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Monday, December 03, 2007

The Barbarians down South Africa

The Barbarians down South Africa

A star studded Barbarians side took on the World Champion South Africans at Twickenham on Saturday. For the Barbarians there was a sense of revenge on the cards. The opportunity to claim the scalp of a World Champion side is something every international player dreams of. And, they weren't disappointed.

The Springboks, who featured only 5 of the World Cup Final team, just weren't up for it, and the Baa Baa's came out on top convincingly, winning the game 22-5.
Missing leadership and key players, the Springboks gave coach Jake White a disappointing farewell to his successful four years in charge.

Jason Robinson brought down the curtain on his international career with a fantastic display of attacking fullback play that epitomised his long, distinguished career. Robinson was simply sublime with ball in hand. He received an emotional standing ovation from the large Twickenham crowd, every one of which were applauding the great man and his great career.

For the South Africans, a poor performance from a group of guys who've either played too much rugby of late, or in some cases - too little. A game too far. Second Rower Barend Pieterse starting at number 6 in place of Schalk Burger just about summed up the day.

Well done to the Barbarians though. Good to see that despite talk of certain players not being able to be released, they managed to put together a very strong side and showed that the Barbarian rugby tradition is alive and well.

Posted at 8:50 am | 44 comments

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Alex Davies December 03, 2007 8:58 am

That is some beautiful rugby from the baa baas, the pick up by Nonu and Giteau's hands on the first try made me tingle.The Barbarians are a wonderful tradition that should be kept alive, true advocates for all that is running rugby.

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 9:46 am

I was at this game, it was great to see this kind of rugby being played, hard to single anyone out. Great to see Jason Robinsons last game and Martin Williams was just amazingagree with the guy above, the baa baa's is an amazing tradition and one we need to keep

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ruggers December 03, 2007 10:31 am

i was watching this game, second row bk from the pitch and dressed as monk!! it was a momentous occasion and a brilliant match!! ther has been a lot of tlk about droppin da baa baa's team but surely reagans defiance and the truly inspirational performance is enough evidence to keep the team alive? i agree with the others it is a wonderful tradition that we must keep!!congratulations to jason robinson! he was superb through out the match, he is still a threat to any defence and ther is no one that can match his cross union-league success. a legend

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 10:33 am

A well organised team, especially one whose squad has just one a world cup, should be able to beat a scratch team who only trained together for 4 days. Don't do an England!

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 10:35 am

granted, Billy Whizz was the most electrifying runner the world has ever seen.

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 11:00 am

martyn williams was awesome in this game, wales are gonna miss him. As a welshman i'm so glad to see the back of jason Robinson, but he has been awesome to watch over the years...baa baa's rugby is awesome, and i always look forward to the games.

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 12:30 pm

I'll hopefully be playing against Jerry Collins on Boxing day should all go to plan!!! :-D anyone jealous?!?

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hotstep December 03, 2007 1:11 pm

haha, i am jealous of you playing against collins but i most certainly wouldnt run anywhere near him!

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 1:32 pm

on the collins front.was great to see the guy wearing Barum club socks.

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Ryan December 03, 2007 3:08 pm

The up and under by Williams was sweet. So was Git's try, Good to see the Baa Baas playing fine rugby despite players being held out.

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Dave December 03, 2007 4:03 pm

Thank God the traditions of Barbarians are alive and well. In the professional era dominated by money and trophies, it is good to see the Baa-Baas still playing great rugby just for the sheer hell of it. They still have that brilliant honour about them, and for most young players even now (Danny Cipriani and Olly Barkley have both said this among others) playing for them is the pinnicle of their career simply because the BaaBaas only invite the best to play. Well done all, long may the Barbarians continue.PS Jason Robinson = legend.

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Will December 03, 2007 4:26 pm

To the rugbydump guys,Surely there is a need for a Jason Robinson best of? That would be an electrifying compilation and would be massively popular from the looks of things. You could do League and Union highlights, loads of greta runs, great tries, tackles, those crisp takes on up and unders that he never seemed to drop...Come on it would be wicked!

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lrc12 December 03, 2007 5:17 pm

wat a game. im pleased 2 c tht ppl r actually supportin tha traditions of tha ba baa's. i hope ppl will bac tha lions aswel tho because dere has bn calls 4 them 2 b cut, which i believe wud b criminal!!wel dne nd thnx 2 a tru legend of tha game Jason Robinsonps. i support tha guys point above a compilation of Robbo ova tha years wud b appreciated.

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Fordy December 03, 2007 5:37 pm

I was there and the game was good spirited. It was my first visit to Twickenham and it is certainly not my last, sublime!That vid missed out a superb tackle from Jerry and Joe on one of the SA.Jerry and Joe had fantastic games but in my opinion Ma' Nonu should've been man of the match he was making runs like that all game.The man of the ,match went to Martin Williams who I am sure Wales wish they had had last week but serves them right.Me and my friend were sitting right infront of some SA and 1 of them said "There are too many Welsh players, this is the Welsh rugby team," then he started cheering, "Go on Wales." Late into the second half when the England players started coming on he said something wish should have earned him a smack in the face despite it being quite funny, "If they keep bringing English players on we're gonna win"As I said in the other babas post (as bye bye robinson) the SA hugly outnumber us and we mostly pissed! It was a great game.Bye Bye Billy Wizz!!1 :)

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 6:27 pm

Im guessing the guy with the Barum comment is part of Barnstaple RFC? any news on Collins return for boxing day? Would definately enjoy meeting him/rucking him out the way (LOL)so yeh any news?

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bonzai December 03, 2007 6:28 pm

Ma'a Nonu, nuff said.

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Charles December 03, 2007 7:29 pm

Well as everybody said, great game and traditions of Rugby Union.Btw, the Robinson Highlight would be really, really appreciated...

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 7:45 pm

Maa nonu is a quality player ! i dont know why he isnt in the all black squad more ???

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Anonymous December 03, 2007 7:56 pm

do you think it would be possible to get a collection of jason robinson up herewish i could've been theresome fantastic rugby played though

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chris p December 03, 2007 11:55 pm

it surely is great to see the baa baa's playing, i have wanted to catch some of their games since i first heard of them, and this vid has been greati couldnt watch the game (or any game for that matter) cause i live in canada, we have one channel that shows some games, but its mostly a blasted football(we call it soccer here) channel, so to you in europe and the southern hemisphere, dont take watching the games for grantedand to the person who said they may stop the lions, i highly doubt that will happenwitht he support this baa baas game got i know they will have more soon, so i doubt they will cut that team either

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Elvis December 04, 2007 1:55 am

The Baa-baas are finished. Clubs don't send players and the games are fake: they don't tackle, you realize also watching the video.It's really a pity, but in the pro era there is no space for Barbarians

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 6:10 am

the barbarians we bill round for years to comePS: can anyone tell me the lineup i missed the game and cant tell by there faces!!!

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 12:27 pm

rocky elsom scored a try too didnt he?? not good enuff for the website?

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 2:29 pm

I love seeing these kinda games, i know there will always be scuffles but there is nothing on the line but a good game of rugby, i mean i know SA have the World cup reputation to live up to, but here its just two teams playing a great game. its like a school reunion match, these are all old faces (and new) and they make a pretty legendary *All Stars* team. and its nice to see the top World Class players form an awesome team.Just a shame Collins has those ridiculous Barney socks on ;) cya on boxing day guys!

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James December 04, 2007 5:37 pm

No tackling? I have *never* seen a Barbarians side defend like these guys did. I suspect this is just a side effect of the increased focus on defense in the game - praise be to rugby league for that. Examples? Well, even from the two videos here:Mr Shanklin's tackle, with the Marshall follow up as well as Rokocoko's tackle on Kankowski were two great awareness related defensive moves. Couple that with Martyn Williams' (more obvious) constant hits along with some fierce counter-rucking from the center line showed a fairly high quality of defensive rugby from the side. Granted, you want to play a more open game at Barbarian testamonials, and South Africa probably suffered a bit from that. It's also probably true that it's hard to defensively coach a team when you don't have much time together and some are suffering from 24 hour travel delays; but with good players and with the increased awareness of defense in the game, it shouldn't be a problem.And I think the Barbarians do deserve their place in the modern game - as long as they sharpen up communication with the clubs (who do, let's face it, pay the players their wages). We have a many great traditions in our wonderful sport and it'd be a shame to lose this one. Where else would Justin Marshall, Martyn Williams, Matthew Giteau and Jason Robinson play together?

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Anonymous January 05, 2008 6:04 pm

What's the music in the background? Audioslave??Good choiceAlex from Poland

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Anonymous January 07, 2008 7:13 am

The Baa Baas and the Springboks are now 3-all against each other.

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Anonymous February 19, 2008 1:24 pm

i was ther in the stadium, + the baabaa's defended their asses off. so huevr said they didnt defend probably plays hockey, not rugby.jason robinson's ovation at the end was amazing. as a gr8 fan of his, i am sad 2 c him go.POIS, FULLBACK

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Martin Johnson February 19, 2008 9:34 pm

Probs the best match iv seen. Nonu is emmence. I love rocococos tackle. he comes from nowhere,. but kankofski dosnt even hit the cornen flag. Music is brill. Anyone se how robinson uses the same move three times and gets past three people. What a ledgend.

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evzmanGRANDFUKINSLAM March 15, 2008 2:07 pm

i went to see this match and nonu was outstanding.he had a stormer of a game.

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Anonymous March 18, 2008 6:51 pm

That african number 8 had that massive grin on his face going for the try and after he got hit it just disapeared.long live jason robinson

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Anonymous March 29, 2008 3:28 pm

that wasnt a grin you idiot, and it wasnt jason robinson that tackled him. have your eyes checked. well played barbarians

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Anonymous March 30, 2008 12:01 pm

what a fantastic character jason robinson is, true gent. not because of this game lol. it is of course a widely known fact.

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angus March 31, 2008 7:19 pm

I did not mean that it was robinison, it was rocokoko. And get yourself a name, stupid anons.

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angus March 31, 2008 7:19 pm

I did not mean that it was robinison, it was rocokoko. And get yourself a name, stupid anons.

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Anonymous April 01, 2008 2:07 pm

nobody's fucking talking to you angus. dont give a shit about your grin argument with whoever.was making a statement.

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Anonymous April 03, 2008 7:54 pm

Martyn Williams.. what a player!

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Anonymous April 22, 2008 7:37 pm

Amazing match, highlight is the rockokoco tackle on kankovski, it summed up the springboks game.

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Anonymous May 01, 2008 6:05 pm

sa used a 2nd string team cause players were rested after the world cup

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Chazza June 16, 2008 5:58 pm

Love the final Comment "its a cold day, but lets not get too close boys" classic

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pugger August 09, 2008 10:29 am

was there at that match, everybody was drunk, everybody abusing southafrica and eveerybody abusing stuart dickinson the touch judge who disallowed englands WC try

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the ture game August 13, 2008 7:31 pm

HELP PLEASE: WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE SONG? p.s. great video, great game, great players.

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the finder August 13, 2008 7:38 pm

Audioslave: We Got The Better Bomb / The Whip . Thats the song. Great vid

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Josh November 03, 2008 8:54 pm

Matt Giteau for god!

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