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Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Funnies - The Rocky Elsom human hurdle attempt

Friday Funnies - The Rocky Elsom human hurdle attempt

It's a massive weekend for sport around the world with a little something called the Football World Cup having kicked off today, but then of course big Test match rugby taking place tomorrow. This is a quick funny to get you in the mood.

From last weekend against Fiji, this clip was requested as it's probably something you wont see everyday in rugby, if ever. Rocky Elsom's leapfrog attempt actually earned his side a penalty as he jumped over the opposition fullback.

He was however caught midair, and subsequently dumped to the ground, only a few metres from the tryline. Dangerous play said the ref as he marched the influential Aussie back.

The Wallabies will face England tomorrow for the Cook Cup trophy, but have had to make adjustments after the late withdrawal of Matt Giteau. Captain Elsom is still backing his side to take the win though, despite injury concerns.

"Having the injuries isnt ideal ideal but the way we train and practice it's very much a squad focus so guys can slot in and out," said Elsom.

Perhaps he needs to work on this move a little more in practice.


Time: 0:50
England Team: Ben Foden, Mark Cueto, Mike Tindall, Shontayne Hape, Chris Ashton, Toby Flood, Danny Care, Tim Payne, Steve Thompson, Dan Cole, Simon Shaw, Tom Palmer, Tom Croft, Lewis Moody, Nick Easter. Replacements: George Chuter, David Wilson, Courtney Lawes, J Haskell, Ben Youngs, Jonny Wilkinson, Mathew Tait.

Australia Team: James O'Connor, Digby Ioane, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Luke Burgess, Ben Daley, Saia Faingaa, Salesi Ma'afu, Dean Mumm, Nathan Sharpe, Rocky Elsom, David Pocock, Richard Brown. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper, Mark Chisholm, Matt Hodgson, Will Genia, Kurtley Beale.

Posted at 8:04 pm | 34 comments

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Leeners93 June 11, 2010 7:39 pm

first!!!unbelievable the way the fijian player caught elsom midair and dumped him as if he were a ragdoll, rather than a 6"4,100 kilos rugby player!!!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 7:47 pm

what a dumb comentator

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 8:05 pm

Is it really dangerous play to jump over a tackler who left his feet and lost control of his body?

The other defender was in good position otherwise the guy is gone!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 8:17 pm

well it WAS dangerous play.. jumping knee first to the face..

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Jeff June 11, 2010 8:20 pm

Agreed. Ref was thinking about the defender getting knee'd in the face. Nice of the Fijian to put Elsom down gently though.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 8:28 pm

My wife is a nurse and she said he could have injured his manhood!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 8:56 pm

It is dangerous... my friend was knocked out by a guy jumping and throwing his knees at his head..
I guess at big guy like Elsom would do a lot worse!

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rodney June 11, 2010 8:57 pm

Oh, come on referee!

Not everyone can hurdle people as well as Todd Clever ;)

But that was a pretty good tackle by the Fijian.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 9:14 pm

definitly dangerous play, a guy in my year got a concussion from someone trying to jump his tackle

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Anonymous June 11, 2010 10:27 pm

Comentator: "its a vertical side step"

lolol

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Teza4 June 11, 2010 11:13 pm

jumping over the tackler is not dangerous play. However, jumping into the second tackler was. Second tackler did well to get him down safely i think

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 12:22 am

jumoing a tackle is AGAINST THE RULES, its not like the ref was using his discresion here, he just called it as it should have been. end of. you cant jump a tackle, unless you disguise it and you could call it a dive for the line. correct call by the ref, there should be no debate about it.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 12:47 am

as stated above, jumping tackles is indeed against the rules.I was taught that when i was a kid. Thought it was common knowledge....

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 1:54 am

Do anyone know why Matt Giteau withdraw ?

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 2:57 am

Crap Commentator's

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fivel June 12, 2010 3:07 am

jumoing a tackle is AGAINST THE RULES, its not like the ref was using his discresion here, he just called it as it should have been. end of. you cant jump a tackle, unless you disguise it and you could call it a dive for the line. correct call by the ref, there should be no debate about it.

as stated above, jumping tackles is indeed against the rules.I was taught that when i was a kid.

Where in the law book does it say that? I've never seen it; if you can tell me what law, then I'll believe you. Until then, I'm pretty sure you're wrong.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 3:41 am

gits is out due to injuries supposedly

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soprano June 12, 2010 4:46 am

Giteau is out with a hip injury from the Fiji match.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 5:02 am

Lol "vertical side-step"

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 6:23 am

Jumping into a tackle is not specifically prohibited in law but Elsom's actions were certainly dangerous. They were dangerous to the defender, and they were dangerous to himself.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 8:35 am

haha! 'It's a vertical side-step!' aussie commentators are always awesome!

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Vassili June 12, 2010 4:02 pm

Spinebuster!!!! :P

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universityrugger June 12, 2010 5:06 pm

the wallabies didn't get a penalty from this did they?

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fivel June 12, 2010 7:43 pm

Cheers, Maximus.

But, I think that's my point - it's not a specific law prohibiting jumping a tackle; it's the referee's discretion to deem it as dangerous play.

I was a little disappointed this was a penalty, but I think the ref got it right, actually. Jumping the attempted tackle: fine. Jumping into the actual tackle: could be ruled as dangerous play.

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mat June 12, 2010 9:49 pm

you cannot jump into a tackle.
that is the law, i know because i was penalised for it at school.
especially with the knees like that well done referee.

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vinniechan June 13, 2010 4:13 am

I think somewhere in the rule book says you can't jump over a tackle...

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vinniechan June 13, 2010 4:21 am

Also, I think the only instance you're allowed to take someone out in the air is in the try scoring process.
I bet they didn't see see this coming when they wrote the law.

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Anonymous June 13, 2010 5:56 am

Vinniechan: wrong on both accounts. Take a look for yourself: www.irblaws.com

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Gary June 13, 2010 12:23 pm

you can't jump 'out' of a tackle so i assume you can't jump in to one. was a bit stupid anyway really...

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Karl June 13, 2010 9:00 pm

Definitely a penalty - I've been pinged for it before. Think about it; it's essentially a flying knee...

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 11:50 pm

im more interested in the Fijian player catching him and tackling him.. such power haha.

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 2:56 am

The jumping isn't actually ilegal, the knee is.
If he jumped but kept his knees down, he'd be fine.

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