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Hey Stuart Being a Scot I know all to well about reality checks and false dawns and perhaps its made me a little negative but am I the only person in the world that feels perhaps that it was the same old same old from wales? I acknowledge it was a great achievement to get to the semis. Can we honestly say they would have got there if the Irish hadn't have beaten the Aussies in the groups stages. I just feel that they played great rugby, beat the minnows and home nations and fell short against the sanzar sides again. But they do that every year?
Posted 10:59 22nd December 2011
Stuart, The biggest annoyance in Rugby Union is the inconsistency in refereeing and I am not just talking about the Northern V Southern referees however comparing the Toulouse V Quins lifting of the player to the Warburton incident does a disservice to Alain Rolland and implies that he is only basing his Refereeing decisions upon directives of the Organisers of the relevant competition. Sam Warburton lifted Vincent Clerc up and dropped him while he was unsupported whereas the Player in the Toulouse V Quins game was part of a maul and was lifted up and fell over after being on top of other players in the Maul. His fall was broken whereas Clerc was unsupported and came down more abruptly and looked more likely to be injured. Perhaps the rule should be clarified as to what constitutes a spear tackle and what is allowed when trying to remove a player from a Maul. Fionan
Posted 17:42 20th December 2011