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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens is straighter than this lineout throw

Referee Nigel Owens has always fancied himself as a bit of a comedian on the field. The openly gay referee has actually done a bit of stand up comedy in his time, and also happens to be arguably the best referee in the world these days.

While he's been criticised as liking the spotlight a bit too much at times, there's no denying that he is a funny man, and if he lets the game flow and positively influences some of the classic matches we've seen of late - particularly in the Rugby Championship - then more power to him.

In the Harlequins vs Castres European Rugby Champions Cup game last Friday night Owens was on hand to spot a very skew Dave Ward lineout throw, and delivered this well timed comment.

If you didn't know already, Owens is gay, so the not straight comment was as amusing as it was refreshing to hear. You'd imagine it probably threw the front rowers slightly though.

You can view more of Owens' quips in the Related Posts below this, which include him telling off 30 grown men, pointing a player in the direction of a football field, and his 'This is not Soccer' line. 

You can always watch a really interesting feature on him from ITV a few years back, where he talks about stand up comedy, steroid use and contemplating suicide. Those dark days are over, and now he simply excels on the field with his refereeing, and the occasional comedic sideshow.

Posted at 9:31 am | 11 comments

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Juan De Jongh takes on Springbok jersey wearing Terry Crews in a dance off

A video of Juan De Jongh taking on Terry Crews in a short dance off has gone viral of late, despite it taking place and being uploaded over a year ago. The original Youtube clip was actually submitted it to us earlier this morning, but it has also been ripped and re-uploaded on other facebook pages, resulting in thousands of views.

If you don't know who Crews is, he's a former NFL player but also a well known actor, comedian and clearly, he knows how to move. De Jongh is known for his silky moves both on and off the pitch, but was put to shame on this occasion as Crews, who filled out a Springbok jersey nicely, dominated with his robot, much to the amusement of the other Bok squad members.

Incidentally, De Jongh got a call up to the Barbarians squad yesterday, where he will be part of the team that take on Australia at Twickenham on November 1st. Coached by former All Black John Kirwan, the squad is dominated by Kiwis, but also features a few Pumas players, 'Honey Badger' Nick Cummins, Ali Kellock of Scotland, and Mahonri Schwalger of Samoa.

Barbarians squad to face the Wallabies:

Tim Nanai Williams (Chiefs), Joaquin Tuculet (Grenoble & Argentina), Patrick Osborne (Highlanders), Frank Halai (Blues & New Zealand), Juan de Jongh (Stormers & South Africa), Nick Cummins (Coca Cola West Red Sparks & Australia), Francis Saili (Blues & New Zealand), Colin Slade (Crusaders & New Zealand), Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions & South Africa), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Athletic Club & Argentina), Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs), Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders & Japan), Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs & South Africa), Matt Stevens (Sharks & England), Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Angus Ta’avao (Blues), James Parsons (Blues), Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs & Samoa), Michael Rhodes (Stormers), Matias Alemanno (La Tablada & Argentina), Dominic Bird (Canterbury & New Zealand), Al Kellock (Glasgow & Scotland), Adam Thomson (Canon Eagles & New Zealand), Matt Todd (Crusaders & New Zealand), Steven Luatua (Blues & New Zealand), Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs & South Africa), Jacques Botes (Sharks).

Video credit: mrBernardMyburgh

Posted at 6:01 pm | 3 comments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

European Rugby Champions Cup Tries of the Week - Round 1

Some great tries were scored in the opening round of the new European Rugby Champions Cup, as the tournament picked up from where the Heineken Cup left off, capturing the heart and minds of fans. Here's a look at the best tries from Round 1.

Harlequins' Danny Care scored the first try of the new look tournament, helping his side to a 25-9 Pool 2 win over Castres at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night.

Those were just some of the 450 points that the Champions Cup racked up, with an average of 4.7 tries being scored per match over the course of the 10 matches on the inaugural weekend.

As seen in the previous post, Munster pulled off a dramatic win on the road, the only team to do so as they beat Sale Sharks away from home. Saracens, Glasgow Warriors and Ospreys were the top performers of the weekend, all recording bonus-point victories in their fixtures.

In one of the tries of the round, Ulster's Tommy Bowe notched up his 25th in Europe in total, after a sweeping move as part of the losing cause against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Zac Guildford scored an excellent try for Clermont against Saracens, while Glasgow Warriors' 37-10 victory over Bath was surely the win of the weekend. One of the best individual efforts came from Christian Wade, who showed again that one on one he is lethal.

Those are just a few moments that stood out after round one. Watch some of the best tries below

Posted at 12:35 pm | 5 comments

Munster come from behind to snatch dramatic win with Ian Keatley drop goal

European rugby was back in full swing at the weekend as the opening round of the European Rugby Champions Cup (formerly Heineken Cup) got under way. Munster's 27-26 win at the death was the finish of the round on another fascinating day of the competition.

Flyhalf Ian Keatley channeled Ronan O'Gara as Munster came from behind to pull off a thrilling victory in Manchester with time up on the clock. The last ditch drop goal shattered hopes of an upset win for Sale, who had played so well to lead 23-7 at the break.

Munster bounced back well though and tries by Andrew Conway and Conor Murray got them close enough for Keatley to kick them to a dramatic victory, one O'Gara himself was proud of.

"I watched Munster go through the phases and when Zebo made that little break, I thought, 'this is on now, do it'," said the former Munster ten, who watched from his hotel room in Paris.

"When you’re not at the venue you don’t get a full appreciation of the conditions. I knew there was a strong wind and it appeared to be blowing straight down the pitch. People think that a shot from straight in front of the posts is easier but it’s not the case, from a technical perspective.

"I watched Keats' body language. He knew instantly that he had nailed it. He set it out a tiny bit to the right and basically black-dotted it. Instinct takes over in those situations. You can hit an awful lot of balls in practice but you can't replicate the pressure of a moment like that.

O'Gara praised the flyhalf's decision making under such pressure, after choosing to wait for a better chance rather than take the first on offer. 

"There's an element of stupidity in taking on a kick where the chance of success is tiny and everything rides on the outcome. He showed experience, composure and trust in his team-mates that they could work another opportunity.

"It was a wonderful moment for him personally and the team. I’m delighted for him and it’s something he’ll take forward to other matches," he added.

Match highlights are below and we'll feature more best bits from the tournament this week

Posted at 8:15 am | 1 comments

Saturday, October 18, 2014

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

The All Blacks came from behind to break Wallaby hearts in Brisbane and claim a dramatic 29-28 victory at Suncorp Stadium. To add to the misery, it was revealed post match that Wallaby head coach Ewen McKenzie has resigned with immediate effect.

In what was another classic match between the two sides, the Wallabies came within minutes of a famous victory over the world champions, and what would have been back to back losses for Bledisloe Cup holders.

Their late comback, sealed with a Malakai Fekitoa try and Colin Slade conversion, put an end to what should have been a momentous occasion for 100th Test cap earner, Adam Ashley-Cooper.

The centurion crossed for one of the Wallabies three tries, while the All Blacks scored four of their own, and came back from being 25-15 down. Aaron Smith brought them closer and then with the clock ticking down, and the score 28-22 in favour of the home side, the match looked out of reach.

Eventually impressive centre Fekitoa crossed, giving Slade, who is now the fourth choice flyhalf in New Zealand, and opportunity to slot the conversion and win the match, with time up.

After the match it was announced that coach McKenzie, who has been under immense pressure of late with the Kurtley Beale issues and speculation about his relationship with the team's former business manager, has resigned.

"I did not ask Ewen to resign, but understand his decision. He informed me this morning of his intention to resign, regardless of tonight’s result," said Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver.

"We sincerely wish Ewen well for the future professionally and personally."

The Wallabies leave this coming Friday for a testing end of year tour that sees them face the Barbarians, then Wales, France, Ireland and England. So they have a busy week of planning ahead.

"We hope to have the new Head Coach in place before the team leaves for the Spring Tour on Friday," added Pulver, who hinted that media pressure is what caused McKenzie to resign.

"Criteria for the role includes identifying a coach who can lead us to victory in next year’s Rugby World Cup; represents Rugby’s core values; has the support of the playing group; and is available."

Availability might turn out to be the most important factor over the next few days.

Posted at 2:29 pm | 52 comments

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

Round nine of the National Rugby Championships (NRC) in Australia took place earlier with the first game providing us with what was quite possibly the worst ever decision on a rugby field, and the first ever 'Own Try' in rugby.

The Sydney Stars versus North Harbour Rays clash gave Mitch Lewis a chance to bag some meat and get on the scoresheet, but he never would have guessed it would be against his own team.

In football (or soccer) own goals aren't unsual, as defenders occasionally slot the ball into the back of their own net. In rugby however, no such thing exists, because when a player grounds the ball over his own tryline, it's a 5m scrum if carried over, or a 22m drop-out if not.

All that changed a few hours ago however, as a bizarre call resulted in the TMO and referee awarding what is quite possibly the first ever own try in rugby! Seriously.

The look on prop Lewis' face was priceless. At first he was probably concerned that he'd given away a 5m scrum, but when they went upstairs and awarded the try, he was absolutely gobsmacked.

Referee Ian Smith struggled to see who planted the ball, and with both teams having yellow at the top of their jerseys, the Television Match Official made an absolute hash of the decision. Sydney went on to win the match 49-40 against Lewis' North Harbour Rays.

credit: North Harbour Rays

Posted at 12:27 pm | 25 comments

Hard hitting Chris Hala'ufia crunches but then slaps Scott Wilson

Hard hitting number eight Chris Hala'ufia made this bone-jarring hit in the Aviva Premiership as he lined up and crunched Newcastle prop Scott Wilson. Unfortunately he then casually slapped him in the face, as if to further assert his dominance.

Hala'ufia only joined London Welsh two weeks ago, on a short term loan deal, providing injury cover for the Premiership new boys. The 35-year-old joined Scarlets during the off season but has yet to make an appearance, so the opportunity with London Welsh should provide some game time.

"Due to our mounting injury list we’ve brought in Chris to help fill the gap on a short-term basis," said London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell of the Tongan loose forward.

He put all of that at risk against Newcastle though, with the tackle perhaps viewed as borderline by some, but then the little slap afterwards all too unncecesary. It caused a bit of a scuffle but referee Wayne Barnes chose to only penalise him.

Barnes said that Hala'Ufia made initial contact below the shoulders, but slipped up high. It seems as though he didn't see the slap, because you'd think that if he had, he would have mentioned it.

Hala'ufia has a bit of a record for huge hits, sometimes illegal (see the Related Posts below this video for more), but in this case he probably got it spot on. The post tackle slap - albeit a soft one - on an injured player was totally uncalled for though.

Posted at 10:44 am | 15 comments

 
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