Friday Dec 1, 2017

Tala Gray protects opposition player after nasty injury

Tala Gray protects opposition player after nasty injury
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Lyon were unable to overcome Toulouse on Sunday in their Top 14 clash at Matmut Stadium, coming away with a 9-17 loss. It was a fairly unimpressive display from both sides, Toulouse using their traditional forward power to give themselves the victory.

However, the loss will be even harder to take for the home side after they learned No. 8, Virgile Bruni, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an injury.

On the 20 minute mark, Bruni, trying to defend just off his line at a ruck, fell to the ground in agony after an opposing player fell on his leg.

There were clear screams of pain as the big man went down. In a mark of true sportsmanship, Toulouse flanker Tala Gray is then seen shielding Bruni as he lies on the floor with play continuing around him, before calling the referee for assistance.

Despite the best efforts from Gray, the damage sustained by Bruni was already done and his season is now over following news that he suffered a rupture of the cruciate ligament to his left knee.

This incident, and Gray’s fantastic gesture, would be right at home in our recent feature on 5 Times Sportsmanship Prevailed after Brutal Hits.

You can see the incident below (Warning: distressing content)

Credit: Canal+

7 Comments

  •  drg
    drg

    Which French player do you mean? The French Toulouse player born in Melbourne?

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir

    Dirty french players. Oh wait...

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  •  hoot
    hoot

    Surely it's a bit old-school to walk him off the pitch rather than using a stretcher?

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  •  ispotts27
    ispotts27

    Agreed. I suffered a similar injury myself defending near the try line and one of the opposing players pulled me clear of the ruck so the trainers could get to me. Can't think of other sports where acts like this are a common occurrence.

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  •  drg
    drg

    ...one thing I love in rugby is that this is fairly normal in rugby, (players guarding others!)

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  •  drg
    drg

    Great sportsmanship!

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  •  foxtrot
    foxtrot

    Ouch, that was horrible!

    Reply

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