Jason Rutledge's great tryline defence


Japanese player loses ball over tryline


Barbarians too good for England XV


Courtney Lawes crunches Charlie Hodgson


Tameifuna's huge hit on Michael Hooper


Bloody Florian Fritz returns to play


Closing montage from Heineken Cup final


Carlos Spencer & Stephen Larkham fight


Toulon do the double with Top 14 win

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 9

It's not called Plays of the Week anymore but ahead of Round 10 of Super Rugby, Sean Maloney brings us all the best, biggest, worst and funniest from last weekend's Super Rugby action.

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rufio April 18, 2014 3:18 am

Wow, how downhill has this show gone?? CGI, Scripted lines, cheesy camera angles, focusing on the games!!!!! PLEASE. GIVE US BACK THE OLD SHOW. Wheres the banter. Wheres the tries. Wheres the HITS? Not 1 mention of a Falcon, Piggies vs Princess's or CHEERLEADERS!!! FML. Perfectly good example of some fucking do gooding TV exec thinking they could make the show better by giving it some content/format and moving it into the 21st Century. Well that TV exec can suck my COCK!!

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Rugbydump April 18, 2014 12:24 pm

Rufio, why not tell us what you really think?

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stroudos April 22, 2014 6:55 am

Couldn't agree more with the sentiment though!

Watching Sean Maloney presenting deadpan to camera, without any of the studio banter, is such a deflating feeling. It's like whenever Shane Williams used to kick instead of going on a run.

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rufio April 19, 2014 5:59 pm

why, do you think its better??

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DanKnapp April 21, 2014 10:16 am

I think RD was just pointing out that your analysis of the malaise affecting modern sports broadcasting lacked editorial balance, dare I say even opening you to the charge of bias. I for one think your summary was masterful and accurate, even if your use of colourful language might offend younger readers or footballers.

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Rugbydump April 27, 2014 5:13 pm

Wouldn't say better, but taking everything into account (see other comment), it's still pretty decent.

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Tom April 22, 2014 1:51 am

I agree with Rufio, it was way better last year. They had more kiwi and SA content too; I think they must have got some grumpy emails by some old rugby heads and have taken a more conservative approach this year.

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Mastersa April 22, 2014 7:49 pm

Rugby HQ was like the top gear of car shows. It wasn't solely about the rugby but also about the lads being lads. What I mean is non PC, jouvinile, self deprecating and generally enjoying themselves having a laugh. Nothing like it in northern hemisphere. Hate to see it going bland.

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Rugbydump April 27, 2014 5:12 pm

According to the man himself, putting together Plays of the Week was simply taking up too much time. Sean doesn't only sit around creating Plays - he's also a producer, puts together weekly segments, and is also a commentator.

'The Shortball' is a compromise, and gets pretty close to the original Plays of the Week given schedules and time constraints etc.

That said, Plays of the Week probably was better, but it's just a few minutes of an hour long weekly show for Australian tv.

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