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The Top 5 You're Kidding Me (Bloopers) moments

Nice one Eddie, never heard of that one before.

Good tackle as well. (I mean the way he stopped the big second row, not his genitals).

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Chiefs Prop Ben Tameifuna's huge tackle on Michael Hooper

Couldn't have put it better myself Justin.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Closing montage from the last ever Heineken Cup PLUS tournament stats

"Juan Smith, who scored a crucial second-half try at the Millennium Stadium, was the season's leading tackler with 88 (8 missed). Kelly Brown was second with 87 tackles, 0 missed."

87 tackles with ZERO missed!?!?

As well as being an absolutely insane statistic, I would suggest that 87/87 is more impressive than 80/88...

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 15

Honey badger don't give a shit about the big lion. Honey badger don't care, he's so nasty. Oooh.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 15

I still don't get the format - a bloke with the personality and animated presentation style of Sean Maloney told to speak as monotonously as he can??

Can't see what's wrong with the Highlanders try (0:35). Corner post is OK and ball seems to clearly touch the whitewash before his elbow touches the touchline...

And this is one post-match interview with the Honey Badger I'd definitely like to see!! (2:15) Confession time: I've actually done a worse kick than that...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

Cowan v Nonu was the one I was thinking of:
http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/02/1837/maa-nonu-big-shoulder-on-jimmy-cowan-results-in-red-card

I actually think that one was hilarious. Crowd were going mental because they could see him on the big screen grinning to himself with satisfaction, which just made him piss himself laughing to their even greater fury. And to be fair, he had just been smashed in the head by Nonu's flying shoulder, so it was rather impressive that was not actually that badly hurt!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

Are you sure you're not thinking of Jimmy Cowan? (I'm not suggesting the two look at all similar! just Cowan's the only one I can remember doing that kind of thing). Although if I remember correctly it was that time he was "highlighting" a headbutt by Bakkies Botha, itself in retaliation for Cowan deliberately winding him up. I remember thinking that was all well played by Cowan but others may disagree on pure negativity grounds.

Can't remember Sonny Bill taking a dive - in fact, can't imagine it, really...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

I think RD puts it perfectly in the write-up at the top. This is a player with an unbelievable record. 95 caps and has won almost everything there is to win. Even with a few milked penalties, the ledger is still very heavily weighted towards the awesome side.

What a pity though, if rather than the winning-almost-everything-there-is-to-win, he ends up remembered as the man who really brought diving into professional. Like the footballer Jurgen Klinnsman - great player but all I ever remember is him throwing himself theatrically to the ground. I also remember he was widely ridiculed at the time (at least in England), the same way people are reacting to Habana now. But the wheels had been put in motion and diving very quickly became pervasive.

If Habana was a rubbish rugby player I'd be less concerned. The fact that he's brilliant makes it more likely that people will copy.

So it's great that he's apologised is wonderful news. But I wonder if the damage has already been done, especially with his "previous" in this. I sincerely hope not.


By the way - final point - Habana did actually clatter his head on the ground quite hard while executing this ridiculous dive, so in some respect he received his punishment from the rugby gods instantaneously!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

No, it wasn't. I would love to have seen that happen. Mind you, the introduction of a "simulation" offence in wendyball doesn't seem to have helped that much actually.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon defend Heineken Cup title with comfortable final win over Saracens

Did he refuse to shake his hand or just not hear/see him? Must have been bloody loud down there.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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