Posts for September 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sebastien Chobet dumped by Shaun Sowerby

Top 14 champions Toulouse outgunned rivals Perpignan on the weekend to head to the top of the table with a 30-20 victory that was more convincing than the score line indicates. MORE »

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cardiff Blues great team try finished by Ceri Sweeney

The Cardiff Blues brushed aside Connacht by a record margin on Friday in the Magners League game that broke a record or two. The home sides seven try blitz in the first half blew the visitors away on a humiliating night for them at the Arms Park. Another two tries in the second meant that the final score was a complete whitewash, at 58-0. MORE »

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mark Gasnier finishes a great try on Stade Francais debut

Former Australian Rugby League star Mark Gasnier did not disappoint on his Top 14 and Rugby Union debut for unbeaten Stade Francais on Friday night. Gasnier finished off a fantastic try that contributed to their 32-25 win over hosts Bourgoin. MORE »

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jonah Lomu Documentary - Part 1

Johan Lomu was meant to play in this past weekend's Help For Heroes match at Twickenham, but he unfortunately picked up an injury in training, so instead of showing a clip of him in action from a week ago, I thought it would be a good time to stick this in depth short documentary up. MORE »

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Help For Heroes match raises over 1.1 Million

Twickenham played host to a very special game of rugby this past weekend. It was certainly special in terms of the players on display, but more importantly it was about the rugby public and players coming together to raise money for the Help For Heroes fund. MORE »

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 4

For those of you who enjoy catching up on the latest tries in the French Top 14, we've got another weekly wrap of the best ten, this time from Round 4. MORE »

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Midweek Madness - The Good old Drag tackle

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

David Lemi runs circles around Bath for this superb try

A few weeks back in the first round of the Guinness Premiership in England, Bath took on Bristol at the Memorial Ground, a venue at which they hadn't won at since 1998. Despite scores being tied at the break and Bristol matching them in most facets of play, Bath were too strong in the second half, and came out eventual winners 33-20. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2008

Juan-Manuel Leguizamon knocked out cold by Hufanga hit

Stade Francais scored an impressive four tries on their way to a 37-16 win over Brive in the Top 14 on Saturday, but the victory came with a price as backrow forward Juan-Manuel Leguizamon was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious in a high tackle. MORE »

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Contepomi and Fitzgerald combine for a great Leinster try

Reigning Magners League champions Leinster maintained their unbeaten run as they overcame a spirited Ospreys side 19-13 at the RDS on Friday night. It was the first loss of the campaign for the Ospreys, who put up a good fight despite missing a few key players to injury. MORE »

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Funnies - Tom Arscott stuck in the middle

Harlequins produced a five try thrashing of a poor Bristol side this past weekend in the Guinness Premiership. The match was highlighted by the superb commanding performance of speedy scrum half Danny Care, the Sevens star who is rapidly developing into a player of real quality. MORE »

Friday, September 19, 2008

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 3

The French Top 14 is now in full swing after having gotten under way a month back with huge hype surrounding a number of MORE »

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Matt Banahan launches into James Simpson-Daniel

Gloucester ended their twenty year wait for success at the Recreation Ground this past weekend, as the visitors overcame a Bath side that failed to take the opportunities presented to them. MORE »

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Midweek Madness - Tom Varndell sneaks in for a great try

When the Leicester Tigers hosted London Irish in front of a capacity crowd in November of 2006, there was one man who left the field with his head held high after scoring two special tries, and another who was looking for the nearest ditch to bury his in. MORE »

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Keith Earls scores a fantastic individual try for Munster

Young Munster fullback Keith Earls notched up a hat-rick of tries and landed the Man of the Match award against the Newport Gwent Dragons MORE »

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gurthro Steenkamp's contender for hit of the year

The Blue Bulls smashed the Boland Kavaliers 69-19 at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening in a Currie Cup match that was jam packed with action, featuring tries a plenty, but not without the odd huge hit to rub salt into the wounds. MORE »

Monday, September 15, 2008

Byron Kelleher 60m sprint for a great try vs Biarritz

Last weekend in the Top 14 we saw Toulouse brush Biarritz aside at the Ernest Wallon stadium as they won the round three match easily, 20-6. MORE »

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup glory for the All Blacks

The All blacks came back from trailing at halftime to claim their ninth Tri Nations title and their fourth in a row when they beat the Wallabies 28-24 in a thrilling deciding match in Brisbane on Saturday. MORE »

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Toulon vs Stade Francais fight in the Top 14

Tempers flared as Stade Francais consolidated their lead in the French Top 14 championship with a 19-13 victory at Toulon on Friday, with both teams playing the second half a man down. MORE »

Friday, September 12, 2008

Classic Encounters - Australia vs New Zealand 1996

With tomorrow's 2008 Tri Nations decider in Brisbane in mind, we look back to the inaugural tournament in 1996 when the Wallabies hosted the All Blacks at Suncorp, in what was to be a classic match that was remembered for more than just the winning try at the death. MORE »

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tommy Bowe scores a great first try for the Ospreys

Tommy Bowe got his new Ospreys career off to an excellent start against Cardiff in the Magners League on Tuesday night, scoring a try and contributing towards a dominant all round second half performance which saw them shooting to the top of the table, picking up a four try bonus point in the process. MORE »

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Midweek Madness - Too much beer for Pukey McNasty

As New Zealand ran riot against Samoa last week, notching up a century in front of a proud home crowd, this fan obviously let the festive atmosphere get the better of him. MORE »

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Alesana Tuilagi's big charge and hit vs Gloucester

One of the biggest matches of the Guinness Premiership weekend took place at Kingsholm on Sunday as Gloucester played host to Leicester in an entertaining game that was the first big run out for a lot of the players under the new laws. MORE »

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Keegan Daniel's fantastic chip and chase try to seal victory against the Bulls

The Sharks shot to the top of the Currie Cup table this weekend after their remarkable 34-25 come from behind victory over the visiting Blue Bulls in Durban. MORE »

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Peter Stringer takes a Mike Blair boot to the face

European champions Munster got their Magners League campaign off to a good start on Friday night with a 20-15 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield. Substitute scrum half Peter Stringer unfortunately caught a stray boot with less than a minute in the match remaining. MORE »

Monday, September 08, 2008

Heyneke Meyer at the Leicester Tigers

While a large amount of attention was on the controversial Springbok coach Pieter De Villiers throughout the Tri Nations, there is one man who possibly could have been sitting in the hot seat if it weren't for a few, dare I say it, politically motivated decisions. MORE »

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Guinness Premiership is back

The Guinness Premiership kicked off yesterday in England, in much the same manner as the French Top 14 did - with an upset. Champions Wasps were downed by London Irish, and in the other match of the day, Harlequins beat Saracens. MORE »

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The All Blacks run riot against Samoa

The All Blacks crushed Samoa 101-14 on Wednesday in a one sided match that once again highlighted the ever widening gap between rugby's rich and poor nations. MORE »

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Rugby vs Gridiron - Volume1

We've got something slightly different for you today on Rugbydump. As lovers of all sports, we've teamed up with the talented J-Fro to bring you this awesome video, simply entitled, Rugby vs Gridiron. MORE »

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Two great hits from Manawatu vs North Harbour

Possibly the game of the weekend in the Air New Zealand cup was the tussle in Palmerston North between Manawatu and North Harbour. It went down to the wire, with some poor option taking and over eagerness at the end costing Manawatu the match 20-17. MORE »

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Matt Burke career recap and testimonial

A week ago, upon the announcement of his retirement, we featured a classic try by legendary Wallaby fullback Matt Burke. This week we thought it would be nice to follow up with this interesting snippet off the show Total Rugby. MORE »

Monday, September 01, 2008

Great Wellington try finished by Tane Tu'ipolotu

Wellington produced a slick 48-12 win over Bay of Plenty in the Air Zealand Cup on Saturday afternoon. With the two sides unbeaten until round four, the match was surprisingly one sided and produced some great moments of running rugby. MORE »