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Saturday, October 27, 2007

WC07 Defining Moments - Leguizamon smashes Chabal

WC07 Defining Moments - Leguizamon smashes Chabal

I've chosen this as a defining moment not because it changed the outcome of the tournament as such. What it did show however is the Argentinian attitude towards the French, and perhaps all opponents they came up against.

By not giving an inch and fronting up to the big men, Argentina showed that there is perhaps no place for intimidation in rugby anymore. This attitude combined with some exceptionally talented players got them to their prestigious third place in the tournament.

The tackle itself is questionable, and Leguizamon did get carded for it. It's up for debate though as some people will say he used his arms and others will say it was a definate shoulder. Sebastien Chabal also looked to perform somewhat of a spectacularly exagerated dive after contact.

There's no doubt it was a massive hit either way, and for sticking the iconic hard man of French rugby on his backside, this will be a 2007 World Cup moment thats lasts in the memory for years to come.

Posted at 10:33 am | 68 comments

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bonzai October 27, 2007 10:13 am

good hit, but illegal, chabal milked it and i don't get the impression he was actually hurt

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 10:40 am

chabal is very fond of spectacularly exagerated dives

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brfc October 27, 2007 10:52 am

In all fairness it didnt look all that late. and it wasnt high in terms of a high tackle. but there was no arms, so yeh illegal. i wasnt on the recieving end of that tackle so whether or not chabal actually milked that i dont know, it did look a bit over the top....unless it was a massive hit!? another great video!

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Fridge October 27, 2007 12:08 pm

i Thought the French were ment to be good at diving?Well I thought they were meant to be good at rugby as well!

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the_one_and_only_pat October 27, 2007 12:12 pm

mate that looked like a cheap solid hit. but if you play rugby you expect to get a cheap shot throwen at you every now and again, if that happens to you all you do is play the game fairly and target the cheap player.but in all fairness it really wasn't that late of a hit and if chabal was running off the back of a line out correctly you always keep an eye on the players to the front of you plus the players on your team who you can off load to. even being the great player Chabal is he didn't do this basic principle and he got put on his ass for his mistake.Bloody hell rugbys a good game.

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bonzai October 27, 2007 12:33 pm

about what the_one_and_only_pat02127 said, you know that people are going to hit late, its something that might happen whenever you draw the opposition before the pass, but if he is drawn in you give the pass, theres no way to prepare for an illegal tackle thats a split second late, chabal did nothing wrong other than diving.

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 2:29 pm

the hard caveman takes a nice football dive!

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 2:34 pm

it was illegal but didnt deserve a sin bin, still an amazing hitvamos pumas

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 2:47 pm

did someone hear pichot telling leguizamon "la concha de tu madre" after he was sent to the sin bin?? "la concha de tu madre" would stand for "son of a bitch"

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 3:23 pm

it's not amazing it's not beautiful its simply stupid!!

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 5:27 pm

That was Chabal's audition for the Italian football team.

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 6:23 pm

He deserve that...

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 6:32 pm

Chabal is a shit disturber, live by the sword, die by the sword. How he wasnt suspended for the deliberate head butt the left the allblack with a broken jaw amazes me. If you cant take it dont dish it out, an eye for an eye. The lines men have way to much say these days they miss all the important scoring fowls but stick their nose in on shit thats not important. The French had no place in the final glade they were removed.

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Anonymous October 27, 2007 7:16 pm

did someone hear pichot telling leguizamon "la concha de tu madre" after he was sent to the sin bin?? "la concha de tu madre" would stand for "son of a bitch"true, however it wouldnt be exactly son of a bitch, it would be more like "the cunt of your mother".Admin, did you see at the end of the match when IF Lobbe was playing with his daughter and Chabal comes smiling, then he turns around and when he sees the camera he goes back to his caveman face, it would be good to see it again to see the difference between the real Chabal and the Caveman.Also today in Stade Francais vs Clermont Swarzeski slapped a canadian dude on the floor, it was so funny, thanks

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Sean October 27, 2007 7:43 pm

It might have been illegal but I don't think it was a yellow card. Anyway, Chabal drives a Smart Car, enough said.

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Marcos October 27, 2007 10:05 pm

True, it is "leguiz-A-mon", not "leguiz-E-mon",Nice hit anyway.Cyas :D

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brfc October 27, 2007 11:03 pm

"Anonymous said... it's not amazing it's not beautiful its simply stupid!!"Allblack supporter? little resentful? or someone who has never played a game of rugby in his life? well if he had he would probably realise the little things (speaking as a second row or flanker.....(maybe the same for all forwards)) that you try to get away with, unfortunately he got caught!"Anonymous said... Chabal is a shit disturber, live by the sword, die by the sword. How he wasnt suspended for the deliberate head butt the left the allblack with a broken jaw amazes me. If you cant take it dont dish it out, an eye for an eye. The lines men have way to much say these days they miss all the important scoring fowls but stick their nose in on shit thats not important. The French had no place in the final glade they were removed."DEFINATELY A RESENTFUL ALLBLACK SUPPORTER!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHABTW what head butt was this? i must have missed that?! please explain!

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Ludwig October 27, 2007 11:15 pm

Well, Chabal got smashed on that occasion, and Habana got burned on another one. Even when you're strong in a particular point of the game you can lose a contest from time to time. Nothing to complain about or be so surprised of. I agree with some that Chabal is a bit overrated but who doesn't like to have colourful characters on the field ? As for the so-called diving accusation, I assume it comes from someone who stays safely on his couch instead of facing the opponent in the eye.

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 4:13 am

chupame la pija negro estadopunidense leguizamon se lo cojio sin forro

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 5:13 am

This happened also in the first match against frace, each tme chabal took the ball, he receved a lot of hits. I don't like chabal, he has no class, no technique, he arrives alway late to every ruck and alway lose the ball, he's only good with marketing and winning money with sponsors and spots, but no on the pitch

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coolfordy October 28, 2007 9:23 am

HA very funny, he puts in some massive hits but sometimes hes a right pussy!!!

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 1:35 pm

could you make a video of the better moments of the Habana's year

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paparemborde October 28, 2007 2:51 pm

Sorry if my english is not good enough to make it clear, but who are those NZ addicts telling shit about our neanderthal player, Chabalou 1er? Be fair, be honest, just look at what the man did last year with his team, Sale. Of course he didn't proove much in the RWC, but blame Bernie, our so called trainer who made tin with gold. Chabal is damn good ruckin' player, period but he dives on this one( may be he was bitten by Pichot the actor?).

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 3:36 pm

they do tend to foul the argentines

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 3:48 pm

I dont think that france were taking this game very seriously, i mean who really cares about third place (apart from the argentines)

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 3:49 pm

that tackle was actually quite late, leguizamon must of been determined on killing chabal not to realize that.

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 3:50 pm

the argentine captain looked really pissed off with leguzamon

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BRFC October 28, 2007 4:53 pm

Actually dumb shit i hate football, and BRFC is actually a rugby club, if you have a clue you would realise RFC is Rugby Football Club....and the B well none of you buisness really. and so what? serves Ali Williams for going high. heads clash very often in rugby matches, if ali williams had tackled lower he probably wouldnt have broken his jaw. and dont worry stay calm the Southern Hemisphere Lions choked once again, would have thought you guys would be used to that by now!? there is always the RWC in NZ in for years, you will probably win that, so chin up!

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Rugbydump October 28, 2007 5:07 pm

Guys, please try focus on the video at hand and not on a pointless insult slinging match here?? Just makes the place look messy and will more than likely be deleted.

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BRFC October 28, 2007 6:52 pm

*hands up* sorry Admin....little annoyed then....

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Anonymous October 28, 2007 11:43 pm

anonymoius said:"I dont think that france were taking this game very seriously, i mean who really cares about third place (apart from the argentines)"youre clearly a resentful frenchman who must be whiping your nose because you lostr dwice with the argies, who play every match either its against namibia or france or tha all blacks as ifi it were a final, thats why we won six times in the last seven we played against youfrances trolo la concha de tu madre puto de mierda t faltan huevos para ser un puma

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Bziers 1970's October 29, 2007 7:48 am

ohoh, please administrator, would you be kind enough to suggest humility to the author of that last comment, a ferocious puma fan, who simply forgets that if argentinians are now one of the best team in the world, and there's no contest about that, it's only because the 4/5 th of that team learned rugby in the french top 14 teams! You know, feed the dog, but if one day he bites your hand, kill him!

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Mike October 29, 2007 8:21 am

I thin Chabal should be ashamed of himself - yes it was a little late, yes there were no arms and it was an illegal hit - but come on did we need the swan dive and rolling around.... - I don;t watch football for that reason - slightest touch and players go down and roll about - we don;t need it in rugby - professioanl players who get hit and are injured lie still - why? - so they don;t do themselves any further damage - we don;t need play acting and milking the ref in the game....

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barzooka October 29, 2007 9:40 am

This is a super-tame version of the Lima hit on Pretorius.Chabal is so unfit he needs to roll around on the floor for a while so that he can get his breath back.The hit on Pretorius was much more intense and illegal, and still he got up and carried on, Chabal I've lost a lot of respect for you with your acting antics.

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Anonymous October 29, 2007 9:57 am

agree that linesmen have WAY too much say these days. Stick to watching the lines idiots.French National team contacted Chabal and offered him the captain's position on the Diving Team, but he couldn't fit his big head or his long air into the swimcap and therefore declined saying: "I'll always stay a diver by heart"

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Anonymous October 29, 2007 10:41 am

frances trolo la concha de tu madre puto de mierda t faltan huevos para ser un pumaputa madre de argentina pobre pais de mierda argentina va te faire encul!!

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Andy October 29, 2007 11:21 am

I think that was illegal to be honest. If i was ref i would have pulled him up but not carded. Don't think Chabal dived either just think it was the force of the hit although the rolling around on the floor afterwards was an exhaggeration. Funny as if i'm ever on the receiving end of a big hit i'll always do my best to get up immediately and pretend it didn't hurt.

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Anonymous October 29, 2007 1:44 pm

Doesnt Chaval's performance represents what France was all about in the RWC? Absolute gameless and trying to get advantages from elsewere but from their game...be a man and stand up! You got the card that were looking for but you dind put up the attitude and pride behind it..result 12-37!

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Andy October 29, 2007 4:07 pm

I've changed my mind on a closer inspection and he did put a little jump in for dramatics. Still think it was illegal though.

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Anonymous October 29, 2007 4:14 pm

Huaaaaa that was funny!! but dont forget that little Lucas Borges tipped him over during the first match. He is a huge man, he should know better than to face opponents standing straight up...you grab one foot and he falls flat on his face!Lower your gravity centre man!!

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Just a Fan October 29, 2007 4:31 pm

I LOVE IT! Chabal is such a footballer - in every game he has played he has put an Oscar performance in somewhere - definitely was a huge hit - love the fact that he was flung like a rag doll..but he was a woos after that....no respect for the man.

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BRFC October 29, 2007 5:38 pm

Definately took a dive in my opinion (and i know im sat at a computer and i didnt recieve that hit) reasons i reckon, check out chabals feet, when he gets hit, one foot is off the ground (running) and then he places his foot down yet is thrown backwards, and he flies backwards when the argentinian players shoulder is no longer in contact....its hard to explain but if you watch his feet then watch his top half, the flying backwards seems to occur just a fraction too late....(and yeh the rolling and flailing arms thing was pretty lame!)

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Anonymous October 31, 2007 10:29 am

Chabal had stopped all momentum by making the pass...the tackle isnt that great. just looks spectacular

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Tom November 08, 2007 4:39 pm

Chabal wasn't hurt. It wasn't even that hard, he just had to put up a show. Besides being impolite he is now a wuss... to say the least

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Anonymous November 14, 2007 5:46 am

the hit is to fast to fake a dive but the rolling on the ground was acting maybe he should join the NBA

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Anonymous November 15, 2007 7:45 am

come on fellas he took a dive whats everyone arguing about? he wasn't hurt just looking for a penalty.oh and who's the dumbass that said he did a deliberate head butt on Ali Williams? are you stupid mate chabal just dominated him there was no 'deliberate head butt'

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Westi November 25, 2007 1:36 pm

To me, that was definitly illegal but because the way chabal milked it like an udder made me laugh.thumbs up to leguizamon, its nice to see someone show us chabals not THAT monstrous :)

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Anonymous November 29, 2007 4:56 pm

Chabal isnt the man that all think that is, Leguizamon is crack!

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Anonymous December 08, 2007 3:00 am

Camon!! legui-man you are the best flanker i ever seen.Camon!! London Irish !!Camon!! Pumas!!!

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Anonymous December 18, 2007 5:25 pm

Late, High, Stupid, not one of the 'defining moments' at all

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Anonymous December 20, 2007 6:42 pm

NO SE QUE CRITICAN ESTAS PERSONAS . NO SOPORTAN VER A LOS PUMAS TRIUNFAR . Y EL TOPETAZO ES PARA LOS QUE ADORAN AL MANSO DE CHABAL.

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Anonymous December 21, 2007 1:10 am

PERO Q MIERDA LES PASA.. VAMO LEGUI CARAJO!!!TE COMISTE FLOR DE TOPETE SEBAS.. ANDA A JUGAR AL FUTBOL PA ACTUARFOR THE REST OF THE WORLD:go legui!!!chabal you should play football cause you acted like beckam.. sucker.VAMO PUMA CARAJO!LEGUI ANIMAL

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Anonymous December 26, 2007 5:23 pm

A classic case of the hunter being hunted!I must say, congrats to Leguizamon! Seba, don't think you're the no. 1 hitman out there. Before you start trying to make a name for yourself, why the hell did you fake it there?? Hard men do not do that. I must say, you're an unsurprising disappointment to the League of Hard Men like Jerry Collins, Jonah Lomu and Martin Johnson. Go take a hike ya French fag! WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR PRETENDERS LIKE YOU!

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Craus100 December 30, 2007 11:53 pm

Pichot's reaction to the yellow is classic... what a legend

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 12:10 am

To be honest, I don't think the hit was what Chabal was rubbing his shoulder for.If you look at the replay you can see he lands on a fully flexed elbow. His shoulder takes the full brunt of his fall on the ground. before you all moan and say he's a pussy, I sprained my shouder badly once that way, and boys it really (for want of an expletive) hurts. I think that's what the rolling around on the floor is about.That said, if he hadn't come clean off the floor (all 110 kgs of him + the hair & beard) quite so easily, he wouldn't have had to deal with the pain.At the end of the day, he gets an oponent sin binned, and three points for his team: you can't argue with that!

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Anonymous January 05, 2008 11:25 am

anyone have any idea what pichot says to leguizamon there when he gets sent off? he looks pretty pissed!

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Anonymous January 07, 2008 3:45 am

is it just me......or did anyone else rate the hit on the frenchy who chabal passes to? like just after the chabal hit i thinks its number 13 gets taken pretty solidly...not a jamming hit but solid

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Federico January 11, 2008 3:12 am

Pichot said "La concha tuya" in inglish will be "the cunt of your mother"

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Anonymous January 18, 2008 10:00 pm

Nobody can hurt Chabal, He is god

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Anonymous January 18, 2008 10:01 pm

Your right, and you cant hurt god

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Anonymous January 27, 2008 1:35 pm

wot a wuss he can give it but he cant take it.... TIT!!!

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Anonymous March 18, 2008 7:37 pm

I think that it was certainly a match defining moment, if not a wrc one.The french tried to do the opposite of what they had done all tournament under bernard laporte (play a nice open game like they used to) and got taken apart by the argentinians (even though at the beginning of the match it looked like they were going to win).

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James March 25, 2008 1:52 pm

chabals being a pussy here tbh, not saying i could take a hit from leguizamon mind, but chabals meant to be the big hardman of french rugby, and he gets hit hard once and rolls about on the floorsatisfying to see him get hit hard like this reallyi remember in the nz vs france mid year tests chris jack dumped chabal on his arse, he didnt look so hard then

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Anonymous April 10, 2008 6:45 pm

legi sos mi idolo chabal chupate una pija...puto sos puro gym pero con el primer golpe te cagas todo...pelotudo que te crees que sos jesus hiper-trofiado pelotudo vamos los pumas y todos estos putos que escriben en ingles se pueden ir a la concha de su madre

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Terrence O'Brien April 15, 2008 7:46 pm

wow chabal is a fag :Pbut what do you expect he's french :)

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Anonymous June 03, 2008 9:04 am

Never happier than wen i can see a french dude get completely destroyed - especially chabalD

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Anonymous October 07, 2008 2:49 pm

Indeed, such a "hit" may happen anytime on the pitch.Though, as for other similar "tackles", it should be avoided.simply said: it's unnecessary dangerous.Playing rugby is fun !Defeating your opponents is even more fun !!"Killing" them isn't that joyfull... then some of your opponents could also kill you in return.When playing Rugby, we're not playing chess, yeahhh, but during a game, I want to surpass my oponent by mean of my RUGBY-skills... not by perilous hits.Even K1-fighter did accept that fact. Why should we, Rugby players, not be able to do as well?

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Anonymous July 03, 2009 6:45 pm

chabal is a lye

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