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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop Solomona Sakalia

Ben Tameifuna made his return to ITM Cup rugby after serving the suspension for pushing referee Glen Jackson last month. The massive tighthead showed what Waikato had been missing with a strong performance, including this huge fend and a big tackle.

It was the final round of the regular season in New Zealand's domestic competition, as Waikato hosted Bay of Plenty and picked up a 29-12 victory to end their season on a positive note.

Tameifuna was last seen in action when he pushed referee Jackson in Waikato's round 3 match against North Harbour in early September. That resulted in a five week suspension and his side missing out on his considerable presence towards the latter stages of the comp.

On Thursday he gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, with some excellent turnovers, a big tackle in the first half and this powerful fend on huge prop Solomona Sakalia.

The two giants have played together before, so Sakalia, who weighs around 120kg's himself, should have known better than to go so high. His error cost him dearly, as Big Ben shrugged him off without too much concern, dealing with the 1.90 metre man as if he were a pesky scrumhalf.

The tackle was made eventually, albeit with the feet and some kind of clumsy trip. Right at the beginning of the match he got the better of another forward, and even though he has built a bit of a reputation for overstepping the mark at times, he wasn't penalised. Great impact all round.

View the solid hit that Tameifuna made in the first half here

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Uruguay vs Russia World Cup 2015 Qualifier - Full Match Replay

UPDATE: The match was shown here LIVE but you can now watch the full replay above

Today Uruguay and Russia meet in Montevideo for the crucial second leg decider to see who will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015, to join England, Wales, Fiji and Australia in Pool A. The match will be streamed live around the world, with fans able to view the uninterrupted coverage right here.

Russia edged the first leg 22-21 two weeks ago in Siberia, so it's all to play for today for both sides. After three years, 203 matches involving 83 teams and around 3,000 players, it’s down to 80 more minutes of rugby for that final position at England 2015.

If the two teams finish level on aggregate, the match will go into extra time to decide the winner.

"The first leg of this final play-off in Russia last month was so close with Russia's flair and speed eventually proving enough to overcome Uruguay’s power and precision," said Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"But there is only one point in it so both teams will fully believe they can do it."

View highlights from the first leg

The IRB coverage starts at 19.00 BST (18:00 GMT, 16:00 local). Please note this stream not viewable in Uruguay (where it is televised), but available everywhere else.

Posted at 12:04 pm | 2 comments

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Midweek Madness - Probably the worst lineout throw ever

There's always a bit of guilt involved in highlighting a player's misfortune on the rugby field, especially if it's a junior, but this clip has to be seen to believed as it could be the most wayward lineout ever seen. It comes from the Fiji Schools vs New Zealand Barbarians match recently.

As a hooker you want to make sure you hit your jumpers early in the match, but he got this horribly wrong, heading closer to the flyhalf than the man at the front of the lineout. As you can see by the formation and movement of the second jumper, they got the call wrong too.

View more crazy moments in the funnies and see it to believe it sections

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Sonny Bill Williams back in the ITM Cup for Counties Manukau

Sonny Bill Williams made his return to rugby union today, playing for Counties Manukau against Auckland in the ITM Cup. His return has been swift, wasting no time shifting from the NRL back into New Zealand's domestic competition. The Crowd Goes Wild met up with him a few days back.

Williams looks set for a slot on the All Blacks end of year tour, providing he has a smooth transition back into code. If his past performances are anything to go by, that won't be a problem. He recently tweeted how happy he is to be back in New Zealand, and back playing rugby.

He came off the bench in the second half with Counties 27-11 up against Auckland. The final score in Pukekohe was a record 41-18 win for Counties Manukau.  

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Just how fast is Carlin Isles? HSBC reveals some fascinating stats

A new video featuring Carlin Isles has been launched ahead of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The fastest man in rugby is shown with stats revealing that he competes favourably against stars of the NBA, NFL and even against Olympic great, Usain Bolt.

Isles, who recently had a trial in the NFL, goes up against stars from the biggest sports in the USA in this video, being measured against the best from track, field and court with amazing results.

Having lit up the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit on numerous occasions, Isles is widely recognised as the fastest man in world rugby. Still new to the sport, he made the move from Sevens to fifteens rugby union with the Glasgow Warriors, but his debut didn't go to plan.

In the reduced code though, with more space to work with, he can be unstoppable and as this video shows, defenders should be forgiven for not being able to catch the flyer. 

The Sevens World Series starts with Australia's Gold Coast Sevens, where Isles will be among a host of stars hoping to shine throughout the series. With Sevens at the Olympic Games in 2016, the spotlight is truly on the sport right now, and come the end of the series, the teams finishing in the top four overall will automatically qualify and book their place in Rio.

This video reveals some quite eye-opening stats about Isles' power and speed, especially when compared to the likes of superstars Kobe Bryant and the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Naked streaker starts mass brawl after tackling Varsity match winger

The annual Varsity match between Northumbria and Newcastle University took an unfortunate turn for the worse when a streaker took to the field, pipe and all, and attempted to make a tackle out on the wing. He then snuck away, as chaos ensued.

Streakers are usually quite comical and stay out of the way but this guy was fearless, slotting into the Team Northumbria backline as if he were one of the players. He helped to bring down Newcastle's winger, before they piled into him, which Northumbria took exception to.

He then snuck off unharmed, pipe still in mouth, while the two sides had a go at one another. The crowd soon joined, and it was quite an ugly scene - reportedly not the first of the match, after a player had already been yellow carded for fighting.

"This is the worst thing to have happened in the history of the clash of the titans," said the dramatic Newcastle Student Radio commentary.

The naked man avoided security and scampered off, safely exiting stage right as the fans from both sides chanted and added to the mayhem.  

Northumbria won the clash 29-10, with their coach later commenting "It's always hard in a derby match". In this case, we can only hope he was referring to the match.

Posted at 9:09 am | 11 comments

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Argentina beat the Wallabies to claim first ever win in Rugby Championship

Argentina beat the Wallabies for the first time since 1997, and in the process picked up their first ever win in the Rugby Championship since joining three years ago. The 21-17 victory was sealed with a Nicolas Sanchez penalty with five minutes to spare.

After a week that included off field drama with the Kurtley Beale in-flight incident, the Wallabies failed to capitalise on their strong start, after having scored within minutes of kickoff. Powerful centre Tevita Kuridrani crossed, before Scott Higginbotham slipped through for another.

They squandered the 14-0 lead however and a spirited Los Pumas side came back into the match following yellow cards to both Nick Phipps and skipper Michael Cooper.

A try to Number 8 Leonardo Senatore brought the home side back into it, along with a Sanchez penalty as they trailed 14-8 at the break. Winger Juan Imhoff then scored when Phipps was in the sinbin, and Sanchez’s sideline conversion set up a tense final 20 minutes.

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley missed two kicks at goal in the last ten minutes, including one that hit the posts. Unfortunately the visitors had to contend with the now infamous green lasers in their eyes when taking kicks, something that is sadly becoming synonymous with matches there.

Michael Hooper was yellow carded in the 73rd minute for taking out a player in the air, so Sanchez sealed the win with the penalty kick, and the Pumas players and fans celebrated the historic victory.

Full highlights will follow soon. Let us know your thoughts on the match in the comments below

Posted at 11:54 am | 23 comments

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