Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

Portugal climbed three places to 21st on the official IRB World Rankings after their 28-22 victory over Chile in Santiago on Saturday. They won the game despite having a player red carded in the second half for a head butt.

Portugal actually passed Chile on the rankings a week before this game when they beat Uruguay, taking them up to 24th place as the race for a Rugby World Cup 2015 place hots up. 

The 2007 Rugby World Cup side swapped places with Namibia, who dropped to 24th position after their damatic 38-37 loss to Spain at home in Windhoek. Chile now sit at 25th, with Portugal at 21st.

In front of 2000 fans in Santiago, each side scored a try a piece and it was Chile that led 16-9 at the break thanks to a Pablo Huete try. Portugal came back strong in the second half though as they scored through Gonçalo Foro, and the boot of Pedro Leal.

They did well to win this one after prop Francisco Fernandes was sent off for an attempted head butt on opposition front rower Francisco Deformes, in quite comical circumstances.

Fernandes was clearly already wound up before being pushed over. He threw a bit of a short jab but missed, and was then slapped at and mocked before finally losing it, and missing with the head butt.

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:08 pm | View Comments (38)

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Bob November 21, 2012 7:04 pm

What was the deal with the Chile guy having a slap fight?

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fore November 21, 2012 7:08 pm

he was obviously boxing him aahhahaha

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stroudos November 21, 2012 9:04 pm

Taking the piss and being a total wind-up merchant!

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Henk November 22, 2012 1:46 pm

Reminds me of this one:

If you look at his face, you can see the Chilean was joking around. Just a bit of humor in a match, like we amateurs do. Or is it 80 min of seriousness when you play?

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Mattia November 21, 2012 7:07 pm

Lol, just a cat fight

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Neil November 21, 2012 7:10 pm

I think the Chilean was mocking him.

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mrabs November 21, 2012 7:22 pm

Hey RD great post! Is it possible for you guys to post full highlights or even full matches of teams like portugal spain russia georgia (etc) like you are doing with the autumn series?

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Rugbydump November 22, 2012 2:54 pm

Hi mrabs, Unfortunately it's not feasible to do that at this stage, especially when some weekend's there's up to 16 internationals taking place.

If users submit random moments though, like this one, they will possibly be posted.


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The Green Mafia November 21, 2012 7:33 pm

I love it how the portuguese prop gets a card for his headbutt (deserved that) but the chilean guy with his cheapshot pushes, teasing and girly slaps gets nothing. Maybe the referee thought that his slaps were too ridiculous and that it was penalty enough for him to be on tv doing that? Either way, he was the initiator and should also be sent off (even if the infractions weren't in the same degree). Good to see the rest of my contrymen decided to respond by kicking their buttocks both in the game and in the rankings

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stroudos November 21, 2012 9:08 pm

I disagree. Looks to me more like Adam Jones, sorry, I mean Fernandes starts it all having a go at the little scrum-half.

PS I always assumed from your name that you were Irish. Congratulations on the games/rankings.

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The Green Mafia November 22, 2012 12:33 am

No, stroudos, portuguese all the way.
Couldn't catch the match, so I can't really tell what was the reason the scrap between fernandes and the scrumhalf, but there should be a card for the chilean prop. But while I think the red was fair for that stupid hotead fernandes, regardless of if he landed the headbutt or not (and I hope he doesn't get banned, he's a usefull player), the chilean prop went in and continued the fight actually landing some blows (the degree of sissyness and ridicule of a blow should not change the fact that he deserves punishment, as it is promoting the fight to continue, as it did, since he wound up the hairy prop). That should be followed by a yellow, as we have seen happen many times in club and international rugby

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moddeur Top Comment | November 21, 2012 8:18 pm

Nice to see a bit of the late 19th century fisticuffs.
Take this jab to the face, old chap, I'll say.

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Gonzoman November 21, 2012 8:27 pm

Queensberry rules, my good fellow? Right, have at you!

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stroudos November 21, 2012 9:08 pm

Adam Jones's Portuguese cousin...

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browner November 22, 2012 5:08 pm

Muchus Fringe'eo

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slashax! November 21, 2012 9:16 pm


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LuisF November 21, 2012 9:17 pm

Don't confuse Portugal with Spain. We speak portuguese not spanish. Please correct the names of Gonzalo Foro and Francisco Fernandez to Gonçalo Foro and Francisco Fernandes, respectively.

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Rugbydump November 22, 2012 2:58 pm

Hi LuisF, Thanks for the correction - it's now been fixed

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Manuel November 21, 2012 9:49 pm

Well, a prop just outwitted another prop. How bad can it be?

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fat prop November 21, 2012 10:05 pm

i dont understand Green Mafias comments - if Hairy Prop is daft enough to react, he deserves all he gets. If the Chilean prop had hit him, he would have gone too. I rather like the way the Chilean prop (who has a fine moustache, by the way) pushes him out of the way because Hairy is on the wrong side of the ruck. Then Hairy reacts.

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The Green Mafia November 22, 2012 12:27 am

The push is illegal and the chilean landed a couple of jabs and slaps (lame, sissy ones, but still illegal). And even if he was trying to clear the hairy prop, he is doing it illegally AND from the side. The correct thing would have been red and yellow for the stupid ass portuguese prop (who is lucky if he doesnt get a ban) and the sissy wind up artist chilean respectivelly

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matt November 22, 2012 1:08 am

Sorry Green Mafia I totally disagree with you. Fernandes (?) was in front of the ball, off to the side and nothing to do with the ruck, blocking defenders from getting into guard positions. The Chilean players push him out of their way which is something we see dozens of times every weekend, and Fernandes comes back up with a punch before following the retreating Chilean player. His only options were to fight back and accept a card himself or buy time, his technique is silly but we have so often seen open hand slaps go unpunished because they arent dangerous I assume

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matt November 22, 2012 1:09 am

There was a fight in the Super XV this year or last year that was started by a big slap from a front rower on a 7 I think, and as I remember it the instigator got away with it

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stroudos November 22, 2012 10:21 am

This is a case of a big hairy bully getting caught out. His shove on the scrum-half comes first, then he's embarrassed when someone his own size comes in and puts him on his arse.

The Chilean Mo-bro's "gay slaps" (copyright Brian Moore) seem intended only to keep Fernandes at arm's length. He's moving backwards the whole time.

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Pretzel November 22, 2012 1:28 am

Either that Portuguese No.5 is a monster or the rest of the Portuguese are midgets....

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The Green Mafia November 22, 2012 2:31 am

Gonçalo Uva, the nr 5, is 2,01m and 112kg, currently playing lock for Montpellier

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GMBMC November 22, 2012 6:56 pm

No, he is playing for Narbonne. Go Portugal

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Juggernauter November 22, 2012 2:34 am

Jajaja clasico chileno engrupidisimo! Viva Chile Mierda!!

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Juggernauter November 22, 2012 2:37 am

And for those wondering about Deforme's excellent tache... It's not because it's Movember, it's because this is Chile!! Haha

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stroudos November 22, 2012 10:05 am

It is a cracking Mo though. Along with his boxing technique it really adds to the Edwardian gentleman persona.

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Juggernauter November 22, 2012 8:38 pm

World's most manly man haha

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Chris November 22, 2012 3:02 pm

I love it !!!!!

Real men ?¿ 8-))))))

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browner November 22, 2012 5:06 pm

What a great name..... a prop called Deforme ..........

what next a Hooker called .... unintelligente ...... ha ha

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Brig November 22, 2012 10:17 pm

He briefly played for Mounts Bay (Cornwall, England) where we simply called him "Bruto"

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joeythelemur November 22, 2012 6:15 pm

Looked like a Three Stooges routine there for a minute. ;-)

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Pretzel November 23, 2012 2:42 pm

Lol, surprised no ones commented on the fact that the hairy prop ends up headbutting his own player as he's pushed backwards... 2 headbutts in the space of a minute...

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cheyanqui November 24, 2012 5:13 am

Looks like a mirror image of those worlds in Super Mario Brothers where those green guys throw hammers at Mario.

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