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Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Lets get excited

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Lets get excited

It's that time of the week again. Yep, time to look back at the best and worst of the weekend's goings on in Super Rugby down south. This week's Plays of the Week with Fox Sports is a roller coaster ride of the best bits from Round 2, squeezed into just two minutes.

This week we won't be doing a RD Pick of the Week as there were some off-field, personal goings on that needed to be attended to. So while Round 1's compilation of tries went quite well, I hope that we've at least made up for week 2 by bringing you highlights from every game .

Throw in the Plays of the Week from the Australian Rugby Club, and we've had a decent helping of clips from Super Rugby, on a weekend where the Rebels beat the Brumbies, the Crusaders and Hurricanes shared their points, and the champion Bulls got out of jail with a late kick.

There were a few decent hits too, which are included here, and of course there's a clich check, this week hosted by young Jaco Taute of the Lions, who nailed it.

On another note, big congrats to regular voice over expert Sean Maloney on the birth of his little girl. He told me earlier that all went well, and he's looking forward to finally having some company for the early morning Super Rugby games from South Africa, which can be at 4am for those in Australia! I'm sure he'll be back for the Plays again next week. For now, enjoy.


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Posted at 6:07 pm | 27 comments

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jkinahan78 March 03, 2011 8:39 pm

nice link cheers RD

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aussie aussie aussie March 03, 2011 9:20 pm

very disappointing video here. come guys! you can do bigger and be(i)tter!!

still good though ^^

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FP March 03, 2011 9:21 pm

These guys have an awesome sense of humour! Anyone know who that was having a chunder behind the post?!

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Anonymous March 03, 2011 9:26 pm

One first watch it looked like Lockie Turner. (probably spelt that wrong)

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Anonymous March 03, 2011 9:58 pm

Yeah it was Lachie Turner

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Jimbo1 March 03, 2011 10:02 pm

Brilliant video's RD keep 'em coming!!!! Loving the commentary. Just out of pure curiosity, how many away fans do you get at these big games? With such huge distances are many people prepared for the time and expense involved?

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Jono March 03, 2011 10:13 pm

Depends. The inter-country matches get alot of away fans. So if the Tahs play the Reds or the Bulls play the Lions, there'll be alot of away fans.
But when a saffer team plays a kiwi team or whatever there will be virtually none.

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Anonymous March 03, 2011 10:24 pm

Crazy to have pro games with 0 away fans. Football has nothing to worry about.

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Anonymous March 03, 2011 11:32 pm

You have xpats who are counted as away fans.

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Mise March 04, 2011 12:06 am

little bit shorter than usual (If im not mistaken) but still daesent like.

(that's day-cent if you'r not from Limerick)

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fred March 04, 2011 12:23 am

fuck ive missed this series

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DelBoy March 04, 2011 12:25 am

@Jimbo1: I live in Melbourne and I'll be wearing my Sharks jumper next Friday night!! Guess that counts as an away fan!

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Xavier March 04, 2011 12:39 am

I wonder what happened to that Kiwi segment, the Alternate Rugby Comentary. RD used to play it here, but for some reason it stopped. Shame though, as it was a cracker of a humour show, very biased towards NZ and a bit more "in your face". I think it was mentioned in an aussie show (maybe even the Rugby Club) when a Rugby League related episode came out. Will have to search youtube.


Still, The Rugby Club's Plays of the Month just cheer my week. Almost every time brings me to shame for laughing so loud when at my university's computer rooms.


Cheers, RD

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Jono March 04, 2011 1:02 am

Yeah crazy, until you use logic and realise there's not gonna be heaps of away fans in an inter-continental club comp.
Europe is geographically tiny, so it is easy for away fans.

The rest of the world is different.
That's not crazy, it's just not the same.

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Alexander March 04, 2011 3:46 am

Ticking all the boxes, CLASSIC!!!!

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Wolfman March 04, 2011 4:57 am

Thanks Rugby Dump.

With regards to away fans, expat South Africans in New Zealand and Australia and expat Kiwis in Australia count as away fans. This weekend, for example, I am a Force supporter against the Sharks in Perth, but in a couple of weeks time I will be a Bulls support against the Force in Perth.

Crowds tend to be big enough without genuie away supporters travelling to the game, and with the size of Australia, NZ and South Africa (without even considering the distances between the countries) there doesn't tend to be that much away support even in local derbys.

Very different to Europe where having lived in London, I was able to attend Saracens games in Leicester, Northampton, Manchester and obviously London without much trouble. A Heineken Cup game somewhere in France was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Xavier - the video was on the rugbly league show, the Footy Show, and they weren't very impressed! Although I reckon it was one of the funniest things I have seen in a while! It is available on Youtube.

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Anonymous March 04, 2011 8:48 am

"Yeah crazy, until you use logic and realise there's not gonna be heaps of away fans in an inter-continental club comp."

That was my point Einstein, it would be akin to football including the USA and Japan in the Champions League (ie, stupid).

That said, you still get thousands of away fans following English, Italian and Spanish teams when they play THOUSANDS of miles away in Russia. Dedication and professionalism I guess.

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Anonymous March 04, 2011 9:10 am

What does an imprint of an Afro look like?

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katman March 04, 2011 10:08 am

Ha ha, that was good fun.

And I can live with the Taute cliches as long as he continues to score.

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Anonymous March 04, 2011 11:39 am

in regards to the Alternate rugby commentary segments. Im pretty sure they got a cease and desist from one of the bodies involved with the international games.

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Von March 04, 2011 1:46 pm

Jed - aka Captain Thian - who did the Alternative Rugby Commentaries was living in London a couple of years ago and did some live commentaries for NZ games in a pub in Vauxhall. He had a sketch on the BBC Six Nations coverage around the same time. It was quite sanitised compared with his stuff on youtube, I think that's probably why it ended up being a one-off sadly.

I think his deal is now commentating live on games - seems you need to play his live commentary on ustream at the same time the game is on, (or just treat it as a radio commentary).
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/alternative-rugby-commnentary

He did have some classics, like "Giteau the little convict, eyes up the kick the way he might eye up your wallet".

Mind you, Kearnsy's one here was pretty good - he's going to have an imprint of an Afro on his stomach!

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Sam March 04, 2011 2:26 pm

Lol...puking at a match...

I did that at our boxing day derby match... _ (mum made me a fry up before the match...and ofcourse who am i to turn it down...or keep it down for that matter...)

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Jimbo1 March 04, 2011 8:42 pm

Thanks to most of you for your response to my original question. Shame some idiot has to bring football into it :/ Rugby website anyone? Living in UK does have it's benefits regarding travelling distance but sitting in Newcastle in December...I rather be in the warmer climates of Australia and South Africa. Must be better watching running rugby to the muddy forward battles of the UK. Anyway, great rugby and great commentary, please keep it up!

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John F March 06, 2011 1:24 am

Surely that guy was reeling off that list of clichs as a joke? You cannot be serious!

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Jono March 06, 2011 3:01 am

"That said, you still get thousands of away fans following English, Italian and Spanish teams when they play THOUSANDS of miles away in Russia. Dedication and professionalism I guess."

The distance between London and Moscow is the same distance between Adelaide and Perth.

Australia alone is bigger than Europe.

Going from South Africa to Australia is half the distance of the world's globe.

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Jon March 06, 2011 3:19 am

"That was my point Einstein, it would be akin to football including the USA and Japan in the Champions League (ie, stupid)."

Again, the world isn't like Europe.

The Asian Champions League in football doesn't have many away fans either, because the distances are so huge.

The Copa American also often doesn't have many away fans, greater distance makes it difficult.

Europe is the smallest continent in the world. It is much easier to travel around.

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tommy March 06, 2011 6:56 am

Anonymous. "Dedication and professionalism I guess".

You're so right, rugby fans just aren't dedicated (!?) and aren't professional enough either (!?)
An "anonymous guess" pretty much sums up its worth as a comment. You have no idea what you're talking about.

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