Posts for May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The British & Irish Lions avoid embarassment in tour opener

The British & Irish Lions stumbled to victory in their opening tour match against a scratch side of second division players, known as the Royal XV. The 37-25 win flattered the tourists as they were made to work hard at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. MORE »

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Bulls blitz the Chiefs to win the 2009 Super 14 final

The Bulls won their second Super 14 title in three seasons when they overwhelmed the visiting Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld yesterday. The 61-17 win is a Super 14 final record for the highest winning margin. MORE »

Friday, May 29, 2009

British & Irish Lions begin their African adventure - HSBC Advert

It's been twelve long years since the British & Irish Lions last toured South Africa. The 1997 Lions series is considered by many to be one of the best, and tomorrow we'll watch closely as the new breed of players look to emulate past success as they kick off the 2009 tour with a match against the Royal XV in Rustenburg. MORE »

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Funnies - Neil Best pushes referee George Clancy

Irish referee George Clancy had his hands full last weekend as he had the honour of refereeing the tempestuous European Challenge Cup final between the Northampton Saints and Bourgoin. MORE »

Thursday, May 28, 2009

England win the London Sevens in thriller against New Zealand

England won the home leg of the IRB World Sevens Series at Twickenham in London on Sunday with a thrilling 31-26 victory over New Zealand in a classic final that went to sudden death extra time. MORE »

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Two yellows and a red after big fight in European Challenge Cup final

The European Challenge Cup final will be remembered as being one of the most fiercely confrontational matches of the season. The 15-3 win for Northampton Saints over Bourgoin was try-less, but was packed with action from start to finish. MORE »

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alesana Tuilagi runs over Shane Horgan

As Leinster continue to paint Ireland a shade of blue following their Heineken Cup victory over Leicester on Saturday, we look back at one of the moments of the match as two big wingers went up against each other in a heavyweight contest that was emphatically one sided. MORE »

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

British & Irish Lions excitement hits Pirates in Johannesburg

The British & Irish Lions are in South Africa as they embark on the challenge of playing ten matches around the country in a short period of time. The last time the Lions toured there ended in success, which local fans are still sore about. MORE »

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rocky takes on Tuilagi and Leicester

Wallaby Rocky Elsom is expected to make a decision about his near future within the next week, as he contemplates returning to an international career with Australia. Elsom had a cracking game for Leinster on the weekend, earning him man of the match and much deserved praise from all corners. MORE »

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bulls into the Super 14 final after beating the Crusaders

The Bulls will meet the Chiefs in the final of the Super 14 at next weekend after they staged a stunning recovery to beat the Crusaders 36-23 at Loftus Versfeld this past weekend. MORE »

Monday, May 25, 2009

Courtney Lawes smashes Morgan Parra in European Challenge Cup Final

Northampton Saints finished off a successful season back in top flight rugby as they beat Bourgoin 15-3 in the European Challenge Cup final on Friday. Saints have now qualified for next seasons Heineken Cup, knocking out Wasps in the process. MORE »

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Chiefs beat the Hurricanes to progress to the final

The Chiefs have progressed to their first ever Super 14 final after a bruising match against the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday. The sell out home crowd witnessed the Chiefs outscore their opponents, winning the game 14-10. MORE »

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Leinster beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2009 Heineken Cup

Leinster won the Heineken Cup for the first time after holding off English champions Leicester Tigers at Murrayfield on Saturday. The 19-16 win and caps off another success for Irish rugby this season. MORE »

Friday, May 22, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 14

The Super 14 2009 is almost over, as were into the Semi Final stages this weekend, with one team already having qualified for the big final that will decide who will be the provincial champions of the Southern Hemisphere. MORE »

Friday, May 22, 2009

Super 14 Semi Finals preview

It's Super 14 Semi Final weekend as the Chiefs and the Hurricanes do battle in MORE »

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The School of Hard Knocks - Episodes 4 & 5

Weve got the next two instalments of the popular and intriguing series of The School of Hard Knocks, which sees a group of mislead youths attempt to turn their lives around by getting into rugby. MORE »

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scott Quinnell's crossbar challenge - Harlequins

Scott Quinnell travels to Harlequins in this edition of the Crossbar Challenge as he hands them the challenge of throwing a rugby ball through the rugby posts from 40m out. MORE »

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jonny Wilkinson joins Toulon in the Top 14

Jonny Wilkinson, once regarded as the best rugby player on the planet, has completed a lucrative two year deal with French Top 14 club Toulon that will see him join a whole host of new players at the big spending club. MORE »

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bakkies Botha cited but cleared after face slap on Ryan Kankowski

Bulls lock Bakkies Botha was cited this past weekend after he lashed out at Sharks eighthman Ryan Kankowski in their exciting Super 14 meeting in Durban MORE »

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 13

The Super 14 Semi Finals have now been decided after another frantic weekend of rugby action. It went down to the last match, so the top four sides will now compete to make the final and have a crack at the prestigious title. MORE »

Monday, May 18, 2009

Leicester beat London Irish to win the Guinness Premiership Final

The Leicester Tigers now stand in line to do the double as they won the Guinness Premiership Final 10-9 on Saturday at Twickenham. They will face Leinster this coming weekend in the Heineken Cup, as they look to win both English and European Championships. MORE »

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Funnies - Dylan Des Fountain butchers a great try

Last weekend at Newlands the Stormers hosted the Force in a controversial Super 14 match that saw the lead change hands a number of times, but in the end resulted in a 25-24 victory for the home side. MORE »

Friday, May 15, 2009

Paralysed Matt Hampson talks about life and rugby

As little as a few years back Matt Hampson was tipped as a future England star. Selected for the Leicester Tigers academy at a young age, Hampson was soon selected for the England u18, u19, and u21 squads before tragedy struck in 2005. MORE »

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ugo Monye lucky to get up after heavy fall against London Irish

On Saturday as London Irish put pay to Harleqins ambitions of reaching the Guinness Premiership Final, Quins winger Ugo Monye showed the type of commitment and determination that has earned him his rightful place in the British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa. MORE »

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Best tries of the Top 14 - Season mix

Throughout the season weve posted random Best Tries compilations from the Top 14 in France. As the season nears its end, and relegation and top spots are revealed, weve got a recap video of some of the more enjoyable tries from the past few months. MORE »

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

London Irish beat Harlequins to reach the Guinness Premiership final

The Guinness Premiership Final takes places this weekend at Twickenham with Leicester Tigers taking on London Irish, who beat Harlequins 17-0 in the other semi final on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stirling Mortlock smashes record, and Tony Woodcock

Stirling Mortlock became the highest points scorer in Super rugby history when he overtook Andrew Mehrtens record on Saturday as his Brumbies side beat the Blues 37-15 in Canberra. MORE »

Monday, May 11, 2009

Leicester Tigers reach the final after seeing off Bath

The Leicester Tigers booked their place in the Guinness Premiership final after they beat Bath comfortably at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday. The 24-10 win means that they will travel to Twickenham, to face London Irish in the final. MORE »

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Brett Sheehan shoulder knocks Brad Barritt out cold

The Sharks look to have ruined their chances of a Super 14 Semi Final place after going down 16-12 to the Waratahs in Durban on Saturday. Coming from behind twice, the Waratahs kept the Sharks tryless to record a determined win. MORE »

Friday, May 08, 2009

Leicester vs Cardiff Heineken Cup Semi Final highlights

Last weekend's epic Heineken Cup Semi Final between the Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers will be remembered more for the historic, and slightly, bizarre penalty shootout. If the Blues had won at the kicking contest though, the game would probably be more remembered for their sensational comeback, and some great tries. MORE »

Friday, May 08, 2009

Lions Memories - The Captain

The British & Irish Lions set sail for South Africa later this month as they take on the World Champions for the first time since winning the series there in 1997. MORE »

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The School of Hard Knocks - Episode 3

Episode 3 of the interesting series of the School of Hard Knocks once again takes us into the lives of a group of young Welshmen who have been introduced to rugby as a means of getting out of the doom and gloom of their everyday lives. MORE »

Monday, May 04, 2009

Rory Kockott red card for flat hand slap on Adam Thomson

Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been handed a one week suspension after striking Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson during the home sides 23-15 win in the Super 14 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday. MORE »

Monday, May 04, 2009

Leinster tries vs Munster - Heineken Cup Semi Final

As the dust settles after another frantic weekend of rugby, we look back at the tries that made the difference between Leinster and Munster in the Heineken Cup semi final on Saturday. MORE »

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Shoot-out glory for the Leicester Tigers in the Heineken Cup Semi

In one of the most amazing finishes to a game of rugby youre ever likely to see, Leicester Tigers progressed to the Final of the Heineken Cup after a dramatic Penalty Shootout against the Cardiff Blues. MORE »

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Alan Quinlan in doubt for Lions tour after alleged eye-gouge

Munster Flanker Alan Quinlan will wait anxiously to see if hell still be on the plane to South Africa later this month after TV replays showed what looked like an attempted eye-gouge on Leinster captain Leo Cullen in the Heineken Cup semi final at Croke Park yesterday. MORE »

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Leinster knock champions Munster out of the Heineken Cup - Montage

Leinster shunned their underdog status as they convincingly beat Munster 25-6 in the Heineken Cup Semi Final at Croke Park on Saturday. MORE »

Friday, May 01, 2009

Munster vs Leinster - Heineken Cup Semi Preview - The Rivalry

The two Irish provincial heavyweights go into battle on Saturday in the Semi Final of the Heineken Cup at Croke Park. Munster against Leinster will produce a sell-out crowd as the two rivals vie for glory and a place in the final. MORE »

Friday, May 01, 2009

Scott Quinnell's Crossbar Challenge - Sale

The Crossbar Challenge has been a popular feature here on RD, so we've got another one for you from this past week, this time featuring the Sale Sharks as big Scott looks for more challengers to take him on. MORE »