Monday, August 18, 2014
South African flyhalf Johan Goosen made his Top 14 debut for Racing Metro against Montpellier in round one of the tournament this past weekend. Goosen came on as a replacement on the wing, but managed to get himself into a position to kick a long distance drop goal, with Jonny Sexton on hand.
Replays showed that the ball more than likely went under the crossbar, but the officials and TMO didn't feel that way, and awarded the three points. It was a pretty decent nudge anyway.
Racing won the game 19-16 after three Sexton penalties, and a converted Alexandre Dumoulin try.
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Sky Sports (UK) have put together their selection of the biggest hits and collisions from this year's Super Rugby competition. A few weeks ago we featured a Super Rugby big hits video from Sky Sport in New Zealand, but this one is a bit different, and set to a great backing track.
View more massive collisions and crazy tackles in our Big Hits section
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England won the Women's Rugby World Cup 21-9 after an entertaning final clash with Canada in Paris. A packed house witnessed the England side claim their first tournament win since 1994, after having been runners up in the last three finals.
Canada upset hosts France in the semi final, in part due to an incredible try by winger Magali Harvey, who went on to be named IRB Women's Player of the Year after the final.
France beat Ireland to claim third place, but it was England who celebrated after many years of heartache at the hands of New Zealand, who suffered a shock exit earlier in the tournament.
England captain Katy McLean said: "This group of girls and this group of staff deserve everything that we have got because we have worked so hard for this.
"So many great legends that have gone before us haven't won (a RWC) in an England shirt and that was them, and for all of the England Rugby family."
Post match IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset commented on the success of the tournament.
"What an amazing way to finish an amazing Women’s Rugby World Cup. The TV and media coverage, the atmosphere at the matches and the way that this tournament has captured the public's imagination has been remarkable.
"I send my congratulations to England who played so well, but also to Canada who won so many fans here during this World Cup," he added.
Congratulations to all involved in what was a fantastic tournament, and another step forward for Women's rugby around the globe. Match highlights from the final are below.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014
The Women's Rugby World Cup Final between Canada and England kicks off shortly, so here's a look at the unbelievable try that Magali Harvey scored in the semi-final against France. The flyer turned 24 just yesterday, and will be looking to celebrate in style in her country's first ever final.
Canada have played in all of the Women's Rugby World Cup's, but had previously never placed better than 4th overall. Their victory over hosts France wouldn't have been popular with the locals, but the manner in which Canada have played, and this try was scored, will ensure they have support in the final against England.
The two sides are evenly matched, having met in the group stages on August 5th, drawing 13-13.
This try is, dare we say it, Jason Robinson-esque, with that acceleration, balance and final step something to behold. As if sprinting 80 metres wasn't enough, she then converted the kick too.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
This week's Top 5 from Rugby HQ is one of the best, a classic that'll certainly fire up all of those rugby fans that really want to see the mighty All Blacks beaten. They'll take a small victory in any way possible, which in the past has meant gettting one up on the Haka, at least.
If New Zealand beat Australia on Saturday then the All Blacks will go 18 wins in a row, breaking a record that they and South Africa jointly hold. The Wallabies are in their way, hoping to pick up their first Bledisloe Cup win in ten years.
This clip is less about that rivalry and more about what various teams have done over the years to attempt to disrupt the dominant force that is the All Blacks. It's funny to watch now, even if at the time a lot of these incidents caused quite an uproar.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
There were two really unfortunate, yet highly amusing incidents at the Limerick World Club 7's at Thomond Park on the weekend. Both videos feature players about to score runaway tries, but result in red faced errors instead.
Fiji's Daveta ended up winning the inaugural event, beating Munster and Auckland on their way to a 36-12 victory over the Vancouver Bears in the final.
This event was a bit of a warmup for the main tournament at Twickenham, this coming weekend.
Participation is by invitation only and some of the sides included are: Munster (Ireland), Saracens (England), New York (USA), San Francisco (USA), Auckland (New Zealand), Vodacom Blue Bulls (South Africa), DHL Western Province (South Africa), Moscow Saracens (Russia), Daveta (Fiji), Stade Francais (France) and the Vancouver Bears (Canada).
In the main clip below we see amateur footage of a Fijian absoutely skinning a Munster player, but as he gets close to the tryline he decides to stroll in, only to be caught from behind..
The second video, seen here on page two, features a Waratahs flyer, quite possibly Taqele Naiyaravoro, as he strides away for what should be an excellent break out try. He too fails to score, instead dropping the ball as he casually attempts to dot it down.
Credit to Paudie McCarthy and Paul Collins for the videos
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Monday, August 11, 2014
Griquas centre Jonathan Francke has been cited for his dangerous tackle during the 31-24 loss to the Sharks on the opening weekend of the Currie Cup. Franke was eventually red carded, in what was an awkward few minutes for referee Craig Joubert.
The Sharks got their campaign off to a solid start despite a courageous effort from the home side in Kimberly, who had to play 73 minutes with just 14 men.
SP Marais counter-attacked before Francke, in combination with fullback Nico Scheepers, lifted and twisted Marais into the turf in what resulted in an ugly spear, or tip-tackle.
Refere Joubert was left with little choice, although it did take a while before he found the correct player, with wing Rocco Jansen being given his marching orders before sanity prevailed and Francke came forward. To their credit, Griquas hung in and scored late in the game.
"We had a huge setback with Jonathan being red-carded," said coach Hawies Fourie.
"It put us on the back foot, especially in the first half. We had a talk at half-time and I told the players just to remain calm and we will get back in the game."
The Griquas outside centre has since been cited under law 10 .4 (j) for lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and /or upper body come into contact with the ground.
In all happened very quickly and Francke won't be too pleased with Scheepers' role in tipping Marais. It's difficult to gauge just how much force was exerted by each player, but because of his position and the way he appeared to lift Marais' leg, Francke played no further part.
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