Podcast: Episode 49 – Tripping Rugby Balls

This week Cammy is joined by John  and Iain to look back at Scotland’s convincing win over Fiji. We get some post match reaction from Gregor Townsend and Grieg Laidlaw, chat about the newly announced Scottish Players Union and Hoggy’s move to Exeter.

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17 comments on “Podcast: Episode 49 – Tripping Rugby Balls

  1. Neil on

    I have been calling it this whole year to get Strauss back in the Squad, finally Toony took my advice.

    Was thrilled when he made that bulldozing run, precisely what we need.

    Now that is somone who is committed to Scotland and clear for all to see.

  2. Neil on

    Dunbar and Jones need time to Gel in the 12-13 combo, whats the highest consecutive games they have played together ? all great centre partnerships need time to gel. Darcy/Driscoll , Nonu/Smith, Roberts/Davies.

    You dont hear of any great England Midfield centre partnership because they cant decide who to pick.

    I would like to have that first choice Centre Partnership nailed down by end of six nations.

  3. Phil on

    On the how tall is JB issue I too have an issue with another Scotland players height. Standing at a lofty 5ft 10 ( and a half) I’ve met or at least been in the vicinity of Hoggy a few times the most recent of which was in the queue at the BP garage on the expressway. I couldn’t help noticing the fact that I was definitely if only slightly taller than him. He also had a very nice pair of shoes on with a not unsubstantial heel thus making it even less unlikely it was just wishful thinking on my part. However hearing you have also had a similar experience I decided some research was in order. Whilst waiting for the kettle to boil and listening to the second half of your podcast I did about 3 minutes of googling and realised he is in fact listed as 5ft 11 in all but one place which lists him as 1.8m. Have we happened upon some sort of SRU conspiracy?
    Great podcast incidentally, a welcome antidote to that English rugby union weekly drivel on the BBC

  4. Martin C on

    Great listen boys, sick of reading and hearing folk slagging Ryan Wilson off. All of Rennie, Vern and Toonie trust or trusted him in whichever back row role they give or gave him and that is good enough for me. Lots of graft and hidden dirty work. His stats for the game are decent reading too.

  5. Ben F on

    I enjoyed the podcast , good banter , good points ,great to hear you mention the referee abuse. The standards even at International level can be mixed and they have the technology.

    I could see this coming , football has fallen to a place where we never want to be . We must encourage referees and the 10 yards being added on Saturday was great to see (mind you wish it was not against us).

    Being frank , who is a referee , a guy who gives up his afternoon for the benefit if 30 others. Now I could not do that, so who does ? mmph Yes, exactly , [pause for effect] , most are genuine decent blokes with no alteriour motive , they just enjoy the game and dont want to stand watching. They all have their quirks, we just need to adjust.

    If we want to see rugby continue to be a great game, we need to protect the referee, we also need to encourage refereeing to be attractive (was going to say sexy, but that would be all wrong). We need to sustain refereeing as it is the one area of the game we never talk about and take for granted.

    Talking about attractive and I mean this most tastefully, I have no problems with female referees. Why not !

  6. Scot95 on

    In relation to the commentary on a 3rd pro team recently it’s interesting to see that in the Newcastle falcons 23 vs Harlequins there are 6 Scots qualified players, John Hardie, Gary Graham, Young, Davidson, Welsh and Johnny Williams who seems to have dropped off the fans radar but still hasn’t been capped by any of the nations he’s qualified for. Add Guy Graham plus Chris Harris and there’s more Scots representation than Edinburgh have had at times in recent seasons. How long before the SRU formally try to takeover

    • Ben F on

      They are currently bottom of Premiership, bit of a risk if they were to drop.BTW I think our 3rd team is in England , Sale would be better buy IMO.

  7. Stu2 on

    Cammy, if you are going to pick out comments on the blog and then disagree with it, then you should at least do so on the blog and not just the podcast.

    Right of reply and all that.

    • The Truth Fairy on

      I have no issue with the podcast.’Right of reply’really ! Well lets hear it.This is just a wee blog not a court case.There is a right to reply,especially to baffonery, anywhere, so take your opportunity now …Thought you wete bigger than this.Disapointed very disapointed.Get a few on and get to the game is my advice.

  8. TheSmidge on

    Hands in the Ruck this week has to be the incredible decision not to cite Kolisi for his reverse headbutt on Pete Horne. Either World Rugby are protecting players’ heads or they’re not.

    On the whole, it was another weekend of refereeing inconsistency BUT the worst offender would seem to be a certain Kiwi TMO…Mr Ben Skeen. So ‘skeen’ to intervene last week at the slightest thing, but didn’t with the Kolisi incident (which was plain to see on TV) or Dell being held down by the throat. How du Toit escaped a yellow for his clearout as well is beyond me.

    So, yeah, that’s TWO hands in the ruck…World Rugby and Ben Skeen!

    • The Chiel on

      Shocking decision by World Rugby. What’s “clear and obvious” is their disgraceful double standards. Saffer political icon and captain – let him off. A slap to the wrist with not even moderate force.
      Everyone knows if it had been a Pacific Islander they wouldn’t be allowed on a field again until after Easter.

      • Neil on

        Thats a pretty serious accusation Chiel i dont think it has anything to do with the color of skin/background.

        More just incompetence from World Rugby yet again.

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