Thursday, August 28, 2014
Total Rugby chats to Robins Tchale-Watchou to find out more about his rise from African basketball hopeful, to Top 14 rugby player. The 6ft 5 son of a weightlifter got involved in the sport after a chance meeting with some rugby enthusiasts.
Aged 16, Cameroonian Tchale-Watchou came across rugby for the first time. As he explains, after playing for a while it became clear that he had potential, perhaps more so than in basketball.
From there it took a few years before he played for his country, aged 19, and later he was spotted and scouted to go play in France. He moved around a bit in ProD2, before finally joining Stade Francais, and later Perpignan. From there he went to Montpellier, where he remains, now aged 31.
It's a great achievement, having come from a country where rugby is relatively small, unlike massive Robins, who still seems a little in awe of the path he's taken. It's an inspirational story.
"Each time I had an opportunity to go forward, I took it, and threw myself into the challenge."
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The rugby season is hotting up with the Top 14, ITM Cup and Currie Cup all complimenting the Rugby Championship, as plenty of quality tries are scored each weekend. Sky Sports have compiled what they view to be the Top 5 from the last week.
They feature tries by Brad Weber, Gael Fickou, Michael Hooper, Jean-Marc Doussain and Clayton Blommetjies. Despite the All Blacks scoring six against the Wallabies, they weren't included.
There are a few solo efforts, with Australian skipper Hooper really impressing with his acceleration off the mark, while Gael Fickou showed power and great awareness to score for Toulouse.
Weber scored one of many excellent tries in the ITM Cup, while Cheetahs flyer Blommetjies displayed a slight of hand and serious gas to outrun speedster Tonderai Chavhanga.
It's a great compilation and for those in the UK & Ireland, a nice way to get you psyched for the Premiership and PRO12, both of which were launched this week and kick off next weekend.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
We received this clip from the guy who got 'lit up', as he called it. His name is Alex Peasley of Wisconsin Rugby Club, and Alex likes switching inside off his flyhalf. Unfortunately for him, Metropolis D2 have a player named Kavika Peniata, and he reads play well. And hits really hard.
The match took place at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Madison on Saturday, and will be a memorable one for Alex, who came on as a replacement only to be drilled by Peniata. He clearly felt it, but he was kind enough to submit the clip for our viewing pleasure anyway.
It's a huge, technically sound hit and as you can hear, the crowd enjoyed every bit of it.
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There's few things that we enjoy more than seeing dominant tackles on the rugby field, that's why fans went crazy for George North's pick up and carry of Israel Folau during the Lions series last year. A similar thing happened this past weekend in France.
Bordeaux-Begles picked up a good 30-21 win over Racing Metro, although this week all the talk was of flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and whether he'll move back to Leinster next year, or stay in Paris. He started this match, but was replaced by Johan Goosen in the second half.
It was Racing scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud that produced one of the most amusing moments of the match though, as he managed to all but replicate North's effort from last year, and perhaps even get a bit more distance on the carry.
Bordeaux opposite number Heini Adams made a nice little break, beating a few players before being stopped in his tacks by Machenaud, who simply picked him up and carried him back.
South African Adams didn't look too pleased with what happened, and why would he be, but it all seemed perfectly legal and despite Adams' having left the ball behind, Machenaud was committed.
It was a bit of a humiliating moment for the former Bull, but his side won, so it's forgotten about.
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Monday, August 25, 2014
The Top 14 kicked off in France last weekend, so as has become commonplace with Canal+, they've put together their selection of the best tries from the first round. It's only broadcast a week later, during round two, so this is the latest, featuring all the best from the opening weekend.
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New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw said that the yellow card he received vs the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup Test was probably deserved., but he hated sitting in the naughty chair. See what he and the rest of the victorious AB's squad said in the changeroom post match.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Argentina came within two points of recording their first ever victory over South Africa, but couldn't quite close out a game that they dominated for the most part. It took some substitutions and renewed vigour for the Boks to claim a tense 33-31 victory in Salta.
Everything went right for the home side for about 60 minutes of the game, including a mammoth scrum perforance, before the visiting Springboks found some form and claimed the win, keeping them top of the Rugby Championship table after two rounds.
Going into the match Argentina were ranked a quite hard to believe 12th in the world. A win against the 2nd ranked Springboks would have helped to improve on that significantly.
"I've said it before, but I really think Argentina is a much better team than what their world-ranking shows, and they showed it again today," said captain Jean De Villiers after the match. "We're happy that we could pull it through, but it could've gone either way."
The Springboks led 16-13 at halftime thanks to a Bryan Habana opportunistic try, but it wasn't really a reflection of what went on in the first half. Later in the game, with 20 minutes to go, Argentina led 28-16 with history beckoning, before the visitors went up a gear thanks to a few replacements.
A late penalty from Morne Steyn, on for young Handre Pollard, gave them the lead and the win.
"All credit to Argentina – they've been together for a month and you could see that today as they played some great rugby," said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer, who praised his sides ability to get out of a tricky situation.
"We don't want to say every week that we've shown great character, but we've now won nine out of our last 10 away games and I think the guys have shown that they know how to win. At one stage, we were down and out and the team came back.
"We know there are a lot of areas we have to work on, but we’re still in this competition."
South Africa top the Rugby Championship on eight points from two games, while New Zealand are in second place with seven, following their big win over Australia. The next round of matches takes place in two week's time, with Australia hosting South Africa, and New Zealand hosting Argentina.
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