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49 minutes ago, peasy23 said:
On 16/04/2020 at 14:15, Mark Connolly said:
This Friday’s replay on Scottish Rugby TV is Will Carling et al being sent homeward tae think again. 
Can’t wait tbh

Gary Armstrong really was world class, the amount of tackles he put in against England was astounding. Difference against England was Chalmers knocking most of his kicks over, while England missed more than they scored.

Armstrong and Chalmers were both in their early 20s as well, amazing maturity from both of them throughout that season.

My old man always said the point he knew we were going to win was when we got the free kick at a scrum at 0-0 and Armstrong took it quickly. He gave it to Calder, who smashed into about 3 or 4 of the English pack, including Skinner and Teague, who were hard as f**k. He was stopped, but then the rest of our forwards  arrived and drove him about another 15 yards.

Watching that game back, the main difference in the way Scotland play is just that total brutality at the breakdown. It's frustrating to think that the thing we are lacking now is the one thing that always used to set us apart.

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Armstrong and Chalmers were both in their early 20s as well, amazing maturity from both of them throughout that season.
My old man always said the point he knew we were going to win was when we got the free kick at a scrum at 0-0 and Armstrong took it quickly. He gave it to Calder, who smashed into about 3 or 4 of the English pack, including Skinner and Teague, who were hard as f**k. He was stopped, but then the rest of our forwards  arrived and drove him about another 15 yards.
Watching that game back, the main difference in the way Scotland play is just that total brutality at the breakdown. It's frustrating to think that the thing we are lacking now is the one thing that always used to set us apart.
The breakdown was the first thing that caught my eye too, we matched everybody physically then, sadly we don't often enough now.

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My old man always said the point he knew we were going to win was when we got the free kick at a scrum at 0-0 and Armstrong took it quickly. He gave it to Calder, who smashed into about 3 or 4 of the English pack, including Skinner and Teague, who were hard as f**k. He was stopped, but then the rest of our forwards  arrived and drove him about another 15 yards.


I remember feeling exactly the same thing.

That was one of several standout moments. My other favourites include when Carling got tackled near our line and is driven back a good number of yard and Scott Hastings tackle on an escaping Rory Underwood.

How uncomfortable and unprepared for a Scottish win was Nigel Starmer-Smith in his dressing room interview with the victors?

That team was full of talented, hard winners. Eight British Lions, at the time.

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Gary Armstrong really was world class, the amount of tackles he put in against England was astounding.


My favourite ever rugby player. Much stronger than his size, as hard as nails and did the work of three men.

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My favourite ever rugby player. Much stronger than his size, as hard as nails and did the work of three men.
I think the fact that when Rob Andrew had pretty much free reign to pick any scrum half he wanted to play at Newcastle, and he picked Armstrong, tells you everything you need to know about how good he was.

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Gary Armstrong really was world class, the amount of tackles he put in against England was astounding. Difference against England was Chalmers knocking most of his kicks over, while England missed more than they scored.
Also, Stanger never actually touched it down. Players and media bemoaning it afterwards except Brian Moore. His response was simple, 'ref gave it therefore it was a try'. Tbh didn't like Moore as as a player, but that analysis should have been a clue to the excellent commentator he has become...

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Also, Stanger never actually touched it down. Players and media bemoaning it afterwards except Brian Moore. His response was simple, 'ref gave it therefore it was a try'. Tbh didn't like Moore as as a player, but that analysis should have been a clue to the excellent commentator he has become...
Aye, doubt he would have been awarded the try now with TMOs around, looks like he puts the ball down on his leg. I like Moore, calls things as he sees it regardless of the teams involved, and does a sterling job winding up gammons on Twitter.

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Aye, doubt he would have been awarded the try now with TMOs around, looks like he puts the ball down on his leg. I like Moore, calls things as he sees it regardless of the teams involved, and does a sterling job winding up gammons on Twitter.

 

Moore’s terrific. Seems like a spot on bloke as well. He was an absolute bugger of a player, though. Absolutely hated him back in the day.

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I'm going to say it, Gary Armstrong is the best player Scotland has ever produced. 

What a player he was.

Had he played for any other nation he would probably have gone on another two lions tours and be lauded as one of the all time great scrum halves.

Yours

aDONis

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Irish player James Cronin banned for accidentally taking a PED. Aye right. What would be the odds of getting somebody else's tablets and they turn out to be a PED. And the ban is a joke as there will be no games in that period.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2020/0420/1132691-cronin-receives-1-month-doping-ban-for-pharmacy-mix-up/

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6 hours ago, peasy23 said:

Irish player James Cronin banned for accidentally taking a PED. Aye right. What would be the odds of getting somebody else's tablets and they turn out to be a PED. And the ban is a joke as there will be no games in that period.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2020/0420/1132691-cronin-receives-1-month-doping-ban-for-pharmacy-mix-up/

And the Irish fans are calming he has been hard done by. 

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And the Irish fans are calming he has been hard done by. 
Paul Kimmage among those calling it out for the obvious bullshit that it is. He retweeted this..

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Paul Kimmage among those calling it out for the obvious bullshit that it is. He retweeted this..

Not including the fact as soon as you get home with a prescription you check what is in it.

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Tonight's game is Scotland v France from 2018. John Lacey is a c**t is refereeing, and on 3 occasions already has managed to stand between Laidlaw and Russell when we've had quick ball.

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So that is has been confirmed that  Marler's ban will have been pointless as he will not miss a single game. As the the prospered matches have been  counted towards his ban 

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Doping in Irish rugby is getting out of hand with every second kid coming out of Leinster's academy throwing seasoned pro's around like they are Brody Rettalick. 

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Watched the highlights the BBC have put up of the 95 France game, just for the Tooney flip!

Was really suprised by the huge turn over of players from the 90 Grand slam team, only Kenny Milne, Damian Cronin, Craig Chalmers and Gavin Hastings still in the team, but you also have the likes of Weir, Wright, Townsend, Logan, Wainright, Redparth and Peters who are all mainstays on the team in the late 90's

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