Friday, August 21, 2015
George Gregan is widely regarded as one of the best nines to ever play the game of rugby and in this informative clip for SKY SPORT NZ he gives some valuable pointers to anyone wanting to improve their game.
There's an amusing part at the start of the show that shows Justin Marshall skip past Gregan in what can only be described as shockingly bad positioning and defending, before other clips from the 1999 World Cup, and Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara showing how to attack.
Gregan held the Test appearances record with 139 before Brian O'Driscoll overtook him last year. He is now in third place overall, with Richie McCaw having recently become the most capped player of all time, currently sitting on 142 Tests for New Zealand.
Marshall himself, a mainstay of the All Blacks for a solid ten years, was capped 81 times.
Remember, as Gregan says, are you playing for your team or the opposition?
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Here is an interesting clip from Superport's coverage of the Currie Cup in South Africa, and the game between the Cheetahs and Western Province. Rayno Benjamin attempted to kick/trip a player, but got spotted and was cautioned, which apparently means a yellow card.
Most of us probably would have thought that the TMO in this case was referring to a warning, but the referee had little doubt and sent Benjamin to the sinbin straight away.
He then absolutely bombed a try with the tryline in touching distance, and complained about it. It was certainly a rough afternoon out for the Springbok Sevens flyer, as explained by Supersport commentator and analyst, Kaunda Ntunja.
Above is a compilation of some of the biggest and baddest amateur rugby clips floating around online. They've been ripped from Youtube etc, and we realise that - for some reason - the video also includes a few professional clips from Rugby League and women's rugby.
It's still worth watching for some of the other massive tackles and collisions though. Junior, Senior, High School, College, School, University and Club rugby is all shown.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The All Blacks management have been fined for a 'technical zone breach' following their 41-13 win over the Wallabies at the weekend. Liam Messam, acting as waterboy, took to the field to join in on a scuffle, which is totally against SANZAR regulations.
In the first half an incident occured whereby Ma'a Nonu dropped his knee and pushed the ball into the face of Stephen Moore. There wasn't much in it but it sparked a bit of a push and shove brawl between the two sides, with Messam, wearing a waterboy bib and a beanie, suddenly appearing in the middle of it.
Under tournament rules, water carriers are not permitted within the playing enclosure while the match is in progress. While they often get away with being on the field at various time, getting involved in a scuffle draws huge attention to it, so SANZAR weren't too impressed.
The All Blacks team management were issued a fine of $2000 as a result.
"We fully accept that we breached the sideline protocols during the match on the weekend and we accept the fine. I have made it clear to the All Blacks team management that it was a mistake we can not repeat."
On the Sky NZ feed commentator Grant Nisbett was initially disgusted at what was going on. "There's a bloke with a beanie on in there involved in the scrap – for heaven's sake." Until he realised it was Messam, and laughed it off.
A World XV beat Japan 45-20 in an entertaining Rugby World Cup warmup game in Tokyo on Saturday. The match gave Japan a chance to have a good run out before the tournament, and allowed some World XV players to impress their own country's selectors.
The visitors to the Prince Chichubu Memorial Ground were led by South Africa's Bakkies Botha and featured a whole host of Wallabies and Kiwi fringe players.
At halftime the match was poised to be a tight affair with the World XV leading just 19-7, but in the second half the strong outfit kicked into gear and scored some well taken tries, with huge winger Taqele Naiyaravoro scoring three tries, and All Black Andy Ellis scoring two.
Japan coach Eddie Jones remained upbeat despite the loss, their fourth in a row.
"In terms of our World Cup preparation, it’s excellent. We had a problem at the PNC in terms of our discipline in defense, and that was evident again today. At the PNC we had a problem with the breakdown.
"So they are the two main areas we need to fix. Can we fix them in the next four weeks? I'm positive we can. So the result is disappointing, but in terms of the World Cup preparation, we are still moving along well," Jones said.
Uncapped Fiji-born Naiyaravoro, who is still looking for a World Cup spot with the Wallabies, said that hoped his hat-trick performance will have been noted by the likes of Michael Cheika.
"My goal now is to try to make the World Cup squad. There was a bit of an opportunity tonight. We'll just have to see what happens from here."
Japan will face Uruguay in Fukuoka on August 22nd and again in Tokyo the following Saturday, before taking on Georgia in Gloucester, England, on September 5th.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Springboks bounced back from their loss to Argentina a week earlier with a convincing 26-12 win away from home at a packed Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on Saturday. The visitors scored two tries, both of which you can see here below if you missed the game.
Pat Lambie, who came in for a somewhat out of form Handre Pollard, ran the show from flyhalf, kicking two conversions, three penalties and a drop goal, while Bryan Habana and Lwazi Mvovo scored well taken tries (see them below).
Argentina were bullish in contact again, making some really good low tackles, but with changes in selection and clearly mindshift too, the Springboks looked in control throughout.
Except perhaps for the very first minute of the game, when hat-trick hero Juan Imhoff came within inches of scoring another try, but lock Eben Etzebeth galloped back to knock him out.
"This is a very harsh environment to play in and it's very tough every time you come here,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. "They (Argentina) were on a high after beating us last weekend and we were under pressure all week, but this is the type of game we can expect at the Rugby World Cup and I'm very proud of the players.
"I thought we played tactically very well. We came close against Australia and New Zealand, when we played more rugby, but we adapted tactically very well here.
"I'm also very proud that we didn't concede a try, away from home. A lot of players put up their hands and came through today. We know our performance last week was not good enough, but today I’m very relieved and very proud.
"We will put in a couple of weeks of very hard training now and then cut back before the Rugby World Cup. With a number of top players coming back, I’m very positive and I know we will be able to pick a very strong squad."
The victory didn't improve South Africa's ranking points, where they sit in the unfamiliar position of fifth following losses to Australia, New Zealand and last week, Argentina.
Argentina vs South Africa Highlights - Buenos Aires
SA's win over Argentina in Buenos AiresPosted by Great Rugby Videos on Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
England scored three top quality tries as they beat France 19-14 in their Rugby World Cup warmup match at Twickenham on Saturday. Anthony Watson scored a brace, while Sam Burgess had an impressive debut, despite being yellow carded.
Henry Slade and former League star Burgess formed a midfield partnership, both making their debuts but contributing to some well worked tries, particularly the second for Watson.
The first was more of an individual effort, with the Bath flyer standing up his opposition number and rounding him for a brilliant wingers try.
By the time Jonny May scored in the second half, England had impressed in the warmup game that will give them some confidence going into their next meeting with France, who themselves will look to get combinations right and build on some of the positives from Twickenham.
England had two players sinbinned as first Burgess, then Calum Clark, were shown yellow.
Fulgence Ouedraogo powered over for a try for France, but it wasn't enough to take the win.
"We are disappointed because we came here to win. We had our chances and we had a lot of pressure on their line. But we did not finish them off as well as we should have," said Ouedraogo post match.
England Skipper Tom Wood said that the victory was satisfying while challenging.
"It's good to start the three warm-up games with a win, especially at Twickenham. We knew France would come looking to give us plenty of problems and it was as tough as I thought it would be."
The two sides meet again in Paris next weekend, where France will hope to build momentum going into a World Cup that sees them up against Ireland, Italy, Canada and Romania in Pool D.