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Monday, August 13, 2012

Rodrigo Roncero puts Ronan O'Gara on his backside in 2008

Argentina prop Rodrigo Roncero is never far from the action, and although he's now 35 years old, he'll be one to keep an eye on in the upcoming Rugby Championship. Here's an amusing look at what happened with him a few years ago against Ireland.

Ireland beat Argentina 17-3 in the Autumn of 2008 in what was a tempered affair at Croke Park. Ronan O'Gara kicked 12 points and set up a try to claim the Man of the Match award.

He didn't make any friends out there though as he got himself in numerous tangles with Argentine players, and fiery front rower Roncero in particular.

As the game was petering out the prop and flyhalf appeared to get themselves in an off the ball scuffle, which was picked up by touch judge Mark Lawrence. A minute later Roncero found himself with ball in hand, and O'Gara, the target of his affections, directly in front of him.

It's not the first time we've seen ROG barged out the way but this one was quite spectacular as he went airborne, then came to ground and stuck a boot in Roncero's nether region.

What that did was set up an amusing situation as O'Gara was announced as man of the match while a handful of opposition players stood and took some shots at him, albeit verbally. He soaked it up and didn't show any signs of backing down as the banter and abuse flowed freely.

It appears as though Roncero was penalised for this charge, but it was actually for the scuffle before that, which wasn't caught on camera. Not long afterwards, Roncero dished out a few verbals to the touchjudge, which resulted in referee Bryce Lawrence sending him to the sinbin.

It was an eventful period of play and one that needed to be archived here, especially ahead of this weekend's Rugby Championship, where we will see Roncero strutting his stuff against South Africa.

Have a look at the related posts below for some huge fends, fights, and O'Gara being knocked down

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:11 pm | View Comments (30)

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Michael August 13, 2012 7:57 pm

While the carry was strong, the shameless attempt at a stamp on a prone player isn't acceptable, I hope a commissioner picked that up at the time. No place in the game for attempts to harm a fellow prone player, regardless of the context.

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belovedfrosties August 13, 2012 8:38 pm

Really? What clip did you see? I couldn't see Roncero try and do anything to ROG, who should have been cited for kicking up at the Argentine. ROG is a good player but is one filthy cocky so and so, who i am more than happy to see get put on his arse time and time again.

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BarryT August 13, 2012 10:12 pm

ROG did kick up at Roncero, but i thought Roncero went out of his way to turn and "place" his boot quite heavily towards ROG. Not keen on players stamping but when ROG kicks up at him into his sack, he shouldn't really expect much kindness back, sinbin/citing for both would be my decision

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delboy August 13, 2012 8:41 pm

I was at Croke park that day, Argentina had to tolerate a coky O´gara, we all saw him provoking other players, Fitzgerald wasn´t the only paddy calming down the argies.
Many Leinster supporters wanted to see him getting punched.

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Uncensored August 13, 2012 8:56 pm

Michael must live in an alternate universe. ROG tried to kick the Argentinian. Shame Roncero didn't stamp on his nuts - he would have deserved it.

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Reality August 13, 2012 9:21 pm

I remember that awful match. Tony Ward gave O'Gara the man-of-the-match award because in getting a yellow card for something idiotic he somehow demonstrated that he was the only one playing with passion.

And Michael, what are you on about? O'Gara stuck his studs into Roncero after he got flattened, and that's not the first time I've seen him do that. That yellow card at the end was ridiculous. The fact that the referee couldn't even get the card out of his pocket just added to the farce.

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Big Dan August 13, 2012 10:45 pm

I really don't understand the officials in making this decision to give Roncero a yellow for this. Roncero battered through O'Gara and I can't really see what he did wrong in doing so. He smashed him with a legal handoff and kept running, just so happened that O'Gara was on the ground underneath him. He can't help that. O'Gara didn't like it and retaliated like a little girl. In my opinion, this wasn't really a penalty or a yellow card and not even a citing. Maybe a bit of a warning for both players at most. Let's not ruin the game, scrum down, get on with it.

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Juggernauter August 13, 2012 11:27 pm

I must say that there are two of the biggest muppets in rugby world involved in this video.
First there's O'Gara, who, fine player that he is, can't tackle for shit and often uses weird strategies to get the opposite player down (often involving the use of the boot or the fists), and there's Roncero. Now I don't even rate him as a player. But he's an authentic thug.
You may not see him play a lot but here in Chile I watch rugby Tests in ESPN, which is taken up by argies and they just drool every time this clown takes to the field... And they show every frekin' game the Pumas play in, so I've been following Roncero for a number of years, and I can tell you, not a game goes by without this idiot getting into a scuffle, punching, stomping, shouting at the ref, and mainly heating up the opposition.

I am in fact no hater, but I just have zero respect for Roncero.


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Seba Brunato August 14, 2012 1:22 am

El dia que chile tenga un jugador como roncero hablamos chilota.

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ruckinmual August 14, 2012 8:56 am

I don't understand a word.

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Guy August 14, 2012 12:09 pm

He says something like: the day Chile have a player like Roncero, we'll talk. I guess 'Chilota' means something like 'little Chilean' or so.

Sorry, it has been years since I last spoke some Spanish...might not be completely right here.

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Juggernauter August 14, 2012 4:02 pm

Your intepretation is correct haha. Anyway, kudos for the Pumas, they totally deserve to be there. But Roncero is a thug and I am pretty certain there are several non-chilean rugby fans out there who will echo my words.

Y Seba Brunato, sácame en cara a otro jugador, a cualquiera de los excelentes rugbistas argentinos, a un Porta, un Arbizu, un Albanese, un Pez, un Dominguez, un Hernández, un Corletto, pero no a este pelmazo.


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Seba Brunato August 25, 2012 11:58 pm

Como lo viste a Roncero vs Sudafrica en Mendoza, contame..

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Seba Brunato August 26, 2012 12:03 am

Si jugaras al rugby entenderias lo importante que son esos jugadores en un equipo.

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Erik October 23, 2012 6:59 am

yo soy peruano... :D

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Pretzel August 13, 2012 11:28 pm

Looks like Roncero got a kick in the spuds for his troubles...

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OOOOOO August 13, 2012 11:29 pm

The yellow was for swearing at the touch judge - nothing to do with the OGara incident.

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Manu La Tablada 92 August 14, 2012 3:30 am

Juggernauter ignorante, resentido, lamentable tu comentario. Y si ves a los Pumas por ESPN, tenes que estar agradecido, por que es lo mas cerca al rugby internacional que vas a tener por un muy muy largo tiempo, hasta que ustedes, los chilenos, aprendan un poquito a manejar la pelota de rugby (o sea, nunca)!!
Saludos desde Argentina!!!

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Reality August 14, 2012 2:04 pm

Juggernauter's not complaining about the Argentinian rugby team; he's saying that this one player is scum. And he's absolutely correct. Roncero is like the Jamie Cudmore of Argentina.

Although for destroying O'Gara here, I say, "Thank you, Rodrigo."

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Juggernauter August 14, 2012 4:04 pm

Thank you Reality... Some people just ask for trouble where there's not.

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Juggernauter August 14, 2012 3:57 pm

Compadre si lees mi comentario tranquilamente vas a ver que no he dicho una sola palabra contra los Pumas, sino contra Roncero en particular, a quien francamente encuentro un tipo detestable, camorrero, caliente, que carece de las cualidades humanas para jugar al rugby como debiera ser. Y cada vez que baja un scrum, pega un puñetazo, insulta a los jugadores contrarios e increpa a los árbitros, Taquini y Coccia (imagino que los conoces bien) se ríen y dicen "ah bueno, pero que gran jugador es Rorro, etc, etc).

Sinceramente agradezo que ESPN transmita los partidos de los Pumas, y me alegro por todo lo que han conseguido porque han logrado romper el statu quo del rugby, pero el chauvinismo exagerado de los argentinos me molesta bastante que durante todas las transmisiones (juegue o no Argentina) sólo se dediquen a hablar de los Pumas y de lo increíbles que son. Es una lástima porque felizmente los apoyaría por la fraternidadl atina, pero me lo hacen imposible la verdad,

Igualmente suerte en el Championship, se tienen merecida su participación.

Obviamente esto es sólo mi opjnión.

SAludos desde Chile

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Antonio August 14, 2012 4:47 pm

Che juggernaut, no te des manija con los otros nabos que comentan. Soy argentino y por mas que me lo banco como jugador es cierto que le gusta meterse in peleas todo el tiempo pero bueh creo que es el roll que tenes que cumplir como primera linea jaja

En fin diste tu opinion, y si los otros no la respetan no te preocupes, como bien dije siempre hay nabos argentinos que con comentarios estupidos... ni les des bola pibe

un saludo

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Seba Brunato August 26, 2012 12:02 am

Antonio, te mando tus pelotas por correo argentino? donde te las olvidaste?

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katman August 14, 2012 10:08 am

Hands up, who hasn't put O'Gara on his backside?

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Guy August 14, 2012 12:13 pm

I was under the impression that O'Gara was getting more physical in the last year or so. Might be wrong though.

Have to say I have no respect whatsoever for players that don't know how to behave properly towards the match officials, no matter how wrong they might be in certain decisions. Leave the soccer-attitude on the soccer-pitch, please.

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Pretzel August 14, 2012 6:52 pm

I think with Sexton coming through ROG has got to fight for recognition. We saw it a last year or something when ROG really tried to get under Chris Ashtons skin, and actually succeeded....

Roncero is a bit of a thug, however he is talented, it is just a shame he does not keep his attitude together...

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Gav August 21, 2012 8:01 pm

This video is from 2008. I agree, ROG has been getting more physical in the last 2 years, bizarrely. Who can forget his hand off on Ross Ford to score a try against Scotland? He's a shockingly bad tackler, but to his credit, I've never once seen him try to duck out of a hit even though he must know he's going to get creamed...

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mariano August 22, 2012 8:33 pm

I recommend this video in which we can see that ROG is kind of lack of tackle!!

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defensapuma November 04, 2012 11:57 am

guys....i have no idea how anybody in his right mind like or not the PUMAS or RONCERO could even begin to question this players rugby credentials on the France or for Argentina he starts EVERY GAME juggernauter....ask Ayersa....really....your personal dislike is distorting an amazing performer throughout the years even in his twilight years....and not just his scrummaging but his damn tackling....just the sheer volume of tackles this first rower gets per game should already be one indication of how unusual and talented this beast of a player is....Cheers everyone....great site

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Guest September 05, 2013 3:50 pm

for those who missed, roncero's stamp is at 0:08, not shown in the first replay and the second cuts out exactly as it's about to happen. dirty enough.

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