Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mass brawl in French second division playoff between Pau and La Rochelle

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TechnoMouse May 12, 2013 10:07 pm

At 4:20, does one of the players in white slap the guy who's being pinned to the ground on the left of the screen on the arse? Cheeky.

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TechnoMouse May 12, 2013 10:08 pm

More like 4:18.

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Atilla May 12, 2013 10:16 pm

The times you were allowed to do "everything" in the last 10 minutes are long gone, but not in France... Must be the southern atmosphere. ;-)

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alexanderioannou May 12, 2013 10:18 pm

There are 4/5 players there who should be given season long bans minimum. And I wouldn't be surprised if no16 has charges pressed against him.

It happens in level 5/6 rugby in the UK, it should happen in this standard as well.

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Reality May 12, 2013 10:24 pm

I wouldn't be at all ashamed to support Pau, that's for sure.

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stroudos May 12, 2013 10:40 pm

White 19 Wessels looks like a complete wanchor. What a nasty cheapshot.

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Italian ref May 12, 2013 10:41 pm

I am surprised the ref doesn't interrupt the (disgraceful) show and send everyone to the locker room early.
Then again it is on tv and the sponsors and advertisers wouldn't appreciate that and i guess it would be his last game as a top ref if he interrupted it.

money is ruining this wonderful sport

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browner May 15, 2013 1:14 pm

Bristol 2nds v Newport c. 1987 players repeatedly broke off into fighting, captains couldn't control events, & referee walked off the pitch.......

Top man, the players paces were a picture ....... they couldn't referee themselves so they abandoned the game....... wonderful statement made by Sir, and the whole rugby world should support referees in this situation ......& this includes TV companies and advertisers & supporters ...... some of these assaults are almost criminal !

Bollocks........ all advertisers accept the risk of sponsoring , if the club who loses sponsorship due to their players being uncontrollable doesnt get the message then tough shit. Tv should vote with it's feet & steer clear of clubs with such an attitude, the players will learn through lower wages lower contracts & bans.

Such a bad advert for the game, get rid.

Agree - decisions made for money reasons stink.

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browner May 15, 2013 1:18 pm

faces [not paces !]

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DollsLiving May 12, 2013 10:43 pm

Great tackle at 3:51

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Guy May 13, 2013 1:58 pm

If there hadn't been so much pathetic behaviour on the pitch, this tackle might even have warranted a seperate item on RD. Definitely very, very good tackle!

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BrickFight May 12, 2013 11:13 pm

Yeah, blow your fucking whistle some more. That's definitely helping.

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MattyJ May 12, 2013 11:36 pm

16 shoulda had red after the first incident haha what a bruiser!

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tripp May 12, 2013 11:45 pm

giving the edge to lar in the fight department. I think it was 18 dropped buddy near the end with a big shot, guys got anvil hands.

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Tom May 13, 2013 12:29 am

I'm sure at around 1:53 the white team's no.6 knocks his own man down with a punch?

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Ithilsul May 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Clearly the whites (La Rochelle) are responsible for that mess. Especially the 19 on first fight, and 16 on both.

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Ithilsul May 15, 2013 2:03 pm

Didn't mean to reply to that specific comment, I just wanted to congratulate you for seeing it ^^.

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Bob May 13, 2013 3:39 am

16 is such a thug. Makes me angry just to watch.

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Colombes May 13, 2013 10:52 am

The number 16 of La Rochelle was in "i f**k everyone mode" during the 2 brawls

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Mighty Rubble May 13, 2013 5:12 pm

LAR 16 should've gone after the 1st dust-up. He looks a right little psycho! LAR 18 was the one who knocked out the Pau player, but it wasn't much of a punch, just a cuff across the forehead. Hands of tungsten methinks!

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DrG May 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Ahh, I've been missing these sorts of entries from the French. I love French rugby...from a safe and comfortable position that is..

Anyway, onto the moody git sensible comment. It was somewhat unsurprising that it all erupted again after the first dust up, neither team looked like they had sorted their issues out. Although the first scrap was sort of instigated by the Pau team (with a sort of headlock rucking technique) I feel that La Rochelle were definitely more in the mood for fisty cuffs, and definitely dished out a lot of them!

Hard to really comment on the red cards, first one to LAR player was fair enough, he threw the first punch (and my, if it caused that cut on the guys head (and not a stray boot) then it was a pretty good strike!). Hard to see which one the Pau guy was in the whole thing, with the camera going in, out, in, out, but I'm guessing he was a bad egg too.. Can't fault the second red card to the La Rochelle 16, as Colombes said he was definitely in "i f**k everyone mode".

By the second brawl had the giant bearded La Rochelle player been taken off? He certainly seemed like a good mediator in the whole thing... his size meant the "little 'uns" had no great desire to push him about and he just seemed to do well to get between the whole lot.

Fantastic tackle to halt that quick penalty!!!!

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Guest May 13, 2013 1:58 pm

I'm pretty sure the head cut from the first brawl was his own 19 stepping in to help after the first punches and leading with a boot to the face. Entertaining as the whole thing was, that hit after the quick pen was the highlight for me.

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SufferWell May 13, 2013 8:29 pm

"The giant beared" is Uini Antonio, a young massive prop (1m96, 153kg !) of 23 years old, who was the captain of La Rochelle for this match. Unfortunately, he was taken off just before the seconde brawl, and I'm sure that there would not have been the second brawl if he was again on the field !

PS : Sorry for my bad English, I'm French !

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DrG May 14, 2013 12:49 am

Brilliant English, far better than my French. Thank you for providing some facts on the player (Uini Antonio), sounds like a monster!

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Ref england May 13, 2013 2:25 pm

Nothing compaired to the fights iv saw in poland rugby. Guys smash each other for ten mins and the referees aree not up to standard so a lot get away with cards!! Some pro players will be coming from there soon !

But what a fight like drg comment :-)

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ajb May 13, 2013 4:04 pm

The Pau 19 who got red carded was a little unlucky I thought. Yes he could be said to have escalated the incident by pulling a rochelle player away, but this was after the rochelle player had hit a prone team mate of his on the floor, and after that he seemed more to be trying to defend himself against the attacking rochelle players, backing away while they tried to hit him. Other Pau players seemed to do more. Maybe he seemed like the instigator.

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tc May 13, 2013 4:57 pm

is there something in the fact that all players sent of were substitutes?

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dave May 14, 2013 7:35 pm

rugby players fight like scum, they cheapshot each other almost everytime and the teams dont let players fight one on one if your going to fight someone do it fairly, these guys could take lessons from nhl players

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DrG May 15, 2013 1:19 am

This you're on the wrong website buddy..

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DrG May 15, 2013 11:12 am

think* think* think* damn phone!

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browner May 15, 2013 1:36 pm

Bristol 2nds v Newport c. 1987 players repeatedly broke off into fighting, captains couldn't control events, & referee walked off the pitch.......

Top man, the players faces were a picture ....... they couldn't referee themselves so they abandoned the game....... wonderful statement made by Sir, and the whole rugby world should support referees in this situation ......& this includes TV companies and advertisers & supporters ...... some of these assaults are almost criminal !

Bollocks........ all advertisers accept the risk of sponsoring , if the club who loses sponsorship due to their players being uncontrollable doesnt get the message then tough shit. Tv should vote with it's feet & steer clear of clubs with such an attitude, the players will learn through lower wages, lower contracts & bans.

The players were intent on scrapping, Such a bad advert for the game, get rid.

Agree - decisions made for money reasons stink.

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Tycho May 17, 2013 1:04 am

You gotta love French TV. Every other country's broadcasters cut away from brawls. French TV show replays in slow motion.

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D-Matt May 22, 2013 1:28 pm

What I prefer remember from this game :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-_QywLv3R4

That's what we love in rugby, here in southern France.

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