Slightly squeaky bum time

Towards the end of that second half, wasn’t it?

Still, the most important result of any rugby match is that Wales must lose, that achieved.

24 thoughts on “Slightly squeaky bum time”

  1. The Welsh equivalent of “Rugby Special” is always a giggle when they lose – and doubly so when they lose to England 🙂

  2. I’ve rarely before seen:

    a) A TMO bottle a decision because only one angle was available, when that angle was the best possible one.
    b) A referee tacitly admit that something should have been more than a penalty by referring to the citing process while the game was still being played.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    I don’t know. I always feel sorry for some reason when Wales loses. They are not like the French. They usually play the sort of rugby I like and the fans are generally decent. The same with Ireland.

    The problem with referees insisting they are the centre of the drama is that they become the centre of the drama. Italian football seems more about the politics of everything but the game. Rugby seems to be going that way. So the ref made a bad decision? It happens. Better if we all move on.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    The reason he commented about one angle was that the one he had was inconclusive about intent or contact with the eye and he had to get on with the game. The Citing Commissioner and ref can spend more time analysing it after the game.

    I don’t mind the refs having a look at the videos but there needs to be a time limit. If they have seen anything conclusive in, say, 60 seconds, its time to move on. It getting like American football with all the stoppages meaning that 80mins of play is taking around 100mins.

  5. As a borders man I support Wales against all except England. And possibly Italy. Not that they need much support against poor old Italy.

  6. Conflicted, since granny played hockey for Wales! I married Irish too, so Scotland is the only Home nation I can slag off 🙂

  7. pendantly, I thought citings were only done for offences not seen by the ref. So no review possible. An odd decision that technical infringement is worse than brutality but the penalty is reversed anyway.

  8. My general experience is: the closer one lives to Wales, the greater one despises them, people I know from Bristol are passionate in their hatred of the Welsh. There are outliers as with all data sets, I live in Australia and cannot abide them. They are the only team on the planet I support Australia against, my logic being that while ordinarily I enjoy Australia being beaten, I hate it when Wales has the kudos of beating a top team.

  9. You can be cited later.

    Wales play boring bash it up rugby normally – only when they were forced to move away from Gatland’s game did they show what they could do.

  10. Bloke not in Cymru

    Not sure what the point of having Joubert on the pitch was as the game seemed to be run by the rest of the officials. Might be time to think about a screen for the ref for some of these incidents though, as the BBC commentary has pointed out on many occasions (itv was curiously silent) slow motion playback on the big screen makes a lot of things look worse than they are, as can often be judged by the reaction of the crowd.
    It hasn’t been a great 6 nations tournament for quality rugby though and the itv covergae hasn’t been great either

  11. It was rather strange. One guy got sent off for a technical infringement, which probably played a major part in changing the course of the match because England were effectively playing with only 2 back-rowers beause of the need to send on a replacement prop, and the guy penalised at the same point of play for gouging remains on the park. Surely either both should have been carded or neither of them?

  12. So England win 6N with a game to spare. Scotland played some rugby against a team which would struggle against Georgia, Tonga or even Spain.
    Let’s hope England can stay motivated against a second division side for (ha! ha¨) le crunch.

  13. Do France care anymore? Bit of a problem if they don’t.

    This, by the way, is England’s first win without Wilkinson since 1996 (and their first ever 6 Nations win ever without him).

  14. I was in twickenham and I’ve never seen a crowd so happy as when we (England) won our own line out and kicked it straight into touch…

  15. Bloke not in Cymru

    Given the way the ball Was thrown into that line out they may as well just thrown it into touch. Ok the game was over and no one cares but still not the best idea with the way that game was reffed to do something so blatant

  16. I presume it is a requirement for all referees to find an excuse to send someone from the English side to the sin bin so as to ‘liven the game up’? To be fair Haskell normally makes it easy, but sometimes you need to go ‘technical’

  17. It hasn’t been a great 6 nations tournament for quality rugby though and the itv covergae hasn’t been great either

    No, I’ve noticed that. Watching the Super Rugby a week after the 6 Nations. One obvious difference is the accuracy of the long passing in Super Rugby: 10m+ passes going straight to hand, taken at pace, to spread the play wide is normal. You’d see perhaps one or two per game in the 6 Nations going to hand, with the rest going nowhere near, down by the ankles, or knocked on. Northern Hemisphere needs to work on their passing skillz.

  18. They are the only team on the planet I support Australia against, my logic being that while ordinarily I enjoy Australia being beaten, I hate it when Wales has the kudos of beating a top team.

    So once every 6-7 years you “hate it”? Must be tough. 🙂

  19. Wales balances the tough times with times of unutterable delight when they lose to a minnow such as Fiji, Samoa and Italy.

  20. Wales balances the tough times with times of unutterable delight when they lose to a minnow such as Fiji, Samoa and Italy.

    Yeah, but Wales is pretty much a minnow nation that somehow manages to scrape together a decent rugby team. Wales are never gonna win a world cup unless the stars align for them (like they did for Greece in the 2002 Euro Championships), and Wales do well to win a Grand Slam with the regularity they do.

    But England should be a powerhouse: all the statistics and finances are on their side, and they should be winning the 6 Nations and Grand Slams pretty much every 2-3 years. I see people are now talking about England dominating the 6 Nations for years to come, but haven’t we heard this before? Winning the 2003 WC was the worst thing that could have happened to English rugby, akin to the soccer team winning in 1966: they think that because 15 totally different guys wearing similar jumpers won it before that they have a chance of doing so again by virtue of showing up.

    The anomaly isn’t Wales losing to Fiji and Italy, it’s their beating the likes of England and France with regularity, and England losing so often to teams they should be destroying.

  21. BiW

    Not even that. “Gypsy Boy”

    I’m bemused at the fuss.

    On Radio 5 they reported it including an apology that they were going to use an ‘offensive word’

    Which word is offensive? ‘Gypsy’ or ‘boy’?

    Would “English Boy” be offensive? Or “Caucasian Boy”?

  22. Well, remember the fuss about Clarkson calling Brown a one-eyed Scottish idiot?

    One eye – check
    Scottish – check
    Idiot – check

    The Daily Mash ran a good article on that episode. Shame the Mash has gone downhill since some bloke from BBC “comedy” got involved in it.

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