish v Welsh.They were just over the park and we used to play them a couple of times a year.Posted 6 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
A shoeing for lying on the wrong side of the ruck was part of the game when I played. More than a few times I’ve had deep welts on my back. The odd punch in retaliation for some naughtiness too.
Unacceptable in my book was swinging arm high tackles, genitailia, gouging.
I got banned for 6 weeks for repeatedly punching the opposition 6 when he gouged me for the 2nd time in the first 10 minutes. The ref apparently saw no evidence of apart from the fact he had his thumb in my eye socket whilst I was still punching him. Lets say the after match dinner was “interesting”.Posted 6 years ago
Agreed, the skill and experience of POC is a big loss. This is going to be very tense, Australia will fancy their chances in the scrum and with ball in hand, the breakdown will depend on the ref. Lions must play pressure rugby with high discipline, Halfpenny will deliver, the Aussie kicker whoever it is will be under huge pressure.
Perhaps yesterday wasn’t the best day to change the hard drive on the computer – fingers crossed I can reboot from original – no satellite option here 🙁 …Posted 6 years ago
@DanW – look back in this thread – wizig or something plus above – don’t download anything – I think even my Mac got a few gremlins after last week (my ownership of the hard drive was revoked and trash directory dissappeared.
PS Booted from original HD, machine running sweet with 4x memory now – I knew you all wanted an update 😉Posted 6 years ago
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