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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pierre Mignoni dislocated finger and Joe Van Niekerk try

Pierre Mignoni dislocated finger and Joe Van Niekerk try

Toulon put in a great performance yesterday as they beat rivals Clermont 28-16 in their Top 14 meeting at the Stade Mayol. Pierre Mignoni dislocated his finger, but continued on, and Joe Van Niekerk scored a nice try. Both clips are featured here.

Jonny Wilkinson looked back to his best form as he kicked twenty three points to add to captain Van Niekerks try as Toulon took up fifth place on the table, no doubt making them more comfortable after their recent showings.

Clermont themselves havent looked great so far this season, as the champions have only four wins out of seven matches.

Toulon scrumhalf Mignoni dislocated his finger during the match, resulting in the team physios having to come on the field and jerk in back into place. Its always interesting watching how they do it, and seeing the players reactions. Intense pain, but once its in its not too bad, and as you will see in the clip, Mignoni continued on.

The Van Niekerk try came from a crazy period of play which included fullback Rory Lamont looking like he was knocked out, but somehow getting back in play to provide the scoring pass after a neat change of angle from the Toulon skipper.

As for flyhalf Wilkinson, he kicked five penalties, two drop goals, and converted the try, taking him to second highest points scorer of the season. Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has since stated that he looks back to the form of 2003.

"Wilkinson is one of the best outside-halves in the history of rugby, he showed that today. We rediscovered the Jonny of the 2003 vintage. It's a Jonny who, in my eyes, is much stronger than last season," he said.

"I have people who have private boxes at Mayol stadium and who come by private jet from London when Jonny Wilkinson plays," Boudjellal added.

The two clips are presented as a playlist. If you're not interested in seeing the dislocation, you can skip to the try. Alternatively, the second clip will play automatically as soon as the first is finished. If you have any other requests from the weekend, please post them here .

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:41 pm | View Comments (26)

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Leeners93 September 19, 2010 5:50 pm

very funny seeing mignoni jumping around,but it did look painful.
not a bad try either

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Leeners93 September 19, 2010 5:56 pm


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Anonymous September 19, 2010 5:59 pm

@Staff: It was in the stade Velodrome in Marseille, and Clermont did score a try at the 13'.

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ST September 19, 2010 6:06 pm

it wasnt the only try of the game, Fofana scored a try for Clermont

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Matt W September 19, 2010 6:40 pm

Do we really have to see dislocations? Where is the pleasure in seeing this? I find it a complete turn off, not least after suffering some severe dislocations myself. There is enough quality content on your site without this stuff.

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3/4 centre September 19, 2010 6:57 pm

@RD : Fofana scored a beautiful try for Clermont. Do you have the clip?

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4LC4TR4Z September 19, 2010 7:10 pm

Nan, moi j'l'ai pas, et vous ? :-p

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RD September 19, 2010 7:32 pm

My mistake in the wording, I meant Toulon's only try.

@ Matt W, it was requested more than once, so I obliged. A try was offered up as an alternative to watching the clip of Mignoni squirming.

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Chris September 19, 2010 7:36 pm

"Do we really have to see dislocations?"

No, you don't. You could not watch the video

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 7:56 pm

The question is : did Parra break Mignoni's fingers on purpose ? How does it look for you ?

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 9:25 pm

obviously Parra wouldn't have wilfully broken his finger. however, it seems that he kind of twisted his fingers. The two of them spent the whole game fighting like kids.
Obviously he didn't want that to hurt THAT much, and,'s all fair enough, scrumhalves always bother and tease each other, and Mignoni didn't blame him one second.

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Third centre September 19, 2010 9:53 pm

have to agree with Matt W. Who goes out of their way to see that ?

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Leeners93 September 19, 2010 10:23 pm

that wasn't actually me in the second post-obviously just some loser who was mad because he didnt comment 6 mins before me

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 10:43 pm

"have to agree with Matt W. Who goes out of their way to see that ?"

People with testacles? Hense why the TV station replayed it

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Anonymous September 20, 2010 5:14 am,25883,16024_6386739,00.html

"wilko back to his best"

would be good to see some clips of his season so far

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keogh September 20, 2010 5:41 am

I'd have to say that Mignoni is a bit of a badass if he had his finger dislocated, then popped back into place, taped up, then played on...especially considering he's a scrumhalf.

As for those taking offense to the could try not watching it? Although, it's not as though it was a particularly gruesome or threatening injury, so I'm not sure what the big deal is.

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Anonymous September 20, 2010 6:50 am

RD would be good if you could put up Italian team Bennetton Treviso's win over an Irish team in the Magners League, here are some links

I think it might've been their first win over an Irish province ever but not sure.

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dude... September 20, 2010 7:32 am

Anonymous...there's a request section for a reason. I hadn't seen the Treviso match yet, so thanks for giving up the result....

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Anonymous September 20, 2010 8:57 am

poor guy with the finger, but does anyone else notice that the french backs defence is at times non existant?

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Anonymous September 20, 2010 9:02 am

crazy but great try

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Anonymous September 20, 2010 11:34 am

Anonymous, every teams make defensive mistakes. I don't know if Clermont's defense is non existant, but considering that only three tries have been scored against them in 7 matches...

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NiWiTa September 20, 2010 11:58 am

Ouch - not doubt I would be skipping like a kangaroo too if in a similar situation...

Must day prefer the rugby to the injury spotting

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Anonymous September 20, 2010 3:16 pm

Parra clearly twisted his fingers, but he couldn't have meant to injure the player and stop the game; just to give him a little pain to distract him is all...

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Juggernauter September 20, 2010 3:23 pm

Every time I see a man complaining on a rugby field after an injury, I remember the one and only Wayne "Buck" Shelford and his ripped testicle playing against France.

There's pain for you, Pierre!

Although well played for him staying on the field. Playing against his former team must have been superb.


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what? September 20, 2010 7:57 pm

How's he a pussy, you idiot? The guy in your story had a dislocated finger as well, then played on. How's that different from Mignoni?

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