Posts for May 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Clermont basking in glory after beating Perpignan to win the Top 14

Clermont Auvergne supporters have been celebrating their famous win since the final whistle blew on Saturday night as they won the Top 14 title on their 11th attempt when they beat Perpignan 19-6 at the Stade de France. MORE »

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ospreys beat Leinster to win the Magners League Grand Final

Ospreys became the only side to ever win three Celtic League titles as they beat Leinster 17-12 in the inaugural Grand Final of the Magners League at the RDS on Saturday. First half tries by Tommy Bowe and Lee Byrne proved the difference between the two sides. MORE »

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Bulls beat the Stormers to win back to back Super 14 titles

The Bulls won their second consecutive Super 14 title on Saturday as they beat the Stormers 25-17 in front of 40 000 fans in Soweto. For those who missed it, or want to relive to it, here's a highlights clip for you. MORE »

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rugby Finals Day Results update

It's finals day around the world as domestic competitions come to an end with a few massive match ups taking place. All games have now finished, so here's the results. MORE »

Friday, May 28, 2010

Quick fire questions with Jonny Wilkinson

There was an injury scare for England and Jonny Wilkinson last weekend when Toulon played Cardiff Blues in the Challenge Cup final. Wilkinson picked up a back strain, but hes since been passed fit and will be fully recovered for Englands tour of Australia. Here are a few quick fire questions with the man himself. MORE »

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bulls vs Stormers Super 14 final preview

The Bulls and the Stormers of South Africa meet tomorrow in what is the first ever Super 14 rugby final to be held in the black township of Soweto, a highly significant moment for the country. Its not only an achievement to have both sides in the final, but politically its a massive step forward. MORE »

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Japan beat Hong Kong to win the Asian 5N and qualify for the RWC 2011

Japan qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup on the weekend after they well and truly thrashed Hong Kong 94-5 to win their third consecutive Asian Five Nations tournament. MORE »

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

London Sevens highlights of the final between Australia and South Africa

On Monday I posted a video from the London Sevens that was made by the IRB featuring seven of the MORE »

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Midweek Madness - Prop Brok Harris clears his line

The Stormers have surprised everyone this season by reaching the finals of the Super 14 with a brand of rugby that involves serious attention to detail on defence, and a fifteen man game when on attack. This is a short clip that exemplifies the latter approach. MORE »

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cardiff Blues beat Toulon to win the Amlin Challenge Cup

Cardiff Blues became the first Welsh side to lift a European title as they beat French side Toulon 28-21 to win the Amlin Challenge Cup at Marseilles Stade Velodrome on Sunday. MORE »

Monday, May 24, 2010

Seven of the best tries from the London Sevens

The penultimate leg of the IRB Sevens World Series took place in the Twickenham sunshine this past weekend as the London Sevens dished up its usual razzle dazzle and a bucket load of tries. Heres seven of the best, as chosen by the IRB. MORE »

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Toulouse beat Biarritz to win the Heineken Cup Final

Toulouse won an unprecedented fourth European Cup trophy as they beat French rivals Biarritz 21-19 at the Stade de France yesterday. MORE »

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stormers outplay the Waratahs to reach the Super 14 final

The Stormers beat the Waratahs 25-6 in Cape Town in the second semifinal of the Super 14 yesterday. Centre Juan de Jongh scored the only try of the match, with flyhalf Peter Grant kicking six penalties and a conversion. MORE »

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bulls beat the Crusaders to head in the Super 14 final

The defending champion Bulls will host the final of the Super 14 after they beat the Crusaders 39-24 in the first semifinal at the Orlando Stadium yesterday. They will host the Stormers, who won the other semi, at the same venue next weekend. MORE »

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Super Saturday - Results update

There were three massive games earlier today as it was an action packed day of sport around the world. In the Super 14 we had the two Semi finals in South Africa, while the final of the Heineken Cup took place at Stade de France in Paris. MORE »

Saturday, May 22, 2010

School of Hard Knocks 2010 - Episode 6 - The Final episode

Today is the final of the Heineken Cup, as well as the semi finals in the Super 14. To stay with that theme in mind, here's the much anticipated final episode of the School of Hard Knocks. MORE »

Friday, May 21, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 14

So weve watched fourteen rounds of the Super 14 and the top four have been decided after yet another intense week of rugby down south. Weve got a great selection of tries for you today, so take a look at the Pick of the Week ahead of the semi finals tomorrow. MORE »

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nick Abendanon wins Guinness Premiership Try of the Season award

The annual Guinness Premiership Awards evening took place in London earlier in the week, with Bath and Nick Abendanon scooping the Try of the Season award for this effort against Leeds a few weeks back. MORE »

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Ross Skeate Diary - So close, yet so far

Following the epic MORE »

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tomas O'Leary's controversial tackle on Cian Healy

If you missed the big Magners League semi final between Leinster and Munster on the weekend, you probably havent yet seen the tackle that divided opinion and put referee Nigel Owen under the spotlight as he dealt with it in rather controversial fashion. MORE »

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saracens edge Northampton Saints in Guinness Premiership semi-final

On Sunday Saracens edged out Northampton Saints 21-19 to reach their first ever Guinness Premiership final after a tense finish at a packed Franklins Gardens. If youve not seen the highlights yet, here they are. MORE »

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bakkies Botha suspended for four weeks after dangerous clearout

Bakkies Botha will take no further part in the Bulls Super 14 title aspirations as hes been suspended for four weeks for his dangerous clearout of wing Gio Aplon in the game between the Stormers and the Bulls on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Reds vs Highlanders brawl from the weekend

The Reds played the Highlanders in the last round of the Super 14 in a dead rubber that turned out to be one of the most enjoyable games of the weekend. It had it all, with the Quade Cooper show once again coming to town, and then this big punch-up that happened after an alleged eye-gouge from Jimmy Cowan. MORE »

Monday, May 17, 2010

Jamie Heaslip flattens Ronan O'Gara in Magners League semi

Leinster defeated Munster in the Magners League semi final in what was yet another great match this past weekend. It was a typical all-Irish derby with plenty of passion and ferocity, and was a tightly fought affair but was separated by some good kicking, and a nice try to Rob Kearney. MORE »

Monday, May 17, 2010

Highlights of the Clermont vs Toulon epic Top 14 semi final

The second semi final of the Top 14 proved to be a real thriller as Toulon and Clermont battled it out for over 100 minutes of rugby as they were deadlocked at fulltime of this classic encounter. If youre yet to hear the score, skip to the video to avoid the spoiler. MORE »

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jerome Porical kicks Perpignan into the Top 14 final

Perpignan knocked Toulouse out of the Top 14 with a 21-13 victory over their French rivals in the semi final in Montpelier on Friday. Jerome Porical kicked all 21 points as they progressed to the final, where they will face Clermont, who beat Toulon yesterday. MORE »

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Land Rover Sunroof Challenge

Later today the top for in the Guinness Premiership will meet in the semis in what should be yet another highly entertaining afternoon of rugby. This clip features those four sides taking part in the Sunroof Challenge, where they need to pass the ball into the roof of a Land Rover from the 22m line. MORE »

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ospreys beat Glasgow to reach Magners League final

Ospreys progressed to the Magners League final as they beat Glasgow 20-5 in their semi final meeting at the Liberty Stadium on Friday. Tries were scored for the winning side by Shane Williams and James Hook, while Glasgow scored through Fergus Thomson. MORE »

Friday, May 14, 2010

Northampton Saints vs Saracens Guinness Premiership semi preview

This weekend the semi finals of the Guinness Premiership take place as Bath and Leicester face off, while Northampton Saints and Saracens do battle in what should be two fascinating match ups. MORE »

Friday, May 14, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 13

As we head into the final round of the Super 14, this weekend is vital in that the Bulls are the only side assured of a play-off place. Heres a look back at the best tries scored in an incredible round last weekend though, with fifteen included in total. MORE »

Thursday, May 13, 2010

School of Hard Knocks 2010 - Episode 5

This is the penultimate episode of School of Hard Knocks so as the series comes nearer to a the grand finale, the guys continue their preparation as they play another training game, apply for jobs, and meet Sir Clive Woodward. MORE »

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Leinster and Edinburgh produce a classic at the RDS

Leinster hosted Edinburgh at the RDS this past weekend in what was a crucial match for the visitors as they aimed to squeeze into the Magners League semi finals. If you still dont know the result, avoid the spoiler now by heading straight to the video. MORE »

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Midweek Madness - Nathan White unleashes on Al Baxter

It's midweek, so time for some madness as we take a look at this short clip from the Super 14 that shows Chiefs front rower Nathan White letting loose on Waratahs prop Al Baxter when the two sides met on the weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Try Savers & Rib Breakers 11

After a break of nearly two years, Rugbydump's unique Try Savers & Rib Breakers series is back with the 11th instalment of the highly popular big hits and try saving tackles compilation video. Try Savers & Rib Breakers is back on RD. MORE »

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Ross Skeate Diary - Fate or Coincidence

Toulon have progressively climbed the ladder in the Top 14 and now find themselves within site of achieving the ultimate goal. Ross Skeate, Toulon lock and regular RD columnist, gives us a philosophical insight as to how the team got to where they are today. MORE »

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sean Hardman of the Reds crunched by the Hurricanes' Jacob Ellison

The Queensland Reds, who enjoyed such a good run of form in this years Super 14, have now fallen out of the top four and have very little chance of progressing any further after the Hurricanes thumped them 44-21 on the weekend. This massive hit perhaps summed up the night for the Reds. MORE »

Monday, May 10, 2010

Highlights of the Bulls vs Crusaders thriller at Loftus

The game of the weekend in the Super 14 took place at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday night as the table topping Bulls hosted the mighty Crusaders in a thrilling match that ended with controversy. To avoid the result, stop reading now and skip to the video. MORE »

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Francois Steyn's monster drop goal against Clermont

Clermont booked their place in the Top 14 Semi Final as they battled their way to a 21-17 win over Racing Metro on Friday night. Morgan Parra starred for the home side, but it was young Francois Steyn of Racing Metro that produced a moment of magic that you need to check out. MORE »

Friday, May 07, 2010

Friday Funnies - The Tony Buckley player toss

So as things go, the Biarritz vs Munster Heineken Cup Semi Final was quite an eventful match, as we've already seen a few great clips from it here this week. There's still one more that I know a lot of you were really keen to see again. MORE »

Friday, May 07, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 12

So much for Friday's being chilled. I've been grafting hard to try get this video out before kickoff in the all important Super 14 clash between the Bulls and the Crusaders at Loftus. So here it is, better late than never, the Rugbydump weekly summary of the best tries in the Super 14. MORE »

Friday, May 07, 2010

Jean De Villiers smashed by Benoit August in Heineken Cup Semi-Final

As we head into the weekend theres still a few clips that Id like to get up on RD before the end of the day. The Super 14 Pick of the Week for one, but if things take too long, that will carry over to be combined with the next round. This clip however is of an outstanding hit from last weekend, so needs to be shared now. MORE »

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Saracens aiming for home semi as they face Leicester Tigers

Saracens will be facing Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership semi-finals, but the matter of who gets the home semi is still to be decided, so Sarries will need a win this weekend against the Leicester Tigers to keep those hopes alive. MORE »

Thursday, May 06, 2010

School of Hard Knocks 2010 - Episode 4

The School of Hard Knocks returns on RD today with episode four of this fascinating series. We catch up with the group of unemployed youngsters from East London as they are put through their paces both on and off the field as they head towards their first proper rugby match. MORE »

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Cardiff Blues edge out Wasps to progress to Challenge Cup final

The second Semi Final of the Amlin Challenge Cup took place at a waterlogged Adams Park on the weekend, with Cardiff Blues progressing to the final after beating London Waps 18-15 in what was a tense battle in poor conditions. MORE »

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Ma'a Nonu apologises for swearing during radio interview

All Black Maa Nonu found himself having to issue an apology earlier today after he swore repeatedly during a live radio interview directly after the Hurricanes win over the Chiefs on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

How Imanol Harinordoquy broke his nose on Sebastien Chabal

If you watched the Heineken Cup semi final between Biarritz and Munster on the weekend you will have noticed that Imanol Harinordoquy had something rather peculiar attached to his face. Sebastien Chabal has something to do with that. MORE »

Monday, May 03, 2010

Rugby Club Super 14 Plays of the Month - March & April 2010

The Super 14 is nearing it's final stages as the race for home semis intensifies. Theres been some incredible action over the past few months, so today we've got the Plays of the Month, from the Australian MORE »

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Biarritz boot Munster out as they head to the Heineken Cup final

Biarritz knocked Munster out of the Heineken Cup today with an impressive 18-7 win in the second semi final in San Sebastian. They progress to the final where they will face fellow French side Toulouse in Paris on May 22nd. MORE »

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Toulouse beat Leinster to make Heineken Cup final

Defending Heineken Cup champions Leinster were beaten 26-16 by Toulouse yesterday, in the first of the semi finals this weekend. David Skrela scored 21 points as they stormed into the final in front of their home crowd at Stadium Municipal. MORE »

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Mafileo Kefu try for Toulon against Connacht

Toulon were too strong for a hugely committed Connacht side at the Galway Sports Ground last night in the first semi final of the Amlin Challenge Cup. Toulon came out trumps 19-12 after a solitary try to Mafileo Kefu. MORE »

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Jaque Fourie's two great tries against the Crusaders

The Stormers celebrated a return to Cape Town with a convincing 42-14 trouncing of top four rivals the Crusaders in the Super 14 on Friday. Centre Jaque Fourie scored two great tries as they beat the seven times champion Crusaders. MORE »