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Friday, February 22, 2008

Andrew Mehrtens zaps the crowd after a winning dropgoal

Andrew Mehrtens zaps the crowd after a winning dropgoal

Known for being one of the most intimidating stadiums in the world of rugby, Loftus Versfeld has a reputation for being a place you don't want to be in if you're not supporting the Bulls.

In 1999 the Crusaders took on the Northern Bulls, as they were known back then, in a Super 12 match that went right down to the wire.

The Bulls lead by more than 15 at half time, but let their lead slip thanks to some courageous play by the men from Christchurch.

All Black star flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens was getting hassled by the crowd all match, and when he slotted the winning drop goal in injury time to seal a memorable away win, Mehrtens celebrated by giving the crowd the old one fingered salute and two armed zap.

The game was remembered more for the reaction from Mehrtens than the winning dropgoal.

Mehrts has always had a great sense of humour, so this was admittedly quite funny, although it caused a bit of a stir at the time.

The final score was 30-28 to the Canterbury Crusaders.

Posted at 1:21 pm | 20 comments

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filipe February 22, 2008 2:19 pm

he just looks so happy

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molly February 22, 2008 2:27 pm

Look how empty the stadium is, geez. Was this when the Bulls were rubbish?Mehrtens is a legend!

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GMC February 22, 2008 2:30 pm

'Was this when the Bulls were rubbish?'lol Molly.. yes, I'd say it was.

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molly February 22, 2008 2:34 pm

gmc, I'm sure they finished at the bottom of the log that year, with one win... or no wins.

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GMC February 22, 2008 2:37 pm

Molly, I was agreeing. :)Just funny to think back to those days when they were bottom of the table. I'm afraid without Bakkies and Victor this year, they could be in for a similar fate.. despite being champs.

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Grizz Wyllie February 22, 2008 2:51 pm

That was one of the proudest days for a Crusaders supporter.They Bulls may not have been what they are now but regardless any victory by a NZ side on the High Veldt was rarer than Chiefs semifinal appearance.

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Cheyanqu February 22, 2008 6:44 pm

Given Mehrtens was born in Durban, perhaps the gesture makes Sharks fans happy as well.

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Fred February 23, 2008 12:34 pm

I lollled at the description, but the vid was taken down :(

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Shaft February 23, 2008 2:37 pm

Fred, refresh your page again bud, the video is working perfectly.

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evzman February 23, 2008 5:32 pm

not that it this to do with this but wales just stuffed italy 47-8.CYMRU AM BYTH!p.s. i think wat mehrtens did was hilarious.

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italian scrummy (sad February 23, 2008 7:59 pm

evzman.....you have to admit that during the first half italy was quite up to the test...but your intercept try early in the second clicked despair in our boys hearts and fuzzed up their heads.....unfortunately.by a sad italian scrummy..(BTW i hope Wales wins the 6N...they deserve it)

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noizy February 24, 2008 11:36 pm

down by two with seconds remaining, and Mehrts slots a droppie? Where was he when the All Blacks needed him in 2007? ;)

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G-unit February 25, 2008 2:02 am

haha! yeah, loved this vid and the last comment, where was Mehrts in 2007 when the all blacks needed a drop goal?

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Vicente April 08, 2008 5:32 pm

To zap the crowd is anti-rugby Id say.

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Vicente April 08, 2008 5:33 pm

To zap the crowd is anti-rugby I would say.

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bD June 21, 2008 12:47 pm

scrum half is wearing 18.....number eight is wearing 22! i guess they just threw on jerseys back then regardless of the number

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calrugbygirl September 01, 2008 7:11 am

I agree that when Merhtens played for the All Black he was the best kicker they had ever had, but I believe if he stays healthy the current incredible kicker DC (Dan Carter) will surpass Mehrtens record.

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evnz May 01, 2009 9:17 pm

why did i leave that ignorant comment last year.sorry italian scrummy i was pretty ignorant leavin that.as for the zapping.WELL DONE!

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