The French fans had little reason to be happy at the summit with England - (c) Miriam May
"Le Crunch" was the big topic before the 3rd round of the six nations tournament in 2011, but fans of respectable rugby were certainly happy when they got lost in Rome to the Stadio Flaminio or to the Scottish Murrayfield, because what they did Actors of the two European rugby heavyweights offered the 82,000 spectators in Twickenham, was more like a mistake festival than a rugby evening that would be remembered for a long time.
Saturday February 26th Italy 16-24 Wales: Once again, the Azzurri gave up a win. This time the Welsh were the lucky ones. It started so well for the Italians. Gonzalo Canale tried to give them the lead in the fourth minute after Stephen Jones had previously been successful for the Welsh on foot (2nd). But now the Italian evil took its course: Morgan Stoddart and Sam Warburton let the southern Europeans guess what to expect with two more Welsh attempts. Jones did his part with kicks. After a good start in the second half, Italy came closer again thanks to an attempt by Sergio Parisse (51st), but James Hook destroyed all Italian hopes with a drop goal in the 73rd minute. All in all, another unfortunate defeat for Italy. A win would have been possible with more consistent defensive work and better kick yield in the second half, which was dominated by Italy. After this victory, Wales are even ahead of France in second place in the table.
England 17-9 France: Every Six Nations fan was looking forward to this encounter. The kick specialists Dimitri Yachvili and Tobi Flood put their stamp on the first round and both scored nine points. Yachvili probably slept badly on Sunday night after he set a kick a little too late shortly after the restart of the second half. The English used the resulting five-meter scramble to let Ben Foden dive into the French Malfeld. Jonny Wilkinson increased two minutes after his substitution for Flood with a converted penalty kick from 50 meters to 17:09. (By the way: Wilkinson overtook Dan Carter with these three points in terms of the most points scored in international games.) Yachvili and Aurélien Rougerie could have brought the French closer or into the lead, but were both unlucky with their kick and kick. Run-in attempt.
Sunday February 27th:
Scotland 18-21 Ireland: The Scots were close to beating Ireland. If the Highlanders had used the Irish mistakes more consistently, the encounter would have turned out differently. Jamie Heaslip made the first of three Irish attempts (6th). Now the guests made life difficult for themselves and allowed Scotland to find their way back into the game with two converted penalties by Chris Paterson (15./17.). However, Eoin Reddan's attempt in the 27th minute gave the men in green some breathing space. After three more three points from Paterson (31st), the break started at 09:14. After the restart, Ireland took advantage of their majority (Allan Jacobsen had previously seen the yellow card) and Ronan O'Gara ran for an attempt, which he also increased himself. Substitute Dan Parks made the Irish fearful for their victory, after Paterson (57th) had converted a penalty, the 31-year-old connector was also successful with a penalty and drop goal (65th / 70th) and brought the Schotten approached at 18:21 shortly before the end. However, the Irish ultimately proved their staying power and saved their narrow lead over time.
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Monday February 28, 2011
Captain Stirling Mortlock scored the Melbourne Rebels' first attempt at super rugby
Because of the terrible earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, not only home of the Canterbury Crusaders, Super Rugby Record Champs, but also one of the designated venues for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and one of the largest talent pools in the land of the big white cloud, all games were in the 2nd round of the Super Rugby tournament to commemorate the numerous victims, only kicked off after a minute's silence. In addition, the away game of the Crusaders at the Wellington Hurricanes was canceled and scored as a draw, so that the players in the ranks of the Crusaders can take care of their friends and relatives.
Iron-hard defense was key to the success of the New South Wales Waratahs about the Queensland Reds. In the duel of arch-rivals, the Tahs went after the third tournament attempt by outside three-quarters Drew Mitchell and number six David Dennis, with only two penalties from Reds playmaker Quade Cooper, with a 16-6 lead into the half-time break. In the second half, the Reds had nothing more to counteract, while the hosts, after attempts by Turner and Robinson, were even able to collect the offensive bonus point and thus impressively underpinned their claims to power in the Australian conference. Both teams lost their captains in the course of the game, while Waratah Phil Waugh is likely to play in the next round despite an injury to his biceps tendon, Reds skipper James Horwill threatens to be out longer with an ankle injury - Final score 30-6.
In the South African conference, the Stormers thanks to a late attempt by their replacement flanker Pieter Louw die Lions close with 19-16 conquer. The previous year's finalist seemed a bit unimaginative at times and was already behind with 9-16 before turning the tide in his own favor. "If such opportunities arise we have to take them, now we have to learn from our mistakes and look ahead," said the disappointed Lions captain Franco van der Merwe after the game. The team from Johannesburg has not won a game since May 2009, the defeat against the Stormers was the 16th in a row.
The Auckland blues started the season with a furious performance against the Crusaders. But in Natal, South Africa, the kiwis were against the native ones Sharks nothing to get. The 20-year-old Sharks connector Patrick Lambie scored with one attempt and 16 kick points for his team, the other five points were scored by world champion outside three quarters JP Pietersen with one attempt. "A great result, against a very strong opponent, two wins at the start of the tournament are not a bad start," said 35-year-old veteran Stefan Terblanche - Final score 26-12.
Two out of two - that's the balance sheet so far Highlanders. The team from Otago was able to win the favored Waikato Chiefs, this time without old master Tana Umaga, in his native Dunedin with 23-13 conquer. The brilliantly laid-up connector Delany was able to score all points of the guests (one attempt, one raise, two penalty kicks) in the first half. Accordingly, the home team was 6-13 behind at the break, but two attempts by number eight Nasi Manu and outside three-quarters Kade Poki crowned a successful comeback for the home side. The other points were scored by substitute Robert Robinson (two raises and one penalty), as well as connector Sopoaga, who was able to convert two penalties in the first half of the game.
"From Zero to Hero" is not only the last week of the latest Super Rugby franchise, the Rebels from Melbourne, but above all those of their eccentric English connector Danny Cipriani. If the bustling Englishman flew out of a Melbourne nightclub during the week because he is said to have stolen a bottle of vodka there, he turned against them Brumbies in the last minute of the game the decisive penalty kick to the 25-24He was also successful with five other penalties and increasing Captain Stirling Mortlock's attempt. For the latter, it must have been a particular satisfaction to have brought his team, a week after the bad opening defeat against the Waratahs, with the late attempt on the road to victory and that of all things against his old teammates from Canberra.
The World Cup hopes of Juan Smith to captain the Cheetahs and flankers of the South African Springboks stayed with the 23-25 His team's defeat on the track as well as the one on the first win of the season. The tough 3rd row man withdrew in the first minute of the game against the reigning champion, who Bulls from Pretoria, a tear in the Achilles tendon. Although the cheetahs were very close to the surprise success despite this loss, an attempt by Bull's half of the crowd Fourie du Preez followed by a raise by Verbinder Steyn brought the champion to victory in the 77th minute of the game.
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Last updated Tuesday 1 March 2011
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Wednesday February 23, 2011
Bath two-meter corner three-quarters Matt Banahan make three attempts against Northampton
A safe one 23:9-The boys drove out last Friday Gloucester against the exiled Irish (London Irish) a. Luke Narraway and Akapusi Qera laid the foundation for success with their attempts. Nicky Robinson finally struck down the guests with a total of 13 points. Gloucester moved up to third place on the table with this win.
Gareth Steenson scored even more points than Robinson with his kicks at 23:13 in the game between Newcastle and Exeter. At the end of the day, the 26-year-old connector had 18 meters on his account.
Bath and Northampton parted on Saturday 38:8. The Saints, who are now in fourth place in the table, could certainly have used the points. The player of the game was Matt Banahan, who practically single-handedly sent the "saints" home with three attempts and made the guest defense look old.
Another home win on this matchday was the Harlequins against Sale book. 21:9 it was at the final whistle of the encounter, which was clearly dominated by Twickenham. The Harlequins were able to record ten wins in eleven games in the current season and thus make it clear that they definitely do not have fun on the pitch.
Jeremy Staunton led the Leicester Tigers at 21:12 in the top game against London Wasps with 16 points to victory. The Wasps were fighting on the defensive, but could not avoid the defeat against a simply better 15 from Leicester.
They beat devastatingly Saracens Bottom of the table Leeds Carnegie. The Saracens scored five attempts and left Leeds Head Coach Neil Back's team not the slightest chance, which makes the 39-0 result very clear.
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Sunday February 20, 2011
Reds Hakler Faainga celebrates his attempt against the Western Force
New year, new format - that's how it goes almost every year in the Super Rugby competition. Once the Super 10, the annual comparison between the best provincial selections of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia was known in the past few years as Super 12 and until last year as Super 14. This season, another team, the Melbourne Rebels, joined the competition, but instead of Super 15, the tournament is now simply called Super Rugby.
So that the changes weren't enough, with five Super Rugby teams in each of the three nations, it was a good idea to counteract the dwindling spectators and rising logistics costs with "national qualifications". Therefore, this season there are so-called national conferences for the first time, in which the national competition competes against each other in the first and second leg. In addition, each team plays once against four of the five teams from the two foreign conferences, which results in 16 games in the regular season.
Each conference has its own table, the winners of each conference go straight to the final round, there are also three wild cards for the three best points in the overall table, making a total of six teams in the final round.
In the first final round, the two conference winners with the highest points have a bye, while the third conference winner has to play against the wild card teams in an elimination round. Then it continues with the semi-finals and finals, but strictly according to the seeding list, which in turn results from the overall table of all three conferences.
This has primarily resulted in a significantly longer season - with 125 games instead of 94 previously - a doubling of the local derbies and a longer season - from February to July / August instead of February to May.
Sounds pretty complicated and it is, but we have published a video on our Facebook page (facebook.com/TotalRugby) and also in our RugbyTube video player on the start page, in which the process is clearly illustrated again.
But now to the summary of the 1st match day:
Hurricanes 9 - 14 Highlanders: Although the hosts were able to fall back on almost the entire back team of the All Blacks, it was the guests from Otago who not only won, but also made the first attempt of the day and only one of the game, through Verbinder Lima Sopoaga. The other points for the eventual winners were scored by Sopoga (2) and Robinson with a penalty kick, for Wellington All Black's connector Cruden (3) scored. Hurricane's inner three-quarter Ma'a Nonu only saw a yellow card during the game for a rule violation in the open scrum and later got a red card for a rough shoulder check on his national team colleague, Highlander's scrum half Jimmy Cowan.
Melbourne Rebels 0-43 Waratahs: The Melbourne Rebels had certainly imagined their debut in the Super Rugby tournament to be different. After a committed quarter of an hour the "New Kids on the Block" broke in and got a lot of money from last year's semi-finalist from Sydney. England's ex-connector Danny Cipriani was initially only intended for the reserve bench, but came into play after a few minutes for the injured connector James Hilgendorf and showed good approaches after being substituted on. For the Tahs, wallaby finish Kurley Beale (2), outer three quarters Drew Mitchell (2), Hakler Tatafu Polota-Nau, inner three quarters Rob Horne and skipper Phil Waugh scored. The Rebels, which is the only Australian super rugby franchise to have a total of ten foreign players, are said to have put out their feelers to France's former national team connector Frederic Michalak, who is currently earning his bread in the French Top14 near Toulouse, due to the injury of Verbinder Hilgendorf.
Blues 24-22 Crusaders: Strong performances from outside three quarters Rene Ranger, Isaia Toeava and captain Keven Mealamu were decisive for the fact that the Blues recovered from the 6-19 half-time deficit and the super rugby record champion in the end with only one defensive bonus point in his luggage back to Canterbury sent. After attempts by outside three quarters Sean Maitland (20th) and scrum Andy Ellis (39th) as well as three successful penalties by superstar Daniel Carter (1st, 16th, 29th), it looked for a long time as if the Crusaders were the team thinking about the New Zealand capital again.But without the injured newcomer Sonny Bill Williams and captain Richie McCaw, the world's best player in 2010, the guests only scored three points in the second half of the game with another Daniel Carter penalty kick (53rd), while the Blues made three attempts by Stanley (49th), Woodcock (61st) and Mealamu came (71st), connector Stephen Brett also scored three penalties (9th, 13th, 58th). The Blues 2nd row man and ex-All Black Ali Williams lasted the entire 80 minutes of play on his super rugby comeback after a long period of suffering with two Achilles tendon operations.
Brumbies 28 - 20 Chiefs: The Chief's guest appearance in the Australian capital of Canberra also saw a big comeback, namely that of the almost 38-year-old ex-All Black captain Tana Umaga, the only player in the competition who was already in the first Super 10 tournament in 1996 the field. But it was Umaga's opponent, 20-year-old Robbie Coleman, who knew how to shape the game decisively. The 82-kilo flea, who won the silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games with Australia's selection, not only made a remarkable attempt on his super rugby debut, but also caused a stir in the defensive ranks of the New Zealanders with every ball contact. The other attempts for the Brumbies got outside three quarters Fainifo and replacement prop Ma'afu, the bearded captain Matt Giteau hit the target with two raises and three penalties. The Chiefs attempts scored Sivivatu, Kerr-Barlow and Masaga. All Black Stephen Donald increased a try and converted a penalty kick. The increase to the defensive bonus point, the terrific Sevens specialist Tim Nanai-Williams in the 80th minute of the game, hit only one goal post.
Sharks 24 - 9 Cheetahs: In the South African conference, the Sharks had an unexpectedly narrow opening success over the Cheetahs. Sharks captain John Smit had to pass due to injury shortly before kick-off, but the aging Springbok skipper found a worthy representative in the athletic Tendai "Beeeeast" Mtawarira. Until 12 minutes before the end, the home team in rainy Durban, after an early attempt by Bote (2nd) and penalties by Verbinder Lambie (9th, 48th, 51st), was only 5 points ahead, but an increased attempt by Springbok Hakler Bismarck Du Plessis including a raise by Lambie plus a penalty kick from Potgieter brought the decision in favor of the Sharks. Verbinder Naas Oliver also scored all of the Cheetah's points with a penalty kick (33rd, 43rd, 63rd).
Lions 20-24 Bulls: The defending champion stumbled but did not fall. The Bulls looked like the sure winner after the 5-24 half-time lead, but a bitter chase by the guests almost caused the first really big surprise of the first match day. In the end, the Bulls were able to thank their connector and super kicker Morne Steyn, who gave his highly talented opponent Elton Jantjies a lesson in terms of nerve strength. While 20-year-old Jantjies was only able to increase one of the three Lions attempts and only hit the mark once with a penalty kick, Steyn managed one of two possible increases and four successful penalties. The attempts for the home side were made by Murray (57th), Bezuidenhout (56th) and Whiteley (59th), for the Bulls Zane Kirchner (14th) and Eckdreiviertel van den Heever (16th) crossed the goal line.
Reds 21-20 Western Force: The Reds, the team from the troubled state of Queensland, were the favorites in the Australian conference before round one and were even one of the hot contenders for the title, but on matchday 1, the much less highly rated Western Force demonstrated how to beat the playful Reds can pull. An aggressive defense and enormous enthusiasm for the open scrum, especially Wallaby David Pocock and his Flanker colleague Matt Hodgson, meant that the hosts were barely in possession of the ball in the first half at Suncorp Stadium. Instead, the guests from Perth, who surprisingly put Wallabies-Eckdreiviertel James O'Connor in the connector position, were in the lead from the 11th minute of the game. The home team had to thank their terrific defending captain James Horwill and a pawn trick in the alley that led to an attempt by Hakler Saia Faingaa that they were still within striking distance until the end of the game. After a counter attempt by O'Connor in the 67th minute, the game seemed to be over for the Reds. Before a later attempt by substitute Hakler Hanson plus Quade Cooper increase, this showed a poor performance in his 50th Super Rugby game, which brought the Queenslanders the extremely happy opening success shortly before the final whistle.
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Last updated Tuesday 1 March 2011
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Tuesday February 15, 2011
England captain Ben Gollings has scored almost twice as many points in his World Series career as any other 7s player
First of all: The 7s World Series is still led by the rugby motherland England and the legendary New Zealand All Blacks (both 80 points), but with Fiji and Samoa (both 64 points) and the South African Blitz Bokke behind them , the front runners have little time to rest.
Thanks to their recovered playmaker Cecil Afrika, the latter have been able to claim their first title at the World Series since April 2009 in the American gambling metropolis Las Vegas and thus not inconsiderably reduce their deficit on the leading quartet that are taking the fast guys from the Cape now fifth in the overall table with 56 points. Under the eyes of ex-national coach Rudolf Finsterer, the South Africans were able to defeat the sevens wizards from the Fiji Islands with 24:14 in the cup final.
"Winning here is wonderful, we have achieved one of our goals, but our focus remains on building up work towards the 2016 Olympic Games. We want to be ready when the Olympic qualification tournaments are coming up in 2014 and we want our youngsters to continue playing games until then at an international level, "said South Africa's coach Paul Treu after the final.
For the successful New Zealanders, who previously won two tournaments in a row (Wellington and George), this time the semi-finals were just as finished as the recently no less successful Englishmen, the British had not yet missed a final this season.
But at least for English fans there was still a lot of reason to cheer in Las Vegas, their playmaker Ben Gollings broke the 2500 point mark in the USA and is now clearly ahead of the legendary with 2524 points in the ranking of the best point collectors of all time 7-man maestro Waisale Serevi (Fiji), who achieved a total of 1310 points in his unique career.
Kenya's best point collector, Collins Injera, was also immortalized in the 7s history books at the weekend, the fast-paced 24-year-old scored his 100th attempt at the World Series at the weekend. For Injera and his team this time it went to the plate final (5th place), but there the East Africans lost to defending champion Samoa with 15:26.
The bowl final (9th place) went to Scotland, the Highlanders were ahead of the Maple Leafs from Canada with 19:14. The local boys from Team U.S.A. were able to win in the Shield Final (13th place) against Japan after a disappointing tournament, in which they lost to their big rivals from Canada.
In addition to the official tournament highlights, the best 7 attempts as well as this time also a short video of the moments in which Ben Gollings and Collins Injera wrote Sevens history for you as usual.