Posts for October 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Scott Quinnell's crossbar challenge - Bristol

The Scott Quinnell Crossbar Challenge is back this week, this time, visiting Bristol Rugby. MORE »

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gavin Henson steps Chris Latham to score a great try

A few days ago we featured a fantastic covering tackle from the flying prop Matt Mullan on James Hook which took place in the Ospreys vs Worcester match from Sunday. In the same game, Ospreys center Gavin Henson crossed the tryline, and we've had a few requests to see that try. MORE »

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Timoci Nagusa scores twice as Ulster beat Munster

Magners League leaders and Heineken Cup champions Munster were stunned by bottom of the table Ulster on Saturday, as they were defeated convincingly 22-6 at Ravinhill. MORE »

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prop Matt Mullan's sensational try saver on James Hook

The Ospreys put in a more convincing effort this past weekend as they clinched a crucial home victory over the Worcester Warriors at the Liberty Stadium. The four tries to one, 37-22 win puts themselves in reach for the EF Energy Cup semi finals. MORE »

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Natal Sharks win the Currie Cup 2008

The Natal Sharks lifted the Currie Cup on Saturday for the first time in 12 years as they beat the Blue Bulls 14-9 in a tight and physical contest in Durban at a packed Absa Stadium (Kingspark). MORE »

Monday, October 27, 2008

Scott Quinnell's crossbar challenge - Northampton Saints

After another busy weekend of rugby, we're still getting our ducks in a row so figured we'd stick up this fun clip for now, the series of which we're hoping to feature regularly as the season continues. MORE »

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Trevor Leota red card for late hit on Nicolas Brusque

Big Samoan hooker Trevor Leota was red carded on the weekend for his huge hit in the Top 14 as Mont-de-Marsan and Biarritz battled it out at Satde Guy-Boniface. MORE »

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A fitting farewell to Stradey Park

Emotions ran high on Friday night as players, fans, and dignitaries bid farewell to a rugby stadium that was more than just a venue to Llanelli fans, it was a home. Stradey Park first opened 129 years ago, but will now be pulled down as the Scarlets will move to a new, modernized stadium. Friday night was the last ever game there as they took on Bristol in the EDF Energy Cup. MORE »

Friday, October 24, 2008

Gethin Jenkins solid hit on opposing prop Carlos Nieto

Earlier this week we featured highlights from what was probably the game of the weekend, Cardiff Blues vs Gloucester from the Millenium Stadium. MORE »

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Funnies - David Strettle's astounding rugby knowledge

This week's Friday Funny is slightly different to the norm in that it actually comes from a tv quiz show about sport. The clip involves Harlequins and England flyer David Strettle, as well as former England scrum half Matt Dawson. MORE »

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Montpellier pick up two red cards against the Saints

An entertaining match took place at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday evening in the European Challenge Cup. Northampton Saints played host to Montpellier, whos night went horribly pear shaped as they had two players red carded, and conceded over fifty points. MORE »

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cardiff Blues beat Gloucester at the Millenium

Cardiff Blues and Gloucester met at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday for a match that attracted the sixth largest crowd ever for a Heineken Cup Pool match. The Blues secured a crucial bonus point-win as they took the honours in this classic match by 37-24. MORE »

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lifeimi Mafi smashes Seabass and a few Sharks

In one of the more enjoyable games of the weekend, title holders Munster fought off a brave fight back as they picked up the 24-16 away win over Sale Sharks on Sunday in the Heineken Cup. MORE »

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jean-Philippe Viard hit on Benoit Baby

Clermont got over their disappointment of losing to Sale last weekend by producing a nail biting 24-19 win over Montauban in the Pool A Heineken Cup encounter on Sunday. MORE »

Monday, October 20, 2008

Paul James knockout punch on Marius Tincu

The Ospreys and Perpignan met at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday for what turned out to be a highly uninspiring game of Heineken Cup rugby. The star studded home team managed to win 15-9, but it was anything but impressive. MORE »

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Brian O'Driscoll's great chip & chase try vs Wasps

Leinster were as impressive as ever as they thumped London Wasps at the RDS on Saturday, earning themselves a valuable bonus point victory against a struggling outfit that have lost six matches out of eight this season. MORE »

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Typically Goode kick puts Cooke in after 45 seconds

Brive were impressive on Thursday night as an Andy Goode inspired performance saw them beating the Newcastle Falcons by 36-22 in the European Challenge Cup. MORE »

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stephen Berkoff Heineken Cup advert

A week back, as the Heineken Cup was about to kick off, we posted a Sky tv advert for the tournament that featured a rather different way of portraying the cities of Europe, and rugby in general. MORE »

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Funnies - Brian Moore and the gay slap

We've become accustomed to commentators making the odd peculiar comment over the years in the world of rugby. They're generally a highly criticised, pretty boring bunch who can at best make a game really enjoyable, or at worst, make it down right boring. MORE »

Friday, October 17, 2008

David Skrela sinks Bath in the dying moments

Bath were left wondering what could have been on Sunday as they missed out on a victory that was in the bag right up until the last ten seconds. But it was not to be as Toulouse flyhalf David Skrela slotted a winning penalty that had the 35 000 strong home crowd on their feet, and the Bath players and fans stunned. MORE »

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sitiveni Sivivatu classic try - Lions tour of NZ 2005

The first test of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2005 was overshadowed by the highly controversial and much documented spear tackle on MORE »

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Midweek Madness - The human hurdle attempt

The Midweek Madness clip for you today is a short piece of footage from a long time ago. To be perfectly frank, we don't know anything about it, except that it looked pretty painful for the guy on the receiving end. MORE »

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Matt Banahan bounces Donguy then smashes Medard

Bath came within seconds of pulling off a famous away victory over Toulouse on Sunday, but were denied at the end by a late David Skrela penalty kick. The match itself was a classic European encounter, memorable for more than a handful of stand out incidents. MORE »

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Leinster defeat Edinburgh at Murrayfield

Leinster got their Heineken Cup campaign off to a successful start on Saturday afternoon as they notched up a 27-16 bonus point win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield. MORE »

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey box and makeup

The much talked about Danny Cipriani Josh Lewsey training ground bust up finally has some closure as this weekend the two made it clear that theyve buried the hatchet by showing a piece of on field theatre that probably took longer to rehearse than it took Cipriani to say "Shut up or be shut up" MORE »

Monday, October 13, 2008

Matthew Rees yellow carded for late and dangerous tackle

Scarlets hooker Matthew Rees was given his marching orders against Harlequins on the weekend for a tackle that, according to the officials, was without the ball and possibly dangerous. MORE »

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stunning Sale Sharks victory over Clermont

The Sale Sharks put in perhaps the most impressive performance of the Heineken Cup weekend as they produced some fantastic rugby to beat Clermont Auvergne 32-15 on Saturday. MORE »

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Northampton Saints crush Toulon - 3 of the best tries

The Northampton Saints got their European Challenge Cup campaign off to a fantastic start on Thursday night in the south of France as they put 50 points on an understrength Toulon side that were simply never in the match. MORE »

Friday, October 10, 2008

Heineken Cup Preview

The Heineken Cup kicks off today as we'll get to see the top clubs around Europe do battle for the next few months. Champions Munster will be determined to defend the title they so famously claimed against Toulouse earlier in the year, but the challengers will be strong. MORE »

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Danny Cipriani on the couch

Danny Cipriani is all over the headlines these days. Whether it's his romance with Kelly Brook, his recent training ground bust up with Josh Lewsey, or more importantly, his miraculous comeback from injury, Cipriani's name is plastered all over the place. Yes, Danny is back, and his timing couldn't have been better. MORE »

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Henry Tuilagi welcomes Joe Van Niekerk to the Top 14

Henry Tuilagi introduced Toulon's new recruit Joe Van Niekerk to the Top 14 recently in a way that we've become accustomed to seeing from the huge Samoan number eight. MORE »

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Midweek Madness - Satala big dive for the line

Thanks to a user submission, we've come across this amusing try from the last Commonwealth Games' Sevens Tournament, held in Melbourne in 2006. MORE »

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Elsom punch and McCarthy red card as Connacht win

Connacht sprung the surprise upset of the Magners League season so far as they heroically beat defending champions Leinster at the Galway Sportsgrounds on Sunday night. The loss for the champions may well dent their hopes of retaining the title, as they went down 19-18 to the courageous Connacht. MORE »

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Castres and Toulouse Singing in the rain

Castres hosted south-west neighbours Toulouse on Friday night in what turned out to be atrocious conditions which actually saw the players leaving the field at one stage, as a hail storm and lightning threatened to put an end to the evening. MORE »

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Ospreys snatch victory from Harlequins at the death

The Ospreys narrowly avoided what would have been a surprise home defeat to Harlequins in the EDF Energy Cup match at Liberty Stadium on Sunday. A late try from Tommy Bowe, followed by a crucial conversion from James Hook, was the difference between the two sides in the end. MORE »

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 6

As the weekend winds down, it's time to catch up on some of the top tries scored in the Top 14 last weekend. We've featured this short package a few times already, and in all honesty, it's a mixed bag, but usually throws out a few great bits of action which make it well worth the watch. MORE »

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Neil Best eye-gouging incident

Northampton flanker Neil Best was recently handed an eighteen week ban after he was found guilty of eye-gouging James Haskell when the Northampton Saints played Wasps on the 20th of September. MORE »

Friday, October 03, 2008

Friday Funnies - Czech rugby advert, 'Football is for girls'

As we all know, Rugby's appeal has meant that it's a far reaching and much played sport all over the globe. While some may think that it's only the 'traditional' nations that have a strong rugby culture... MORE »

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Munster hammer Leinster in all Irish derby

Munster took the derby honours this past weekend as they defeated rivals Leinster 18-0 at the RDS. The win meant that reigning Magners League champions Leinster's eight match home winning streak came to end, five years to the month of their last home loss. MORE »

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Jonah Lomu Documentary - Part 2

Following on from our recent posting of Part 1 of the Jonah Lomu short documentary , the much anticipated Part 2 of this insightful video features more thrilling action of the legend in action, with plenty of tries and behind the scenes commentary. MORE »

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Jonny Wilkinson's good season comes to an end

Poor old Wilko has done it again. After starting the season so well, he's managed to pick up yet another serious injury, this time against Gloucester last night. It was only his fourth game back since returning from a six month shoulder injury lay-off. MORE »

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Will Greenwood tackle on Darren Morris

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