Posts for October 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Canterbury into ITM Cup final after action packed semi with Wellington

Canterbury are on track to pick up their third consecutive National Provincial Championship after they beat Wellington 57-41 in a frenetic ITM Cup semi final in Christchurch on Friday. They will face Waikato in the final, who edged Auckland. MORE »

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Incredible finish to the Bledisloe Cup in Hong Kong

It's been an incredible few days of rugby as we've seen plenty of points scored and many nails chewed off as a few games went right down to the final play, none more so than the Bledisloe Cup game between Australia and New Zealand in Hong Kong. MORE »

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Ross Skeate Diary - Final Preview

Skeato won't be playing for the Sharks in the Currie Cup final tomorrow as he's unfortunately still recovering from his groin surgery. That hasn't stopped the excitement though as he shares his thoughts on the what should be a great day of rugby between his former side, and his current. MORE »

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Raging Bull Phil Vickery retires from rugby

Former England captain Phil Vickery called time on his illustrious career yesterday after medical advice ruled that he should hang up his well worn boots. Heres a feature from Total Rugby, as well as an interview from yesterday. MORE »

Friday, October 29, 2010

Western Province vs Natal Sharks - Currie Cup final 2001

The Natal Sharks host Western Province at Kingspark in Durban tomorrow in the Currie Cup final, the first meeting of the two sides in a final since 2001. Today well take a look back at that classic match. MORE »

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Midweek Madness - The Stade de France pre-match festivities

It's not technically the middle of the week, but Midweek Madness describes this best as we look back at what happened before the Stade Francais vs Toulon game at Stade de France. It included some overweight guys pushing a float, a caged leopard, and a bare-chested girl who clearly wasn't too bothered by the cold. MORE »

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Toulouse beat Perpignan in classic Top 14 game

Toulouse beat last year's Top 14 champions Perpignan 38-29 on Saturday in a great game of rugby that included a few fantastic tries. Toulouse scored five tries, including a great effort from Byron Kelleher, and two for Clement Poitrenaud. MORE »

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dimitri Szarzewski headbutt on Jean-Philippe Genevois

Stade Francais hooker Dimitri Szarzewski has been cited and will more than likely sit out for a few weeks after he head-butted Toulons Jean-Phillipe Genevois during their eventful meeting on the weekend. MORE »

Monday, October 25, 2010

All Blacks Don't Cry - A short film about John Kirwan

While most of us know John Kirwan as a legendary All Black wing who played close to 100 Tests and won a World Cup in 1987, what many dont realise is that at the height of his career, young Kirwan suffered from clinical depression. MORE »

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mathieu Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

Stade Francais scored a later try through Ollie Phillips to take a 22-15 win over Toulon in Paris on the weekend in what was a typically eventful Top 14 clash. Youll see a few clips from the game this week, but were starting with this huge hit from Mathieu Bastereaud. MORE »

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Morgan Stoddart's slam tackle on Leigh Halfpenny

This is a short clip from Friday night's Magners League match played in Cardiff as Scarlets beat the Blues 16-10. It was a low scoring affair with two nice tries but not too much else to write home about, other than this big tackle in the first half. MORE »

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Felipe Contepomi trysaver prevents Munster scoring a classic try vs Toulon

While this weekends rugby hasnt quite come to an end yet, here is a short video from the Heineken Cup round 2 game where Munster thought theyd scored a sensational Johne Murphy try, but were denied by Toulons Felipe Contepomi. MORE »

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Five minutes with Matt Banahan and Butch James

England international Matt Banahan and Springbok Butch James were at Farleigh House a few days back so we were given the opportunity to catch up with them. Some questions were also submitted by you on the MORE »

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Best tries of the Heineken Cup - Round 2

The standard of tries in the first two rounds of the Heineken Cup has been outstanding as the good weather up north, some positive law interpretations, and a bit of self-belief has all meant we've seen some fantastic running rugby. MORE »

Thursday, October 21, 2010

All Black legend Christian Cullen interviewed in Hong Kong

The good people at the Rugbyasia Channel managed to track down legendary All Black fullback Christian Cullen for a short interview recently in Hong Kong. Mixed in with match footage, if you're a Cullen fan, this one is well worth watching. MORE »

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Midweek Madness - Shane Williams hurdles Topsy Ojo

This is a quick clip that was actually posted to the Rugbydump Facebook Page earlier in the week and features Shane Williams hurdling over opposing wing Topsy Ojo of London Irish during their match on the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Benoit Baby runs into a brick wall named Mikaele Tuugahala

It was an all French affair in Pool two of the Heineken Cup on Saturday as Racing Metro picked up their first win of the campaign by beating Clermont Auvergne 16-9. The only try of the match went to Sireli Bobo, but the clip featured here comes from another Pacific Islander. MORE »

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blue Bulls' Derick Kuun cited for striking Bismarck du Plessis below the belt

This past weekend seems to have been less eventful than the previous in terms of citings, but there was one for Blue Bulls flank Derick Kuun following an altercation for Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis in the Currie Cup semi final in Durban. MORE »

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Biarritz blitz Ulster with three great second half tries

Biarritz are looking good in Pool Four of the Heineken Cup after they convincingly beat Ulster 35-15 at the Parc des Sports Aguilera on the weekend. The bonus point win is their second of the campaign, placing them in good stead going into the next round. MORE »

Monday, October 18, 2010

Western Province cruise into the final after beating the Cheetahs

The Sharks beat the Bulls at a bee-infested and soggy Kingspark in the first Currie Cup semi final, while in the second we saw Western Province run away with a convincing win over the Freestate Cheetahs in Cape Town. MORE »

Monday, October 18, 2010

Edinburgh's flair not enough to beat resilient Northampton Saints

Edinburgh scored some fantastic tries in the first half of their Heineken Cup meeting with Northampton Saints at Murrayfield on Saturday but couldnt hang on in the second half as Saints come back to take a valuable 31-27 away win. MORE »

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Morgan Stoddart finishes another great Scarlets team try

Scarlets went down to a heavy defeat against the Leicester Tigers in the Heineken Cup earlier today at Welford Road. Despite the 46-10 loss though, they did manage to score another great try for the second week running. MORE »

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shane Williams great solo try against London Irish

Ospreys wing Shane Williams showed his class as he produced a piece of magic for his side as they beat London Irish 27-16 in their Heineken Cup second round match played at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night. MORE »

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Major buzzkill as bees delay Currie Cup Semi Final kick off

There was a quite bizarre occurrence in Durban earlier today as the kick-off for the first semi final of the Currie Cup, to be played by the Sharks and the Blue Bulls, was delayed due to a swarm of bees invading the field. This is a short report of the scenes prematch. MORE »

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Best tries of the Heineken Cup - Round 1

We're in for another busy weekend of rugby as the second round of the Heineken Cup takes place in Europe, the ITM Cup in New Zealand, and the Currie Cup semi finals are in South Africa. Before getting into that, here's the best tries from Round 1 in Europe last weekend. MORE »

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Zealand take Gold yet again at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

New Zealand came back from being 7-17 down to beat Australia 24-17 as they took gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament in Delhi, sealing the win with a later try to Kurt Baker. MORE »

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nick Abendanon's try saving tackle on Zee Ngwenya

Biarritz beat Bath 12-11 in a low scoring but tense game at the Rec on the weekend. Bath failed to take their chances in the Heineken Cup home game, but this quick clip is of a nice try saving tackle that was requested earlier in the week. MORE »

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Duane Vermeulen smashed boot-less but still catches Lwazi Mvovo

Western Province secured a Currie Cup home semi final on the weekend by beating the Sharks 33-21 at Newlands. It was a great game, with highlights to follow, but for now here is one of the best moments of the match. MORE »

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Midweek Madness - David Lemi's controversial try against Toulouse

Wasps came close to beating Toulouse in Pool Six of the Heineken Cup on the weekend, thanks in part to this try from David Lemi with 15 minutes left in the game. The try was a bit of a strange one as Lemi seemed to be ignored initially, so some of you wanted to see it again. MORE »

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded for punch but cited for stamp

It was a fiery start to the Heineken Cup as four players have been cited for various incidents taking place around Europe. MORE »

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

London Irish thrilled with historic win over Munster

Earlier in the week we saw the dangerous tackle by Munsters MORE »

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Canterbury too good in classic Ranfurley Shield tussle with Southland

Southland failed to hang onto the Ranfurley Shield after a valiant effort in front of their home crowd at Invercargill on the weekend, as Canterbury proved too strong, taking the game 26-16 thanks in large part to great performances from Colin Slade and Sonny Bill Williams. MORE »

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sam Tuitupou cited for dangerous tackle on Paul Hodgson

Former Auckland Blues and Worcester center Sam Tuitupou has been cited for making a dangerous tackle on Paul Hodgson in Munster's meeting with London Irish in the Heineken Cup on the weekend. MORE »

Monday, October 11, 2010

Toulon's Mafileo Kefu crunches Richard Hibbard of the Ospreys

Great hit from the Toulon vs Ospreys game, as Mafileo Kefu puts in a more than solid hit on Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard MORE »

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WIN a signed Barbarians jersey - Twickenham Dec 4th - Baa Baa's vs Boks

The Barbarians will take on the Springboks at Twickenham on Dec 4th as the World Champions will look to avenge the defeat they suffered there in 2007. Weve organised an exclusive giveaway to coincide with the match. MORE »

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sebastien Chabal's big tackle on Jamie Heaslip

Leinster got their Heineken Cup campaign off to a positive start as they beat Racing Metro 38-22 with a stylish performance in the Pool 2 opener at the RDS. The match was played at a great pace and there were plenty of big tackles. This is just one of them from the opening passage of play. MORE »

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rhys Priestland and Stephen Jones' great tries against Perpignan

The Scarlets scored some fantastic tries as they beat 2009 Top 14 champions Perpignan 43-34 in a high scoring opening round Heineken Cup encounter at Parc y Scarlets. Rhys Priestland scored one of the tries of the season, with Stephen Jones also crossing for a great team try. Both of those are featured here. MORE »

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Results Update - ITM Cup, Currie Cup, Amlin Challenge & Heineken Cup

It's been a big few days for world rugby as both the Amlin Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup kicked off in Europe, there is a new holder of the Ranfurley Shield in New Zealand's ITM Cup, and the semi final places in the Currie Cup have now been decided. These are the results from each. MORE »

Friday, October 08, 2010

Three skilful tries from Rugby World Cup 2003

There's 335 days left till the 2011 World Cup kicks off in New Zealand so over the course of the next year, Rugbydump will be featuring random matches, incidents, and other clips that aren't already in the archive as a lead up to the tournament. MORE »

Friday, October 08, 2010

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 13

Were now getting to the business end of the Currie Cup as the fight for home semi finals heats up this weekend with the Springboks returning to action and the last game of the weekend set to decide the outcome on the final points standings. MORE »

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Heineken Cup 2010/2011 Preview

The Heineken Cup kicks off this weekend around Europe as were set for what could be one of the most fascinating tournaments yet. Big names, well balanced squads, and new law interpretations all mean that were in for a treat. MORE »

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Lewis Moody out for a month following eye injury

On a day when tragic news broke about Gavin Quinnell losing sight in his left eye, it's good to hear that Baths Lewis Moody will be back in action within just four weeks after injuring his eye-socket in a collision with Charlie Sharples of Gloucester. MORE »

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Casey Laulala's great individual try against Connacht

Cardiff Blues center Casey Laulala came back from injury to score this classy try against Connacht in the Magners League last week. The Blues won the game 22-6 at home, going top of the table before before overtaken by Munster on the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Brendon Leonard future uncertain after headclash with Lachie Munroe

Waikato halfback Brendon Leonard has been released from hospital following a horrible headclash with Northland fullback Lachie Munro on the weekend in the ITM Cup. The match itself was packed with incident, with this being just one of many talking points. MORE »

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Tri Nations 2010 - By the Numbers

As we look forward to a big weekend of rugby with the MORE »

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Canterbury go top as they beat Otago at Carisbrook

Canterbury went top of the ITM Cup as they outdid Otago at Carisbrook on the weekend, winning 35-20 despite the scores being tied with just 15 minutes left. Some great tries were scored, with Sonny Bill Williams again prominent as he scored an excellent 60m individual effort. MORE »

Monday, October 04, 2010

Lifeimi Mafi cited for two high tackles & Brian O'Driscoll try

Leinster beat Munster 13-9 in their Magners League derby match at a packed Aviva Stadium on Saturday night. Brian ODriscoll scored the winning try for Leinster, while Munster center Lefeimi Mafi made two bad high tackles, for which he has now been cited. Both tackles and the try are included here. MORE »

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Play On the Movie - Official trailer

What a great time to be a rugby fan. Not only is coverage on television and online at an all time high, but the international rugby community is now being treated to yet another rugby movie. This one however, is a little different as its fully funded and made by rugby people, not Hollywood. MORE »

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Henry Tuilagi straight red card for hit on Damien Neveu

Henry Tuilagi has claimed another victim, this time the unfortunate recipient of his brute force - and extreme lack of timing - was La Rochelle's Damien Neveu, who incredibly got up from the horrific hit by the Perpignan number eight. MORE »

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Sharpshooter Lelia Masaga's sniping try against Wellington

Its been another hectic weekend of rugby so as RD attempts to place a few ducks firmly in a row, here is a great try and celebration from Bay of Plentys 31-24 win over Wellington in the ITM Cup, scored by non other than flying Lelia Masaga. MORE »