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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Classic Punchups From the Past - Part 1

On this British Lions tour of Australia, the team was pretty infamous for it's aggressive approach, and the odd punch up was never out of the question.

Here you see the scrum halfs having a full go, and everyone else joins in!




  • Seriously...what was that fight even about?! hahaha I saw no reason for either person to throw a punch....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2006 5:06 pm  

  • BADASS!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2006 10:37 pm  

  • lol...its part of the game...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 25, 2006 1:33 am  

  • Not part of the game anymore! Nowadays the touch judge would be on the field, waving his flag in no time!

    By Blogger GMC, at October 25, 2006 8:23 am  

  • aha... just had a closer look - the Lions halfback definitly stood on the Aussie halfback's toe. lol!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 25, 2006 8:57 am  

  • go on teaguey! belt the yompy fokker!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 07, 2006 9:10 pm  

  • Did you see how the ref took chrage?
    Pulling the guys from one another.
    These days the refs are too scared!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 23, 2006 11:07 am  

  • Those days the refs could take charge.
    Our refs are too scared.

    By Blogger Skim, at November 23, 2006 11:09 am  

  • was this at the time of the lions infamous '99' call, sumthin happens, call 99 and the rest of the team just fight the opponents? certainly seems that way!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 05, 2007 6:35 pm  

  • Lol MOST (not all) scrum half's are just aggressive like that cos they have size issues (once again i know not all scrum halfs are small).......(look at peter stringer so damn small but a vicious little man)!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 15, 2007 5:38 pm  

  • Are my eyes deceiving me or was Wade Dooley trying to break up a fight?? Any back row with Richards and Teague gonna be a bit feisty

    By Blogger cnrw, at February 05, 2007 11:47 am  

  • the game has been sanitised beyond all reason !! and no this wasnt a 99 call - that was big willie mcbride and his infamous lions tour - get your retaliation in first !!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 07, 2007 9:38 am  

  • This was from the Lions 1989 tour to Australia. This fight happened at the start of the second test at Ballymore in Brisbane.

    The Lions had been stuffed in the first test at Sydney and vowed to take a more physical approach. Robert Jones trod on Farr-Jones left foot when he was putting the ball in. Findlay Calder the Lions captain took out the ref so he wouldn't see what was going on!!
    The Lions won the series 2-1.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at May 28, 2007 6:11 pm  

  • ballymore 89. I was there. Lions got spanked in Sydney so this was a shift in tactic... the halfback got it all started with a stomp on Farr-Jones foot, then it was on for the rest of the game...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2007 5:54 pm  

  • hahaha tht was funny! they took a rage!!! wot was it even about!

    scrum halfs are weedy but put up a good fight! well mostly

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2007 7:35 pm  

  • hahahaha good on the ref......in recent fights the refs stand back and keep blowing the whistle........he dives straight in and is dragging players away

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 17, 2007 7:21 am  

  • You are entitled to perceive this comment however you like, but as a ref I have to dispute the comments which say that it was so much better in the good ol' days. Fighting is not, believe it or not, part of the game. There are enough ways that are perfectly within the law to get really hard digs in on your opponent. As to the ref's reaction, it is not a good idea to jump into a fight like that, even if you intend to stop it. He then cannot see what is going on and he runs the risk of getting a good smack himself. Most fights are over in less than 30 seconds and it is better (and, indeed referees are even coached in this way) to adopt a neutral position and blow the hell out of the whistle.
    Sorry that this post was so long but I really fail to undertand the mentality of people who like swinging fists on the rugby field. That is why boxing was invented!

    By Blogger whatdidyousay, at November 15, 2007 11:10 am  

  • "There are plenty of ways to get hard digs in on yor opponent" Not any more. That used to be what the silver slipper was for...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 23, 2007 11:57 pm  

  • i love the fact that at the end the ref is holding both scrum halves like they're naughty school kids!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2008 4:54 pm  

  • if u look closely he steps on his foot at the base

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 22, 2009 1:02 am  

  • "Those days the refs could take charge.
    Our refs are too scared."
    to that comment
    have you seen the size of players now, almost 3 times the size of those players, just imagine trying to drag lomu, tuilangi or someone like that off of the guy they wanted to kick seven shades of **** out of

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2009 11:25 am  

  • Go on Mike Teague!!!! Man of the series if I remember correctly! we lost the first test and decided to give ther Aussies a taste of their own medicine. What a great Lions tour and full on rugby from both sides. Both teams were legends and Australia were the best team in the world at the time but the Lions forwards unbelievably led by Finlay Caulder bullied and battered the Aussies pack to win the series!!, c'mon GLAWS!!!!

    By Blogger burdy1967, at August 30, 2009 2:30 am  

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