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Saturday Jul 20, 2013

Toulon play Olympique Marseille in half rugby-half football charity match

Toulon play Olympique Marseille in half rugby-half football charity match

A crazy game took place in France earlier in the week as Toulon hosted football club Olympique Marseille for a half football-half rugby match in aid of charity. Eric Cantona was on hand to ref and play as things got a bit strange in the second half.

Stade Mayol played host to this charity game with a difference, as the first half was played as football with goal posts in place, and then for the second half things switched as rugby posts were erected. The game was in aid of a local cancer charity, and had 12 000 fans in attendance.

The match was meant to be 11 Toulon vs 11 Marseille in the first half, refereed by Cantona, and 15 Toulon vs 15 Marseille in the second half, refereed by Marc Lièvremont.

That was the plan, but with rolling subs to give everyone a chance to play, soon players weren’t leaving the field after being subbed, and at one stage it was 15 vs 11. Staff also took to the field, and teams became mixed. Toulon players wore Marseille shirts, and vice versa.

We saw some great goalkeeping from Chris Masoe and Steffon Armitage in the first half, as well as two well taken goals from brother Delon, who looked a natural out there.

In the second half it was time for rugby as the Marseille players got into the spirit of things, despite numerous forward passes and tries scored from in front of the kicker. Still, everyone had fun, including Manchester United legend Cantona, who stepped up for a conversion.

The 47-year-old, who retired from football in 1997, reportedly said to hat-trick tryscorer André-Pierre Gignac that he was going to try to hit the cross bar. And he did.

You can see that in the second part of the video, which is on page two and features the rugby half.

The first half, with football, is below and includes some subtitles for some of the commentary, including a great moment when Masoe picked up the ball and ran with it, as the commentator said: “They say rugby was born this way.”

Marseille edged the hosts 5-4 in the first half, taking a 36-35 overall victory on a memorable day.

The rugby half, where both sides were mixed and it was generally chaotic, but lots of fun for those that played and attended. Marseille physio Christophe Maouvrier scored the late equalising try.


  • 4lc4tr4z
    8:32 AM 27/07/2013

    He was there but didn't play, resting of a groin injury. He played Toulon first pre-season trial game yesterday and missed a lot of kicks. A bit out of rythm.

  • stroudos
    5:27 PM 26/07/2013

    I don't see Jonny Wilkinson anywhere. Too much like fun for him??? Shame he wasn't involved, that Adidas thing he did with Beckham a few years ago was quality, he looked quite handy at football.

  • joeythelemur
    3:49 AM 24/07/2013

    And the put-in was about as straight.

  • drg
    10:37 PM 22/07/2013

    Hahaha this was brilliant. Surprisingly good hands and passing from the footballers!!! Enjoyed that RD, thanks for bringing it to our attention. :D

  • danknapp
    4:39 PM 22/07/2013

    Take a bow, flanker2712.

  • flanker2712
    2:54 PM 22/07/2013

    That scrum looked more competitive than an average Super Rugby scrum.

  • tilson
    9:05 AM 22/07/2013

    Jean-Pierre Gignac had a good game and i too was expecting more diving than there was-still should go play a mans game :P

  • 4lc4tr4z
    8:44 AM 22/07/2013

    For the story : Cantona didn't scored his conversion. He said before kicking he was going to touch the bar, and he did it. That worth 2 points. :D

  • 4lc4tr4z
    7:34 AM 22/07/2013

    You had to see those children eyes at the game... So excited they couldn't sleep the whole week before ! Better than any chemotherapy.

  • paimoe
    9:14 PM 21/07/2013

    Ahaha absolutely no offside rule

  • crazyfool333
    11:47 PM 20/07/2013

    I really enjoyed how fun and humorous that was. I hope a couple of Irish or English teams decide to play a combined match so I've a chance of watching one!

  • silasvb
    6:37 PM 20/07/2013

    Everyone says Armatage is a footballer...

  • guy
    3:33 PM 20/07/2013

    Quite a few players out there that are pretty good in both sports. Entertaining stuff!

  • brawnybalboa
    3:20 PM 20/07/2013

    I was expecting to cringe, but actually quite enjoyed it! That scrum really made me laugh with all the footballers running in to join it, and the ref saying (in french) 'Three in the front row, two in the next row'. Comedy gold!

  • ruggernut
    2:05 PM 20/07/2013

    Not too sure what I just watched. But it sure was funny.

  • moddeur
    1:19 PM 20/07/2013

    Haha I had a few barrels of laughter watching that!


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