We are now half way through the season and with at least 7 sides in with a decent chance of making the playoffs it should be an exciting second half too. Here's my review of round 11. How did the predictions go? First up here is a link to my predictions. 4 out of 6, so... Continue Reading →
Sharing Sunday: An idea that might help to stop feeding at scrum time.
During the 2014 FIFA World cup we saw the introduction of a white vanishing spray being used by referees to mark where a free kick should be taken.
With rugby referees constantly turning a blind eye to crooked feeds perhaps it is time that they used the same spray to set the scrum. A small line could be drawn as the centre spot with hookers heads positioned over the mark before and when the ball is put in. The mark would also be the line on which the scrum-half must put the ball in. Perhaps this might end the ridiculous feeding by scrum-halves . If referees penalize crooked feeds the No. 9’s would soon learn.
The hookers would then have to hook the ball,which is why they are called “hookers!” Without this basic skill the role of a hooker becomes redundant,as their only designated role would be to throw the…
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After this game we will be halfway through the seasons and everybody will have played everybody. It's kind of fitting that the halfway point is also the changing of the years. Anyway here are my predictions for round 11. How did your predictions go last week? First up here is a link to my review... Continue Reading →
A welcome return to Premiership action lead to plenty of talking points. Here's my review. How did your predictions go? Here's a link to my predictions for round 10. 5 out of 6, that sounds good but I went with my heart rather than head for the Sale v Exeter game and really should have... Continue Reading →
Sharing Sunday: A good piece on why we go to watch sport live, when we can.
I’d like to think that, on the whole, my family and I are fairly in sync. We agree that cats are overrated, that Heinz tomato soup is the best kind of soup, and that playing Christmas songs in September should be punishable by life in prison. But what we don’t always agree on is the matter of sport.
It was a few weeks ago that my dad brought up his confusion as to why people would ever bother to attend the Ryder Cup in person: why not just stay at home and watch it on the TV? His argument is as follows. Why pay hundreds of pounds to go and watch an event, in the cold, and maybe the rain (pretty likely for Scotland in September), where you will see little of the action? By staying at home you get a better view of proceedings, stay warm and dry and
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So I played rugby for the first time in years last night. Did OK even if my only try was ruled out for stepping on the line! There are a few rule changes that I wasn't aware of, you don't have to touch the ball down for a try anymore. Sounds a bit like American... Continue Reading →
Back to the real business of the Aviva Premiership. Round 10 is the start of a block of 4 games that will take us over the halfway mark. For a reminder of the structure of the european season click here, otherwise here are my predictions. As we have had a couple of weeks away, here... Continue Reading →
I have covered the daddy competition now it's the turnoff the baby one, here are how things stand in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and who I see qualifying for the quarterfinals. Pool 1 Pos Team P W D L BP Pts 1 London Irish 4 3 0 1 2 14 2 Cardiff Blues 4... Continue Reading →
The first European Rugby Champions Cup group stages are now two thirds through. So as we have a few weeks until the next round it's a good time to take stock and have some fun predicting who will make the quarter finals. Pool 1 Pos Team P W D L BP Pts 1 Clermont Auvergne... Continue Reading →