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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Am I right that France have a Poirot and Wales have a Moriarty?

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Pivotal, perfect time and fashion to hit them back - now it's an "open, end-to-end" game from the off rather than "France are blowing Wales away".

    Hopefully Wales can switch the game's monentum another notch and, by the end, we'll be talking about France running out of options and steam early on...

    Oh. Oh. One of those scrum things being turned - that would be a great metaphor for what I mean wouldn't it.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    12-10.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Now we're talking! Go on.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    A much needed bit of luck there!

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Nobody saw that coming.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    3rd kick.off in 10 minutes

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Originally posted by Alex Anderson View Post
    Out of bed at 8:10, switch on ITV, listen to two best national anthems in the world, back to bed.
    Shit. Didn't expect Wales to do likewise.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Missing Foxy terribly in defence.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Took it right through the defence there

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Oh shit. France have really turned up here.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Oh shit.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Exactly that. Why has someone not taught Gareth Davies how to kick?

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Lots of poor kicking from us there, brought it on ourselves.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Fucking hell. France have had their Ready Brek

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    That tackle and turnover from Tipuric was something else.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    I managed to get up in time! France look a big team.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Out of bed at 8:10, switch on ITV, listen to two best national anthems in the world, back to bed.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Come the fuck on, Wales!

    Chieka's quit, I see.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Jonathan Davies is out, aggravated his knee injury, and Owen Watkin in. I presume Halfpenny is onto the bench. A big loss as the Fox has looked good and is also the defensive coordinator.

    Now I'm really nervous.

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  • Flynnie
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Football tried the law of moving a free kick ten yards forward after dissent, it didn't really work and was phased out again.

    It seems to happen a lot less in rugby than it used to, mind. Maybe the micing up of refs cut down on dissent.
    There's still a fair bit of dissent, but I think two things have happened:

    1) The "Only captains get to talk to me" refs have been phased out

    2) Refs seem to accept a certain amount of chirping as long as it's not sweary and you shut up when they tell you to.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Football tried the law of moving a free kick ten yards forward after dissent, it didn't really work and was phased out again.

    It seems to happen a lot less in rugby than it used to, mind. Maybe the micing up of refs cut down on dissent.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Football doesn't have the equivalent of a scrum or ruck, though. I suppose the parallel would be corners and free kicks, where refs will give warnings on pushing before giving pens and free kicks. Similarly, not retreating ten yards*, time wasting.

    *I think rugby simply moves it forward another 10 yards in that scenario (or it did when I played at school, and in rugby league).

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  • Bordeaux Education
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    Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
    AI do get annoyed when referees yell at players not to use their hands in the ruck. Not just because they are professionals and shouldn't need telling but because the ref should bloody well let them transgress and then penalise them.
    Rugby refs have always 'coached' players by pointing out potential transgressions, no? It's one of the cultural differences between football and rugby.

    Apologies, didn't see Ray's post to this effect.
    Last edited by Bordeaux Education; 19-10-2019, 21:50. Reason: Saw Ray's post to this effect. 

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    I had an argument last night with people insisting South Africa will beat Japan. But I can't shake off my gut feeling that they are going to be losing semi finalists

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