Sunday, April 17, 2011
Tempers flared in a highly eventful Aviva Premiership game between Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints on Friday night. This video features one of the sideshows from the fiery match, which resulted in a 22-15 win for Saints.
In a situation that's fairly similar to the Josh Lewsey vs Mat Rogers incident in 2003, opposite numbers Gcobani Bobo and Chris Ashton had a cameo battle that went on all night.
It started with a little push and shove from Ashton, England's star winger who lacks no passion. A few minutes later Bobo flattened him with a massive tackle out wide. The teamates loved it, with Jimmy Gopperth, himself the victim of a few big hits, hooting and wooing as they got up in the face of the Saints boys. A little wink from Bobo sealed the deal.
It was Ashton though, ever the competitor, who actually had the last laugh as he scored the match winning try late in the game, and went on to make sure that Bobo knew all about it.
We'll have more from this match over the next few days, as there were a few incidents that are worth sharing, including a late hit that looked like a punch, and a lock smashing a prop. You can view points highlights on the sidebar now though, with the eplayer.
Chris Ashton dives into the record books as England punish Italy (2011)
Chris Ashton's brilliant try against the Wallabies at Twickenham (2010)
Huge hit by Gcobani Bobo results in the try for Kankowski (2007)
Josh Lewsey big hit on Mat Rodgers (2003)
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