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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

On Saturday Gibraltar hosted Israel in what was only their third ever Test match, held at Victoria Stadium. The underdogs achieved an impressive 25-12 victory, but felt the might of the 49th ranked side in the first half with this thundering try saving tackle.

Israel, who play in division 2B of the European Nations Cup, were reportedly treating this as a warm-up game and clearly didn't expect Gibraltar to offer much resistance. The hosts played their first Test in 2011, and are currently battling for FIRA/AER (European Rugby Federation) recognition.

They surprised everyone with the win, and it'll go a long way towards building rugby in the region.

A packed stadium were on hand to witness the victory, and seemed to enjoy this huge tackle too, even if it was on one of their own players, centre Adrian Thomas. 

Flyhalf Harvey Armstrong made a great break with a dummy and offload, putting Thomas through the gap as he broke the tackle. A try looked certain, but big number eight Yonatan Kaplan came out of nowhere to make a massive covering hit.

Thomas seemed to jump into it slightly, which no doubt made it more spectacular as he was flung onto his back and slammed to the turf, right in front of referee Julian Bevan of Wales.

Mr Bevan felt that the tackle was okay, and reportedly viewed Kaplan's tackle as having been legal due to an attempt to grasp the player with both arms (even if it did look like a clothesline).

To his credit, Thomas presented the ball nicely and his team continued to attack. The Gibraltar union have since told us that they have no complaints about the tackle.

View an animated gif of the tackle on page two of this post. Note: We realise the quality of both the image up top and the video is poor. If we get better we'll replace asap.

credit to Rockstream.tv

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Posted at 1:28 pm | 65 comments

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FatProp February 25, 2014 4:18 pm

BOOOOOOM !!!!!!!!
What A Hit

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Guy February 25, 2014 4:26 pm

That's as good as they come! Nice to see that rugby is still developing in new places.

RD: thanks for sharing some footage and background info on a few of the less known rugby playing areas in the world.

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iplayrugbytoo February 25, 2014 4:28 pm

Gibraltar have now beaten select XVs from Cyprus and Israel and played some excellent rugby. Perhaps now FIRA-AER should ignore their petty Spanish officials and do the right thing? The current President of FIRA-AER is an ex Olympian who should know better when allowing politics to interfere during his time in office.

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stroudos February 25, 2014 6:09 pm

Euro 2016 qualification in the wendyball, now this. Gibraltar is turning into a sporting powerhouse. Not bad for a population the size of a small town.

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xxxldave February 26, 2014 2:06 am

Agreed stroudos, I remember hearing that there was a backrow youngster from Gibralter who had gotten himself into one of the academies in England, Exeter I think.. Can't be to many teams in Gibralter so its nice to see there is some young talent coming through. Also to make things better he was intent on playing for Gibralter, Not England..

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iplayrugbytoo February 26, 2014 9:54 am

Yes xxxldave, Gibraltar does have a excellent prospect for the future at Exeter and he isn't alone there are others to playing at a high standard back in the UK. As someone mentioned not bad for a place no bigger than a small town. Rugby in Gibraltar consists of mini's over a hundred children, Under 14s through to colts. A four league team system which each team consisting of a squad of 30 players and senior team. Even though Gibraltar passed their assessment under FIRA the Spanish contingent (one is the current Treasurer) was allowed to make a unprecedented presentation at the AGM against Gibraltar. A sorry day for the world of rugby.

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Otto February 26, 2014 11:04 am

Gibraltar is not a nation, but a town. A Spanish town invaded by the UK. Now moderate this comment too...

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DrG February 26, 2014 11:59 am

Lets all do our best to keep politics out of this... I wouldn't say invaded.. I'd say conquered ;P

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matt February 26, 2014 12:26 pm

It wasn't invaded. It was given away by Spain. Live with your decisions like adults. We don't want to be spanish

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Otto February 28, 2014 5:46 pm

Nobody is telling you to be Spanish, it is the land we claim, you can remain British or request a Mongolian passport, no one gives a flying f***.

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jmccark February 26, 2014 2:24 pm

and now you tell us the names of the TWO north African areas the Spanish took over and when will you give them back??

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Otto February 28, 2014 5:40 pm

Ceuta and Melilla? Give them back to whom? Neither of them have EVER been part of Morocco, get a history book mate.

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matt March 01, 2014 9:28 am

Gibraltar was part of Spain. Then you gave it away. Deal with it.

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disco February 25, 2014 5:53 pm

As good as it gets; good to see a ref who's on the ball and knows the difference between a legit hit (alright, it's borderline) and deliberate foul play in the tackle.

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Pagra February 25, 2014 7:14 pm

I dont believe he attempted to grasp the runner. Not a tackle. But maybe foul play and a penalty try.

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DanKnapp February 25, 2014 9:14 pm

I think this tackle was all sorts of legal. Admittedly we've not got much to go on because the available clips aren't great quality, but it looks like he tries to get his right arm around and the way the tackled player spins slightly seems to suggest he was gripping slightly with a left hand.

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Irish_ape February 25, 2014 8:31 pm

GOOOOOOOOOOOORE! Even the crowd were shouting it :)

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cheyanqui February 25, 2014 8:42 pm

a good thing the ref didn't mistake the red jerseys for the Crusaders.

Otherwise, it would have been a penalty try and a straight red to Kaplan.

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joe February 25, 2014 9:39 pm

bet that outhalf is the only one not to admire the hit because it took away from his fantastic offload

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Pagra February 25, 2014 10:06 pm

@ Dan K
The video quality is poor admitably. But any time a referee sees something like that the safety of the players "red flag" goes up.
That paramount tenet transcends all else.
If the ref was spot on and let it go I deign to his judgement. But that ball carrier was headed for the line and then he was flat on his back with no sign of being held by the tackler. To me it warranted at the very least a warning to the defender. If it looks like dangerous play, 90% of the time it is.

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stroudos February 26, 2014 7:27 am

"If it looks like dangerous play, 90% of the time it is."
In this case, it does not look like dangerous play.

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DrG February 26, 2014 12:04 pm

60% of the time it works everytime...

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DanKnapp February 27, 2014 9:23 pm

Only just saw that this was a response to me. I think I dealt with the points in my original comment. Looks pretty legal to me. If a better video clip came forwards I'd look at it, but I think the ruling on the field was pretty much spot on. The best view came from the referee, and he thought it was fine.

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muli-bolo February 26, 2014 3:27 am

reading some of the comments is a bit confusing? nowhere ever have i seen a game (pro, semi-pro, amateur) where that would of been a penalty or red card or anything?? tackle wasnt high, his left arm stayed wrapped and he doesnt land dangerously... whats the problem here? somebody please enlighten me :)

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DanKnapp February 26, 2014 12:21 pm

The tackle was dangerously awesome. There was a serious risk to his pride. The intention was there to be a fucking legend. As a result of this tackle the tackled player bought him a drink in the bar afterwards, which can lead to liver disease.

This sort of tackle could encourage young children to be dangerously awesome themselves.

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DanKnapp February 26, 2014 12:22 pm

Although I just smashed my 4 year old son in a similar fashion as he ran to give my wife a hug, and suddenly I'm 'a complete w***er.' Parenting has gone soft. Double standards I tells ya.

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DrG February 26, 2014 10:01 pm

...Lol, now who is making mountains out of molehills - liver disease.

Sounds very much like my punch leading to concussion or death.

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Canadian content February 26, 2014 4:52 am

Absolutely nothing wrong with that, impact everything to do with physics, bigger man, perfect angle, balls carrier too upright, and this proves to me that you can make this hit and grasp!

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Otto February 26, 2014 10:57 am

Gibraltar...a tax haven in the EU; a colony in the 21st century, a colony within the EU. A place where everyone hates Spain, but they all -even that clown Picardo- actually live in Spain; they get their internet conexion from Spain, and pretty much all of their supplies from Spain. They live on tax fraud, drug smuggling and online betting sites (enabled by the Spanish internet conexion), they are literally a parasite. Time to wrap it up. Time to abide by international law and return Gibraltar to Spain... AND THE MALDIVES TO ARGENTINA!!

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Guy February 26, 2014 11:16 am

That is one very usefull comment. Because it is totally on topic. Thank you so much for enlightening us.

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Otto February 26, 2014 11:35 am

Well, since other guys were talking about "petty Spanish officials", Gibraltar & FIRA-AER, etc., yes, it is quite on topic. Funny that you didn't reply to those comments saying they're off topic, though.

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sportsfan1 February 26, 2014 12:04 pm

The Maldives? nice trolling! do you think you are Barrack Obama or something? Why should either the Falklands or Gibraltar be handed over to the Spanish or Argentinians? 99% of the people living on both want to remain as it is? I don't see Spain offering Morocco back Cueta or Melilla?

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Guy February 26, 2014 12:27 pm

FIRA-AER gets mentioned in the introduction to the video bij RD. So that's completely ON topic. As is rugby in general. Personal political frustrations are not. I am not telling you that to or what not to post. I just don't believe you will find the right audience here for your complaints. Let's just stick to enjoying rugby together.

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Rugbydump February 26, 2014 12:51 pm

Well said, Guy. Let's leave the political discussions for elsewhere. Thanks

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DrG February 26, 2014 10:04 pm

Bloody hell RD looks like you've opened a can of worms...

Crazy how crazy politics can make people, when at the end of the day we all put on our numbered jerseys and are all 'rugby players' - put differences aside and direct dislike to footballers and we'll all be fine!

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iplayrugbytoo February 27, 2014 9:46 am

I think you will find no one other than Otto went off on one. The discussion about the tackle and Gibraltar Rugby was going quite well with interesting points being tabled.

I totally agree though, what a shame in this century that a member EU country such as Spain continues to employ bad tactics and pettiness over sport, particularly rugby. They failed in the end to stop Gibraltar being recognised by UEFA and eventually they will fail with rugby. Lets hope that the Rugby authorities see sense abd don't allow it to drag on for years and years.

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matt February 26, 2014 12:31 pm

"Everyone hates spain" but let's make them Spanish! If you love international law so much then stop trying to subjugate people to your government

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Otto February 26, 2014 2:00 pm

The United Nations ordered decades ago to return the land to Spain. Now, you can abide by the law, or waste time arguing about the ref's decision like a footballer ;) . Of course they hate Spain, they are not the population of Gibraltar, they are Brittish settlers (who do their daily lives in Spain and can barely speak English, btw). P.S.: I, of course, meant Malvinas (Falkland Islands), not Maldivas, my apologies.

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iplayrugbytoo February 26, 2014 2:43 pm

Otto

No one is arguing about the referee's decision we are having a healthy debate on the footage shown and some of the other issues surrounding Gibraltar and its rugby. Unless you where at the FIRA meeting last year (which I doubt) then you will not know what happened which is a shame but I suspect given your viewpoint you probably wouldn't care anyway.

Secondly your grasp of International Politics is extremely poor to say the least. The United Nations asked in 1961 that member states take swift and decisive action to resolve the issue of self governing territories to transfer power freely without conditions to the people in those territories. 99.64% of people in Gibraltar voted to remain British. Gibraltar today is a mix of all faiths living in a small area with no issues. Crime is low and economic success means that on a daily basis approx. 7000 Spanish residents from La Linea have jobs they wouldn't have thanks to Spanish mismanagement of its own economy. Now please shut up about Spain and Gibraltar. Stay on topic if you want to contribute or go away.

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iplayrugbytoo February 26, 2014 2:43 pm

Otto

No one is arguing about the referee's decision we are having a healthy debate on the footage shown and some of the other issues surrounding Gibraltar and its rugby. Unless you where at the FIRA meeting last year (which I doubt) then you will not know what happened which is a shame but I suspect given your viewpoint you probably wouldn't care anyway.

Secondly your grasp of International Politics is extremely poor to say the least. The United Nations asked in 1961 that member states take swift and decisive action to resolve the issue of self governing territories to transfer power freely without conditions to the people in those territories. 99.64% of people in Gibraltar voted to remain British. Gibraltar today is a mix of all faiths living in a small area with no issues. Crime is low and economic success means that on a daily basis approx. 7000 Spanish residents from La Linea have jobs they wouldn't have thanks to Spanish mismanagement of its own economy. Now please shut up about Spain and Gibraltar. Stay on topic if you want to contribute or go away.

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DanKnapp February 28, 2014 8:56 am

I was going to comment on this, but I tripped over the Elgin Marbles and hurt my hands.

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Otto February 28, 2014 6:10 pm

I've spent an awful lot of time around Gibraltar, I have a master in international law & foreign trade, and I did an internship at the UN, if anyone here has "extremely poor" knowledge about this topic, that one is you, my friend:

That vote is illegitimate and means nothing. I am sure you know that, as a British COLONY, its sovereignty can only be discussed between the government of the UK and Spain. The settlers living in Gibraltar can vote 25 times a day if they want, but it is not up to them to decide on the future of Gibraltar. You might like it or not, but so is the law, and you guys are behaving like whining footballers since 1965, when the UN ordered the UK to start, with delay, conversations with the government of Spain to end this situation.

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JMehrtens March 01, 2014 9:27 am

Having a masters is nice but worthless when achieved at some crappy institution such as universidad-carlos-iii-de-madrid or similar

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iplayrugbytoo March 02, 2014 3:18 pm

Otto,

What is your problem mate?

We are here to discuss rugby.

I'm afraid your wrong again with your history but I'm not getting into that again its irrelevant.

However if you do have masters degree and work experience at the UN and live in Spain there is a very good chance your unemployed due to the corrupt mismanagement of your current government.

Good luck but I think your find the UK has made it very clear Gibraltar will only be Spanish when Gibtaltarians agree and frankly hell stands more chance of freezing over.

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sportsfan1 March 03, 2014 8:16 am

Otto is so well educated that he doesn't even know the Spanish name for the Falklands! Gibratar voted and the British Government listened to what they wanted and basically told Spain to go tuck themselves! Spain handed over Gibraltar now shut up you thick ****!

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stroudos February 27, 2014 9:27 am

Otto - where do you live? If you're in London, let's go for a beer sometime, you sound like a great laugh.

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DanKnapp February 27, 2014 9:24 pm

Wait, when we did invade the Maldives? Was that one of Tony Blair's invasions? I kinda lost track towards the end.

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Otto February 26, 2014 10:58 am

* connection

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iplayrugbytoo February 26, 2014 1:07 pm

An excellent follow up article can also be found here on the Gibraltar v Israel match.

http://rugbyredefined.com/

Despite the size of Gibraltar and its 'over commitment' to the other ball sport (although in fairness they had been battling political issues with the European football powers for years) Rugby in Gibraltar appears to be emerging at last and deserves as much support as possible. Petty political arguments are not helping be it on here, government or at EU/World administrate level. I assume all these lads and more importantly the 100s of children behind them want to do is play their sport, for their country, at the highest level.

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DrG February 26, 2014 10:10 pm

Is there room to bring in religion to this debate? I mean, whilst we're all going to find reasons to hate each other; aside from the usual Anglo v Celtic thing, Franco v Anglo, everyone v Anglo, NH v SH, why not add more fuel to the fire?

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DanKnapp February 27, 2014 1:07 pm

I don't like olives. Think they're a waste of time. Just throwing that out there.

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DrG February 27, 2014 3:09 pm

DAFUQ! Olives are awesome, are you MAD?!

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DanKnapp February 27, 2014 9:25 pm

That's it DrG, you've crossed the fucking line now. You and me, outside.

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DanKnapp February 27, 2014 9:26 pm

If you bring hummus into this, you're goinghomeinthebackofanambulance

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DrG February 28, 2014 2:57 am

....You did not just insult hummus too did you?

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DanKnapp February 28, 2014 8:55 am

I like hummus. Some of my best friends are chick pea based dips.

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DrG February 28, 2014 12:31 pm

Glad to hear it, better keep it that way!!!

...Can't get enough of kidney beans and oats... Not together mind you, but as separate foods...

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Jimothy February 27, 2014 10:00 pm

I have very much enjoyed the mature way the two of you have entered into this debate. So much so that my wife has just asked me what I was laughing at!

PS I love Hummus, hate Olives!! :)

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DrG February 28, 2014 7:03 pm

Why don't you and Dan just get married then??? You have a strong Olive hate in common to base your relationship on!!!!!!!!!!!!

...shakesheadindisbelief!

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ConnachtMan February 27, 2014 2:16 pm

we are the world we are the children,

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Fly half flare February 28, 2014 1:45 am

I think we just need to acknowledge that flyhalfs vision to dummy find the gap and get a superb offload to the 13

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CCruz February 28, 2014 12:58 pm

As a player in this game I'd just like to say that it was a privilege to play for Gibraltar against a hard but honest bunch of guys representing Israel. The experience was amazing and that is testament to the crowd full of rugby fans.

It is sad that politics needs to be involved in everything Gib does but that's the nature of the beast. However, when you get down to the base argument it involves allowing a great and talented bunch of guys fulfilling their potential and being able to play at a high level against other guys looking for the same experiences and honors.

The exposure from this game has been great and hopefully it will continue to grow the sport in areas such as Gibraltar so we can get more people playing the great sport that we all love.

Thank you to those who have shown your support to our cause, hopefully there will be many more games and big hits to come!!

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elsmiff April 06, 2014 11:04 pm

Honestly think that it is pitiful seeing politics being brought into sport, especially the many negative allegations towards Gibraltar and its people. Being Gibraltarian myself, I am quite offended. I just hope that in future, people will come to respect each other more, regardless of where they come from. I thought rugby took pride in being an honorable sport, let us keep it like that.

Politics aside, I was in fact a ball boy at this match and was standing right behind the try line. A crunching tackle I have to say, yet, seemed legal to me.

Seeing many of the POSITIVE comments, I feel proud to play for Gibraltar and would love to one day play international rugby. Just hope everyone can see through all this mess surrounding Gibraltar and allow us to play in Europe in the near future.

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