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Wales, Rules and a Semi-Final

I just read the following in the Telegraphs article reporting that Wales considered cheating in the Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday.

 “Under the letter of the law there is a number of decisions the referee can make and I just thought on that occasion – the semi-final of a World Cup – that to give a yellow card would have been the appropriate decision ” said Gatland as he carefully explained why Wales considered such a radical move

I might be missing something here, but why should the game make any difference to how the rules are interpreted? Is the same tackle any less dangerous if it’s in a semi-final of a major tournament, or a pre-season friendly? I understand the debate about whether the tackle was dangerous enough to qualify for a red card, or if a yellow card was a more appropriate response, but that has nothing  to do with what game the offence was committed in – that debate is whether the tackle in and of itself meets the criteria laid down by the IRB for a red card.

According to the article, Gatland went on to say,

“In terms of the rules and regulations he was perfectly entitled to give a red card but every game is different and you take the circumstances, the situation and intent into account. I think a yellow card would have been the right decision to make.”

So, by the rules the ref was correct, but he shouldn’t have given a red because  it was an important game for the team and the player didn’t really mean it, and the victim didn’t actually get hurt despite landing on his back/neck? It wouldn’t really have sent out the wrong signals to all the people watching around the world, that a dangerous tackle is OK if it’s in an important game, would it?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the ref has to manage the game he’s in appropriately – it isn’t just about laying down the rules, it’s about sensible management of players in a volatile atmosphere. At the same time, there are some things that have to remain immutable – and play than endangers an opponent is surely one of them.



When Upgrades Go Bad

I manage two or three websites of different sorts, including this personal one, and a few years ago I was converted to the ways of the CMS (Content Management System). This fundamental separation of content from presentation struck me as ideal given how hard it is to keep static pages correctly updated, and the nightmare of changing the design. Of course, using a CMS brings different headaches such as keeping the CMS software updated to latest levels and integrating support for all the things you might want to do.

So why do I bring this up? Well, I confess to letting a couple of sites get a little behind on their software levels. In fairness one of the reasons being was that upgrading to the new version was not painless. It wasn’t hugely hard, but wasn’t a one click update, and I knew the update would probably break some stuff due to changes in the new version. I don’t mind that in and of itself since some of the changes make a lot of sense. I haven been putting it off though, until this weekend when I really wanted to post about rooting my phone and re-flashing it (more on that later). I figured now was as good a time as any to do the upgrade and freshen things up a bit.

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