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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The day I scored against the All Blacks - by Marko Stanojevic

The day I scored against the All Blacks - by Marko Stanojevic

With the World Cup coming up in New Zealand next year and Italy having just finished a test series, it's as good a time as ever to post this amusing tale of what it was like for wing Marko Stanojevic to score a try against the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup in France.

Having made my international debut just 11 months before the 2007 Rugby World Cup, I felt that my chances of making the squad, let alone the Italian starting line-up, were pretty slim.

However, after working hard to impress the coaches in games against Australia, Argentina and Canada in the 2006 November tests, a shoulder injury sidelined me and the opportunity looked even less likely. I missed the Six Nations and most of the remaining season but, by July, I had recovered just in time for the World Cup training camp in Aosta.

After three months of grueling training and the warm-up games, I was called up to start in the opening game of the World Cup against the All Blacks at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Despite the emotion and sense of occasion, the team understood the scale of the task ahead and, on the day, the harsh reality of playing such an impenetrable side soon hit home.

At 43-0 down, shortly before the half-time whistle, I was faced with five imposing All Black figures and very little hope. However, Byron Kelleher suddenly launched an attack from halfway, left to right, and I saw the long pass that was meant for Siviveni Sivivatu. I hoped for a man and ball tackle but soon realised that I could probably reach the ball and take a gamble.

I opted for the gamble and, after intercepting that pass and checking both shoulders around 30 yards later, scoring a try started to feel more like a probability than a possibility. The feeling of putting the ball across the line and under the posts in front of 60,000 supporters was incredible. The scoreline was barely affected but, for me, it was still a great moment!

Actually, one of my best friends made a bet before the game. He joked that if I managed to score a try against the All Blacks then he would have the Italian flag tattooed to his behind. He remained true to his word and now has the tennis-ball sized emblem decorating his right cheek!

Posted at 3:45 pm | 20 comments

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Anonymous June 29, 2010 2:56 pm

Haha, nice :)

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Anonymous June 29, 2010 3:25 pm

lols

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third Centre June 29, 2010 5:52 pm

haha class. I wonder if you could get the guy from Portugal who scored against them in 2007

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Anonymous June 29, 2010 6:05 pm

bea!!

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Anonymous June 29, 2010 6:30 pm

if anyone read the information about the video the italians best mate = ultimate LAD

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Joost June 29, 2010 8:47 pm

By the look on his face, he didn't seem THAT happy...

Lol at the tatoo fact though.

Cheers

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Bokke_2007 June 29, 2010 9:19 pm

Haha this is great! And what is it about making bets in the Italian team?! This bloke gets a tat on his arse and coach mallet has to shave his head! Epic!

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Anonymous June 29, 2010 10:17 pm

small rugby playing nation mentality. no wonder they haven't kicked on...

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(u-p)rick June 30, 2010 2:19 am

'small rugby playing nation mentality. no wonder they haven't kicked on...'

Small minded mentality. no wonder you haven't realised how much they've progressed...

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Todd June 30, 2010 2:58 am

Anonymous said... small rugby playing nation mentality. no wonder they haven't kicked on...

Wrong .. in fact wanting so much to score a try against the ABs and relishing doing it is the only way a side like Italy will ever start beating them. He did well.
I'm a NZer.

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Shaft June 30, 2010 4:49 am

Fantastic story! :)

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Third Centre June 30, 2010 11:07 am

Also, italy put out a second string squad so they could focus on getting second place in the group which made this all the more interesting

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Anonymous June 30, 2010 1:41 pm

I've have every world cup in France, it was awesome. The 2010 Football one is pretty poorly attended, those bloody horns, jeeez. That isn't culture, I'd love to hear some singing from the locals, but those things....
Remember the north african sounding horn that went off about twice a game during 2007 WC, that was an awesome addition.

Shame it's in NZ next, needs to go to Japan soon as to spread the playing popularity.

p.s nice try

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Super Tuga June 30, 2010 2:20 pm

Yeah, the portuguese guy's story was awesome, it even made the evening news around here.
Great story and vision try.

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Canadian Content June 30, 2010 4:01 pm

Brilliant this is what the game is all about to me, the love for it. We cannot all be All Blacks, we cannot all even hope to win due to insurmountable odds, anonymous you are a jackass, all we can hope to do is compete at the highest level we can and hopefully experience something special. Well done Stanojevic, well done paesan with the tat on his arse, well done Rugby Dump.

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C June 30, 2010 4:03 pm

Oh and well done anonymous as well. It's always fun when fools such as yourself make ignorant comments, giving the rest of us the opportunity to roast you in an international forum.

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Xavier June 30, 2010 5:20 pm

@ Third centre:

That try was scored by prop Rui Cordeiro, a 136kg (heaviest in that WC) veterinarian in Coimbra, in portugal. After the game the Abs went on to play some football against Portugal (where we thrashed NZed, lol), and then off to consume a couple of pints with them, and they were amazed by Rui.

Our captain, Vasco Uva, tried to ask Collins for an autograph, and he refused, because he wouldn't give an autograph to a colleague.

Here's an old NZ Herald article about "Os Lobos", where he feature Rui Cordeiro and Goncalo Malheiro (my former coach and now teammate), the guy who scored the dropgoal

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Anonymous July 01, 2010 12:27 am

Putting the All Blacks on a pedestal here. Two or so games later they were humbled out of the World Cup, HAHAHA! YES!

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No.8 July 01, 2010 4:32 am

Man, there is at least one really infantile anonymous on this thread. I guess some people just don't get it.
Nice clip RD, and further to Joost's point, how unusual to see a non-demonstrative Italian.

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Free HD TV July 02, 2010 6:25 pm

What an awesome feeling, shame about the result tho!

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