Thursday, September 03, 2015
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Last week we got to hear Karmichael Hunt wearing a microphone in Australia's NRC, so as it was so popular with fans, Fox Sports have done it again. This time it's Dave Dennis, the Sydney Stars forward who gave great insight, and tested their censorship.
Sydney Stars and Queensland Country put on a show as this tryfest ended 50-40 to the Stars, with Dennis himself coming close to scoring, but also tossing a loose pass that resulted in an opposition try. He let fly with a few F-bombs at times, but that is to be expected out there.
You can watch the mic'd up clip above, and catch up on some of the great tries in a highlights wrap (and analysis from Sean Maloney) from the match on page two.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
By now you've no doubt heard all about the sprinklers that went off during the Barbarians 27-24 win over Samoa at London's Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Some great photos emerged, so now you can see some footage too, mixed in with some of those classic snaps.
While fans weren't happy with the facilities at the stadium, and this ill-timed sprinkler blooper was not ideal, Rugby World Cup organisers have since insisted that things are on track for a great event, and that the venue simply experienced a minor technical fault.
"A minor technical fault with the timer system led to the sprinklers coming on," said a spokesman. "It was resolved quickly and will be investigated to ensure it doesn't happen again.
"This is why we have test events – and we are confident it will be a great RWC venue."
The sprinklers stopped play shortly after the Barbarians had scored a try, bemusing the Samoans but giving some of the old timers on the BaaBaa's side a good opportunity to refresh.
"Apart from the sprinklers going off there were no complaints from me. One of two of us enjoyed the extra shower," said former All Black prop Carl Hayman, who was joined in the water by Barbarians skipper on the day, Bakkies Botha.
This was the first rugby game ever held at the stadium. During the World Cup it will host four pool matches and then the Third Place Playoff.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
In honor of the FEND MACHINE that is Cory Jane, we've compiled some of the best fends NZ rugby has ever seen.Love you Cory.Posted by The Crowd Goes Wild on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The guys at The Crowd Goes Wild have been mourning the exclusion of Cory Jane from the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad, so in honour of the fend master, they've put together this awesome compilation of some of the best ever hand-offs by New Zealanders. And one Aussie.
There are a few nice surprises, with the likes of Jonah Lomu making an appearance, Richie McCaw being sent to the turf and Jane taking the number one spot..
If you're wondering why Waratahs and Wallabies lock Dean Mumm is included, well he was born in New Zealand. Also, the monster fend is a thing of beauty, so there's that.
Great viewing overall, so be sure to share it with your friends and followers!
We've featured most of them before, so you can view longer versions in our Related Posts
The United States hosted Harlequins this past weekend in a World Cup warmup match in Philadelphia. The experience of 'Quins paid off in the end, as they prepared for the upcoming Premiership season, while the Eagles get ready for Pool B at the RWC.
The visitors scored three tries to the two of the hosts, as flanker Luke Wallace scored a brace.
The USA scored a lovely try after a neat break by flyhalf AJ MacGinty, but they couldn't contend with the Harlequins power up front, particularly from the rolling maul.
Not too much should be read into the 24-19 result, however the USA will need to lift as they face far stiffer competition later this month, as South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and Japan wait.
"We're playing the game in the right parts of the field, we're clearing pressure well," Eagles Coach Tolkin said. "We're getting opportunities. That's been pretty consistent with us this summer, but we have to work hard to make those opportunities count.
"Guys got some good mileage under their belt. That's a big part of going into the World Cup. We're going to be hit with obstacles and you have battle through them. And that experience today helped us grow a little bit."
The Eagles host the Wallabies in Chicago next, another tough test ahead of the tournament.
In related news, former USA skipper Todd Clever, now out of favour with the current USA Eagles coaching setup, has been called up to play for the Barbarians. They face Worcester Warriors next weekend. The BaaBaas will be coached by Carlos Spencer.
Highlights below, and you can view the full match on the next page
Monday, August 31, 2015
Midway through the first half of Friday's Pro D2 second round match a little push and shove ensued between Perpignan and Carcassonne. It all looked fairly innocuous, but when something was said in close quarters, David Marty took things to another level.
The fight was reminiscent of the 'old days', as various little pods developed and just when it seemed to be cooling off, another player would throw a sneaky punch.
Once it did eventually die down, both Marty and Bastien Dupuy were red carded, and each side lost a player to the sinbin too. Perpignan won the match 38-9.
View a few more mass brawls in the Related Posts below
Ireland came within inches of beating Wales in the closing minutes of a tense Rugby World Cup warmup game in Dublin on Saturday. Wales coach Warren Gatland has since praised tryscorer Justin Tipuric, who contributed to the 16-10 victory.
Both sides scored a try apiece but it was the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, and a late try-saving effort, that kept Wales in front, giving them a much needed boost ahead of the tournament.
The Wales World Cup squad will be announced shortly, and Gatland is aware that he has some tough choices to make, particularly around the loose forwards, where he is spoiled for choice.
"We're blessed to have two world-class sevens," Gatland said. "We know what a good footballer Tipuric is when he appears in the wide channels, but sometimes it's that physicality and competing on the ball [that he has lacked].
"But today he was just brilliant and he was a nuisance and just a proper seven, so we're very lucky to have the quality we've got. It was probably the best performance I've seen from him in a big match in the Welsh jersey."
Regular skipper and number seven Sam Warburton missed the game as a precaution, following a slight shoulder injury he picked up in training.
As Halfpenny showed how valuable a top notch kicker can be in big game rugby, it was his effort over the line on full time that helped towards preventing Sean Cronin from scoring what would have been a potentially match winning try under the sticks.
If you missed it, you can watch highlights below and the full match on page two