Friday, September 13, 2013
With rugby being the contact sport that it is, things don't always go quite to plan and tackles often get misjudged, sometimes resulting in malicious looking consequences. Timing is everything. Here's Rugby HQ's take on the Top 5 tackles gone wrong.
We've featured each one of these over the years, the most recent being George North's epic tackle and self-headslam with Israel Folau in the recent Wallabies vs British & Irish Lions series.
Lions captain Sam Warburton made an equally high profile tackle in the Rugby World Cup semi final in 2011. His ended in a red card, and somewhat tainted Wales' chances of progressing to a final.
It was a big call by Alain Roland, but these days, as was seen with Michael Hooper last weekend, you simply can't lift or tip a player like that.
A while back we featured a clip of Sitiveni Sivivatu flipping Cheetahs back JW Jonker over his head. It remains one of the wildest tackles in the archive, and although Jonker was fine, it was incredibly dangerous. Sivivatu disagreed.
In 2009 there was a nasty incident in Sydney club rugby as winger Leon Bott completely mistimed a tackle under a high ball, smashing Randwick's David Dillon early, putting him in intensive care with a ruptured spleen. Surgery followed, but Dillon recovered well.
The final tackle here is one of the worst high shots in recent years, as Fritz Lee almost decapitated Luke Hamilton in the ITM Cup. Lee was shown a straight red for what was an incredibly dangerous shot, and thankfully Hamilton was fine, showing his mettle by playing on.
View all the Top 5's from Rugby HQ that we've posted over the last few months, and you can take a longer look at each one of these incidents in the related posts below
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Leinster flyhalf Ian Madigan was recently asked to take part in a promo video for Impact Gumshields. The intention was to show how much protection they offer, but it turned out to be one of the most painful gumshield tests you're likely to see.
Last week James Murphy, co-founder of the company and seen here taking one for the team, popped up on Skype to explain that he was still aching from a video they'd just shot with Madigan.
He said that Madigan was told to go for his face, but was of course, welcome to aim wherever he wanted to. The young Leinsterman didn't need a second invitation.
His bullet pass, shot on the first take, was perfectly aimed, and that was the end of filming for the day. In fact, that was all they needed to create this great promo video, which since going live has already spread virally across Ireland and now further afield too.
Madigan's cheeky grin after says it all, and he can be heard saying "I think it was a small bit low".
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Biarritz scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili was yellow carded for dangerous high tackle against Toulon in the Top 14 this past weekend. Delon Armitage, who we have seen dish out a few of his own in the last few years, was unlucky to be on the receiving end.
Armitage wasn't badly injured by it but he did stay down for a while, clearly shaken by the swinging forearm to the face. Yachvilli received his marching orders, even though he didn't look too pleased.
Both are highly competitive characters, so when Armitage broke and was only just caught by Zee Ngwenya, Yachvili made sure he was there to put in a hit. Unfortunately it was in the face.
Armitage hasn't been too popular with fans in France, particularly after the hand gesture incident with Brock James in the Heineken Cup final. You can actually hear a bit of a boo and some whistles when he set off with the ball at the start of this clip.
Some in the crowd also probably felt he was milking it, but after seeing the replays of Yachvili's tackle, it's no surprise that the former England fullback stayed down.
View the Related Posts for more videos featuring the two colourful charters over the years
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Two New Zealand props have been suspended following stamping and raking incidents in the ITM Cup fourth round match between Southland and Waikato in Invercargill. Ben Tameifuna and Jamie Mackintosh have both been suspended for one week.
Judicial hearings took place for separate incidents after Tameifuna trod all over Mackintosh, then later in the game the big Southland captain rucked the back of replament Sam Christie.
In the first of the two incidents, Waikato giant Tameifuna saw Mackintosh on the floor and in an attempt to clear him out, he jumped on his legs, which in the view of judicial office Chris Morris was 'reckless but not intentional'. He stated that 'more care was needed in future'.
As for Mackintosh, he got his own back a little later in the match, although it was on a replacement back who had fallen on the wrong side of a tackle and was blocking quick ball.
The Southland skipper's rucking was lauded by the old school commentators, with former Otago flank and captain Kelvin Middleton saying that Christie got what he deserved.
The referee let it go and actually warned Waikato for slowing the ball down, but the citing officers disagreed, and Mackintosh was cited for stamping, a breach a breach of law 10.4(b).
Morris said that the stamping was forceful rucking and that the number of times the boot had made contact with Christie's back had put it into a more serious category. He did however say that it was at the low end of the offence, and a one week suspension was appropriate.
Mackintosh, who funnily enough went off with a foot injury, voiced his disappointment on Twitter.
"Watch out everybody if u ruck someone who lies on the ball it's a week suspension," he said.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
This Munster try video has been doing the rounds since the weekend, exciting a lot of fans out there who have compared it to Simon Zebo's heel flick, and other great bits of skill. But was it intentional? Take a look for yourself and see what you think.
Munster beat Edinburgh 34-23 in the opening weekend of the RaboDirect PRO12, scoring five tries to two at Musgrave Park. There was one moment in particular that got the fans talking though.
James Coughlan scored in the first half after Ronan O'Mahony chased a Johne Murphy kick through. O'Mahony appeared to misjudge the bounce as he went to gather it, and it didn't quite sit up as hoped. Instead he ran over it, and somehow a trailing foot flicked it up perfectly for Coughlan.
Some fans have emailed RD saying it was a brilliant bit of skill, and that he was a great age group footballer so he must've intentionally flicked it up to his teammate.
We're not as convinced, but let us know what you think in the comments below as we'd love to hear more views on it. You can also view highlights from the match on page two of this post.
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Monday, September 09, 2013
Despite having suffered numerous injuries and never quite having reached the consistant form of some years back, Juan Martin Hernandez is a rare talent. Capable of doing just about anything with a rugby ball, here's a look at one of his latest tricks.
Last year, the inaugural year of the Rugby Championship, Argentina stepped up and competed well in their first ever inclusion in a major tournament. Hernandez played his part and against New Zealand we saw him produce a fan favourite clearance kick.
He went for a banana-kick, somehow controlling it to the point that it went out into touch.
On Saturday, deep in his own half and with the rain pelting down, he did something special again. This time is was a one-handed long pass to Juan Manuel Leguizamon. Sure, he could have just passed it in a conventional manner, but then he's not called El Mago (The Magician) for nothing.
After the game he said that his side gained confidence from the narrow defeat to the All Blacks.
"We must continue to learn from them. They're a great team and know how to manage the game," he said. "We need experience and maturity. Hopefully we will grow."
He added that they hope to get good ball and attack more in their upcoming match against Australia, and that they are growing game by game, gaining experience and confidence. He's clearly referring to his team mates, because judging by passes like this, confidence is not an issue.
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The Springboks put in one of their better performances in recent years as they broke the Brisbane hoodoo to crush the Wallabies 38-12 in their Rugby Championship clash at Suncorp Stadium. They face the All Blacks in Auckland next, believing they can win.
While the big South Africans have always had the brute strength to beat teams into submission, in recent times they have brought a new dimension into their game, showing an attacking intent that clearly wasn't favoured, or executed, under former coach Peter de Villiers.
Heyneke Meyer, through a few key selections and a change of attitude has managed to find a good balance, making the Springboks a far more potent threat. On Saturday they were powerful up front then scored some great tries out wide, with both wingers playing their part.
"They've kept their physicality but they've sped up their game. They're using their backs a lot more and this will be the first time they've had so many bonus points in this competition." commented All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who will this week be planning ways to counter the challenge.
"That's a reflection on how they're using the ball so they're going to be really, really tough.
Springbok coach Meyer has backed his men, after having won nine matches in a row, to take on the best team in the world when they meet this coming weekend at fortress Eden Park.
While the All Blacks haven't lost at Eden Park since 1994, they were less than convincing against Argentina and will be missing key breakdown man Richie McCaw. With Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Louw in lethal form in that area against the Wallabies, the Boks will fancy an upset.
"They're the world champions, they're No 1 in the world. They're expected to win at home, and I suppose that places them under pressure," said Meyer. "We'll take the underdog tag. I still believe that we have a long way to go, but that doesn't mean we don't believe we can win this Saturday."
Against Australia Morne Steyn's boot, and an early try to replacement prop Coenie Oosthuizen, gave them a lead that kept them in control for most of the game. In the second half the pressure told and three more very well taken tries gave them a bonus point and sealed the win.
"We've set high standards for ourselves. A lesser team would be content with a two from three record (on the road), but we want to win every game. We won't need any extra motivation in a game against the All Blacks at Eden Park," Meyer added.
Looking towards the weekend, can the Boks beat the All Blacks?
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