Wednesday, May 13, 2015
As far as textbook tackling technique goes, it doesn't get much more accurate than this monster hit from Stormers back Damian de Allende against the Brumbies. It's another highlight in an impressive season, so he must be firmly in the Springboks selectors sights.
De Allende's enormous hit on opposite number Robbie Coleman early in the second half was worthy of the subsequent "oooh" noise the Newlands crowd following the clash. While Coleman was completely sold by the long pass, De Allende read it well.
With officials currently very quick to penalise for lifting past the 90 degree mark, or for ineffectively taking responsibility for returning players back to the turf, the execution of De Allende's tackle was technically perfect.
His powerful nature in defence is merely a string on the 23-year-old centre's well equipped bow however. An extremely effective offensive player, and integral part of the current Stormers setup, De Allende looks likely to be a Springbok feature in the upcoming World Cup.
Having received a call up in 2014, he was unfortunate to suffer a serious knee ligament injury, forcing him to withdraw from the squad. Following rehabilitation, he returned to international rugby and earned his first cap against Argentina, during the 2014 Rugby Championship.
It isn't only his attitude on the field that is impressing Bok selectors however, but also his nature off it, made clear by remarks from head Springbok attack coach, Johann van Graan.
"The thing that impresses me most about Damian is his will to succeed. He has a very clear idea of what he wants; he knows where he's come from and where he's going. He's come from a background where he's had to fight, and he's brought that attitude through."
De Allende himself makes no secret of his career aims in rugby.
"My main goal is to go to the World Cup later this year. I am fully committed to the Stormers at this stage, and I know I can improve in just about every area. But that World Cup is in the back of my mind," the hefty centre said recently.
Unquestionably talented, and with an almost unrivalled passion to succeed, if De Allende continues to play the way he has been, and also tackle as he does below - there's definitely a good chance that he will be making an appearance in green and gold come September.
This clip of the hit is very short, so if you've never seen much of him in action but want to see more, take a look at the up to date Damian de Allende tribute that we've added on page two
The latest round of Aviva Premiership rugby saw the end of an era for two of the leagues greatest players - Ugo Monye and Mark Cueto - as the race for a playoff spot heads towards its climatic finish.
The two former England players didn't disappoint on their final home appearances and alongside Chris Wyles, Lee Dickson and Chris Aston all feature on this weeks tries of the week.
Which is the best try in your opinion?
Toulouse scored one of the best returns from a kickoff you are likely to see this season when they hosted Brive last week.
Scrumhalf Sebastien Bezy started off the move, catching the ball and dancing around tackles before offloading to Imanol Harinordoquy, who took a bit of a heavy hit on the halfway line.
Soft hands from Toby Flood and big man Joe Tekori followed, before Yoann Huget received the ball, stepping out of an attempted tackle and running in pretty much unchallenged, and as the video below will show you, there's no stopping the French flyer with the try line in sight.
Toulouse ended up putting Brive to the sword, running in nine tries to end the game 67-19, with Huget getting a hat trick and Flood scoring 27 points.
See more of Huget in action, both good and bad, in the Related Posts below the video
video credit: Boucherie Ovalie
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Prop tries are always a thing of beauty to be recognised here on Rugbydump. Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scored an absolute classic front rower's 5 pointer which has to be seen to be believed, as the European Champions defeated Castres 37-21 this weekend in the Top 14.
Castres were still revelling in their own score from a well executed grubber kick, capped off with an expert conversion from the touchline, when the Toulon loosehead prop gathered some unexpected possession after the ball was knocked down to him from the kick off.
With some open ground in front of him, Chiocci did exactly what props do in such a situation, he set off straight for the tryline. Three would be defenders were shrugged aside with powerful hand-offs as the 110kg monster ate up the yards, his eyes locked on the whitewash.
Forty metres later and Chiocci placed the ball over the Castres' line amid raucous celebrations from the home support and his teammates, as Castres found themselves immediately trailing by eight points again, following the successful conversion.
Many sensational scores from the big men have featured on Rugbydump over the years. Chiocci now finds himself in the company of England legend Phil Vickery, who finished an amazing individual effort for Gloucester way back in 2002.
More recently in 2012, Bath prop Anthony Perenise ran in an impressive 30 metre effort, and although unable to touch down but well worth a mention, is Ben May's efforts in 2008 when he came within inches of scoring one of the greatest prop tries of all time.
credit: Boucherie Ovalie
In 1995 a young man by the name of Jonah Tali Lomu hit the 1995 Rugby World Cup with a bang, and the sport of rugby was never to be the same again. On Tuesday he turned 40, so to honour the great man we're spending the week looking back at some of his best moments.
At 6ft5 and weighing over 118kg's, then 20-year-old Lomu tore the tournament apart, only to be stopped for the first time in the final, by winners South Africa. Against England in the semi final he scored four tries, one of which was the famous trampling of poor Mike Catt.
Will Carling famously said post match: "He is a freak and the sooner he goes away the better".
Lomu didn't go away though, and went on to have an illustrious career, causing carnage more often than not. Today we wish him a very Happy 40th Birthday, and many more, and trust that you'll enjoy this look back to where it all began for Lomu and his All Blacks career.
The 2015 Bhubesi Pride rugby coaching expedition in Africa is well under way, so today we've got the latest video update for you, as well as some information on how you have the opportunity to get involved. This year they started in Uganda and Kenya, and will gradually make their way down south over the course of a few months, en route to South Africa.
Having assembled a fantastic team of volunteers, the team - currently English, American, German, Swiss, Scottish, Canadian and Malawian - has already ventured into Kenya and Tanzania, on what is now Bhubesi Pride's fourth journey through Africa.
The charity's goals continue to promote the game of rugby in Africa at grassroots level, empower locals and, over the next three years, funding is also being sourced to recruit permanent development officers and build sports pitches and community centres.
Oliver Munns, who volunteered with Bhubesi Pride Foundation last year and who now manages the charity's operations in Africa, said: "Its been a whirlwind start to the project. We've taken on a huge amount and so far and it has all gone amazingly well.
"We are already thinking ahead to our 2016 project, with a real focus on sustainability. It's great to be able to plan for the long term."
You can now apply for 2016!
The application process is open and, thanks to corporate sponsorship, the charity has been able to reduce its volunteer fees by over 30%, the lowest they could ever be. For information and more videos, get to their website: http://rugbyinafrica.org/about/apply-to-join-us/
Follow the team on twitter: @bhubesipride and hashtag #joinourjourney
Monday, May 11, 2015
With plenty to play for in the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens Series in Glasgow, flowing rugby was the order of the day as all sides produced some sensational offloads and creative play whilst running in impressive tries - check out the pick of the bunch here.
Keep an eye out for a glorious individual effort from South Africa's Rosko Specman, blistering pace from USA's Perry Baker, and a wonderful team score from the eventual champions, Fiji.
Fiji now top the leaderboard ahead of South Africa, New Zealand and England. With an automatic Olympic qualification for Rio 2016 still up for grabs, the last round at Twickenham promises to be eventful and inevitably full of more breathtaking rugby.