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    Posted: 23 January 2018 at 8:07pm
Tin hat in place, I’d like to say a few good words about him.

Credit where credit is due.

Like a lot of people who don’t support the side he plays for, I don’t like his OTT on-pitch personality that involves him in things maybe best avoided.

HOWEVER

At the end of Saturday’s match, a number of his teammates, lead by Bonneval, were off for a shower without waiting to shake hands with and clap their opponents. He gave it quite a bit of vocal effort to get them to come back. They didn’t and he wasn’t impressed.

In the part of the Quinnell near me, he was unfailingly polite and good with the kids and anyone older who asked him for a selfie, autograph, chat or whatever. He was in good humour and had a bright disposition. I had a brief chat with him, too, and he was good company.

The recent piece on Sky, I think, of his life in Toulon revealed a more interesting guy than I’d imagined.

Please don’t turn this into a knocking thread. I’d be interested to know if anyone else bumped into him off the pitch.
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I've never understood why people don't like him. Is it the dive thing he does when he scores sometimes?
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Originally posted by KID A KID A wrote:

I've never understood why people don't like him. Is it the dive thing he does when he scores sometimes?

Yes that Ash the splash is irritating, and he is quite gobby on the pitch or so I've thought.

Am happy to be corrected and see the other side so good to hear.
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Ive seen the Sky interview, and he really does seem a totally different character on the pitch compared to off it.

Nice story.

He seems to relish the panto villain when playing away tho haha. And why not?
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Look at Dan Biggar. Off the pitch he is very pleasant,affable and erudite as a match commentator but on the pitch gobby ,argumentative and picky and very competitive.
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That's interesting - it has always seemed pathetic, and a show-off thing to do - to dive AFTER you cross the line, and especially when there is no pressure - Ashton always does it. It's annoying.

I'm pleased to hear that he's a different person off the pitch - who hasn't exchanged a few blows during the game, and a beer afterwards, with the same opponent?

One other Toulon player I'd commend for his on-field attitude (on one occasion, anyway) - Nonu absolutely clattered 1/2p, but then picked him up and gave him a hug, with 1/2p responding - two great players and 100% competitive beasts - the respect was obvious. The TV cameras didn't pick that up.
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Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

That's interesting - it has always seemed pathetic, and a show-off thing to do - to dive AFTER you cross the line, and especially when there is no pressure - Ashton always does it. It's annoying.

I'm pleased to hear that he's a different person off the pitch - who hasn't exchanged a few blows during the game, and a beer afterwards, with the same opponent?

One other Toulon player I'd commend for his on-field attitude (on one occasion, anyway) - Nonu absolutely clattered 1/2p, but then picked him up and gave him a hug, with 1/2p responding - two great players and 100% competitive beasts - the respect was obvious. The TV cameras didn't pick that up.
wasn't it nonu who rushed to help charvis when he took a bump against the all blacks.
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Originally posted by dr_martinov dr_martinov wrote:

Originally posted by KID A KID A wrote:

I've never understood why people don't like him. Is it the dive thing he does when he scores sometimes?


Yes that Ash the splash is irritating, and he is quite gobby on the pitch or so I've thought.

Am happy to be corrected and see the other side so good to hear.


Is that any different to Shane Williams?
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There's always a couple of Sais players that the Welsh love to hate.   It was All Carling Dawson Cohen and Healey. These days Ashton gets it . I used to quite like Carling myself.
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Originally posted by LLANDRE LLANDRE wrote:

These days Ashton gets it


And Hartley, and Marler. And Farrell.
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Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:

Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

That's interesting - it has always seemed pathetic, and a show-off thing to do - to dive AFTER you cross the line, and especially when there is no pressure - Ashton always does it. It's annoying.

I'm pleased to hear that he's a different person off the pitch - who hasn't exchanged a few blows during the game, and a beer afterwards, with the same opponent?

One other Toulon player I'd commend for his on-field attitude (on one occasion, anyway) - Nonu absolutely clattered 1/2p, but then picked him up and gave him a hug, with 1/2p responding - two great players and 100% competitive beasts - the respect was obvious. The TV cameras didn't pick that up.
wasn't it nonu who rushed to help charvis when he took a bump against the all blacks.
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Originally posted by KID A KID A wrote:

Originally posted by LLANDRE LLANDRE wrote:

These days Ashton gets it


And Hartley, and Marler. And Farrell.


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Used to hate Shane Williams doing his jump! Likewise those players who do "shhhh" with finger on lips when scored! Grrrrr......
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Originally posted by LLANDRE LLANDRE wrote:

There's always a couple of Sais players that the Welsh love to hate.   It was All Carling Dawson Cohen and Healey. These days Ashton gets it . I used to quite like Carling myself.
Still hate Dawson on Question of Sport -just not at all funny unlike Tufnell who is a natural. He knows his sports mind.
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Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Tin hat in place, I’d like to say a few good words about him.

Credit where credit is due.

Like a lot of people who don’t support the side he plays for, I don’t like his OTT on-pitch personality that involves him in things maybe best avoided.

HOWEVER

At the end of Saturday’s match, a number of his teammates, lead by Bonneval, were off for a shower without waiting to shake hands with and clap their opponents. He gave it quite a bit of vocal effort to get them to come back. They didn’t and he wasn’t impressed.

In the part of the Quinnell near me, he was unfailingly polite and good with the kids and anyone older who asked him for a selfie, autograph, chat or whatever. He was in good humour and had a bright disposition. I had a brief chat with him, too, and he was good company.

The recent piece on Sky, I think, of his life in Toulon revealed a more interesting guy than I’d imagined.

Please don’t turn this into a knocking thread. I’d be interested to know if anyone else bumped into him off the pitch.

Excellent thread Steve. It's impression versus reality and 95% of players are good guys in "real" life, as opposed to the Theatre of the pitch. ( I mean you turned out to be a very nice guy when I met you despite the Swan Dive in the Quinnell Lounge you performed!!! Wink)
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Originally posted by dr_martinov dr_martinov wrote:

Originally posted by KID A KID A wrote:

I've never understood why people don't like him. Is it the dive thing he does when he scores sometimes?

Yes that Ash the splash is irritating, and he is quite gobby on the pitch or so I've thought.

Am happy to be corrected and see the other side so good to hear.

And dragging Tuilagi over the touchline by his hair. The rematch when Manu lamped him seemed like justice at the time.

A Leicester-supporting friend rather unfairly commented, "You can take the lad out of Rugby League, but you can't take Rugby League out of the player."Embarrassed

I've never been a fan of Ashton's on-pitch demeanour or swan-dive, so I was pleased that Asquith's tap-tackle prevented an Ashton Splashdown last week, even if it didn't stop the try - and the one thing about him is that he can score tries - so it's good to hear nice things about his off-the-field persona after a defeat. Clap


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