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What concerns me most about Ian Foster

The run-up to the World Cup semi-final in 2019 had many a New Zealand rugby union supporter experiencing increasing nervousness as the coaching panel were displaying an unshakeable belief that no matter how slow ruck ball became, and no matter how much time defences had to reset their full defensive lines on the back of […]

He actually gets a supporting leg to ground first – as you say – Watch the video

Was this worthy of a red card?

I’ll get you started
I sort of have been accused of making comments last week and before the match, I never said anything about the TMO. I am not sure how the narrative has changed from that point of view.
All of the major British media outlets jumped on the late development, and while Gatland hasn’t publicly commented, they described as being “furious”.
Big calls if anyone can prove he did say something
Gatland might have got his game plan and selections all sorts of wrong – but he wont be answering any charges about attacking Marius Jonker

Warren Gatland is ready for a Lions-Boks 'cup final'

Newlands would be a good idea

Warren Gatland is ready for a Lions-Boks 'cup final'

Please show me the public comments that Warren Gatland made.
Anywhere he mentions the TMO appointment and names official before test day
Simply didn’t happen – no matter how many times it gets incorrectly repeated
I ‘ll wait

Warren Gatland is ready for a Lions-Boks 'cup final'

Doesn’t mean what got into the press was in line with our games values , what it does mean when the sanctions start flying this week Gatland is clean.
He should have spent more time at the selection table and on the game plan than his media strategy though.

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Show me the quote Harry – this is the telegraph
Warren Gatland, the British & Irish Lions head coach, has been left furious after learning that South African Marius Jonker has been appointed as television match official for the Test series against the Springboks’
He said nothing in any pubic forum

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Find me a single quote where Gatland mentions Jonker by name and the TMO appointment i in the week before the 1 test
Either at a presser or interview
It didn’t happen
Only the asst coach on the friday morning mentioned it and that was all bland.
Lots of ‘it is reported that’ and ‘it is believed’ but Gatland did said nothing about the TMO appointment until right before kick off in a sky interview
Looks like they planted something in the press – but Gats is clean from sanction- very clever
He did have a shot at him after the SA A game, but in terms of the TMO appointment – nothing
He made a point of getting this out there before game time yesterday

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Absolute free ride, unreal at this level, esp with Marx throwing – gives him the easy out too.

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Well, we have a decider.
Boks did Bok things better and were the only side that looked like wanting to move the ball (albeit laterally most the time) for most of the day.
The big difference week 1 to 2 was Pollard taking the opportunity to play a lot flatter to the line and Lions not having an openside capable of getting out and closing him down, thought Curry was quiet second week in a row. Faf presented that running picture absent from week 1
Overall the Lions loose forward trio were more 1H of last week than 2H, awful offensive breakdown, just awful, not enough guys quick enough to get to the breakdown nor accurate enough to effect the clean out and the Boks picked them off at the turnover for fun.
In that vein who would want to be in a backline serviced by Conor Murray, one of the big errors at the selection table, Lions under pressure behind their own line every time they didn’t kick it away, a major Gatland blooper again based in picking a side not to lose rather than one capable of going out and winning.
80 minutes 73 kicks – hardly a surprise given the two coaches but how poor were the Lions catching the ball, another selection error in leaving out Liam Williams.
But if 80 minutes of football is going to take 120 mins to complete our game is in all sorts of trouble.
Oh – one last thing, who was calling the defensive lineout for the Lions, behind on the scoreboard and EE takes 5 consecutive lineouts at the front unmolested in 2H – the Lions didnt think their way through this game, SA did.

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

That’s the 1 thing very noticeable this year
Captains get called by their names and everyone else by their number
Berry was very clear on this last week
It’s a great advance

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

I heard a study quoted this week Nick that said there are penalty offences at 91% of all breakdowns. ( was a Uk but I can’t find the study online but bear with me)
So using that study there should have been at least 126 penalty offences that could have been identified on the day, say half and half, Rassie missed another 37 offences potentially in his team favour, rather lax of him.

Now that is never going to happen but it shows that any video selecting any number of offences between 0 and 167 when only looking at one side is totally pointless.

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

I cant think of a better parallel

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

If you watch his interview and are convinced of his personal veracity on the subject then I will respect your view JN.
For mine it looks like he is just following the party line.
Paul Ds review of the 80mins and referee interaction is pretty clear though

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

I haven’t heard the word parallax since old study days of trying to figure out how far stars were from the earth.

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

Thanks for taking the time to do that for us all PaulD
God knows I wasn’t going to go back over that again
And your result, hardly a surprise is it
Not so sure I have Kolisi in the villain corner, more victim, didnt look to me like believed what he was saying, he has to back the management/coaching staff.
At least until next week when they are all suspended

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

what shady unofficial stuff?
And they dont make they themselves available to one team and not others – you are off in weeds making stuff up
Seems the process that every rugby coach in the entire world has been using effectively for years doesn’t apply all of a sudden when SA get beaten.
Self-centred entitlement at its very public worst.
Wonder how those Code of Conduct reviews are going at SARU and WR right now
Indefensible

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

This would have happened and is the reason the officials didn’t respond until Tuesday
Not too hard to follow is it

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

keep going PaulD

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

There is a process that has been in place for years
Sunday – Individual review of the game by the official
Monday – Officials team review in junction world rugby referees team- JP Doyle advises this is a five hour process
Tuesday – available to both team for discussion and clarification
It has always been thus
Not sure why should change it because the Special One is having an episode

'I didn't feel respected': Springboks captain backs Erasmus rant on Aussie ref

SARU and WR code of conduct and list of sanctions could not be clearer.
Time to step up

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

And they should, its just another mechanism to slow the game down

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

His lack of awareness of personal responsibility here is just astonishing, thought it should probably be pointed out.

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

OK, I couldnt resist at least one cheap shot.

Second Presser

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

Sometimes the timing of ones article just doesnt go in your favour
This one rather usurped by wider events

Has Rassie's 'Kool-Aid' gone stale?

WR have been taking an activist approach to the game this year, and largely for the better.
But right now they have to come down hard on this behavior in order to protect every referee at every level of the game.

If SARFU do nothing
This wont even be an if sadly PK.

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

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