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Re: Todays Game
Posted by: ciarano
Date: 27/03/2012 21:36
At the risk of labouring the point re the Bowden/Tuilagi incident. Dan did not have the ball when Tuilagi clobbered him. I found this quote interesting from the Guardian referring to the incident.

'Leicester, though, have finally got all their internationals back and take a lot of knocking over. They also hit hard themselves, a brutal, no-arms smash by Manu Tuilagi on Daniel Bowden just before the interval underlining the point. Cockerill felt it was entirely legal - "It looked nastier than it actually was" - but it was reminiscent of the high shot which saw Bath's young fly-half Tom Heathcote invalided out of the game by Maurie Fa'asavalu at Harlequins on Saturday. The game cannot afford to turn a blind eye to crude shoulder-height tackles if it is to remain a sport for all sizes.'

Tuilagi tried the same thing on Sexton at Twickenham. Rugby is without doubt a rough game. But for coaches to legitimise this style of play is at odds with the whole ethos of the game. American football it ain't.
Perhaps it was just a welcome to Leicester handshake.

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