Friday, November 27, 2009

Top 14 Highlights - Round 13

Top 14 Highlights - Round 13

It was a busy day yesterday for Rugbydump. The re-development of the site is taking shape nicely, the archives are being updated, and RD found its voice with a short interview on BBC Radio. Things are back on track today though with highlights from the latest round of the French Top 14.

Castres hosted Toulouse and annihilated their pack, laying the platform for tries to be scored by Cameron McIntyre, Thomas Sanchou, and two for Chris Masoe. Freddie Michalak scored for Toulouse, but it wasnt enough to stop the 30-10 bonus point win for the home side.

Bayonne also picked up a bonus point win as they beat Montauban 38-13. Sam Gerber was prominent in the match which produced some great tries. Thibault Lacroix scored two, while Gerber himself scored a late try.

Montpellier against Bourgoin was a dramatic match which had the result sealed two minutes from time with a surprise Eugene Van Staden try. Bourgoin tried in vain as they came close to scoring at the end, but now sit in a poor position in the relegation zone.

Felipe Contepomi made his much awaited debut for Toulon when they hosted Brive. Fotu Auelua scored in the first half, with points being kicked by Sebastian Fauqu, and a late penalty to Contepomi, which extended the final score to 19-10. Simon Azoulai scored Brives solitary try.

Young French centre Mathieu Bastareaud turned out at Number Eight against Racing Metro at the Yves du Manoir. This Paris derby lacked nothing despite missing a a host of players on international duty. Ollie Phillips scored the first try of the match following a nice break by Mark Gasnier.

An old fashioned forwards punch up allowed the backs to have a match of their own, as a kick ahead resulted in a try for flying Fijian winger Sireli Bobo. Bastareaud scored a nice try on the wing, but it wasnt enough as Racing Metro won 20-18.

Biarritz picked up a good 16-13 win over Clermont at the Stade Marcel Michelin despite Clermont leading 10-3 at the break following a try and penalty from Benoit Baby. Dimitri Yachvili kept Biarritz in the match with some good goal kicking, before a last minute try and conversion sealed the win.

Time: 10:10

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:24 am | View Comments (22)

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Anonymous November 27, 2009 9:05 am

lol first! nice rugby as usual from the french, looking forward to a strong showing from them against the all blacks..

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Anonymous November 27, 2009 10:01 am

Wow. Every game was well supported. This Top 14 puts the Super 14 to shame. The French are going to be a bigger force than they already are. 2011... WC... Not going to a Southern Hemisphere side - France will beat allcomers. You saw it here first!!!

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Golgot November 27, 2009 11:47 am

Nice game, and it's pleasant to see all this awesome foreign players in the same tournament!

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Phil November 27, 2009 12:26 pm

That drop goal was huge!

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clem November 27, 2009 1:25 pm

racing's try is hilarious : the forwards are fighting while the backs don't care, play and score! love this situation

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clem November 27, 2009 1:37 pm

the results are not very representative because of the lack of 70 players, playing the international tests...

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Anonymous November 27, 2009 1:42 pm

good rugby, shame about the rubbish commentating: 'dropout 22'.

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Flanker November 27, 2009 1:58 pm

There is a type mistake in the video!!! it was bourgoin 20-23 montpellier. Greetings from pays basque!

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Anonymous November 27, 2009 2:26 pm

French Top 14 rugby is more exciting than any other domestic league bar the curry cup in south africa, that is also fun to watch.

Why is the english league so stubborn!? This from a Wasps fan! Oh dear

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Phil November 27, 2009 3:23 pm

Commentator reminds me of the Alan Partridge sport commentary on an old British comedy called The Day Today. Anyone else agree?

Check it out:

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Crosser November 27, 2009 4:15 pm

The play seems slower with the English commentating.

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Anonymous November 27, 2009 5:06 pm

i agree. thanks for the video RD, but french commentary makes the Top 14 so much more enjoyable! Exciting times in France!

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Anonymous November 27, 2009 5:23 pm

NZ will get beaten by France

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Anty November 27, 2009 9:15 pm

You're quite right Phil. It's probably the fact that it's a recap and not live comments...

I don't know if it's just the comments but it feels like there no real tension in these games, not like the curry cup. The only way to figure that out is to have a French comment on the curry highlights...

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Anty November 27, 2009 9:25 pm

Oh, and anybody knows where I can watch France-AB tomorrow on the internet? I'm in the U.S. and as you probably know they don't have France 2 here...

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t0m0 November 27, 2009 10:45 pm

Unfortunately there can be no guarantees with online streaming but i've found that you're best bet is to search Sopcast, TVUplayer and JustinTV.

ESPN UK is the channel you're looking for.

hope this helps

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Anty November 27, 2009 10:54 pm

Great! thanks.

Can't wait for the 22nd century when the world will be a single country and you can watch any game in the world without stupid rights restrictions.

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Phil November 27, 2009 11:48 pm

Might make it a bit tricky to schedule the international fixtures if there's only one country in the world.

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Anty November 28, 2009 7:47 am

We'll watch the three nation Wales-Scotland-England.

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Anonymous November 28, 2009 9:57 am

Why was basteraud at 8 for stade? international call ups/injuries in the usual backrow players?

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clem November 28, 2009 1:20 pm

Exactly anon. Stade franais was missing 18 players for this match, especially in the back row. So big bastareaud played n8.

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Jon December 01, 2009 10:41 am

T14 put S14 to shame?
I don't think so.
Watch the pace of these highlights, the speed of rucking and passing.
Too damn slow.
Also the players aren't physical enough in the tackle contest.
They should seeking to smash the opposition players, but really they just pull them to ground.
Not fierce enough.

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