Friday, August 28, 2015
This week some videos surfaced featuring clips from a ten year old Indian movie that had a rugby back story. Above is one such video, and it's fascinating to say the least. With kicks to the face, extreme rucking and WWE style bodyslams, Bollywood rugby is a must watch.
The film is called Sye and was made in 2004. It's actually not from Bollywood, but from Tollywood, which means it's made in the Telugu language which is favoured in certain regions of India. Whatever the case, it's dramatic, violent, amusing and frightening all at once.
Some of the handling is actually pretty good, but the exaggerated aggression is hilarious.
There's more! Watch other clips from it, including a Haka, on page two (or below)
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Stade Français kicked off their Top 14 title defence last weekend with an impressive, if hard-fought 34-18 victory over newly promoted Pau. The match caught the interest of media and fans as it was the Top 14 champions against the Pro D2 champions.
In a match billed as a 'champions v champions' clash, Pro D2 champions Pau took the game to the Parisiens at the Stade Jean Bouin, scoring two tries and keeping within striking distance until the closing stages.
Their cause was dealt several self-inflicted blows however as the Palois saw four yellow cards throughout the match.
Stade demonstrated their clinical characteristics and scored at their first chance, just six minutes into the match. They added three more in the second half but they were never given time to fully relax against a stubborn Pau side.
Antoin Burban scored the pick of the tries from the home side, finishing off a passage of quick ball and a superbly weighted pass from back-row partner Raphaël Lakafia to extend the lead early in the second period.
The boot of fly-half Jules Plisson ultimately gave Stade the win as the 24 year-old kicked 14 points, slotting four penalties and a conversion.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
It is something that every rugby player has thought about at some point, but in this past weekend's ITM Cup game between Northland and Southland it finally happened, as a rugby ball exploded mid-game.
You can hear an audible pop and see the ball deflate when Southland flanker Tim Boys charged down a clearance kick from Northland player Dan Hawkins.
"I got all of it," Hawkins said of his clearance kick. "It just came off the old size-10 Nike quite nicely, I guess it's testament to the power of my right boot.
"A few of the boys were ducking for cover. It was like being in the trenches. When it hit Tim Boys' hands it made a noise like a shotgun going off."
Southland ended up winning 27-18 but what of the ball? Well, it has ended up being sent to Adidas' headquarters in Germany for analysis.
"You need a bit of luck every now and then, don't you? It stung a bit though. I looked down and seen the seams had burst and just picked it up," try scorer Boys said.
It would have gone over the dead ball line otherwise. When you watch the video you can hear a loud bang when I charge it down."
It's the same game in which Matt Talaese was red carded in the final minutes, resulting in a suspension and a chance for Southland to rob Northland of a losing bonus point, which they did. Talaese was giving a three week ban. You can view that here.
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The guys are Fox Sports have provided us with another great bit of insight into what gets said on the rugby field during a professional match, as they mic'd up Brisbane City's Karmichael Hunt in the NRC. A few months back they did the same with Christian Lealiifano.
Hunt has had his troubles, and he missed out a Wallabies Rugby World Cup spot, but it's good to see him out there doing what he does best. He crossed for a nice try after a great run from fullback Junior Laloifi, and could be heard offering his teammates some encouraging words.
There is also a great little exchange post match between the cross code convert and a young fan, who asks him which of the three codes of footy he likes best, League, Union or AFL. Having played all three professionally, Hunt's answer was spot on.
Brisbane City won the game 29-16, beating Perth Spirit in the NRC opener.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Northland prop Matt Talaese has been suspended for three weeks following a dangerous charge that took place on full time in the ITM Cup second round match against Southland this past weekend. Talaese pleaded guilty to the offence.
With time up and Northland trailing 18-24, looking for a converted try to get in front, Southland flanker Tim Boys got his hands on the ball in an attempt to win the turnover. His position was such that he couldn't be cleared out the first time, so Talaese came charging in.
Unfortunately for both players, the 130kg prop made contact with Boys' face, leaving the referee little option but to red card the massive prop.
A disciplinary hearing followed and Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC accepted a guilty plea from Talaese, after he acknowledged that his actions were in breach of the law. Mr Hampton took the player's remorse, admission of responsibility and clean disciplinary record into account when considering the sanction.
He has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks.
To make matters worse, the resultant penalty gave Southland's Lima Sopoaga a kick at goal, which ruled out Northland's chance of a losing bonus point. Southland won 27-18.
Monday, August 24, 2015
After suffering a narrow defeat to Ireland in their first World Cup warm up match last week, Scotland bounced back to beat Italy 16-12 in Turin in a nervy and uninspiring encounter.
Head coach Vern Cotter made 11 changes to the side that played in Dublin, while Italy were playing their first match since the end of the Six Nations in March.
Among the changes for the Scots was Highlanders flanker John Hardie, who was only called up by Cotter in July. The 27 year-old Kiwi impressed throughout, making several big tackles and being very active at the breakdown.
Despite dominating the opening 40 minutes, Scotland had to make do with being pegged back to 9-9 at the half-time break. Two Duncan Weir penalties gave the visitors an early lead before Italy - through kickers Gonzalo Garcia and Tommaso Allan - responded.
The second half was a shadow of the first in terms of both quality and accuracy. Allan's third penalty gave the home side the lead for the first time on 61 minutes.
Denied a try despite a driving maul breaching the Scottish line, Italy conceded in the closing stages as Henry Pyrgos finished off a well taken counter-attacking try for Scotland.
Winger Sean Lamont made use of scrappy ball to put Greig Tonks into space. The full back then released Matt Scott down the wing before the centre gave scrum-half Pyrgos an easy walk-in. Weir converted and Scotland secured the victory with a final minute scrum penalty.
Speaking of the strength of character displayed by his side in challenging circumstances: Scotland struggled to keep composure and accuracy in the second period - Cotter was happy with the way the team grinded out victory.
"We wanted a hard game and we got that," he said. "It was not an easy game, very physical. We are happy with a few things. It was a reasonable performance, not perfect and could have gone either way."
Both sides must now focus their attentions on the re-match at BT Murrayfield this Saturday 29 August, kick-off 3.15pm. The meeting in Edinburgh will be the last competitive weekend before all sides' final Rugby World Cup squads have to be announced on 31 August.
Scotland have annoucned that seven players have been released from the wider training squad: Glasgow's Mike Cusack and Kevin Bryce, along with Edinburgh quintet Dougie Fife, Ben Toolis, Damien Hoyland, Allan Dell and Hamish Watson will all return to their clubs.
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Narbonne players and fans have paid tribute to the late Jerry Collins in their opening game of the season in the PRO D2, the French second division. Collins was contracted to the club when he tragically died in a car crash two months ago.
There have been a number of tributes since the tragic event took place, in which Collins' partner Alana Madill also died, but this was the first real chance for the Narbonne team and fans to pay their respects publicly.
The Narbonne team and supporters club came together to create the giant jersey and a video tribute, as well as a minutes silence, then a stirring prematch Haka.
"Jerry and Alana meant a lot to the team and the boys wanted to pay their respects," said former Wallabies loose forward, Rocky Elsom.
"Doing a haka for the first time, live on television and in front of a packed house for a mate that has passed away is not an easy thing to do. I'd also like to thank the supporters club (of Narbonne) for their support of the Collins and Madill families over the past months.
"You (the supporter's club) have represented Narbonne well and done all you could to assist in what has been a very a difficult period."
Collins wasn't at the club very long but he clearly made an impact. The banner made by fans reads "Collins Forever", and although you can't see it below, the Haka was actually faced by Aix en Provence, as can be seen in a second video on page two of this post.
The 7m wide by 6m supporters banner was reportedly put together by as many as 50 people, who spent a whole month making it in Collins' honour.
Meanwhile daughter Ayla, who survived the crash thanks to Collins shielding her on impact, is in Canada with her maternal grandparents. She continues to develop and grow despite the awful nature of her injuries. Doctors say they are unsure about possible long term complications. Collins' parents recently flew over to spend time with her.
You can still donate to the Jerry Collins Memorial Fund that was set up after the accident and has already raised over $50 000 to support little Ayla.