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Monday, June 25, 2007

Brian O'Driscoll spear tackled 2005

In 2005 the British and Irish Lions Rugby union team toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993, suffering a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the New Zealand All Blacks.

For the Lions, having toured Australia in 2001 and South Africa in 1997, it was the first time for 22 years they lost every test match on tour.

The squad wasn't helped, of course, by losing their world-class captain less than a minute into the first Test match. It was highly controversial at the time, with accusations being fired back and forth. The guilty party were Tana Umaga & Kevin Mealamu.

Umaga being involved particularly shocked people seeing as he was known to be one of the better behaved players in the game.

The issue resurfaced violently, after someone taping the game from the stands anonymously submitted controversial footage that the stadium's cameras didn't pick up.

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112 Comments:

  • cheap shot, as always by the kiwi's, love to cheat.

    By Blogger anstey, at June 25, 2007 11:59 am  

  • thank god someone was filming this. dirty bastards. does anyone know what came of the new evidence to tana and kevin?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 12:34 pm  

  • Why dont you get spear tackled graham!! Then see if you like it!! You wou;dn't want to drop it then would you? Kiwi Prick!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 12:37 pm  

  • at 2:00 u can hear o'driscol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 12:55 pm  

  • i rekon if u can get away wit it y not do it

    y do u think mccaw is so fukin good at the breakdown its coz he doesnt get caught

    gettin away wit lil things can win u a world cup..but this yr no1 is guna stop the all blacks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 1:11 pm  

  • only one team going to stop the all blacks this year mate...and o'driscoll will be captain of that team!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 1:48 pm  

  • Ok get away with what you can but accept the consequences if you get caught!!! it was a cheap shot and they should be in a shit load of trouble for it! AND HOW THE F*CK DID THE TOUCH JUDGE NOT SEE THAT!!!! HE WAS DIRECTLY THERE!!!!!

    By Anonymous Craig, at June 25, 2007 2:07 pm  

  • 1:31 looks like he was gonna hit the physio!

    Bad days bloody kiwi cheats!!! CHEATING SCUM CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAATS

    By Anonymous Bilbo, at June 25, 2007 2:08 pm  

  • Getting away with a bit of ball handling or whatever at the breakdown is one thing. Spear tackling a guy who you know is a highly skilled player into the floor purely to increase your chances of winning is a completely differen't manner. Its not Rugby its down right disgraceful, they could've permanently ended his career!

    They should've been cited, fined- whatever. Something should've been done to punish them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 2:32 pm  

  • cheating pricks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 2:48 pm  

  • any disciplinary action taken over this??? nope. typical one rule for the NZ filth one for the rest of the world

    By Anonymous jannie, at June 25, 2007 5:09 pm  

  • whats really bad, apart from the dirty play is the lack of reaction from the touch judge and citing commissioner afterwards. typical.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 5:22 pm  

  • its months later and that still enrages me. absolutely disgraceful, tarnishing the whole tour and discrediting any performance, impressive or otherwise, the ABs mounted thereon. tana and kevin recieved no punishment either, indeed not even an apology. this is why i dislike intensely the all blacks.

    i would genuinely like to hear about kiwis fans thoughts, as surely the amateur footage is pretty conclusive isnt it? not just british spin.

    rich.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 6:56 pm  

  • The Lions wouldn't have lost that tour if O'Driscoll was playing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2007 7:07 pm  

  • All you guys saying it's disgusting to try and take out another player to improve your own chances of winning need to wake up. It's part of the game, like it or not. I play a lot of my rugby around the Gloucester area, and I see teams trying to drag better teams down with foul play regularly. Notably, Matson, Spartans and Barton Hill.

    And whoever left the comment above mine. Even if O'Driscoll had played those tests, we'd still never have won a game, let alone the series.

    By Anonymous Will Topps, at June 25, 2007 10:24 pm  

  • i would genuinely like to hear about kiwis fans thoughts, as surely the amateur footage is pretty conclusive isnt it?

    well, they cleared him out of the ruck, didn't they? obviously pretty ugly, but I still doubt it was a malicious act - players get accidentally upended all the time, and Umaga's not only a fair player, but a famously fair one. It would be totally out of character for him to deliberately take the opposition captain. It's also hard to tell if Umaga was able to stop it anyway - looks like he was falling forwards over someone lying on the ground. Mealamu was obviously the one who had the chance to arrest the fall, but didn't.

    cheap shot, as always by the kiwi's, love to cheat.

    hah! that's pretty rich. If you want to see some malicious, deliberate attempts at taking players out of a game, try watching a Boks v. All Blacks or Aussies v. All Blacks game, and keep an eye on the off-the-ball and ruck clean-out action that happens around Richie McCaw - I'm amazed he survives any of those games considering the treatment he comes in for.

    By Blogger noizy, at June 26, 2007 12:58 am  

  • Thats totally a dirty play, All Blacks , all time do Spear or dirty plays, and nothing happens, no one gets cited or penalized or even sin binned. But when any other team do a Spear or dirty play to the All Blacks, then everyone gets cited , sin binned or whatever, the AB's make a scandal about that, remember the taqiri - McCaw incident, it was a scandal.

    The All Blacks are just CHEATERS¡¡¡¡¡

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 26, 2007 2:05 am  

  • All Blacks , all time do Spear or dirty plays, and nothing happens, no one gets cited or penalized or even sin binned.

    Ma'a Nonu got cited last year for a spear tackle.

    Lots of 'dirty' play goes un-cited and un-penalised. As I mentioned above, McCaw is a constant target of dirty tactics (and other All Blacks as well, witness Victor Matfield's dangerous hits on Byron Kelleher and Daniel Carter), but the authorities don't always see, cite or punish that play. That's rugby. I don't think the All Blacks get away with anything other teams don't also get away with.

    By Blogger noizy, at June 26, 2007 2:20 am  

  • i really do wonder if we will ever see a clip on here and not have loads of ridiculous anti-kiwi talk about it! Yes this incident was bad, but i'm pretty sure it wasn't a singled out attack, i'm sure if it was another player at the ruck in the same situation, Mealamu and Umaga would of done the same! and as for the kiwi's always cheating, what aload of bollocks! take this incident aside, i'd like someone to prove to me a time that the kiwi's have done something in a game to cheat, that hasn't been done by a player from any other nation! and before anyone pops up and accuses me of being a kiwi, this is form an english point of view! i just respect good rugby and understand accusing a team of cheating because they are better than my team is just petty.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 26, 2007 4:34 am  

  • I've never seen that footage before, i always thought it was a straight drive through and BOD just got upended and dropped awkwardly...

    The thing that gets me and I belive makes it intentional is the way both players are looking down as they drive him in..

    In my mind that makes it seem as though they know what they are doing.

    I'm sure they just wanted to give him a little dig/knock the wind out of him and i'm certain neither player would want to intentionally hurt BOD in such a manner.

    But it shouldn't have been left where it was, and it's easy for henry to say let it go now, he dind't lose half a season and the chance to lead the british lions.

    Lost a lot of respect for henry in that footage.

    The worst thing about all of this is, although it wouldn't have changed the series outcome - althoug i think it'd have been closer, it robbed us of one of the best match ups Umage vs O'Driscoll on the field in what could have been one of the most mouth watering series there ever was.

    By Anonymous goodnumber10, at June 26, 2007 7:12 am  

  • this was a joke that nobody got suspensions...it was fairly clear that they lifted him up and drove him into the ground i hope kiwis bottle it again dis world cup

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 26, 2007 6:45 pm  

  • "scumbags", the only word to describe instigators of this sort of behaviour.

    roll on France '07, our entire nation cant wait to smash u boys in black.

    and Umanga was too cowardly to line up in Landsdowne the following year, regardless of what the coach said about selection changes or injuries, COWARD!

    By Blogger Karl, at June 26, 2007 10:51 pm  

  • cowardice, the only way to describe, whatever about doing what you must to win, how about just playin footie and trying to beat us the honourable way. There is no doubt that his loss to the squad as a result of this had a massive baring on the success of the tour, i guess you boys in black will never be able to honestly say you beat a full strength lions team in 2005.

    and as brilliant as Umanga was, he didnt have the cohonez to line out in landsdowne the following Autumn, regardless of what the coach said about squad rotation, he clearly has very little confidence that what he did was for the best if he cant stand up like a man in front of the entire irish rugby supporting public.

    i was there, and i would've maybe regained some of the respect i once had for the guy if he did, and well mealamu i saw on grafton street wit rico gear that week, and he wasnt exactly walking with his chest out either.

    By Blogger Karl, at June 26, 2007 11:00 pm  

  • "well, they cleared him out of the ruck, didn't they?"

    If you actually look the ball was gone a couple of seconds earlier and O'Driscoll was at the other side of the ball.

    I certainly don't think there was a game plan to rough up BOD, but I think it is fairly clear that it was very reckless, dangerous and unnecessary play, that was done intentionally (as evidenced by the act of being driven into the ground by Mealamu).

    By Anonymous Grimoald, at June 27, 2007 1:00 am  

  • If you actually look the ball was gone a couple of seconds earlier and O'Driscoll was at the other side of the ball.

    As I said, they cleared him out of the ruck. Ball doesn't necessarily need to be nearby for that to happen.

    By Anonymous noizy, at June 28, 2007 4:12 am  

  • Of course it does, raising a players waist above his shoulders and dropping him is ILLEGAL play in any age range of the game. and at the least it should be obstruction as the ball has left the ruck and so the ruck is OVER.

    By Anonymous H, at June 28, 2007 1:27 pm  

  • Completely agree - you can't defend that kind of play

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 28, 2007 1:31 pm  

  • it was atrocious and cowardly but what was much worse was the lack of any apology from either player or even any concern for the BOD after the foul.

    All this 'part of the game/take out their best player' talk is deeply cynical and goes against the very ethos of rugby. Next they'll be applauding and encouraging diving

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 28, 2007 10:06 pm  

  • I dont think anyone can seriously say there was intent to do serious harm. Yes, it quite obvious BO'Ds been cleared out in a dangerous way but its narrow minded to think in the split second of the first 2 minutes of a huge test like this, both Umaga and Mealamu dropped him in such a way that they knew he would be sidelined for the rest of the tour.
    I have a great deal of admiration for the All Blacks, Tana and Kevin and they got a lot of stick from the UK press, lead mostly by the Lions spin doctor Cambell. Any official response to this 'new' footage would just be a waste of their time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2007 2:22 pm  

  • think that o' driscoll had much luck that it is not Alexandre Guillet opposite him!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2007 7:41 pm  

  • funny then how a team that is world renowned for bending rules has and two players known for aggressive and sometimes dirty play accidently pick brian o'driscoll one of the lions star players up after the ball is gone and drop him into the floor inverse ways. Is that what you meen by no intent?

    By Anonymous H, at July 01, 2007 10:08 pm  

  • very glad the AB's lost to Auz! serves them right and it might just knock some sense into them. They've been hot favorites before and choked when it comes to the WC....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2007 12:37 pm  

  • fucking tramps,the lot of u's in new zealand r all tramps

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2007 8:23 pm  

  • what the fu*k? how can anyone excuse that? he was 10 feet away from the ball! brian is very,very lucky not to be in a wheelchair. to the guy four comments up: so are u sayin that somehow tana and kevin just SOMEHOW managed to pick brian up, and SOMEHOW put his feet up in the air and SOMEHOW accidentially managed to throw brian full force on his neck? ha ha ha! u are a funny man! seriously u are! if they want to that they should do wrestling! i would love to see brian smash kevin into the ground, now that tana is retired! what kind of example is that to us youth players? nearly paralise ur opponents captain and u will win! disgusting! they didnt even apoligise, which shows how pig headed they are!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2007 11:30 pm  

  • Dirt Dirty Dirty ALL Blacks y didnt 11 for the LIONS fuking smash them get em bak dirty new zealand cunts

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 14, 2007 6:06 am  

  • Cheating bastards taking out a danger man. The doctors said that O'Driscoll was lucky he had such good reactions and managed to move his head, otherwise he might have been looking at a broken kneck! The Kiwi's planned it got away with it and there's no excuse for doing things like that on a pitch. There should have been a lengthy ban in it for Umaga and Mc Caw. The Blacks have always been cheating scum like against Wales back in the day when that prick dived out of the lineut for the match winning penalty. Go dance round your sheep you pricks! xxx

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 19, 2007 10:16 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 20, 2007 3:01 pm  

  • What a cowardess attack...shame...atleast brian o driscoll has got through it and is still twice the player umaga ever was or ever will be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2007 2:31 pm  

  • once again the pussies think you cvan prevail.... DOCTOR CHOPPER GIVING YOU ALL A PRESCRIPTION TO HARDEN THE F$%K UP!!!!

    P.S. whatta pity the lions actually show up to play rugby on that tour....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 30, 2007 6:03 am  

  • you guys talk like no other team has ever done dirty play before. And how can you say its one rule for us and one rule for you? its controlled by the IRB wh would they favour new zealand? im not excusing what happened because it was obviously dirty tactics but if any of you had paid attention to tanas other matches you would notice that hes a fair player and that this isnt typical for him. Doesnt anyone remember him helping out charvis when he got knocked out?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2007 6:51 am  

  • The tackle was illegal and terribly dangerous. Thats all there is too it. It doesnt matter whether it was deliberate or not (which personally I think it was judging by the way the twosome are looking down etc - I play rugby and you cant just do that sort of thing 'by accident' especially seeing the ruck was over 10 seconds before and the ball already miles away!) Anyway - it doesnt matter whether it was intentional or not - it was still foulplay and they should still have been red carded, cited and banned for a long, long time. The fact that neither man apologised to BOD immediately or long-term after the event reflects terribly badly on them - especially when BOD was publically so nice about it - and I think that the attitudes of the Kiwi coach and others were absolutely disgraceful - what if he'd died or been paralysed? The two could have been looking at a murder/manslaughter/GBH charge - illegal tackles is not what rugby is about - thats why they are illegal! And I am writing as a fully qualified referee.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2007 7:17 pm  

  • That play puts the D in Dirty. BOD is a great role model because even when he gets slighted by foul play he always takes the high road. I would like to see IRE win the world cup and the All Blacks not make the final four. It would be nice to claim the All Blacks as the Yankees of Rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 21, 2007 3:59 pm  

  • I love how a load of you guys are saying its not that big a deal and there was no intent etc......STFU if any of you have ever played rugby you know that it is pretty damn hard for two guys to pick up one person by his legs, lift him up and drop him on his head by "ACCIDENT!"

    and as for that prick of a touch judge, maybe the old "ref get some glasses" should come into it! or maybe thats why he is a touch judge and not a ref, cos he is a useless T**T! anyone.....thats my piece...for now!

    By Anonymous No.7, at August 21, 2007 6:25 pm  

  • every one just calm down, it happened
    2 years ago and getting fed up with the moaning and bitching. it is most likely the all blacks will meet Ireland in the quarter finals, so please! judge us after that when we give you an old fashioned new zealand
    thumping!!! again and again

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 22, 2007 1:25 pm  

  • 2 yrs later and the Kiwis are at it again, someone who's "never hit anyone in his life" just losing control of his fist to smash O'Driscoll's cheekbone 1 month before the World Cup. I wonder did the idea just come to him in his sleep...
    The Kiwis are clearly afraid of him.

    Thankfully O'D be fit for the remainder of the tournament - I hope he gets the chance to show the All Blacks what they missed 2 yrs ago.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 23, 2007 10:11 am  

  • No one, not one of you whinging POMEs have said anything about the disrespectful actions of O'D during/after the Haka. You are right, KM and TU did target him (rightly so), and went overboard, (which was wrong - absolutely). But why? Take a look, and then think about your own 'culture'/'heritage' and what you'd do when someone disrespects you, your family, your people, so blatantly. What a muppet. He deserved to be hurt badly (NOT potentially life threatening, that was wrong) but certainly something to put the pathetic barstard in hospital. HENCE, NO APOLOGY. And Ireland, world cup, comeon, the Lions couldn't win it, how could they!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2007 2:24 pm  

  • It's very amusing to see the Kiwis trying to defend their two stars. especially Umaga, who they've been very keen to portray as whiter than white, if that's not a non sequitur. This was a callous and disgraceful act, and Henry comes of this extremely badly. The truth is, however much they protest, the All Blacks are always looking for unfair advantage, and when things are going badly, they cheat. All the rugby-playng world knows this, so I don't know why you protest so vociferously.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 16, 2007 7:37 pm  

  • It's very amusing to see the Kiwi's trying to defend their two stars. especially Umaga, who they've been very keen to portray as whiter than white, if that's not a non sequitur. This was a callous and disgraceful act, and Henry comes of this extremely badly. The truth is, however much they protest, the All Blacks are always looking for unfair advantage, and when things are going badly, they cheat. All the rugby-playng world knows this, so i don;t know why you protest so vociferously.

    By Anonymous Nick Wright, at September 16, 2007 7:39 pm  

  • I totally agree with you Nick Wright, 100%. Let's just let it go and move on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2007 8:10 am  

  • Nick Wright: Oh dear, you really can't cope can you? I don't defend the spear tackle at all but the ABs 'unfair advantage' seems to be simply playing better rugby. Why don't you try to get your team to actually try and compete?

    By Blogger fishboy, at September 27, 2007 6:46 am  

  • Dear Fishboy,

    Just because our side is not playing well at the moment, there is little need to gloat. I well rmember a game before the last world Cup, in NZ, when 8 All Black forwards couldn't push over 6 Englishman from an attacking scrum. However selective your memory is, and I've known some pretty selective Kiwi memories, you can hardly deny this. Don't you like criticism of the Blacks? And what sort of name is Fishboy?

    By Anonymous Nick Wright, at September 27, 2007 3:31 pm  

  • Gutless NZ coach. Shameful.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2007 2:15 pm  

  • they hit him, spear tackle him because hes the go to man he can win a match single handedly that why ALL teams do it (mainly the portugesse, like in starwars)wen look has sex with darth vader

    E-mail me at Captain.Cockerz@hotmail.com
    if u want to respond to me

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 19, 2007 5:19 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 19, 2007 5:20 am  

  • I think the technical term is cheating lying scum. I respected them until that moment. For a successful rugby nation the kiwis have a serious inferiority complex going down - noone can even think about insulting them without getting shouted down by someone with the mentality of a six-year-old. Umaga and Mealamu should have had at least six week bans.

    By Anonymous hamish m, at December 22, 2007 12:19 am  

  • The citing referee said that he would not punish Umaga and Mealamu and the next morning he went off home to South Africa. Its not right. New Zealand are never cited on home ground. Bribery or something, I dont know.

    By Anonymous J.R., at December 22, 2007 12:31 am  

  • Oh and about the haka. O' Driscoll was trying to show a sign of respect when he picked up the grass and threw it into the breeze. Not disrespect. He asked a Maori elder about the best way to recieve it and he was told to do that.

    By Anonymous J.R., at December 22, 2007 12:34 am  

  • Listen i have a lot of respect for Tana Umaga. He is genuinely one of the gentleman of rugby. However what he did was quite simply a heinous act along with Mealamu. I have dislocated my shoulder and i know how painful it can be. You can quite clearly hear O'Driscoll's cry of pain when he hits the ground.

    When you think us Northern Hemisphere fans are whining about All Black players never being cited we are simply stating a known fact that not just All Black but any Tri Nation player is much more likely to get away without being cited than a Northern Hemisphere player.

    I still believe there should be an indefinite time for citing along as it is within reason. For example the South Africans in 2002 pretty much led a team wide assault on the England team. I only think it was the second-row Labuschagne that was cited and banned. No-one else was as the there was insufficient evidence and it was only when the Sky Sports cameras picked stuff up that the full extent of the Bok's barbary became apparent.

    By Anonymous AbbyNo7, at December 25, 2007 7:33 pm  

  • i know its ages since the incident but i just watched it again and was particularly amused by graham henrys b*****t...i think the phrase is karma and it certainly bit him and his team in the ass in cardiff in the world cup!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 24, 2008 2:14 am  

  • Dude - I don't see how beating an inept Lions squad which included over 50 players has any bearing on Cardiff whatsoever. This is the first time I've seen the tackle and I have to admit it was very very bad. I stil don't reakon it was on purpose tho as there were 14 other Lions who were quite willing to let the AB's score at will anyway. The worse thing for BOD would have been the flattened hair do at the end of the spear..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 06, 2008 7:04 pm  

  • Its so dam easy to spot the pom in this bleating blog. If BOD was such a danger why didn't someone kneecap him when he was out on the piss with the local tarts. Seems that the only reasons the Lions lost that tour was the coach and the 50 odd players - most of whom didn't even play.
    I would have loved seeing him disrepect the haka before the Maori match - now that would have been fireworks....
    Whinging poms

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 06, 2008 7:18 pm  

  • The kiwis should be banned from world rugby after that disgusting incident...grow up u twats its a sport not a death match...why if i was out ther i would giv Umanga and graham henry a gud smack the arrogant pricks...back in my day if we had a problem we would be respectful and blatenet about it not dirty little scumbags about it...in conclusion the Kiwis are nincompoops!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2008 7:06 pm  

  • the two teams play a very different style of rugby, both very efficient. the allblacks maintain it but when it comes down to it the english pick themselfs up. thats why we made both finals in the last two WC. all blacks are very good and looking at the clip practically it doesn't prove they did it to cause harm, but it does prove they did dangerouse play which should of been cited none the less.

    the irish aren't known to disrespect at all, but if he did the sheer escalation is childish. if he disrespects you, walk up to him and tell him? (not attempt to paralyse him)

    but you know what, what happend happend end off. but wtf does pom actuelly mean? you say it and I (as a mixed irish/english man) dont feel anything when you say it

    By Anonymous Gazz, at February 19, 2008 3:37 pm  

  • love these posters backing up their comments anonymously .

    love the fact this is still debated in february '08 !

    was a bad hit, possibly deserved a yello/red if seen - but thats the game .

    what didn't help the Lions was ex-Blair spokesman and Lions press sec Alistair Cook stirring the pot with his handy-cam action replays and taking caustic comments to the media .

    By Blogger boomshanka, at February 20, 2008 10:05 am  

  • That is absolutely repulsive. How did the touch judge not see that, he was right there? Disgusting.

    By Anonymous Alex, at February 20, 2008 7:02 pm  

  • u know what im fuckin sick of stupid brits who cant see shit! how the hell do you spear tackle someone in the middle of a ruck?? just coz u guys cant handle losing from an easily better team. fucking whingers!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 23, 2008 12:13 pm  

  • woah... chill-out 'Anon'.

    By Blogger boomshanka, at February 25, 2008 5:56 am  

  • hey 2 comments up irish people aren't brits btw

    By Anonymous themull, at February 25, 2008 7:26 pm  

  • he didnt even hav the ball thats pathetic!! how in hell did they get away wiv that??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 29, 2008 5:33 pm  

  • Someone asked for a kiwi point of view, so here's one. Yes it was a bad tackle, but did they do it on purpose? I doubt it. They weren't punished because the ref obviously didn't see it and there was no footage of it. The amateur footage was months later - too late to do anything. People act like this is the only bad tackle ever. Gregans tackle on Kahui is one of the worst I've seen, right in front of the ref and he got a yellow card. And to be honest, I think that one was unintentional as well.

    By Anonymous Kiwirugger, at March 12, 2008 12:39 pm  

  • for me it blighted a great career for tana...wen i reflect on him as a player i think of this incident, wat a shame! well very funny how u guys suck at the most important competition and we english somehow do well!!! lol karma

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 28, 2008 6:44 pm  

  • Kiwi's always cheat. they are just a bunch of dirty bastards.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 31, 2008 7:08 pm  

  • This is a request, rugbydump. Can u get a vid of josh lewsey, in the same game dropping a pass in the all blacks 22 and getting hammered by Umaga - looked like a spear tackle.

    in the same game Umaga tripped robinson and got away with it. Can u get that as well.

    By Anonymous Angus, at April 05, 2008 8:29 pm  

  • BO'D was injured and out for rest of te tour but it's all gone and none of u can change it now.brits please stop whinging and new zealanders stop trying to say it was fine.so please just shut up.

    By Anonymous evnz, at April 16, 2008 9:26 pm  

  • Yes the ABs would have won the series. And the injury to BOD didn't change the outcome, but what the two Ab players did boardered on assult. It was away from play and completley unnessessary. Dirty play like hands in the ruck, not rolling away slowing the ball down is one thing. This isn't a case of trying your luck this is malicious and not in the spirit of the game. Rugby is a contact sport and there will be plenty of times to hit any player on the field with a fair legal tackle if you wish to prove a point.

    the fact it went unpunished made me lose alot of respect for the rugby authorities on this one. What example does this give to young players?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2008 5:49 pm  

  • A sneaky cheapshot by Tana Umaga & Keven Mealamu on Brian O' Driscoll here and I agree with Anstey the Kiwis love to pull dirty play out of the bag. Just one question :Why did they do it??.Anonymous No2 you are a knucklehead!1 question to you :Why do you write pwp language in your comments??.

    By Anonymous Ben TV, at May 03, 2008 6:32 pm  

  • This clip makes me smile every time and I'm not even a Kiwi...!!! Pity he dislocated his shoulder and not his mouth so me wouldn't have to listen to this tw@t and all the crap he speaks....!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2008 11:20 am  

  • three more years in your own country with biased refs and touchjudges and dirty play the ab should win,sad day for rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2008 11:34 pm  

  • still have won the world cup since 1987 ha ha ha ha .well in 2011 you,ll have home advantage,refs and touchjudges on your side,mccaw will get away with everything cheat.you should win it at home and not choke.lokking forward to seeing the all blacks dirty and thuggish play.by the way learn how to kick drop goals ha ha ha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2008 11:41 pm  

  • Clearly deliberate. You can see them wrestling him into the air then quite intentionally putting him into the ground shoulder/head first. It is NOT rucking (when were you ever allowed to lift someone up like that in a ruck?) and the ball has gone anyway. A deliberate and dirty thing. It may be out of character for Tana, but it still happens and the evidence is there

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2008 12:26 am  

  • lol man up and take it, the tackle wasnt even that bad he did a foward roll... rugby is turning into a a game of hollywoods. O'Driscoll is a pre-madonna he needs to man up.

    By Anonymous Gazza, at December 02, 2008 10:51 pm  

  • Gazza you are a bit of an idiot really i would love to see you get tipped on your neck by those two and see how you fair. Are the IRB afraid to punish the ABs, seems like one set of rules for them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 03, 2008 9:46 pm  

  • gazza you little twat a spear is illegal you rat how about you get spear by them two yh id love to go and see you shit yourself in hospital if your gunna say stuff like that.

    By Anonymous mattn, at December 20, 2008 12:39 pm  

  • Tuquiri spear tackled mccaw and he got a few weeks.

    By Anonymous Zacaria, at April 21, 2009 2:23 pm  

  • i thought it was pretty sick thatthey didnt get banned at all! and the cheat unaga retiring after the series!! pathetic

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2009 11:14 pm  

  • Yeah Tuqiri did spear tackle mccaw and the Kiwis got over it really quickly, because it happens in rugby.
    The Irish are still crying about O'driscoll. It was four years ago, get over it.,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 22, 2009 9:31 am  

  • There's NO NEED for the anti-Kiwi rubbish on this thread - all nations have players who cross the line. I think the problem with this case though is that the authorities got it wrong - even if Umaga and Mealamu did not INTEND to seriously injure BOD, they still took the chance that they would when they speared him. It's a bit like driving when you are drunk and hitting a pedestrian - you did not mean to hurt anybody, but you took a big chance with their life when you got behind the wheel drunk. The authorities should have 'manned up' and given the two Kiwi guys appropriate punishment.

    By Anonymous Gavin, at April 24, 2009 1:09 am  

  • it is embarassingly hyped up here. but it was bad. there should have been some punishment. and even if it had been totally legal, they should have phoned to apologise, it just manners like.

    By Anonymous Breifne, at April 25, 2009 1:26 am  

  • as allways new zealand and gamesmanship hand in hand :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 25, 2009 8:01 am  

  • Tana Umaga & Kevin Mealamu Should be ashamed of themselves ! They are SCUM ! Brian O'Driscoll Is Thee best Player In The World At This Moment as he shown in the 6 Nations ! The South Africans wont knoe what hit them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 29, 2009 7:08 pm  

  • The touch judge is the biggest dick of them all. you can see him telling the players to leave brian but when they run off he doent do anything no penalty, doesnt say anything afterwards nothing! THats just wrong.

    By Anonymous Joshie, at April 29, 2009 7:12 pm  

  • shame it wasnt and english cunt that got dumped

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2009 12:38 pm  

  • it was dirty but funny how the barmy army, lions and o driscoll milked it for all it was worth. the bottom line.. the lions of 2005 were awful and this years are goona be even worse. dont waste your time and money watching them, it cost me a fortune down in nz. the all blacks showed how class they really are during those 3 tests and the lions turned into kittens. unable to do the basics right and nervous. the nz maoris game was the point where i thought.. could this tour get any worse, and it did.

    o driscoll what a smug fanny.. be a man, u play rugby for gods sake!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 07, 2009 8:58 pm  

  • reviews of incidents like this shouldn't take into account incidents of the past. so what if tana umaga helped colin charvis? that was the past, it means fuk all. i dnt think he meant to injure him for five months, but the recklessness of this situation alone merits a certain ban. tana probably learnt his lesson anyway, but that doesnt mean it shudnt go unpunished - others who look to them as role models have to be deterred.

    Frank

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 11, 2009 8:48 pm  

  • There's an international linesman (an Australian) standing there, a few meters away, looking at it happen (and he keeps his flag down). The IRB sighting commissioner (a South African) looked at the tape and said there was no case to answer. Yet still they moan. It's a rough game people get hurt. If you'd like to see a spear tackle look at what D'Arcy did against the Maoris, you want to see reckless look at what O'Connell did in the 2nd Test. Typical Paddies always after an excuse for failure instead of a reason to succeed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 15, 2009 2:31 pm  

  • Basically Tana Umaga is a fucking scumbag. That's all i have to say. I'm not Irish by the way, it's just there in the video for all to see. Can't see how a few people manage to claim 'it's rugby'. What???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 20, 2009 4:28 pm  

  • Watching this makes me smile.

    By Anonymous Boz, at May 21, 2009 3:13 am  

  • the world is jealous of new zealand toughen up there are bigger hits than that every saturday afternoon in new zealand club rugby you northern players are really soft cocks. you got dicked 3-0 move on and go play soft 6 nations. thanks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2009 5:50 am  

  • To the above comment, there are obviously not bigger hits than this every Saturday in New Zealand. If there were all the players would be dead or paralysed. Thanks.

    By Anonymous Umaga is scum, at May 25, 2009 8:05 pm  

  • what tv show was this featured in?

    By Anonymous Stocksy, at May 25, 2009 10:42 pm  

  • I think it was on "The Irish Are Still Going On About This".
    Might have been "We Can't Get Over It, And It's Pathetic."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 26, 2009 2:00 pm  

  • To anonymous who thinks nh are soft, if i ever get my hands on u I'll kick the shit outta ya.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 29, 2009 2:23 pm  

  • Do you think that was planned or spur of the moment?

    By Anonymous evnz, at May 30, 2009 11:28 pm  

  • i LOVE the all blacks dont get me wrong, they are the best team in the world and people say they cheat well maybe a bit of handling in the ruck and whatever .. everyone does it no team is perfect, but this is a disgrace. Im british yes, and with or without o'driscoll we wouldve lost we dont have the quality so this isnt an excuse.. but this is absolutely disgusting how them two got away with it. I love umaga more than any all black of all time but this made me think twice.

    By Anonymous Jordan, at June 02, 2009 4:11 pm  

  • Hahaha buddy you will be in trouble saying the Allblacks can't be stopped this year. They are not a better side than Australia under Robbie Deans and you can see what cheap shots they put on people. Wallabies will always put them on the back foot even in NZ.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2009 11:19 am  

  • I love this video, the music, the close-ups of "evil tana" and all the opinion from Irish supporters/players/whoever they are. Get over it you bunch of sook's! You will never beat the AB's so stop finding excuses to hate on them.. Just accept you are a second rate nation and a second rate rugby team. Yes we all know you won the 6 nations, but let's be honest... it's a piss poor tournament with an average bunch of players. Now confirm my comments with some abuse and useless facts, ha ha ha.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2009 10:54 am  

  • Anonymous, way to insight the the NH some more!

    I think this was just a moment of madness... We have all seen Tana turn a KO'd player (I think it was a Welsh loosie who was hit hard by JC) on his side during a game... so i don't believe Tana is a bad person.

    Its pretty funny there was a whole television segment on it though....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2009 11:10 am  

  • How many times has BOD beatin the Ab's .....ZERO and ireland ...ZERO and will he ever beat the all blacks never so get over it the All Blacks are the best team ever and thats backed up by the stats !! So all the kiwi bashers out there "jealousy is a stinky cologne"! we dont cheat we win BOd can play his little games in the six nations but he will never be the best cause he cant beat the best

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 25, 2010 3:35 pm  

  • Damn I was going to buy a new Hummer in late 2012 and drive around the country for a vacation, Now I am going to have to shave my head and join the Hari.s, Muslims, Jews, Jehovah s, Mormons, Christians, and a few other wing nut groups just to cover all my bases.
    [url=http://2012earth.net
    ]2012 end of world
    [/url] - some truth about 2012

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 26, 2010 12:30 pm  

  • The Maori are an innately aggressive population.Research has isolated the cause of this agressive and neophile behavour as the MAOA gene. Dr Rod Lea, in his presentation to the International Congress Of Human Genetics stated "This gene goes a long way in explaining some of the problems Maori's have.Obviously this means they are going to be more aggressive and violent and more likely to be involved in risk taking behaviour like gambling"
    Whith this in mind is it time to ban the Hakka or even the participation of Maori from international rugby?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 17, 2010 4:28 pm  

  • all black scum... and always will be,
    win at all costs, cant believe o'driscoll still shows them respect by watching their ridiculous haka. no time for the cheating all blacks.

    By Blogger ronan, at June 11, 2010 8:41 pm  

  • ronan.. get over yourself mate. This isn't even that bad he lands on the top of his back not his neck. British Lions shouldnt play if they are such a punch of woman!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 09, 2010 7:40 pm  

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