Monday, August 19, 2013
The Springboks started their Rugby Championship campaign with a nine try demolition of Argentina, winning 73-13 in Soweto. They now look ahead to the rematch, where Argentina will be hoping to bounce back in front of their home crowd in Mendoza.
It took a while to get going but after a comfortable 26-6 lead at the break, South Africa hit their straps and powered to an easy win, scoring seven tries in the second half.
Flyhalf Morne Steyn scored 28 points and kicked 12 from 13 attempts at goal, while tries were scored by JJ Engelbrecht, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Fourie Du Preez, Adriaan Strauss, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen and Bismarck Du Plessis.
There was also a penalty try and two yellow cards, one for a tip-tackle on Engelbrecht.
Captain De Villiers said that there are still elements that need to be worked on, while Argentina's Felipe Contepomi, who scored a consolation try for his team, said that they will not make excuses.
"We are very grateful that we are in this tournament. For us every game is a learning curve. Today is very tough to swallow and I hope we come stronger for next week.
"We need to keep growing. We know we are playing against the three best teams in the world. So for us it's a great, great challenge and I hope that next week we are better than today," he said.
Despite Argentina not having won a match in the tournament in seven attempts, De Villiers says that they will be a different side in front of their fans next weekend.
"They'll be hurting going back home, losing by such a margin. We have to enjoy this win because it doesn't come around very often. We have to start all over again because the beauty of this game is that seven days can be a very long time."
Fourie Du Preez, who made his return on Saturday, is unavailable for the away legs of the tournament so coach Heyneke Meyer has brought in Piet Van Zyl, while tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse comes in for Trevor Nyakane, who was dropped for repeated breaches of team protocol.
Marcell Coetzee and Jano Vermaak also join the squad, while Chilliboy Ralepelle has been ruled out of the tour after having injured his back in a gym session on Saturday morning.
Can Argentina can bounce back from this, or are the Springboks looking too strong at the moment?
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as the All Blacks gave new Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie plenty to think about with a convincing 47-29 win in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney. Six tries to two proved the difference in what was a crushing victory.
The All Blacks started well with a try to Ben Smith in the corner, and despite Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia scoring a sensational 75m effort from a lineout turnover, the visitors were never troubled.
While things were fairly evenly poised at 25-19 at the break, the second half was all about the All Blacks as they cruised to their 100th Test win over the Wallabies, who themselves improved the overall scoreline with a late consolation try to James O'Connor.
Aaron Cruden came in for injured Dan Carter and scored 20 points overall, while captain Richie McCaw looked as potent as ever, giving away a few penalties but being his usual menacing self.
"I am obviously very happy with the performance. It's not every day that you can come here and get 40-odd points. I thought both teams played good rugby," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
"For Richie McCaw to get through 70 minutes after having his break and everyone doubting him just shows the character of the bloke once again, while Aaron Cruden showed that he's a true international player of world-class ability and he led the team very well."
It doesn't get any easier for the Wallabies, as next week the return match is in Wellington.
Enjoy the highlights and please let us know your thoughts on the match as a comment below.
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Friday, August 16, 2013
The Rugby Championship kicks off in a few hours time so here is a quick re-cap of last year's tournament, put together by the IRB's Total Rugby show. It was the first year of the expanded Tri Nations, as Argentina joined the top three sides in the world.
While New Zealand won comfortably in the end, newcomers Los Pumas put up a decent fight and showed that with time, they have the potential to pick up a few big scalps in the tournament.
This year the All Blacks will be favourites yet again as they come off a convincing 3-0 series win over France, while the Wallabies were downed by the Lions in a tight series, and South Africa beat off the challenges of Italy, Scotland and Samoa to win their Quad Series on home soil.
On Saturday the Wallabies host the All Blacks, followed later by the Springboks vs Argentina.
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Rugby Kicks 2 came out recently, the free iOS game from Distinctive Developments, the same people that brought us the highly succesful Rugby Nations 13. Rugbydump is featured in the game, so here is a little more info on it.
Now available globally, Rugby Kicks 2 is a new free game released in the Rugby Nations series, giving you a nice opportunity to get kicking with some addictive rugby fun.
SUPERCHARGED TOURNAMENT-THEMED GAME MODES
Pacific Cup, 6 Nations, Americas Cup and 4 Nations are all hosting their own modes with plenty of target smashing, touchline kicking, blimp spotting and more thrown into the mix.
GROUNDBREAKING PHOENIX™ POWERED GRAPHICS
Powered by the incredibly fluid Phoenix™ engine, the graphical quality sets a new standard for what is possible in rugby on iOS. Motion-captured animations, carefully handcrafted stadiums and highly detailed players bring a whole new level of immersion into your kicks.
RUGBY PRO APPROVED MECHANICS
Fully redesigned swipe 'n' play mechanic for improved accuracy and flow approved by our panel of rugby pros.
EXCLUSIVE COUNTRY CUSTOMIZATION AND MATCH DAY SPECIALS
Splash your tournament winnings on exclusive country packages, which include kits, balls, flags and special stadiums to bring out your best in front of the home crowd. Boost your gameplay with upgrades and rugby specials from media crews to golden balls.
You can download the game for free on iOS on Itunes http://bitly.com/rugbykicks2
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
In what was one of the great moments of Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations rugby, Wallaby number eight Toutai Kefu scored within minutes of full time in 2001, giving the home side a famous 29-26 come from behind victory in Sydney.
We featured the match highlights a few years back, but as part of their Magic Of Bledisloe features in the build up to this weekend's Rugby Championship kick off, ARU TV have put together this great piece on the classic match.
It includes highlights, as well as words from Wallaby legends Matt Burke and John Eales, the latter having called a day on his career after the famous victory.
"The rarity of being able to hold that cup, and to say that we were part of a team that won that trophy.. it's a wonderful thing. That makes it very very special," said the legendary lock.
Eales discusses the try and shares what went through his mind as number eight Kefu went over for what is arguably one of the most memorable tries, and victories, in Wallaby rugby history.
The Wallabies host the All Blacks in Sydney this Saturday, 17 Aug, at 8pm local (10:00am GMT)
You can also view longer highlights of the match in our Classic Encounter feature on it here
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Monday, August 12, 2013
RugbyHQ have put together their Plays of the Season for Super Rugby, featuring a number of highly memorable hits, tries and of course funnies. We featured some of the moments that are covered, so keep a look out for those links below the video.
Some of the main categories for this year's Plays of the Season selections are as follows.
Rookie of the Year
In a new category from Sean Maloney and team, Rookie of the Year went to cross code talent Israel Folau. He wasn't really flash, but did the basics excellently and pulled off a few freakish tries and passes too. By the time he got to the Wallabies, he looked a class act.
Hit of the Year
There have been some beauties this season, but one man kept popping up week after week with big tackles and brutal runs. Rene Ranger is off to France so will be missed but we'll keep tabs on his progress and hopefully bring you more great Re-a-Ranger clips in the near future.
Try of the Year
It's a tough category to pick from as there were many outstanding efforts, but they've given number one to the Reds and the full-field scorcher that was finished off by Rod Davies. The Brumbies and Highlanders tries were also outstanding. Which was your favourite?
There's a whole lot more in the video, and in the Related Posts below. You can also browse through the Plays of the Week section for more great clips from this and previous seasons
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Big Ben Tamiefuna was prominent in the spine-tingling Chiefs Haka after their Super Rugby victory, but during the match he made his mark in a few other ways. The giant prop smashed a few backs, some perhaps illegally, and it was brutal to watch.
Many of you wanted to see the clips again though so here is a short compilation that features three of the standout big impacts he made.
While Tameifuna has been known to put the shoulder in, Australian commentator Rod Kafer for one thought that the hits were okay, specifically the one on Tevita Kuridrani.
"The collisions have been special. Nothing wrong with that hit. He got the arm out at the right moment. No problems at all. Great shot." said former Brumbie Kafer.
"Kuridrani soaked it up. Big man on... not as big a man. And whack, didn't he feel it! Tevita Kuridrani will put that one in his scrapbook."
Poor old George Smith and Henry Speight also felt the full weight of the young tighthead, sometimes without the ball, but it's great to see the big guy getting around the park and making his precence felt. Look out for more of the same as he features in the ITM Cup this season.
View more of Big Ben in action in the Related Posts below, and if you like big hits in general, have a browse through our Big Hits category
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