Thursday, January 02, 2014
Stade Francais beat Perpignan 19-12 in the Top 14 on Sunday afternoon after all their points, other than a penalty try, were scored by Jerome Fillol. Flanker Antoine Burban was outstanding for the Parisians on the day, making turnovers and tackles all over the park.
This incredible covering tackle was one that he made on Fijian centre Watisoni Votu, who beat the first tackler as Perignan attacked, but was absolutely smashed by Burban as he stepped inside.
Let's hope we see more great tackles throughout 2014. On that note, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. It's been a good festive season and we'll be back in the full swing of things soon.
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Friday, December 27, 2013
Referee JP Doyle had his earpiece knocked out last weekend as Gloucester met Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. Doyle found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as a kick ahead pinged him directly on the side of the head, providing an amusing moment for the commentators.
We've seen a few similar incidents over the years, some of which are in the Related Posts below
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We recently posted the first episode of the 2013 edition of Sky Sports' School of Hard Knocks, which this year is based in Scotland. Today here is a look at episode two, which features a meeting and talk with an inspirational former marine who gives the boys a new perspective on life.
Chris Chudleigh then leads the guys on a brutal army style teambuilding day that tests not only their natural fitness, but their teamwork and temperament too.
As always, it's a fantastic show and well worth watching. We'll post the next episode soon.
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Monday, December 23, 2013
Sale Sharks beat London Irish 15-3 in the Aviva Premiership on Friday night, and this moment pretty much summed up the evening for the Exiles. Danny Cipriani starred for Sale as he set up a try and kicked a conversion and penalty in poor conditions.
The weather played it's part with this London Irish restart, as the ball was kicked off but went straight up and backwards by a few meters. A few months back we saw a similar thing in New Zealand as wind blew a kick back way over the dead ball line.
This wasn't quite that bad, but was an amusing example of how not to play the conditions.
It was Sale's fifth league win of the season, and London Irish's eighth defeat. Things got worse for the Exiles today as news spread that James O'Connor will be moving to Toulon next season. If reports are indeed correct, he will link up with other former Wallabies Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau.
View more strange kicks where wind played their part in the Related Posts below
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Last week Sam Egerton became the first player to ever be red carded in the annual Varsity Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University. Egerton, who starred in last year's game, has been suspended for 15 weeks following a RFU disciplinary hearing.
Egerton scored a try early in the second half to contribute to Oxford's fourth successive victory over Cambridge in the traditional encounter between the two famous Universities. Egerton received his marching orders in the 49th minute, but Oxford managed to win 33-15 a man down.
Cambridge's Nick Viljoen alerted the referee to the incident after Egerton appeared to rake the eyes of the second rower. It looked as though he was possibly trying to grab his scrumcap after originally going for the ball, but the big screen replays left the referee with little option but to send him off.
It was the first red card sending off in the 132 year history of the annual challenge.
On Tuesday evening Egerton pleaded guilty to a charge of making contact with the eye(s) or eye area of an opponent contrary to Law 10.4(m). He is suspended for 15 weeks, from December 12 to March 26 and will be free to play again on March 27.
Below is a quick look at the incident. You can also view the full match on page two of this post.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Cardiff Blues back Rhys Patchell kicked a mammoth 62m penalty against Glasgow Warriors at the weekend as the Welsh side won 9-7 at Scotstoun. While they had Leigh Halfpenny to kick two penalties, it was the 20-year-old's effort from his side of the ten meter line that impressed the most.
We've seen a few huge kicks in recent years so while it's not incredibly rare, it's always good to see players push the boundaries of what we know to be possible. How long long will it be before someone gets a kick from 70m out?
Patchell is just 20-years-old, so with a few more years and a bit more bulk in those legs, we're sure to see a few more of these from him at some stage.
With the win, the Blues now have a chance of making the Quarter Final stages of the Heineken Cup, providing they are able to win away at Toulon, and then at home against Exeter.
View more long distand kicks in the Related Posts below
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Monday, December 16, 2013
Just when we thought his time in the spotlight was over, 'Caveman' Sebastien Chabal has hit the headlines for this knockout blow on number eight Marc Giraud during the ProD2 match between Lyon and Agen at the weekend. Giraud was carried off on a stretcher.
Now aged 35, the former French icon is still playing rugby, plying his trade with Lyon in France's second division. He built a reputation for not only looking like one of the scariest men in the sport, but playing like it too, famously breaking Ali Williams' jaw and knocking out Chris Masoe.
Not too long ago he announced that this would be his final season of rugby due to his body starting to feel the aches and pains that come with playing professionally for so long. He clearly hasn't lost any of the competitive spirit though, as was seen, and felt by Agen eighthman Giraud.
Giraud appeared to hold Chabal back - a common annoyance for loose forwards - but the reaction was probably a little disproportionate as the burly Frenchman swung what initially looked like a slap with a straight arm. The result made it seem more like a punch, as Giraud was knocked out cold.
He was carried off the field in a stretcher before coming around in the changeroom, then was taken off to hospital after there were fears that he had broken his jaw. They later found that it was fine, although he did injure his ankle when he fell, unconcious.
Chabal was promptly shown a yellow card after the touch judges alerted the referee, so he left the field for ten minutes, but protested his innocence on the way off. He will no doubt face a disciplinary hearing in a fortnight, and could be out of rugby for quite some time with a lengthy suspension.
Agen showed the incident to the referee post match, and he admitted that it should have been a red card. "I am furious with the referee who did not show a red card," said Agen's Alain Tingaud.
Giraud later tweeted: "It's not too bad, thanks for the support. I'll sleep well."
Lenghty ban for Seabass? Also, do you think that those that hold other players back like this should be penalised, or is it one of those things that is too difficult to monitor? Suggestions welcome!
credit: rugbyrama and gorpitsenjunior
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