Monday, March 31, 2014
USA flyer Carlin Isles played his first full game of fifteen a side rugby at the weekend, turning out for Ayr against Hawick in a Scottish club game. The good news is he fared well and skinned multiple players. The bad news is he dropped the ball before scoring.
If you hadn't heard yet, Isles signed for Glasgow Warriors recently after having had a practice contract with the NFL's Detroit Lions a few months back. He has since committed to rugby though, leaving the Sevens game behind for now and taking up a career in the RaboDirect Pro12.
"Everything has happened so quickly for me over the last couple of years and I'm just happy to be playing rugby and getting the opportunity to play at the highest level," he said.
Isles played his first full game for Ayr this past weekend. He was up against Nikki Walker, who is 6'5 and has Test caps to his name. Isles tracked him down on one occasion, then when finally getting the ball in a bit of space he beat a whole host of players for what looked to be a great first try.
It certainly was memorable, but perhaps for the wrong reasons as he made the extra effort to get the ball under the posts, but failed to ground it properly after having done all the hard work. No try.
Gregor Townsend was impressed nevertheless, with Isles drawing comparisons to Thom Evans.
"Like Thom, he is very quick, but also very brave, and he certainly didn't shy away from the physical stuff and wants to get involved," said the Glasgow Warriors coach.
Isles felt he had grounded the ball and there was some debate as to whether he dropped it backwards or not, but the referee's interpretation was that the try wasn't scored, so Isles' big moment was blundered.
View a candid interview with him on page two of this post, where he talks about his move to Glasgow, the non-try itself and how he had to change his 'spikes' to be able to move properly.
Thanks and credit to bordersrugby.net
Posted at 10:33 am | 59 comments
Sunday, March 30, 2014
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes lifted the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Cup after his team scored four tries to beat England 26-7 in the Cup final earlier today. The win boosts them to top of the Sevens World Series table, with two rounds remaining.
The All Blacks Sevens team beat Wales and Australia to advance to the final, where they led 12-7 at halftime before scoring two tries in the second half to seal the win.
England beat South Africa and Fiji in the knockout stages, couldn't contend with the dominant Kiwis.
"It is a great feeling. My captain leads so well from the front, he was simply amazing," said jubilant coach Gordon Tietjen post match. "And also the other players linked in with him, we played a good final. This will certainly help in going towards winning that title."
Fiji won the third place playoff by beating Australia 21-12, while South Africa beat Wales in the Plate Final. They are currently the biggest challenge to New Zealand overall, trailing by just seven points, with Fiji in third place. England are in fourth place and Australia in fifth with two legs remaining.
"I was just really pleased with the effort from our guys," said England coach Simon Amor.
"We had seven new guys here and to play the big three today was a tough ask. New Zealand are obviously such a good side so maybe the final was just one game too far for us. But overall I am really happy for the guys."
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Friday, March 28, 2014
Round 7 of Super Rugby kicked off with a classic match in Christchurch, as the Crusaders hosted the Hurricanes. To avoid the spoiler we've kept the result out of the title, but if you keep reading you will find out exactly what happened, so cast your eyes up top for now to watch the video highlights.
It was one of the best games of the season so far, with some incredible tries being scored by both sides. The finish to the game was fitting of the standard of attacking play that we've come to expect from these two teams over the years.
Come the final whistle, the visitors won 29-26, scoring four tries to three and picking up just their second win of the season so far.
Alapati Leiua's dazzling try settled the match. He beat a number of defenders with a deft outside swerve, some well timed stepping and great strength. The 'Canes then hold on for a famous win.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Here are the nominations for Try of the Week in Round 17 of the Aviva Premiership. Five great tries are on offer, including a brilliant prop try scored by big Leicester Tigers front rower Logovi'i Mulipola. The other tries are excellent and well worth seeing too.
1. Sam Betty - Worcester Warriors vs London Wasps | 2. Mark Cueto - Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints | 3. Jonny May - Gloucester Rugby vs Newcastle Falcons | 4. George McGuigan - Gloucester Rugby vs Newcastle Falcons | 5. Logovi'i Mulipola - Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs
Which is your favourite, and why?
Posted at 2:29 pm | 35 comments
Round six of Super Rugby produced some great tries, as seen in yesterday's Best Tries of the round video, but there were also some big tackles, and none better than this in the Highlanders vs Hurricanes clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Conrad Smith recently notched up 100 games of Super Rugby, but it's not getting any easier for the 32-year-old All Black, who was on the wrong end of this crunching tackle by Malakai Fekitoa.
Beauden Barrett, who finished off a great try in the game, flung a hospital pass to skipper Smith, which Fekitoa read well and took full advantage of. Crunch.
Some may say he took him in the air, and came close to lifting him illegally, but all in all it was a thumping hit and one that Smith won't forget about in a hurry. He surely had words with Barrett.
The tackle helped to create the momentum that led to two Highlanders tries, to Phil Burleigh and Patrick Osborne, which effectively sealed the 35-31 Dunedin win.
As it's bound to come up, do you think the tackle was 100% legal, or should have been penalised?
Posted at 10:36 am | 25 comments
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The standard of Super Rugby tries was yet again lifted in Round 6, as we saw some great team efforts as well as brilliant individual play by some of the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. Here are a selection of some of the best tries scored over the course of the weekend.
View more excellent tries and compilations in our Great Tries section
Posted at 7:19 am | 20 comments
Thursday, March 20, 2014
At the risk of Brian O'Driscoll fever overkill, here is one of the best tributes to the man, coming to you from the Fox Sports team and the very latest episode of Rugby HQ. Sean Maloney takes us through some of the most memorable BOD career moments.
Everyone has been talking about O'Driscoll in the last two weeks. Even Barrack Obama. The Ireland legend also got a mention in the WWE funnily enough, from Irish wrestling star Sheamus.
O'Driscoll is hanging up his Test rugby boots and is in much need of a well deserved break, but we'll never forget some of the incredible pieces of skill he has managed to produce over the years.
He wasn't a showman by any stretch of the imagination, but he has the talent and belief to try things when it matters. Here's a great look at some of those wonderful pieces of skill. If something was left out, it's probably because he had so many career highlights that could have been included.
Rugby HQ also organised a quick video message from BOD, who is also a Top 5 fan.
We've linked to a few of his best moments in the Related Posts below.
Posted at 1:18 pm | 30 comments