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Monday, June 25, 2007

Brian O'Driscoll spear tackled in 2005

Brian O'Driscoll spear tackled 2005

In 2005 the British and Irish Lions Rugby union team toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993, suffering a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the New Zealand All Blacks.

For the Lions, having toured Australia in 2001 and South Africa in 1997, it was the first time for 22 years they lost every test match on tour.

The squad wasn't helped, of course, by losing their world-class captain less than a minute into the first Test match. It was highly controversial at the time, with accusations being fired back and forth. The guilty party were Tana Umaga & Kevin Mealamu.

Umaga being involved particularly shocked people seeing as he was known to be one of the better behaved players in the game.

The issue resurfaced violently, after someone taping the game from the stands anonymously submitted controversial footage that the stadium's cameras didn't pick up.

Posted at 9:28 am | 112 comments

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play, See it to Believe it

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anstey June 25, 2007 9:59 am

cheap shot, as always by the kiwi's, love to cheat.

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 10:34 am

thank god someone was filming this. dirty bastards. does anyone know what came of the new evidence to tana and kevin?

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 10:37 am

Why dont you get spear tackled graham!! Then see if you like it!! You wou;dn't want to drop it then would you? Kiwi Prick!

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 10:55 am

at 2:00 u can hear o'driscol

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 11:11 am

i rekon if u can get away wit it y not do ity do u think mccaw is so fukin good at the breakdown its coz he doesnt get caughtgettin away wit lil things can win u a world cup..but this yr no1 is guna stop the all blacks

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Jock May 16, 2013 10:37 am

If you can get away with cheating at poker does it make it justifiable? Or kicking your ball ball out of the rough playing golf? There is still such a thing as sportsmanship and playing it straight. Richie is a highly gifted, calm, extremely fit and intelligent player - he knows he is breaking the laws but still does it deliberately. I can't respect that. He is a role model for the sport and should play fair and according to the rules.

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 11:48 am

only one team going to stop the all blacks this year mate...and o'driscoll will be captain of that team!!!

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Craig June 25, 2007 12:07 pm

Ok get away with what you can but accept the consequences if you get caught!!! it was a cheap shot and they should be in a shit load of trouble for it! AND HOW THE F*CK DID THE TOUCH JUDGE NOT SEE THAT!!!! HE WAS DIRECTLY THERE!!!!!

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Bilbo June 25, 2007 12:08 pm

1:31 looks like he was gonna hit the physio!Bad days bloody kiwi cheats!!! CHEATING SCUM CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAATS

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 12:32 pm

Getting away with a bit of ball handling or whatever at the breakdown is one thing. Spear tackling a guy who you know is a highly skilled player into the floor purely to increase your chances of winning is a completely differen't manner. Its not Rugby its down right disgraceful, they could've permanently ended his career!They should've been cited, fined- whatever. Something should've been done to punish them.

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 12:48 pm

cheating pricks

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jannie June 25, 2007 3:09 pm

any disciplinary action taken over this??? nope. typical one rule for the NZ filth one for the rest of the world

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 3:22 pm

whats really bad, apart from the dirty play is the lack of reaction from the touch judge and citing commissioner afterwards. typical.

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 4:56 pm

its months later and that still enrages me. absolutely disgraceful, tarnishing the whole tour and discrediting any performance, impressive or otherwise, the ABs mounted thereon. tana and kevin recieved no punishment either, indeed not even an apology. this is why i dislike intensely the all blacks.i would genuinely like to hear about kiwis fans thoughts, as surely the amateur footage is pretty conclusive isnt it? not just british spin.rich.

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Anonymous June 25, 2007 5:07 pm

The Lions wouldn't have lost that tour if O'Driscoll was playing.

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Will Topps June 25, 2007 8:24 pm

All you guys saying it's disgusting to try and take out another player to improve your own chances of winning need to wake up. It's part of the game, like it or not. I play a lot of my rugby around the Gloucester area, and I see teams trying to drag better teams down with foul play regularly. Notably, Matson, Spartans and Barton Hill. And whoever left the comment above mine. Even if O'Driscoll had played those tests, we'd still never have won a game, let alone the series.

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browner November 08, 2012 9:44 pm

By your own admission.....the foul play you observe is FOUL Play... Rugby is a tough sport played by tough people , but the days of dirty play should confined to history ...... there is a clear separation between tough play and Dirty play....... dangerous/dirty play needs severe punishment & eradicating.

And two players picking up a player [look carefully at their hand positions !] and driving him into the ground is despicable.. The All black 'propaganda' machine went into overdrive to pull political favour.

Would Lions have won any matches with O'drisoll playing - i personally doubt it. SHould both players have been banned, yes 6 months min IMO

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noizy June 25, 2007 10:58 pm

i would genuinely like to hear about kiwis fans thoughts, as surely the amateur footage is pretty conclusive isnt it? well, they cleared him out of the ruck, didn't they? obviously pretty ugly, but I still doubt it was a malicious act - players get accidentally upended all the time, and Umaga's not only a fair player, but a famously fair one. It would be totally out of character for him to deliberately take the opposition captain. It's also hard to tell if Umaga was able to stop it anyway - looks like he was falling forwards over someone lying on the ground. Mealamu was obviously the one who had the chance to arrest the fall, but didn't. cheap shot, as always by the kiwi's, love to cheat.hah! that's pretty rich. If you want to see some malicious, deliberate attempts at taking players out of a game, try watching a Boks v. All Blacks or Aussies v. All Blacks game, and keep an eye on the off-the-ball and ruck clean-out action that happens around Richie McCaw - I'm amazed he survives any of those games considering the treatment he comes in for.

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Anonymous June 26, 2007 12:05 am

Thats totally a dirty play, All Blacks , all time do Spear or dirty plays, and nothing happens, no one gets cited or penalized or even sin binned. But when any other team do a Spear or dirty play to the All Blacks, then everyone gets cited , sin binned or whatever, the AB's make a scandal about that, remember the taqiri - McCaw incident, it was a scandal.The All Blacks are just CHEATERS

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noizy June 26, 2007 12:20 am

All Blacks , all time do Spear or dirty plays, and nothing happens, no one gets cited or penalized or even sin binned. Ma'a Nonu got cited last year for a spear tackle. Lots of 'dirty' play goes un-cited and un-penalised. As I mentioned above, McCaw is a constant target of dirty tactics (and other All Blacks as well, witness Victor Matfield's dangerous hits on Byron Kelleher and Daniel Carter), but the authorities don't always see, cite or punish that play. That's rugby. I don't think the All Blacks get away with anything other teams don't also get away with.

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Anonymous June 26, 2007 2:34 am

i really do wonder if we will ever see a clip on here and not have loads of ridiculous anti-kiwi talk about it! Yes this incident was bad, but i'm pretty sure it wasn't a singled out attack, i'm sure if it was another player at the ruck in the same situation, Mealamu and Umaga would of done the same! and as for the kiwi's always cheating, what aload of bollocks! take this incident aside, i'd like someone to prove to me a time that the kiwi's have done something in a game to cheat, that hasn't been done by a player from any other nation! and before anyone pops up and accuses me of being a kiwi, this is form an english point of view! i just respect good rugby and understand accusing a team of cheating because they are better than my team is just petty.

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goodnumber10 June 26, 2007 5:12 am

I've never seen that footage before, i always thought it was a straight drive through and BOD just got upended and dropped awkwardly...The thing that gets me and I belive makes it intentional is the way both players are looking down as they drive him in..In my mind that makes it seem as though they know what they are doing.I'm sure they just wanted to give him a little dig/knock the wind out of him and i'm certain neither player would want to intentionally hurt BOD in such a manner. But it shouldn't have been left where it was, and it's easy for henry to say let it go now, he dind't lose half a season and the chance to lead the british lions.Lost a lot of respect for henry in that footage.The worst thing about all of this is, although it wouldn't have changed the series outcome - althoug i think it'd have been closer, it robbed us of one of the best match ups Umage vs O'Driscoll on the field in what could have been one of the most mouth watering series there ever was.

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Anonymous June 26, 2007 4:45 pm

this was a joke that nobody got suspensions...it was fairly clear that they lifted him up and drove him into the ground i hope kiwis bottle it again dis world cup

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Karl June 26, 2007 8:51 pm

"scumbags", the only word to describe instigators of this sort of behaviour.roll on France '07, our entire nation cant wait to smash u boys in black.and Umanga was too cowardly to line up in Landsdowne the following year, regardless of what the coach said about selection changes or injuries, COWARD!

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Karl June 26, 2007 9:00 pm

cowardice, the only way to describe, whatever about doing what you must to win, how about just playin footie and trying to beat us the honourable way. There is no doubt that his loss to the squad as a result of this had a massive baring on the success of the tour, i guess you boys in black will never be able to honestly say you beat a full strength lions team in 2005.and as brilliant as Umanga was, he didnt have the cohonez to line out in landsdowne the following Autumn, regardless of what the coach said about squad rotation, he clearly has very little confidence that what he did was for the best if he cant stand up like a man in front of the entire irish rugby supporting public.i was there, and i would've maybe regained some of the respect i once had for the guy if he did, and well mealamu i saw on grafton street wit rico gear that week, and he wasnt exactly walking with his chest out either.

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Grimoald June 26, 2007 11:00 pm

"well, they cleared him out of the ruck, didn't they?"If you actually look the ball was gone a couple of seconds earlier and O'Driscoll was at the other side of the ball. I certainly don't think there was a game plan to rough up BOD, but I think it is fairly clear that it was very reckless, dangerous and unnecessary play, that was done intentionally (as evidenced by the act of being driven into the ground by Mealamu).

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noizy June 28, 2007 2:12 am

If you actually look the ball was gone a couple of seconds earlier and O'Driscoll was at the other side of the ball. As I said, they cleared him out of the ruck. Ball doesn't necessarily need to be nearby for that to happen.

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H June 28, 2007 11:27 am

Of course it does, raising a players waist above his shoulders and dropping him is ILLEGAL play in any age range of the game. and at the least it should be obstruction as the ball has left the ruck and so the ruck is OVER.

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Anonymous June 28, 2007 11:31 am

Completely agree - you can't defend that kind of play

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Anonymous June 28, 2007 8:06 pm

it was atrocious and cowardly but what was much worse was the lack of any apology from either player or even any concern for the BOD after the foul.All this 'part of the game/take out their best player' talk is deeply cynical and goes against the very ethos of rugby. Next they'll be applauding and encouraging diving

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Anonymous June 29, 2007 12:22 pm

I dont think anyone can seriously say there was intent to do serious harm. Yes, it quite obvious BO'Ds been cleared out in a dangerous way but its narrow minded to think in the split second of the first 2 minutes of a huge test like this, both Umaga and Mealamu dropped him in such a way that they knew he would be sidelined for the rest of the tour.I have a great deal of admiration for the All Blacks, Tana and Kevin and they got a lot of stick from the UK press, lead mostly by the Lions spin doctor Cambell. Any official response to this 'new' footage would just be a waste of their time.

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Anonymous July 01, 2007 5:41 pm

think that o' driscoll had much luck that it is not Alexandre Guillet opposite him!

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H July 01, 2007 8:08 pm

funny then how a team that is world renowned for bending rules has and two players known for aggressive and sometimes dirty play accidently pick brian o'driscoll one of the lions star players up after the ball is gone and drop him into the floor inverse ways. Is that what you meen by no intent?

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Anonymous July 03, 2007 10:37 am

very glad the AB's lost to Auz! serves them right and it might just knock some sense into them. They've been hot favorites before and choked when it comes to the WC....

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Anonymous July 03, 2007 6:23 pm

fucking tramps,the lot of u's in new zealand r all tramps

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Anonymous July 08, 2007 9:30 pm

what the fu*k? how can anyone excuse that? he was 10 feet away from the ball! brian is very,very lucky not to be in a wheelchair. to the guy four comments up: so are u sayin that somehow tana and kevin just SOMEHOW managed to pick brian up, and SOMEHOW put his feet up in the air and SOMEHOW accidentially managed to throw brian full force on his neck? ha ha ha! u are a funny man! seriously u are! if they want to that they should do wrestling! i would love to see brian smash kevin into the ground, now that tana is retired! what kind of example is that to us youth players? nearly paralise ur opponents captain and u will win! disgusting! they didnt even apoligise, which shows how pig headed they are!

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Anonymous July 19, 2007 8:16 pm

Cheating bastards taking out a danger man. The doctors said that O'Driscoll was lucky he had such good reactions and managed to move his head, otherwise he might have been looking at a broken kneck! The Kiwi's planned it got away with it and there's no excuse for doing things like that on a pitch. There should have been a lengthy ban in it for Umaga and Mc Caw. The Blacks have always been cheating scum like against Wales back in the day when that prick dived out of the lineut for the match winning penalty. Go dance round your sheep you pricks! xxx

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Anonymous July 25, 2007 12:31 pm

What a cowardess attack...shame...atleast brian o driscoll has got through it and is still twice the player umaga ever was or ever will be.

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Anonymous July 30, 2007 4:03 am

once again the pussies think you cvan prevail.... DOCTOR CHOPPER GIVING YOU ALL A PRESCRIPTION TO HARDEN THE F$%K UP!!!!P.S. whatta pity the lions actually show up to play rugby on that tour....

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Anonymous August 10, 2007 4:51 am

you guys talk like no other team has ever done dirty play before. And how can you say its one rule for us and one rule for you? its controlled by the IRB wh would they favour new zealand? im not excusing what happened because it was obviously dirty tactics but if any of you had paid attention to tanas other matches you would notice that hes a fair player and that this isnt typical for him. Doesnt anyone remember him helping out charvis when he got knocked out?

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Jock May 16, 2013 10:30 am

NZ is favoured because of the exciting brand of rugby they play and because, through very good marketing, they have become the most world-renowned rugby brand in the world. Golf will protect Woods as much as possible due to the power of his brand and the hole he would leave. No sporting body trying to promote their game to a wider audience will want to spoil the golden boys (ABs), would they? Referees are also reluctant to penalise the ABs - it is hard i think for a ref to be objective on the field when one team plays a highly skilled, fast game of rugby and have many players who are recognised as the best in the world. It is easier for a ref to hedge their bets and presume AB play is correct and lawful and rather blow the opposition. The ABs are also clever at pushing boundaries, I think it is drilled into them - always a slow runner to disrupt opposition ball, always stealing a foot at the offside line, always cleaning players off the ball, always obstructing runners - and of-course mastering the 'what me?' look on their faces.

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Anonymous August 15, 2007 5:17 pm

The tackle was illegal and terribly dangerous. Thats all there is too it. It doesnt matter whether it was deliberate or not (which personally I think it was judging by the way the twosome are looking down etc - I play rugby and you cant just do that sort of thing 'by accident' especially seeing the ruck was over 10 seconds before and the ball already miles away!) Anyway - it doesnt matter whether it was intentional or not - it was still foulplay and they should still have been red carded, cited and banned for a long, long time. The fact that neither man apologised to BOD immediately or long-term after the event reflects terribly badly on them - especially when BOD was publically so nice about it - and I think that the attitudes of the Kiwi coach and others were absolutely disgraceful - what if he'd died or been paralysed? The two could have been looking at a murder/manslaughter/GBH charge - illegal tackles is not what rugby is about - thats why they are illegal! And I am writing as a fully qualified referee.

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Anonymous August 21, 2007 1:59 pm

That play puts the D in Dirty. BOD is a great role model because even when he gets slighted by foul play he always takes the high road. I would like to see IRE win the world cup and the All Blacks not make the final four. It would be nice to claim the All Blacks as the Yankees of Rugby.

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No.7 August 21, 2007 4:25 pm

I love how a load of you guys are saying its not that big a deal and there was no intent etc......STFU if any of you have ever played rugby you know that it is pretty damn hard for two guys to pick up one person by his legs, lift him up and drop him on his head by "ACCIDENT!"and as for that prick of a touch judge, maybe the old "ref get some glasses" should come into it! or maybe thats why he is a touch judge and not a ref, cos he is a useless T**T! anyone.....thats my piece...for now!

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Anonymous August 22, 2007 11:25 am

every one just calm down, it happened 2 years ago and getting fed up with the moaning and bitching. it is most likely the all blacks will meet Ireland in the quarter finals, so please! judge us after that when we give you an old fashioned new zealand thumping!!! again and again

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Anonymous August 23, 2007 8:11 am

2 yrs later and the Kiwis are at it again, someone who's "never hit anyone in his life" just losing control of his fist to smash O'Driscoll's cheekbone 1 month before the World Cup. I wonder did the idea just come to him in his sleep...The Kiwis are clearly afraid of him. Thankfully O'D be fit for the remainder of the tournament - I hope he gets the chance to show the All Blacks what they missed 2 yrs ago.

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Anonymous September 13, 2007 12:24 pm

No one, not one of you whinging POMEs have said anything about the disrespectful actions of O'D during/after the Haka. You are right, KM and TU did target him (rightly so), and went overboard, (which was wrong - absolutely). But why? Take a look, and then think about your own 'culture'/'heritage' and what you'd do when someone disrespects you, your family, your people, so blatantly. What a muppet. He deserved to be hurt badly (NOT potentially life threatening, that was wrong) but certainly something to put the pathetic barstard in hospital. HENCE, NO APOLOGY. And Ireland, world cup, comeon, the Lions couldn't win it, how could they!

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Anonymous September 16, 2007 5:37 pm

It's very amusing to see the Kiwis trying to defend their two stars. especially Umaga, who they've been very keen to portray as whiter than white, if that's not a non sequitur. This was a callous and disgraceful act, and Henry comes of this extremely badly. The truth is, however much they protest, the All Blacks are always looking for unfair advantage, and when things are going badly, they cheat. All the rugby-playng world knows this, so I don't know why you protest so vociferously.

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Nick Wright September 16, 2007 5:39 pm

It's very amusing to see the Kiwi's trying to defend their two stars. especially Umaga, who they've been very keen to portray as whiter than white, if that's not a non sequitur. This was a callous and disgraceful act, and Henry comes of this extremely badly. The truth is, however much they protest, the All Blacks are always looking for unfair advantage, and when things are going badly, they cheat. All the rugby-playng world knows this, so i don;t know why you protest so vociferously.

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Anonymous September 18, 2007 6:10 am

I totally agree with you Nick Wright, 100%. Let's just let it go and move on.

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fishboy September 27, 2007 4:46 am

Nick Wright: Oh dear, you really can't cope can you? I don't defend the spear tackle at all but the ABs 'unfair advantage' seems to be simply playing better rugby. Why don't you try to get your team to actually try and compete?

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Nick Wright September 27, 2007 1:31 pm

Dear Fishboy,Just because our side is not playing well at the moment, there is little need to gloat. I well rmember a game before the last world Cup, in NZ, when 8 All Black forwards couldn't push over 6 Englishman from an attacking scrum. However selective your memory is, and I've known some pretty selective Kiwi memories, you can hardly deny this. Don't you like criticism of the Blacks? And what sort of name is Fishboy?

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Anonymous October 15, 2007 12:15 pm

Gutless NZ coach. Shameful.

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Anonymous December 19, 2007 4:19 am

they hit him, spear tackle him because hes the go to man he can win a match single handedly that why ALL teams do it (mainly the portugesse, like in starwars)wen look has sex with darth vaderE-mail me at Captain.Cockerz@hotmail.comif u want to respond to me

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hamish m December 21, 2007 11:19 pm

I think the technical term is cheating lying scum. I respected them until that moment. For a successful rugby nation the kiwis have a serious inferiority complex going down - noone can even think about insulting them without getting shouted down by someone with the mentality of a six-year-old. Umaga and Mealamu should have had at least six week bans.

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J.R. December 21, 2007 11:31 pm

The citing referee said that he would not punish Umaga and Mealamu and the next morning he went off home to South Africa. Its not right. New Zealand are never cited on home ground. Bribery or something, I dont know.

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Jock May 16, 2013 11:05 am

Remember this footage was not available to the citing commissioner - it only came to light some months later. The TV footage at the time was inconclusive. whether the NZers 'hid' some footage we won't ever know.

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J.R. December 21, 2007 11:34 pm

Oh and about the haka. O' Driscoll was trying to show a sign of respect when he picked up the grass and threw it into the breeze. Not disrespect. He asked a Maori elder about the best way to recieve it and he was told to do that.

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AbbyNo7 December 25, 2007 6:33 pm

Listen i have a lot of respect for Tana Umaga. He is genuinely one of the gentleman of rugby. However what he did was quite simply a heinous act along with Mealamu. I have dislocated my shoulder and i know how painful it can be. You can quite clearly hear O'Driscoll's cry of pain when he hits the ground.When you think us Northern Hemisphere fans are whining about All Black players never being cited we are simply stating a known fact that not just All Black but any Tri Nation player is much more likely to get away without being cited than a Northern Hemisphere player.I still believe there should be an indefinite time for citing along as it is within reason. For example the South Africans in 2002 pretty much led a team wide assault on the England team. I only think it was the second-row Labuschagne that was cited and banned. No-one else was as the there was insufficient evidence and it was only when the Sky Sports cameras picked stuff up that the full extent of the Bok's barbary became apparent.

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 1:14 am

i know its ages since the incident but i just watched it again and was particularly amused by graham henrys b*****t...i think the phrase is karma and it certainly bit him and his team in the ass in cardiff in the world cup!

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Anonymous February 06, 2008 6:04 pm

Dude - I don't see how beating an inept Lions squad which included over 50 players has any bearing on Cardiff whatsoever. This is the first time I've seen the tackle and I have to admit it was very very bad. I stil don't reakon it was on purpose tho as there were 14 other Lions who were quite willing to let the AB's score at will anyway. The worse thing for BOD would have been the flattened hair do at the end of the spear..

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Anonymous February 06, 2008 6:18 pm

Its so dam easy to spot the pom in this bleating blog. If BOD was such a danger why didn't someone kneecap him when he was out on the piss with the local tarts. Seems that the only reasons the Lions lost that tour was the coach and the 50 odd players - most of whom didn't even play. I would have loved seeing him disrepect the haka before the Maori match - now that would have been fireworks....Whinging poms

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Anonymous February 18, 2008 6:06 pm

The kiwis should be banned from world rugby after that disgusting incident...grow up u twats its a sport not a death match...why if i was out ther i would giv Umanga and graham henry a gud smack the arrogant pricks...back in my day if we had a problem we would be respectful and blatenet about it not dirty little scumbags about it...in conclusion the Kiwis are nincompoops!!!

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Gazz February 19, 2008 2:37 pm

the two teams play a very different style of rugby, both very efficient. the allblacks maintain it but when it comes down to it the english pick themselfs up. thats why we made both finals in the last two WC. all blacks are very good and looking at the clip practically it doesn't prove they did it to cause harm, but it does prove they did dangerouse play which should of been cited none the less.the irish aren't known to disrespect at all, but if he did the sheer escalation is childish. if he disrespects you, walk up to him and tell him? (not attempt to paralyse him)but you know what, what happend happend end off. but wtf does pom actuelly mean? you say it and I (as a mixed irish/english man) dont feel anything when you say it

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boomshanka February 20, 2008 9:05 am

love these posters backing up their comments anonymously .love the fact this is still debated in february '08 !was a bad hit, possibly deserved a yello/red if seen - but thats the game .what didn't help the Lions was ex-Blair spokesman and Lions press sec Alistair Cook stirring the pot with his handy-cam action replays and taking caustic comments to the media .

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Alex February 20, 2008 6:02 pm

That is absolutely repulsive. How did the touch judge not see that, he was right there? Disgusting.

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Anonymous February 23, 2008 11:13 am

u know what im fuckin sick of stupid brits who cant see shit! how the hell do you spear tackle someone in the middle of a ruck?? just coz u guys cant handle losing from an easily better team. fucking whingers!!

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boomshanka February 25, 2008 4:56 am

woah... chill-out 'Anon'.

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themull February 25, 2008 6:26 pm

hey 2 comments up irish people aren't brits btw

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Anonymous February 29, 2008 4:33 pm

he didnt even hav the ball thats pathetic!! how in hell did they get away wiv that??

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Kiwirugger March 12, 2008 11:39 am

Someone asked for a kiwi point of view, so here's one. Yes it was a bad tackle, but did they do it on purpose? I doubt it. They weren't punished because the ref obviously didn't see it and there was no footage of it. The amateur footage was months later - too late to do anything. People act like this is the only bad tackle ever. Gregans tackle on Kahui is one of the worst I've seen, right in front of the ref and he got a yellow card. And to be honest, I think that one was unintentional as well.

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Anonymous March 28, 2008 5:44 pm

for me it blighted a great career for tana...wen i reflect on him as a player i think of this incident, wat a shame! well very funny how u guys suck at the most important competition and we english somehow do well!!! lol karma

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Anonymous March 31, 2008 5:08 pm

Kiwi's always cheat. they are just a bunch of dirty bastards.

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Angus April 05, 2008 6:29 pm

This is a request, rugbydump. Can u get a vid of josh lewsey, in the same game dropping a pass in the all blacks 22 and getting hammered by Umaga - looked like a spear tackle. in the same game Umaga tripped robinson and got away with it. Can u get that as well.

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evnz April 16, 2008 7:26 pm

BO'D was injured and out for rest of te tour but it's all gone and none of u can change it now.brits please stop whinging and new zealanders stop trying to say it was fine.so please just shut up.

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Anonymous April 18, 2008 3:49 pm

Yes the ABs would have won the series. And the injury to BOD didn't change the outcome, but what the two Ab players did boardered on assult. It was away from play and completley unnessessary. Dirty play like hands in the ruck, not rolling away slowing the ball down is one thing. This isn't a case of trying your luck this is malicious and not in the spirit of the game. Rugby is a contact sport and there will be plenty of times to hit any player on the field with a fair legal tackle if you wish to prove a point.the fact it went unpunished made me lose alot of respect for the rugby authorities on this one. What example does this give to young players?

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Ben TV May 03, 2008 4:32 pm

A sneaky cheapshot by Tana Umaga & Keven Mealamu on Brian O' Driscoll here and I agree with Anstey the Kiwis love to pull dirty play out of the bag. Just one question :Why did they do it??.Anonymous No2 you are a knucklehead!1 question to you :Why do you write pwp language in your comments??.

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Anonymous May 22, 2008 9:20 am

This clip makes me smile every time and I'm not even a Kiwi...!!! Pity he dislocated his shoulder and not his mouth so me wouldn't have to listen to this tw@t and all the crap he speaks....!!!

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 9:34 pm

three more years in your own country with biased refs and touchjudges and dirty play the ab should win,sad day for rugby

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 9:41 pm

still have won the world cup since 1987 ha ha ha ha .well in 2011 you,ll have home advantage,refs and touchjudges on your side,mccaw will get away with everything cheat.you should win it at home and not choke.lokking forward to seeing the all blacks dirty and thuggish play.by the way learn how to kick drop goals ha ha ha

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Anonymous August 24, 2008 10:26 pm

Clearly deliberate. You can see them wrestling him into the air then quite intentionally putting him into the ground shoulder/head first. It is NOT rucking (when were you ever allowed to lift someone up like that in a ruck?) and the ball has gone anyway. A deliberate and dirty thing. It may be out of character for Tana, but it still happens and the evidence is there

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Gazza December 02, 2008 9:51 pm

lol man up and take it, the tackle wasnt even that bad he did a foward roll... rugby is turning into a a game of hollywoods. O'Driscoll is a pre-madonna he needs to man up.

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Anonymous December 03, 2008 8:46 pm

Gazza you are a bit of an idiot really i would love to see you get tipped on your neck by those two and see how you fair. Are the IRB afraid to punish the ABs, seems like one set of rules for them

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mattn December 20, 2008 11:39 am

gazza you little twat a spear is illegal you rat how about you get spear by them two yh id love to go and see you shit yourself in hospital if your gunna say stuff like that.

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Zacaria April 21, 2009 12:23 pm

Tuquiri spear tackled mccaw and he got a few weeks.

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Anonymous April 21, 2009 9:14 pm

i thought it was pretty sick thatthey didnt get banned at all! and the cheat unaga retiring after the series!! pathetic

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Anonymous April 22, 2009 7:31 am

Yeah Tuqiri did spear tackle mccaw and the Kiwis got over it really quickly, because it happens in rugby.
The Irish are still crying about O'driscoll. It was four years ago, get over it.,

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Gavin April 23, 2009 11:09 pm

There's NO NEED for the anti-Kiwi rubbish on this thread - all nations have players who cross the line. I think the problem with this case though is that the authorities got it wrong - even if Umaga and Mealamu did not INTEND to seriously injure BOD, they still took the chance that they would when they speared him. It's a bit like driving when you are drunk and hitting a pedestrian - you did not mean to hurt anybody, but you took a big chance with their life when you got behind the wheel drunk. The authorities should have 'manned up' and given the two Kiwi guys appropriate punishment.

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Breifne April 24, 2009 11:26 pm

it is embarassingly hyped up here. but it was bad. there should have been some punishment. and even if it had been totally legal, they should have phoned to apologise, it just manners like.

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Anonymous April 25, 2009 6:01 am

as allways new zealand and gamesmanship hand in hand :(

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Anonymous April 29, 2009 5:08 pm

Tana Umaga & Kevin Mealamu Should be ashamed of themselves ! They are SCUM ! Brian O'Driscoll Is Thee best Player In The World At This Moment as he shown in the 6 Nations ! The South Africans wont knoe what hit them

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Joshie April 29, 2009 5:12 pm

The touch judge is the biggest dick of them all. you can see him telling the players to leave brian but when they run off he doent do anything no penalty, doesnt say anything afterwards nothing! THats just wrong.

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Anonymous May 07, 2009 6:58 pm

it was dirty but funny how the barmy army, lions and o driscoll milked it for all it was worth. the bottom line.. the lions of 2005 were awful and this years are goona be even worse. dont waste your time and money watching them, it cost me a fortune down in nz. the all blacks showed how class they really are during those 3 tests and the lions turned into kittens. unable to do the basics right and nervous. the nz maoris game was the point where i thought.. could this tour get any worse, and it did.

o driscoll what a smug fanny.. be a man, u play rugby for gods sake!

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Anonymous May 11, 2009 6:48 pm

reviews of incidents like this shouldn't take into account incidents of the past. so what if tana umaga helped colin charvis? that was the past, it means fuk all. i dnt think he meant to injure him for five months, but the recklessness of this situation alone merits a certain ban. tana probably learnt his lesson anyway, but that doesnt mean it shudnt go unpunished - others who look to them as role models have to be deterred.

Frank

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Anonymous May 15, 2009 12:31 pm

There's an international linesman (an Australian) standing there, a few meters away, looking at it happen (and he keeps his flag down). The IRB sighting commissioner (a South African) looked at the tape and said there was no case to answer. Yet still they moan. It's a rough game people get hurt. If you'd like to see a spear tackle look at what D'Arcy did against the Maoris, you want to see reckless look at what O'Connell did in the 2nd Test. Typical Paddies always after an excuse for failure instead of a reason to succeed.

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Anonymous May 20, 2009 2:28 pm

Basically Tana Umaga is a fucking scumbag. That's all i have to say. I'm not Irish by the way, it's just there in the video for all to see. Can't see how a few people manage to claim 'it's rugby'. What???

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Boz May 21, 2009 1:13 am

Watching this makes me smile.

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Anonymous May 21, 2009 3:50 am

the world is jealous of new zealand toughen up there are bigger hits than that every saturday afternoon in new zealand club rugby you northern players are really soft cocks. you got dicked 3-0 move on and go play soft 6 nations. thanks.

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Umaga is scum May 25, 2009 6:05 pm

To the above comment, there are obviously not bigger hits than this every Saturday in New Zealand. If there were all the players would be dead or paralysed. Thanks.

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Stocksy May 25, 2009 8:42 pm

what tv show was this featured in?

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Anonymous May 26, 2009 12:00 pm

I think it was on "The Irish Are Still Going On About This".
Might have been "We Can't Get Over It, And It's Pathetic."

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Anonymous May 29, 2009 12:23 pm

To anonymous who thinks nh are soft, if i ever get my hands on u I'll kick the shit outta ya.

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evnz May 30, 2009 9:28 pm

Do you think that was planned or spur of the moment?

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Jordan June 02, 2009 2:11 pm

i LOVE the all blacks dont get me wrong, they are the best team in the world and people say they cheat well maybe a bit of handling in the ruck and whatever .. everyone does it no team is perfect, but this is a disgrace. Im british yes, and with or without o'driscoll we wouldve lost we dont have the quality so this isnt an excuse.. but this is absolutely disgusting how them two got away with it. I love umaga more than any all black of all time but this made me think twice.

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Anonymous June 05, 2009 9:19 am

Hahaha buddy you will be in trouble saying the Allblacks can't be stopped this year. They are not a better side than Australia under Robbie Deans and you can see what cheap shots they put on people. Wallabies will always put them on the back foot even in NZ.

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Anonymous June 09, 2009 8:54 am

I love this video, the music, the close-ups of "evil tana" and all the opinion from Irish supporters/players/whoever they are. Get over it you bunch of sook's! You will never beat the AB's so stop finding excuses to hate on them.. Just accept you are a second rate nation and a second rate rugby team. Yes we all know you won the 6 nations, but let's be honest... it's a piss poor tournament with an average bunch of players. Now confirm my comments with some abuse and useless facts, ha ha ha.

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Anonymous June 09, 2009 9:10 am

Anonymous, way to insight the the NH some more!

I think this was just a moment of madness... We have all seen Tana turn a KO'd player (I think it was a Welsh loosie who was hit hard by JC) on his side during a game... so i don't believe Tana is a bad person.

Its pretty funny there was a whole television segment on it though....

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Anonymous February 25, 2010 2:35 pm

How many times has BOD beatin the Ab's .....ZERO and ireland ...ZERO and will he ever beat the all blacks never so get over it the All Blacks are the best team ever and thats backed up by the stats !! So all the kiwi bashers out there "jealousy is a stinky cologne"! we dont cheat we win BOd can play his little games in the six nations but he will never be the best cause he cant beat the best

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 3:28 pm

The Maori are an innately aggressive population.Research has isolated the cause of this agressive and neophile behavour as the MAOA gene. Dr Rod Lea, in his presentation to the International Congress Of Human Genetics stated "This gene goes a long way in explaining some of the problems Maori's have.Obviously this means they are going to be more aggressive and violent and more likely to be involved in risk taking behaviour like gambling"
Whith this in mind is it time to ban the Hakka or even the participation of Maori from international rugby?

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rookvdskyf April 12, 2013 1:26 pm

It never ceases to amaze me to what dubiously low levels of hypocrisy these inbred, genocidal, thieving, warmongering English island dwellers can stoop to. They make as if they are the angles of this world and they can and have never done wrong. Island dwellers, the world is sick and tired of your whining hypocrisy. Take it on the chin and move on. It’s rugby you pussies, not sokker.

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Fin April 24, 2013 6:32 pm

I'd call you utterly retarded but I seriously think you're below that even. Number 1, O'Driscoll is Irish, not English, and if there is a country that has suffered the full force of the "genocidal, thieving, warmongering English" (Your words, not mine. And I'm amazed you actually managed a 4 syllable word with your obviously diminutive IQ) it's the Irish. Read a book, you might learn something. But lets refrain from discussing politics here. Moving on, if you actually think this is just "rugby you pussies", then you're an idiot. I didn't know one of the aims of Rugby was to try to break your opponents neck and injure them to improve your chances of victory by cowardly attacking them off the ball and driving them head first into the ground. Thirdly, it's not about hypocrisy, it's claiming that when a tackle like this is made so blatantly, illegally and with obvious intent to injure, it deserves punishment. However neither player missed a match. If an English player were to do it, I'd expect severe punishment to. Fourthly (are my numbers getting too high for you?) learn to spell soccer... you seem to be a very bright person...
Oh, and before you accuse me of being an 'Island Dweller', I'm actually Australian...
good day sir.

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readthebiography November 24, 2013 1:22 pm

Cant wait see the end of o'dismal trying share lime light with 2 awesome all blacks. Lets just remember it was the same year Umaga was UNESCO and the International Committee for fair play award in 2004. One of many things Brian has nt achieved or Alistair Campbell.

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