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Mathieu Bastareaud big dump tackle on Jaques Cronje in Top 14 semi final

Mathieu Bastareaud big dump tackle on Jaques Cronje in Top 14 semi final
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Toulon beat Racing Metro 16-6 last weekend to book themselves a spot in the Top 14 final against Castres. Tomorrow however they face Saracens in the Heineken Cup final, with bruiser Mathieu Bastareaud sure to have a big impact in the midfield.

He made this big tackle on flanker Jaques Cronje at the weekend, but was yellow carded for it. You’d think he was a little hard done possibly because it was a solid hit, but the laws are the laws.

Tomorrow he’ll form a lethal midfield partnership with former Wallabies star Matt Giteau, who crossed for a very well taken try against Racing Metro. Working alongside Jonny Wilkinson, with good ball from the forwards, they’ll no doubt have a telling influence on the game.

Former Toulon forwards coach Olivier Azam has compared ‘Bastarocket’ to Ma’a Nonu, saying that there aren’t many centers in world rugby with such size and penetration. At 25-years-old and still improving, he’s sure to rack up the Test caps over the next few years.

Without getting too into it, all around the park there are great matchups but the loose trios of both sides in particular making for an exciting prospect. It’s Springbok, Argentina and England up against Scotland, Namibia and England (full team sheets below).

As mentioned on our Facebook page, another interesting aspect to the game is that if Toulon do manage to defend their title, winger Bryan Habana will become just the 5th player ever to win the Heineken Cup, Super Rugby and the Rugby World Cup.

The others are Brad Thorn, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha and Rod Kafer.

Toulon Team:
15. Delon Armitage; 14. Drew Mitchell, 13. Mathieu Bastareaud, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Bryan Habana; 10. Jonny Wilkinson (c), 9. Sebastien Tillous-Borde; 1. Xavier Chiocci, 2. Craig Burden, 3. Carl Hayman, 4. Bakkies Botha, 5. Danie Rossouw, 6. Juan Smith, 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 8. Steffon Armitage. Replacements: 16. Jean-Charles Orioli, 17. Alexandre Menini, 18. Martin Castrogiovanni, 19. Ali Williams, 20. Virgile Bruni, 21. Maxime Mermoz, 22. Michael Claassens, 23. Jocelino Suta.

Saracens Team:
15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle; 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick (c), 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 6. Kelly Brown, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Billy Vunipola. Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. James Johnston, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Charlie Hodgson, 23. Chris Wyles.

14 Comments

  • drogers93
    3:01 PM 25/05/2014

    i am so happy reading these comments, everyone has common sense! so often you see a tackle like this and inexperienced rugby fans jump on the irb/pundit/commentator band wagon of "that is dangerous and he should be sent off". Tackles like these are great. They lift a team, they are safe, and also they do look spectacular which is good for spectators. I think the problem is that the majority have somehow been brainwashed into thinking that these types of tackles, or small collisions in the air etc etc are incredibly dangerous and people will get hurt. But lets be honest these are pros, they spend their lives conditioning themselves for the sport, if nooone is hurt then get on with it and play rugby!!

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  • drg
    10:48 AM 25/05/2014

    But then it's more the fact that we're entering into this age of 'if the tech is there then why not use it?' which I agree and disagree with. As I said above, a million people see an incident on their tv sets/big screen which would result in a last second kick at the goal posts for the win and the referee doesn't see it... He becomes the odd one out, then people say - 'Well give the bloke access to video replay' But then again as you said, cheating in rucks, mauls etc are in some ways not designed to be policed by camera - but then again the argument from some will be 'why not'... and before we all know it, we'll be playing a stop start American Football instead.

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  • drg
    12:29 AM 25/05/2014

    The old dog who likes rucking the **** out of people (still mid 20's mind) in me agrees with you, however the new techno geek disagrees... Unfortunately there is this potentially indescribable level that we're at with the game where the stakes outweigh 'The Game'... I suppose it's always been high stakes, but what I mean is, in the old days (said the young pup) there was an 'injustice,' the receiving person knew about it, the offender knew about it, and a couple others, and the referee missed it, half the crowd saw it and will talk about it forever more, the other half didn't see it, the referee gets someone moaning and a half booing crowd, calls up who he thinks was the offending player and tells him 'I didn't see it, just behave yourself!' So that was the past, the now and the future, some players see it, the crowd sees it all, the thousands at home see it, the touch judge might see it, now the TMO see it's - so really if the referee turns round and says "I didn't see it" the whole crowd yells - "Well if me in row 1000000 can see it, how the **** did you NOT see it!" etc etc... Then part of me says well "The hand of back" results in the win for a team which did not deserve the win - This is where it gets complicated - The game is designed by cheaters, it helps cheaters, promotes cheaters and hey us 'thugs' enjoy cheating, so to incorporate a video referee, thousand angle etc that catches out cheating will actually ruin the; awkward to say here, fundamentals of the game(??) So as I said, if a team cheats and gets away with it and wins, is that correct? If Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson cheats and should be red carded but they aren't and they slot all the kicks is that right? Then again the flipside is, where do we stop? TMO interrupts because of hands in the ruck? Lying on the ball?

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  • juggernauter
    4:59 PM 24/05/2014

    The TMO's to blame, I think. It was once a great idea - have technology and slow-mo replays to help the ref when his own experience of the events was incomplete or inconclusive to make a decision. But what we are seeing now is ridiculous, with refs looking for a forward pass or obstruction or whatever a good couple of phases before a try was scored. The same thing happens with tackles. Big hit, player landed safely, no one complains, no injury whatsoever, play continues. But refs are coming under the scrutiny of punters and TV commentators, columnists and ex players, journalists and every rugby fan, who have the luxury of watching slow mo replays and judge upon them. So I guess you can't really blame the refs for always trying to make sure they make the right decisions, using every bit of footage available, even if that means losing several minutes of play (and entertainment) every game. I think a great example of the use of TMO was on show whn JP Doyle sent off Salesi Ma'afu for punching Tom Youngs in the premiership semi, and gave Youngs a yellow. But it should really be restricted just for dangerous play or the act of scoring itself. Refs aren't perfect and neither is rugby, it is insane to think that a ref can see everything that goes on in the pitch (that's what touch judges are for!). So let's go back to the time when the ref made the calls, trusted his touch judges with his life and we could all enjoy a game without this sort of nonsense!

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  • drg
    2:41 PM 24/05/2014

    In all fairness, I generally go bat shit crazy when I stub my toe..

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  • fatprop
    11:22 AM 24/05/2014

    It is so stupid, the body is bound to come down first because the tackled player is trying to get too ground and get the ball to the floor. You can normally tell by the reaction of the tackled player, he doesn't care anymore than if he stubbed his toe on a table. The rules have to be there too stop players being driven head first into the ground but this isn't dangerous.

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  • bunn
    10:18 AM 24/05/2014

    RugbyDump you will have to change your name now cos you're illegal!

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  • drg
    9:48 AM 24/05/2014

    He could have died...

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  • drg
    10:07 PM 23/05/2014

    Really... removed? haha.. For the record it was all a joke..

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  • drg
    5:54 PM 23/05/2014

    That's exactly my point, we're now talking about single degrees rather than tens of degrees.. In my opinion, the whole point is to dissuade people from doing THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUlWZXR5NiM Not the tackle that bastareud did.

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  • finedisregard
    4:28 PM 23/05/2014

    So lame. The refs are killing this game! I don't care what the law says. Change the law. They already do every year anyway. There is nothing in this.

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  • colombes
    4:21 PM 23/05/2014

    I watched this game (and this solid hit) in a pub in paris. The crowd had a laugh when the ref raised the yellow to bastareaud Speechless..

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  • tdowney2394
    4:18 PM 23/05/2014

    It's ridiculous that's even a penalty. He put in a quality hit and brought him down safely

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  • 4:16 PM 23/05/2014

    I am now without doubt, I am witnessing the demise of the game I have spent the last two decades enthralled by. This has to stop, do-gooder idiots with no playing experience are ruining the game.

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