Wednesday, September 02, 2015
By now you've no doubt heard all about the sprinklers that went off during the Barbarians 27-24 win over Samoa at London's Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Some great photos emerged, so now you can see some footage too, mixed in with some of those classic snaps.
While fans weren't happy with the facilities at the stadium, and this ill-timed sprinkler blooper was not ideal, Rugby World Cup organisers have since insisted that things are on track for a great event, and that the venue simply experienced a minor technical fault.
"A minor technical fault with the timer system led to the sprinklers coming on," said a spokesman. "It was resolved quickly and will be investigated to ensure it doesn't happen again.
"This is why we have test events – and we are confident it will be a great RWC venue."
The sprinklers stopped play shortly after the Barbarians had scored a try, bemusing the Samoans but giving some of the old timers on the BaaBaa's side a good opportunity to refresh.
"Apart from the sprinklers going off there were no complaints from me. One of two of us enjoyed the extra shower," said former All Black prop Carl Hayman, who was joined in the water by Barbarians skipper on the day, Bakkies Botha.
This was the first rugby game ever held at the stadium. During the World Cup it will host four pool matches and then the Third Place Playoff.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
In honor of the FEND MACHINE that is Cory Jane, we've compiled some of the best fends NZ rugby has ever seen.Love you Cory.Posted by The Crowd Goes Wild on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The guys at The Crowd Goes Wild have been mourning the exclusion of Cory Jane from the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad, so in honour of the fend master, they've put together this awesome compilation of some of the best ever hand-offs by New Zealanders. And one Aussie.
There are a few nice surprises, with the likes of Jonah Lomu making an appearance, Richie McCaw being sent to the turf and Jane taking the number one spot..
If you're wondering why Waratahs and Wallabies lock Dean Mumm is included, well he was born in New Zealand. Also, the monster fend is a thing of beauty, so there's that.
Great viewing overall, so be sure to share it with your friends and followers!
We've featured most of them before, so you can view longer versions in our Related Posts
The United States hosted Harlequins this past weekend in a World Cup warmup match in Philadelphia. The experience of 'Quins paid off in the end, as they prepared for the upcoming Premiership season, while the Eagles get ready for Pool B at the RWC.
The visitors scored three tries to the two of the hosts, as flanker Luke Wallace scored a brace.
The USA scored a lovely try after a neat break by flyhalf AJ MacGinty, but they couldn't contend with the Harlequins power up front, particularly from the rolling maul.
Not too much should be read into the 24-19 result, however the USA will need to lift as they face far stiffer competition later this month, as South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and Japan wait.
"We're playing the game in the right parts of the field, we're clearing pressure well," Eagles Coach Tolkin said. "We're getting opportunities. That's been pretty consistent with us this summer, but we have to work hard to make those opportunities count.
"Guys got some good mileage under their belt. That's a big part of going into the World Cup. We're going to be hit with obstacles and you have battle through them. And that experience today helped us grow a little bit."
The Eagles host the Wallabies in Chicago next, another tough test ahead of the tournament.
In related news, former USA skipper Todd Clever, now out of favour with the current USA Eagles coaching setup, has been called up to play for the Barbarians. They face Worcester Warriors next weekend. The BaaBaas will be coached by Carlos Spencer.
Highlights below, and you can view the full match on the next page
Monday, August 31, 2015
Midway through the first half of Friday's Pro D2 second round match a little push and shove ensued between Perpignan and Carcassonne. It all looked fairly innocuous, but when something was said in close quarters, David Marty took things to another level.
The fight was reminiscent of the 'old days', as various little pods developed and just when it seemed to be cooling off, another player would throw a sneaky punch.
Once it did eventually die down, both Marty and Bastien Dupuy were red carded, and each side lost a player to the sinbin too. Perpignan won the match 38-9.
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Ireland came within inches of beating Wales in the closing minutes of a tense Rugby World Cup warmup game in Dublin on Saturday. Wales coach Warren Gatland has since praised tryscorer Justin Tipuric, who contributed to the 16-10 victory.
Both sides scored a try apiece but it was the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, and a late try-saving effort, that kept Wales in front, giving them a much needed boost ahead of the tournament.
The Wales World Cup squad will be announced shortly, and Gatland is aware that he has some tough choices to make, particularly around the loose forwards, where he is spoiled for choice.
"We're blessed to have two world-class sevens," Gatland said. "We know what a good footballer Tipuric is when he appears in the wide channels, but sometimes it's that physicality and competing on the ball [that he has lacked].
"But today he was just brilliant and he was a nuisance and just a proper seven, so we're very lucky to have the quality we've got. It was probably the best performance I've seen from him in a big match in the Welsh jersey."
Regular skipper and number seven Sam Warburton missed the game as a precaution, following a slight shoulder injury he picked up in training.
As Halfpenny showed how valuable a top notch kicker can be in big game rugby, it was his effort over the line on full time that helped towards preventing Sean Cronin from scoring what would have been a potentially match winning try under the sticks.
If you missed it, you can watch highlights below and the full match on page two
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Scotland cruised to a commanding 48-7 victory over Italy at BT Murrayfield, scoring seven tries in front of a nearly 44,000 strong crowd. Vern Cotter rung 14 changes to the starting squad that beat Italy 16-12 in Turin last week for the clash in Edinburgh.
These changes seemed to work early on but it was the sole survivor from Italy, Sean Lamont, who scored the opening try.
A pin-point accurate kick from out-half Finn Russell put the winger in at the corner.
Italy replied with a try of their own through Exeter centre Michel Campagnaro. A chip into space from Tommaso Allan was poorly fielded in the in-goal area by Scotland, leaving Camapgnaro free to touch down.
With Italian flanker Francesco Minto sinbinned after repeated infringements, the home side exploited their numerical advantage and scored their second try through John Barclay.
Scotland extended their advantage early in the second half with a Tim Visser try. The Dutch-born winger scored the first of his brace after a sumptuous floating pass from Russell.
Italy continued to struggle at scrum-time and when they did secure much sought after ball, they were largely unable to do anything with it. Testament to that was Quintin Geldenhuys loose pass finding the hands of Lamont who intercepted to race in for his second.
Scotland finished off the match in style with two more tries in the closing seven minutes. Visser bagged his second after an interception while Mark Bennett completed his return from injury with a final minute score.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
The Barbarians got the better of Samoa in a closely fought contest at the Olympic Stadium in London earlier today. Kane Thompson needed to be cooled off, so the sprinklers came on mid match, as fans weren't impressed with the venue that will host five RWC matches.
The BaaBaas won 27-24, scoring five tries with Adam Thomson and Ben Tapuai getting braces and Liam Gill also crossing. Samoa scored through Anthony Perenise, Ken Pisi and Jack Lam.
Kane Thompson was sent off for fighting with Saia Fainga'a, who was yellow carded.
Official extended highlights above (no commentary), with more coverage and reaction soon