Posts for August 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

South Africa restore pride against the woeful Wallabies

The Springboks came out firing at fortress Ellis Park on Saturday as they played the type of rugby that was expected of them, running in eight tries against the uninspired Wallaby team. Winger Jongi Nokwe made history by becoming the first player to socre four tries in a Tri Nations match on the way to the 53-8 thumping. MORE »

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Funnies - League ref takes a tumble, twice.

Growing up, most of us are used to having referees as these old, grey haired guys who puff and pant all around the park. It's rapidly changing though, as more and more young refs are coming in and making it to the highest level of rugby out there. MORE »

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jano Vermaak spears Fabian Juries - Yellow or Red?

The Cheetahs went to the top of the table in the Currie Cup this weekend, as they overcame the Lions away from home, winning 38-28 last Friday night in Johannesburg. MORE »

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sonny Bill Williams scores on Top 14 debut

Coming off the bench, controversial Toulon signing Sonny Bill Williams scored on his debut in the Top 14 as Tana Umaga's newcomers recovered from a half-time deficit to beat Clermont 22-16 last night. MORE »

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Munster too good for the USA in their preseason friendly

Heineken Cup champions Munster comfortably defeated a determined USA Eagles side 46-22 in a pre-season friendly played in East Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Awesome 60m try by Karl Lowe in the Air NZ Cup

As the Air New Zealand Cup 2008 continues to produce exciting, competitive rugby week in a week out, we take a look back at a great try from round three when Hawke's Bay hosted Southland in Napier. MORE »

Monday, August 25, 2008

CJ van der Linde headbutt on Sam Cordingly

Springbok tighthead prop CJ van der Linde has been cited for a head butt following Australia's 27-15 victory over South Africa in Durban on Saturday. The result of the hearing is due to be announced later today. MORE »

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wallabies breeze past the Springboks in Durban

Australian skipper Stirling Mortlock led his side to a comfortable three tries to two victory over the hapless Springboks in Durban on Saturday, winning 27-15 in match that the visitors controlled for the majority of the eighty minutes. MORE »

Friday, August 22, 2008

The international flavour of the Top 14 2008/2009

A little over seven weeks since MORE »

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Matthew Burke's famous 80m try from 1996

Wallaby legend Matt Burke will be returning to the NSW Waratahs, this time in the role of kicking coach for the 2009 season. Hearing the news of Burkes involvement in Australian rugby again made us think back to some of his great career highlights, and there were few better than this superb try he scored back in 1996. MORE »

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fantastic try saving chase & tackle by Tim Bateman

Canterbury center Tim Bateman produced a pretty special moment against Auckland this weekend in the Air New Zealand Cup, as we saw him chase down Jamie Helleur after an intercept looked destined to result in 7 points. MORE »

Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday Madness - Kiwi butchers the Aussie anthem

Thomas Stowers. Anyone remember that name? I didn't think so, and despite admittedly knowing nothing about the guy, I'm willing to bet that this performance of his at a 2001 Bledisloe Cup match didn't do his career any favours. MORE »

Sunday, August 17, 2008

All Blacks too strong for Springboks in Cape Town

The All Blacks kept South Africa scoreless for only the fourth time in 75 meetings by beating them 19-0 in Cape Towns Tri Nations test on Saturday. They were led brilliantly by powerhouse flanker Richie McCaw, who stood out as a true leader and one of the players of the match with his overall performance. MORE »

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Classic Encounters - Springboks vs All Blacks 2005

As a preview ahead of the South Africa vs New Zealand Tri Nations meeting this weekend, were bringing you footage of this classic match from 2005 when both sides met at Carisbrook, in what proved to be a vitally important win for the home team. MORE »

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

David Smith sandwiched against Taranaki

Auckland successfully defended the Ranfurley Shield on Sunday by defeating challengers Taranaki 22-6 at Eden Park, claiming the points in the Air New Zealand Cup at the same time. MORE »

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Midweek Madness - Michael Crocker knocked out by the ball

With our regular Midweek Madness slot here on RD, we do our best to feature the most unique or bizarre moments from the world of rugby. Scouring the globe for interesting clips often includes searching through the world of Rugby League, which always seems to produce an interesting clip or two. MORE »

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Let's get Rugby in the Olympics

With the eyes of the world currently on Beijing, it makes one wonder just what kind of exposure and growth could be achieved if Rugby were on display. Having the top players of your country having a crack at Gold would be fantastic. The IRB are calling out to all players and supporters to spread the message that Rugby needs to be re-included in the Olympic movement, with Sevens being perfectly suited to it. MORE »

Monday, August 11, 2008

Jaque Fourie broken cheekbone on Springbok return

Springbok center Jaque Fourie, who's last Test for his country was the World Cup Final, made his comeback on Saturday against MORE »

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sonny Bill Williams debut for Toulon defies court order

We recently reported on the sensational move of NRL star Sonny Bill Williams to Toulon in France. A whole lot has happened off the field, culminating in a NSW Court order from the NRL to stop him from playing. Despite that, Williams made his debut for the newly promoted Top 14 team yesterday, playing well, but earning a yellow card in the process. MORE »

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Springboks thrash Argentina in Johannesburg

The Springboks thumped Argentina by a record scoreline of 63-9 at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday afternoon. The home team ran in nine tries against a below par Pumas outfit, but will need to cut out the errors when they meet New Zealand next weekend. MORE »

Friday, August 08, 2008

Friday Funnies - Justin Marshall does a Hollywood

It hasn't been the funniest of weeks for Rugbydump, or even in the world of rugby, so we'll go back in time a little bit and revisit an amusing incident from earlier in the season, featuring that man Justin Marshall yet again. MORE »

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Ryan Lamb's brilliant try vs Saracens in the Guinness Premiership

With the Guinness Premiership season kicking off exactly a month from now, we look back to one of the tries of the season, scored by a young man who will surely be vying for international honours come selection time later in the year. MORE »

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Martin Johnson sidestep try for Leicester in 2002

While the ELV debate from yesterday's posting rages on, it's probably a good time to show something completely different, this time in the form of a great try from the past. MORE »

Monday, August 04, 2008

IRB Guide to Experimental Law Variations

The International Rugby Board's Experimental Law Variations (ELV's) are now in full effect, having got underway globally on August the 1st. The worldwide, 12 month trial will encompass all levels of the game, incorporating 13 experimental laws that were approved by the IRB Council at their recent meeting in Dublin. MORE »

Saturday, August 02, 2008

All Blacks crush the Wallabies in Auckland

New Zealand snapped a two-game losing streak by thrashing Australia 39-10 in their Tri-Nations, Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park on Saturday. MORE »

Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday Funnies - How far offside can you go

Stadium Australia in 1999 hosted the match between arch rivals Australia and New Zealand, played out in front of over 107 000 people. It was the final test for both sides before the World Cup, and proved to be a great run out for the team that went on to lift the trophy in Wales a few months later. MORE »