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    Re: Coronavirus Impact

    Don't tell the NRA, or they'll all want one!
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: What happened next?

    Nor have I - it was a surprise to find that bit.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: What happened next?

    A short history of the Mark

    The WWE myth claims that when he made a Fair Catch he could have made a mark and stopped. The opponents could come up to the mark while he retired as far as he liked,...
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: What happened next?

    In 1976 you could make a Mark from a drop-out.
  5. Thread: New record

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    Re: New record

    It retains the major defect of punishing weaker sides to the maximum, which is more likely to turn people off playing than any defects in H2H.
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    Re: New record

    If you wish to advocate a tie-breaker match, fine. Tricky with a triple tie, but fortunately that is rare to vanishing.
    However the "total body of work" argument includes ramping up the score...
  7. Thread: New record

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    Re: New record

    I prefer to avoid using points difference as a tie-breaker. Much better is comparing scores in the head-to-head matches. We use that locally in our merit leagues (because I wrote the regulations).
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    Re: New record

    128-0 back in 2014. At 104-0 after 60 minutes the losing team asked to call it off, but the winning team claimed they needed the points. Not long after that the referee correctly called it off for...
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    Re: Can anyone help please?

    I agree they are not the same person. However the cap may well have been an exchange when the Transvaal team toured in 1906. No need for a move to South Africa.
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    Re: Can anyone help please?

    I agree they are not the same person. However the cap may well have been acquired in an exchange when the Transvaal team toured in 1906. No need for a move to South Africa.
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    Re: Can anyone help please?

    Further information

    I should have recognised the name Peters ...
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    Re: Can anyone help please?

    My expert friend has changed his mind: the cap is indeed Transvaal, as was said earlier. They came third in the Currie Cup behind Western Province and Griqualand. Possible owners were AO Morkel, WS...
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    Re: Can anyone help please?

    I sent the picture to a South African contact (Paul Dobson) who, with the help of a well-known historian, gave a a detailed identification:


    If you want the brief biographies to try and identify...
  14. [Law] Re: Folauís online comments have taken a turn for the worse.

    Just like Dickie E? :biggrin:
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    [Law] Re: No Mitigation? (High Tackle)

    Surely the "no arms" collision resulted from the fact that MT had his right arm folded across his chest? The drop in height did not cause that.
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    Re: Eng-Wal Under 20ís - Yellow Card

    There was a guideline of some sort that said sticking your arm out to break your fall did not in itself absolve the perpetrator.
  17. Thread: YC/RD

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    [Tackle] Re: YC/RD

    The Ruling quoted in #22 acually lists some edge cases
    ("reactionary"? = "opposing political or social progress or reform." :biggrin:)
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    [Law] Re: Whose knock-on is it anyway ?

    In the early days, no juggling was allowed eg 1949 A knock-on occurs when the ball, after striking the hand or arm of a player, travels in the direction of his opponents' dead ball line.
    1959...
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    [Law] Re: Whose knock-on is it anyway ?

    Tim Stimpson chased a kick through and initially kneed the ball forward. It bounced awkwardly and he reached up for it with his right hand, knocking it forward again. It went to his left and he...
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    [Law] Re: Whose knock-on is it anyway ?

    If a player fumbles the ball a metre forward, it has gone out of his grasp. If it then hits an opponent it is clearly a knock-on.

    However letting an opponent turn a bit of juggling into a knock-on...
  21. Thread: Law 14.7 & 21.7

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    [Tackle] Re: Law 14.7 & 21.7

    Temptation well resisted - the etymological origin is a Latin verb, not a second declension noun.
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    [Law] Re: Penalty Try or not? Opinions please

    I think the normal requirement is higher than 51%, which is not really significant (not that it makes much sense to express the judgement in percentages).
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    [Law] Re: Whose knock-on is it anyway ?

    That is one legalistic approach. However if he is deemed to have possession, he cannot have knocked on. That makes more sesne to me.
  24. Thread: Law 14.7 & 21.7

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    [Tackle] Re: Law 14.7 & 21.7

    After his knee hits the ground (tackle completed) he is too far away to reach out and score. I see a deliberate effort to move his body nearer to the goal line. I do not see it as momentum.
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    [Law] Re: Whose knock-on is it anyway ?

    We have something of a contradiction in the laws here. Red is juggling the ball and is therefore liable to be tackled (legally). If the ball goes outside his reach and then hits Blue, I can see it...
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