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Monday, November 05, 2007

Toulon vs Beziers - the gloves are off

Toulon vs Beziers - the gloves are off



Toulon and Beziers have somewhat of a history of mass brawls. In last years encounter there was a huge free-for-all that travelled half way down the pitch.

This year, they kept with tradition, and after a dirty tackle on the air born youngster Marc Andreu it all went pear shaped. After watching the World Cup recently, we're not used to seeing punchups like this, as on the internationl stage players are severely reprimanded and normally cited. But, this is the French Second Division, and from the looks of it, anything goes.

Toulon has been in the limelight frequently lately, mainly for the fact that they're receiving an influx of top players from all over the world, with the goal in mind to make it back up to the French Top 14. I'm sure with the legendary Tana Umaga in charge they'll be in good hands. Doesn't hurt that they also have former All Black fylhalf Andrew Merhtens (note how he almost gets pulled into this fight!), former Wallaby scrumhalf George Gregan , and current Spingbok lock Victor Matfield, just to name a few.

We'll keep an eye on things and see if Toulon produce the kind of rugby that will take them to where their wealthy owner Mourad Boudjellal wants to see them.

Final Score : 41-7 to Toulon

Posted at 2:00 am | 14 comments

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Anonymous November 06, 2007 1:27 pm

nothing like a good old punch up!!!!

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Anonymous November 06, 2007 1:42 pm

omg thats crazy stuff.. is victor matfield really playing for them

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French Doctor November 06, 2007 2:07 pm

Victor Matfield will play, he should arrive soon. Next week end, Anton Oliver and Saimone Taumoepeau shold play their first match with Toulon too.

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French Doctor November 06, 2007 2:10 pm

...and 2 players were 2 sin binned.The 7 white for tackle in the air, the 7 black for lighting on the fight.

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Anonymous November 06, 2007 2:18 pm

I have been in Toulon this year, the previous days of Fiji and South Africa match, all i have to say about the people i met in their club house, is that they live rugby as if it was the first thing in their lives GOD SAVE TOULON.

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Anonymous November 06, 2007 3:00 pm

L'espirit au clocher.

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Anonymous November 06, 2007 3:04 pm

how are the teams in their devision meant to keep up with players like andrew mertyns and george gregan? surely they must just walk over everyone.

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Ben November 07, 2007 9:28 am

"But, this is the French Second Division, and from the looks of it, anything goes."2 players from each side received a yellow card.With a team like that, Toulon is going to Top14 next year without a doubt, and if they are not so many retirings, they can even make it to the Semi final !

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French Doctor November 07, 2007 9:49 am

Don't forget that it is not an exhibition division, it's a real championship with 16 teams and 2 tickets for 1st division ! So most of the little towns teams are proud but also want to play the match of their live against Toulon ! Anything is simple. And teams like Agen with Rupeni Caucau, or Racing Paris with Sireli Bobo, Johnny Leo'o or Augustin Pichot, won't be easier for them.

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Anonymous November 08, 2007 4:40 pm

that tackle sounded horrific :P

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Cheyanqu November 10, 2007 5:19 pm

To paraphrase Paul Newman's best movie ever:Old Time Rugby, like Eddie Shore and Toe Blake!

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BRFC November 11, 2007 9:19 pm

"French Doctor said... ...and 2 players were 2 sin binned.The 7 white for tackle in the air, the 7 black for lighting on the fight."What do you mean lighting on the fight?!?!awesome video....killer initial tackle!!! even if it was illegal

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french doctor November 13, 2007 10:25 am

Sorry for my bad english ^^ I meant that the ref sin binned the 7 black blaming him to begin an unnecessary fight, although the line ref had already noticed the tackle in the air by the 7 white who was sin binned too.

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Anonymous June 26, 2008 5:33 pm

The stupid loosehead for Beziers went for the wrong person!

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