Posts for July 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Robbie Fruean's quickfire try from the kickoff against Wellington

A while back we posted a video that featured some of the quickest tries ever scored from the kick off. Here's another for the list, as Robbie Fruean scored after 20 seconds against Wellington in last week's ITM Cup meeting at the Cake Tin. MORE »

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The All Blacks give South Africa a hiding in Wellington

South Africa suffered their second heavy Tri Nations defeat in as many weeks as they went down 40-7 to a far stronger and more clinical All Blacks side in Wellington on Saturday. MORE »

Friday, July 29, 2011

Southland's great Ranfurly Shield win over Canterbury

Last weekend Southland captured the Ranfurly Shield as they wrestled it from the grasp of Canterbury in an epic game of ITM Cup rugby. They've already defended it, against Counties, but here is a quick look at last weekend's classic match. MORE »

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Canterbury's Nasi Manu demolishes Benson Stanley in the ITM Cup

The ITM Cup is ticking along nicely in New Zealand, as a shortened tournament has meant less break between games, and that we're already into week five. Here's a quick clip from the first round of action that was requested by a regular. MORE »

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Midweek Madness - A Leopard hits Western Province down south

The Currie Cup is well under way in South Africa, with two rounds of play already having taken place. Here is a quick, funny clip from the match between the Leopards and Western Province that is user submitted and worth checking out. MORE »

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The History of Rugby - Parts 14 & 15 - Final

It's dragged on a bit, but today we've got the 14th and final parts of the thoroughly enjoyable History of Rugby documentary. It started with the games inception, and two and a half hours later, ends just before the 2003 Rugby World Cup. MORE »

Monday, July 25, 2011

Kurtley Beale back from the dead, then commentator swears

Possibly the most naturally gifted fullback in world rugby today, Wallaby Kurtley Beale showed how lethal he is with ball in hand again on the weekend. He also did a BOD. Oh, and a commentator swore on air right after that. MORE »

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rugby Club Plays of the Week & Benn Robinson's FlashTahs

Last week we saw the Super Rugby Plays of the Season from the Rugby Club, but that's not where it ends as the international season, as well as domestic comps, are upon us. Here's a look at a big hit, as well as some tackles from Samoa. MORE »

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wallabies bounce back with a strong performance against South Africa

The Wallabies bounced back from the disappointment of a loss to Samoa by picking a far stronger outfit, resulting in a convincing 39-20 Tri Nations opener win over the touring Springboks in Sydney. MORE »

Friday, July 22, 2011

All Blacks not satisfied despite rout over Fiji in Carisbrook

The All Blacks coasted to a 60-14 romp over Fiji in Dunedin on Friday night as they kicked off their Tri Nations preparations. Despite the scoreline, and managing to double their half time score, they were fairly rusty in the second half. MORE »

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fiji's big tackling against Japan results in suspensions

Earlier in the week we had a look at the big hits from the Samoans during their win over Australia, so today here's a look at Fiji against Japan . Unfortunately for the Fijians, things went slightly differently, ending the match with just 12 players. MORE »

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another look at the Samoa vs Wallaby bruisefest - The Big Hits

While the Wallabies have taken a lot of flak for their surprise loss to Samoa on the weekend, one of the reasons they looked so shell shocked out there was without a doubt the physical confrontation that the Samoans provided. Here's a closer look at some of the bigger collisions. MORE »

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pacific Nations Cup 2011 wrap-up - Japan victorious

Last week the Pacific Nations Cup came to an exciting conclusion as Japan scored an injury time try against Fiji to secure their first ever title win. Here's a quick wrap-up of what happened in the last two games. MORE »

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Rugby Club Plays of the Season for Super Rugby 2011

Australian rugby was on a massive high following the Queensland Reds success in Super Rugby, and despite that coming to a crashing halt this weekend with the Wallabies loss to Samoa , there was plenty to enjoy throughout the season. MORE »

Monday, July 18, 2011

Samoa achieve a famous upset win over the Wallabies in Sydney

The Wallabies suffered a shock upset at the hands of Samoa on Sunday in Sydney, as over confidence and a lack of depth were exposed with the Australians worst loss in almost forty years. Samoa led early, and won the game 32-23 in the end. MORE »

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Official ball of Rugby World Cup 2011

With the Rugby World Cup only a few months away, now is as good a time as any to take a closer look at the ball that will be used. Once again, Gilbert are the official suppliers, and have created a great looking ball. MORE »

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beau Robinson's big tackle on Kabamba Floors

Flanker Beau Robinson was one of the many success stories of the Queensland Reds' incredible Super Rugby season. The hard-hitting forward has now been called up to the Wallabies, and this hit perhaps exemplifies why. MORE »

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The History of Rugby - Part 13

It's been a few months since posting an episode of the History of Rugby documentary, so while there's a bit of a quiet period after Super Rugby and before everything else, it's as good a time as any to continue with it. MORE »

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Japan climb in world rankings after narrow win over Tonga

Japan upset Tonga on the weekend as they earned a hard fought 28-27 win in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup in Suva, Fiji. The win sees them climb two places in the IRB Rankings, up to thirteenth. MORE »

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Reds beat the Crusaders to win the 2011 Super Rugby title

The Wallabies are hoping that the success of the Queensland Reds will help boost their spirits as they head into a Tri Nations, and then the Rugby World Cup. The Wallaby squad has been announced, and includes 15 of the Super Rugby final winning Reds. MORE »

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Will Genia try and Digby Ioane breakdance & interview

The Queensland Reds won a Super Rugby title for the first time in the professional era as they beat the Crusaders 18-13 in a fascinating match at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium earlier today. MORE »

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Your letters

Super Rugby 2011 is about to come to an end as the Reds host the Crusaders for what should be a fantastic final in Brisbane in a few hours time. Before that, let's catch up on some great plays from recent times. MORE »

Friday, July 08, 2011

Behind the scenes with the Crusaders ahead of the Super Rugby final

The Crusaders underwent a serious amount of travel of late, and now find themselves in Brisbane, as they've been preparing for the biggest match of the season, the final against the Reds tomorrow. This great video takes us behind the scenes leading up to it. MORE »

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The new Super Rugby 2011 Trophy

As this season we've had a change of format, title, and branding with SANZAR's Super Rugby tournament, that means there is also a new trophy on offer for the winner of the final between the Reds and Crusaders in Brisbane this weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tonga beat Fiji convincingly in Pacific Nations Cup opener

Tonga got their Pacific Nations Cup campaign off to a strong start on Saturday with a 45-21 upset win over hosts Fiji in Lautoka It was their first win in the competition in three years. MORE »

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Samoa get off to a good start in the Pacific Nations Cup

The Pacific Nations Cup got under way this past weekend as in Tokyo defending champions Samoa beat Japan 34-15, at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground. Earlier in the day Tonga upset Fiji. MORE »

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Crusaders beat the Stormers to set up final vs the Reds

The Crusaders proved too strong for the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday as they won the second Super Rugby semifinal 29-10, setting up a final meeting with the Reds in Brisbane next weekend. MORE »

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Queensland Reds beat the Blues to head into Super Rugby final

The Queensland Reds qualified for the first ever Super Rugby final as they beat the Auckland Blues 30-13 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane yesterday. They will host the Crusaders next weekend, after they beat the Stormers in the other semifinal in Cape Town. MORE »

Saturday, July 02, 2011

A double dose of the Rugby Clubs Plays of the Week

Today we not only have two Super Rugby semi finals, the first having already kicked off, but two excellent instalments of the Rugby Club's Plays of the Week. They're mashed together as one clip for you to enjoy easily. MORE »

Friday, July 01, 2011

Friday Funnies - The Beast penalised for dangerous play

Referee Bryce Lawrence came in for a lot of criticism after his handling of the Crusaders vs Sharks Super Rugby game last weekend. Here's a quick clip of one of his more puzzling moments. MORE »