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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Felipe Contepomi's winning drop goal isn't a winning drop goal

Felipe Contepomi had a bit of a nightmare first start at flyhalf for Stade Francais in the Top 14 last weekend. An earlier knock to the head clearly affected his thinking with time running out. Here's a look at what happened, as well as the two great tries. 

Stade Francais hadn't had a win in their last six visits, while Toulouse were been unbeaten at home. Contepomi, who played at center the week before, moved to number ten for his new club, who themselves had a host of new signings and had the home side under pressure with little time left. 

As the forwards drove it up, the platform was set to go left or right, with a converted try the only way to get the win with the score set at 18-12. Contepomi ended up on the pocket, with plenty of time to choose his route of attack. 

Instead though, he opted for the Matt Dunning approach to winning games, and slotted a dropgoal. The fist-punch to the sideline signalled his joy, before closer inspection revealed the looks of horror on the coaching staff and other players faces. By the time he had realised his error, the fulltime whistle went, and Toulouse won the game 18-15. 

We chatted briefly to Luke McAlister earlier, opposing flyhalf, and he was as shocked and amused as anyone. "I couldn't believe it when I saw him sitting in the pocket. I thought they had some special move planned haha," he said.

Contepomi later admitted that he had miscalculated the score and thought that they only required two points for the win. He took a knock on the head earlier in the match, which probably explains this absolute shocker. How he failed to check the massive scoreboard, only he knows. 

Two excellent tries were scored by Toulouse, so they've been included in the below video too.

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:10 pm | View Comments (27)

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Reality November 03, 2011 5:28 pm

What exactly was the scrumhalf doing here? He wasn't concussed or whatever, so why did he pass the ball to him when he was obviously going to take a drop goal? I'd say it's as much his fault as Contepomi's.

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stroudos November 04, 2011 9:16 am

Agree. Although ultimately the decision to kick is down to Dr Phil, it's a team game, scrum-half and centres must be able to see he's lining up a drop-goal attempt and they should have been screaming at him not to kick. Scrum-half's delivered a perfect pass for the DG too, so yeah, he's part of the move and as guilty as Contepomi in a sense.

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Anton November 03, 2011 5:33 pm

Emotional roller-coaster that is...

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RugbySam November 03, 2011 5:34 pm

Cap must've been too tight. Either that or the bookies got a hold of him in the locker room.

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Stefan November 03, 2011 5:51 pm

nowhere near as funny as dunning's, that was just hilarious. i think we notch this one down to an honest mistake, not a big fan of the potential accusations of match-fixing, think we're very much safe from that in rugby for the time being.

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Riser November 03, 2011 6:06 pm

Turn on the 'transcribe audio' captions. It can't understand a word the commentators are saying cause of their accents.

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RamRugby10 November 03, 2011 6:23 pm

Haha... He's done a Matt Dunning!

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moddeur November 03, 2011 7:12 pm

You can hear the Stade Français coach yelling, before Contempomi kicks the ball: "what the hell are you doing straight in front of the posts??". Then moments later: "what is he doing?? [...] WHAT THE *%# DID HE DO??" with a hint of incomprehension rather than anger, in his voice.

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Cardiff Blues Fan November 03, 2011 8:05 pm

How embarrassing. You've got to feel for the guy.

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stroudos November 04, 2011 9:18 am

50p says that Ehtch bloke will be along shortly with a link to Tom Jones singing "Why why why, Delilah". :)

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stroudos November 04, 2011 10:14 am

Actually, scrap that, that would be far too logical. It'll more likely be something like "Sur le pont d'Avignon", with some convoluted reference to Alain Rolland.

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Just Call Me Ehtch November 05, 2011 10:15 am

look below friend. : ) Doctor Bob, and Doctor Comps. Which is better? FIGGHTT!

Doctor Bob, is known as Jamie Roberts, in our Wales, by the way.

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Just Call Me Ehtch November 05, 2011 11:59 am

Tom dancing like a wild man, while using ladies knickers to wipe his brow? Surely we are not talking about the same Tom here, surely, stroudos, but let us look and see, into the distant past,

And here he is with my and his friends, if you get me - booty bach,

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Hendogo November 04, 2011 10:28 am

The funniest thing is the coaches reaction. I died when I saw that.

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cheyanqui November 04, 2011 12:51 pm

¡ay no es bueno!

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stroudos November 04, 2011 1:13 pm

0:48 - re-start for the quick try scored by Nyanga. Did McAlister scuff that or was it a deliberate little chip? I'm inclined to think the latter - looked like a Phil Mickelson lob wedge from just off the green, managed to get some height on it yet just nudge it past the 10m line. Either way it seemed to catch Stade napping.

1:34 - Nice handling by Jauzion for the Donguy try. Class player, still not sure why he didn't make France's RWC squad. Thought Mermoz had a pretty good tourny, but is he better than "Jazwan" (as Jonathan Davies inexplicably calls him).

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paimoe November 04, 2011 2:35 pm


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breakaway November 05, 2011 4:06 am

Sure it's embarrassing for the guy, but at the same time it makes me feel good that even at this level rugby can still have such a blooper caused by poor arithmetic and faulty communication. And the reactions are classic. The human element.. I love it.

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Just Call Me Ehtch November 05, 2011 8:30 am

OOPS Doc Contemponi, mathematics gone tits up - remind me not to be your patient giving me mills injection from a Doctor that cannot count, Unlike Doc Bob from Cardiff Blues.

Which is better, a future Doc to be trusted? Doc Bob from Cardiff Blues? or Doc Comps from now gay Paris? There is only one way to find out - FFFFIGGGGHHHHT!

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mickeyoneill November 05, 2011 3:44 pm

ehtch u rele are a riddler pants...

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Just Call Me Ehtch November 08, 2011 1:59 pm

WHOOPS! was that me that caused all these deleted posts! I was a bit fecked pissed with cider Fri night, especially hoping for some rugger on the bigscreen from Newport-Gwent. They should have got Toby and Jamie to canoe race across the pitch. My money would have been on Toby, easily - genetic things might come into it. Us welshmen can't canoe for pants. All the best friends, don't mind me....

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cheyanqui November 07, 2011 3:04 pm

I keeck a touchdown!

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