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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mauro Bergamasco smashes the Irish players

Mauro Bergamasco smashes the Irish players

Physicality was not something that was missing in Italy's performance against Ireland in the opening match the Six Nations. The tackles came on thick and fast from the Italian back-row, from the likes Mauro Bergamasco and Sergio Parisse especially.

Even Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll began to feel the intensity and needed a breather after getting drilled by open-side Bergamasco. Geordan Murphy also got a taste of the action when he and a rampaging Bergamasco collided in the second half.

Despite the physicality though, both sides lacked a little bit of direction and the game struggled to find its rhythm. Dempsey and Castrogiovanni were the only try scorers, with Ronan O'Gara being the eventual difference between the two sides.

Stay tuned for highlight packages and for all the rest of the nitty-gritty from the 2008 Six Nations.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:08 am | View Comments (34)

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goodNumber10 February 03, 2008 11:12 am

ouch, but thats what happens when you over run your fly half brian.should have stayed deeper and you wouldn't have had to turn to take the ball.The murphy one is a bit off, forearm tot he throat/jaw, could have been carded/cited for that.

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 11:19 am

Stupid Bergamaso, he should learn how to tackle, it would help him to get the six nations cup.

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 11:45 am

Bergamasco is a bit of a hot head, always has been. Shouldn't lead with the forearm but the most hopless tackle attempt. Was it Murphy just standing like a plank?

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Dank February 03, 2008 12:42 pm

First tackle was great, I was at the game (and am Irish) and you could just hear it. But he should have been carded or penalised at least for leading with the fist to Murphy's jaw

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 1:27 pm

The ref should've done something about the charge but I have noticed Murphy stands up straight a lot when attempting to tackle. He has a really bad technique. Is he like that when playing for the tigers ?

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 1:54 pm

thats a disgrace. You cant lead with your forearm. hes nearly as bad as andy goode

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bd February 03, 2008 2:14 pm

ah cmon the second one had to be illegal?? hey who thought eoin reddan had a good match? had two brill breaks...i think hes secured the 9 shirt.

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goodNumber10 February 03, 2008 2:33 pm

yeah Reddin was on fire yesterday, great player. And Stringer brought nothign to the game to make me think he should be the 9.Murphy does stand up in the tackle and tends to try and judo throw, oull the opo down with him.

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 3:14 pm

First tackle is perfectly legitimate.

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capo February 03, 2008 5:28 pm

Don't turn your back to your friends, But NEVER do it to you opponents

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 6:39 pm

Meh, wouldn't of happened if Murphy wasn't a shite tackler

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 6:46 pm

Murphy tackles while standing upright quite alot. think the idea is that he stops the man from offloading in the tackle. which isn't a bad idea but when there's a huge fucker like bergamasco charging at you forearm first, it might be best to go low.

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 7:23 pm

Bergamasco is a legend.Coming from an Ulsterman and Irishman, great to see BOD smashed.Agree the Murphy bit should have probably been a penalty, but didn't Shane Horgan do it to England's David Strettle last year? He wasn't cited.

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 7:51 pm

'Coming from an Ulsterman and Irishman, great to see BOD smashed' - Clearly a unionist mixing rugby with politics. O'Driscoll is the only world-class player on the squad and and real Irishman would support him. Your no Irishman, you don't distinguish between provinces with the national team, go over and live in England, fag. BOD would steamroll you

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Anonymous February 03, 2008 9:27 pm

murphy is so much better than tht prick dempsey hu doesnt deserve to be in the side

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p-daddie February 04, 2008 1:59 pm

Wasn't it Parise that scored the try?

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scottish rob February 04, 2008 2:27 pm

'no Irishman, you don't distinguish between provinces with the national team, go over and live in England.fag'Some of you southerners are so pathetic (I know not all of you are).I am Scottish and really think you guys should give it a rest as the ulsterman is mearly commenting.Enjoy the rugby clips and shut up no need to bring politics into it you fag!

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Anonymous February 04, 2008 5:28 pm

Scottish Rob I'm from Belfast so don't give me shite about Republicans. I can comment on what your man said about BOD, and as a so called 'Irishman' i don't think he want to see BOD 'smashed'. Would you like to see a highlander smashed if you were from Edinburgh while playing for Scotland? Chances are you wouldn't...

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Anonymous February 04, 2008 7:16 pm

First tackle was super and legal, ODriscoll happy to get a breather after that.The seconded warranted action, if Murphy tackled that way hed be carded at least. But fair play to Murphy up on his feet straight away. As for Shane Horgan doing it last year against Strettle, Horgan gave a chip ahead and Strettle moved in to block Horgan. I think Strettle was in the wrong there.

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martin February 04, 2008 8:59 pm

"Anonymous said... Stupid Bergamaso, he should learn how to tackle, it would help him to get the six nations cup.February 03, 2008 1:19 PM"Stupid Anonymous, he should learn a thing or to about rugby, it would help him shut his useless gob and not make dumbass comments about teams trying to get the six nations cup.........

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Anonymous February 04, 2008 9:16 pm

I think strettle was fouled by Horgan to be honest although i can't really remember it that well I did think horgan led with his harm. And lads no need to get pi**ed off with the ulsterman, provincial rivalries run deep. I'm a Leinster fan and despise (but respect) Munster and sometimes that even comes out in international games! If that lad was just spouting unionist sectarian crap then I wouldn't worry about it. Remember: No one likes unionists anyway.

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Anonymous February 05, 2008 7:35 am

you okes are all irish i can tell...Haha;) perfectly legal in both instances....

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Anonymous February 07, 2008 8:06 pm

how is the 2nd legal? if u hand someone off it has to be the palm of ur hand and ur arms supposed to be straightened before contact so its not like a punch....charging with ur forearm is illegal!and what is the point of arguing about someone wanting BOD irish and i hate him! awful captain!

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Smarter Than That Gu February 07, 2008 10:27 pm

I know! Hes such an awful captain thats why hes the got the most caps as captain for ireland, hes the top try scorer and has been regarded as irelands best player for the past 7 or 8 years. Theres always one tosser who thinks they can do a better job, and its that guy ^^^^

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Anonymous February 08, 2008 6:12 pm

I think there's a difference between player and captain...... I really like BOD but I don't think he should be captain. POC when he's fit would be better but i suppose there's few other contenders considering EOS's team selection...

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i know more about ru February 09, 2008 6:04 pm

to smarter than that guy...and i left the comment above u jackass!BOD yes has been a great player, always plays with passion and is capable of magic. But as a captain he lacks alot and makes bad decisions on the ball but he's never brought up on it as he's captain!Ronaldo is at the minute probably the best footballer in the world....but dear lord he would be the worst captain of all time

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Anonymous February 12, 2008 9:31 am

ronaldo is a prick BOD is a legend (and thats coming from a scotsman)

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Prendiamoci un Caffe February 12, 2008 1:19 pm

Grande Mauro!!!!! Il primo placcaggio perfetto e legale, il secondo contatto non del tutto, c'era il braccio un po' alto.

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Anonymous February 26, 2008 4:04 pm

Nothing to say, Bergamasco (Mauro) it's a great tackler, in the second one he is wrong (NO ONE IS PERFECT) but Murphy is like a milestone (because he is standig like a fool)che bello, qualche commento in italiano!!!!FORZA ITALIA

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Dan March 12, 2008 3:19 pm

In the first Bergamasco does not try to wrap around BOD with his arms, he just touches him and flips him with his shoulder, making it look like he grabbed him. Murphy's tackle isn't over the shoulders and Bergamasco leads with a closed fist and forearm - illegal

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Anonymous April 09, 2008 12:21 pm

Bergamasco is a filthy player leading with the forearm and it was seen again in the welsh match as he gouged a players eyes...He has the ability to be one of the best back rows around but he needs to focus his talent on becoming a better player and using his talent productively rather than just tryin to bounce players or conceding stupid penalties

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Anonymous June 18, 2008 12:17 pm

Murphey tackld him, that wasnt a big hit by bergamasco at all!Murphey for once just had a poor tackling technique.

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Anonymous April 14, 2009 12:19 am

bergemasco is an excellent player as demonstrated by his ability to play wing aswell(quite well)-he tackles his heart out for 80 minutes and has an incredible workrate-if he was in a better team he would be recognised alongside george smith and the like as a world class 7. didnt see anything illegal in those clips. The only thing he cant do is play srum half!!!!!!!!!thats the coaches fault though. shouldnt be played there.anyway rant over-
gog rugby nut

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 12:16 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ for the comment above me!! Bergamaso lead with the forearm, so if u watched the clip u should have seen something illegal. And another thing he has never shown that he is a world class player!!! He is a dirty scumbag!

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