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Monday, February 04, 2008

David Knox does a Hollywood, sending Os off in 1997

We've all seen what soccer players are like when they get the slightest of nudges, or take a decent tackle - they hold their heads, roll around on the floor, and basically act as if they've either broken a leg or a family member has just died.

Commonly known as a 'Hollywood', acting to get a penalty or more is a common way to trick the ref into thinking the incident was worse than it actually is.

In the 1997 game between the Boks and the Wallabies, flyhalf David Knox took a bit of a late hit from Os Du Randt which in normal circumstances should have just been a penalty, if that. Through his acting, Knox managed to milk a penalty and a crazy yellow card for big Os.

Thankfully I've only seen this type of acting on the rugby field once or twice. Soccer can keep it as far I'm concerned.



  • Dont see you point, not a lot of acting. Os was late and fell foul of a fussy Ref.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 10:11 am  

  • HAHAHAHAH what a nob

    By Anonymous 12, at February 04, 2008 11:01 am  

  • disgraceful

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 11:24 am  

  • The fact that he laughed really pisses me off. Not condoning a late tackle but it was a slight nudge.

    Typical Aussies! All about gamesmanship.

    By Anonymous Fridge, at February 04, 2008 11:28 am  

  • Love the site, but this is a ridiculous entry. He late tackled an exposed outhalf, who went down for less than 10 seconds, and poor old Os should somehow be outraged by this travesy of justice?

    He got 10 mins for a late tackle - hardly a lifetime ban.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 11:41 am  

  • No point in this post.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 11:44 am  

  • seems to be a lot of negativity towards australia here. how many times have seen a failed chip kick go through and the kicker dive into a heap?? backs are all about hollywood. and that particular incident knox gets up straight away and smiles. os got the penalty coz being a prop he should have been able to avoid hitting knox with a 20 metre run up.

    By Anonymous richyo, at February 04, 2008 11:51 am  

  • you'd be better off putting up Joubert's playacting against Munster !

    Check it out: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_QOMQGMmlrA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 12:16 pm  

  • Still seen yellow cards given for that anyway...but the laughing bit was inexcusable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 12:19 pm  

  • my intended comment was: theres one more thing you wont see in football- not complaining to ref. but then I saw this joubert clip....cant believe it! horrible, disgraceful, shameful, humiliating.... obnoxious!
    that is professionalism...

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at February 04, 2008 12:23 pm  

  • It was a late hit, and a penalty, but I think what rugbydump are getting at is that he clearly was pretending to be hurt when he wasn't. The fact that he was rolling around on the ground one minute and up and smiling the next is pretty good evidence of this. For anyone who follows English football (God help you) it's similar to Ronaldo getting Rooney sent off at the World Cup and then winking at his team mates - it's the deliberate attempt to cheat that's so annoying.

    By Anonymous Will, at February 04, 2008 1:08 pm  

  • @ will: i agree,
    @ richyo: i think os needs more than 20 meters to stop :P he's like a locomotiv... without the emergency brakes!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 1:16 pm  

  • Am i wrong for finding this funny?

    I mean i hate the blatant faggotry and lack of respect with diving in sports as much as the next man; but there's something about his sinister smile after his brief acting stint that tickles my humour.

    If you want someone bad for milking it, Chabal! He'll get on with it if the challenge is legal, but if he's on the end of an illegal challenge he breaks down into audition mode and rolls around all over the place!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 1:46 pm  

  • Next play someone should have taken Joubert or Knox and clotheslined them. Yellow or red card, yes, but send a message.

    I miss the old NHL (National Hockey League) in North America.

    If a guy ever pulled this kind of crap there, the opposition would send someone out to really give the guy something to writhe in agony over.

    Not thuggery for thuggery's sake.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at February 04, 2008 4:30 pm  

  • sorry what?
    a flyhalf got mullered by one of the heaviest lumps in the game, he got up in like five seconds and didnt even appeal to the ref

    whats this entry onabout?

    By Anonymous lank, at February 04, 2008 7:49 pm  

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    By Anonymous 212, at February 04, 2008 8:17 pm  

  • i know it sucks to see in rugby, but it did make me laugh, Os du Randt knew the guy milked it and was like "you have to be kidding me" but the way Knox looked up, laughed and slapped the ground was pretty funny, kind of reminds me of an old school mate when we played house 7's .......did something similar to me!

    so yeh i did find the funny side of this, but im glad its not a common occurance!

    By Anonymous JS, at February 04, 2008 9:34 pm  

  • i dont think he dived jst got hit then stayed on the ground for a bit afterwards.

    By Anonymous cas, at February 04, 2008 10:47 pm  

  • I saw this game live, and I know David Knox was a character of the game, therefore appreciate the clip more than others.

    Funny how some people don't watch the clip properly, but still feel the need to make dumb comments about it being pointless etc.

    You can CLEARLY see that Knox wasn't hurt, but just acted that he was. THAT is the point of this entry my friends.

    By Anonymous GMC, at February 05, 2008 8:48 am  

  • he was hit late and was open so he was most likely winded, if any of u are calling him a cheat even play rugby then u know when u get winded it only lasts a few seconds then your fine thats why he got up again. as for the laughing if u just got hit late with a shoulder and saw them get sent off your not going 2 feel sorry for the guy are u...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 06, 2008 5:50 am  

  • Aussies arent fairplay. That is a fact.

    When I lived in Singapour I played against the Australian School's rugby team on numerous occasion, as part of the French school squad.. And I really can remember their lack of sportsmanship.
    But it was great playing them anyway :)

    By Anonymous f.g, at February 06, 2008 12:43 pm  

  • he was having a laf!!!! and we all know that the south africans are taught to play dirty and cheat at every part of the game! always have always will!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 07, 2008 2:02 pm  

  • if you watch carefully Os doesn't try to tackle. He just runs Knox over. That, even if usual with most Southern Hemisphere teams, should be punished. Even so I do think that diving does ruin professional sport and hate to see it on a Rugbypitch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 15, 2008 10:38 am  

  • whoever sed this post was pointless then i'd like 2 see u find a better example other than football.it iz so strange 2 see on a rugby field.

    By Anonymous evzman, at February 23, 2008 6:39 pm  

  • That is soooo Dirty...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 18, 2008 8:07 am  

  • Alex Buckley ! hahaha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 29, 2008 10:12 pm  

  • stupid Auusies.

    By Anonymous angus, at April 03, 2008 11:26 am  

  • OS was tryin 2 get in his head,beleive me i play fly,and thats the way it is,coaches tell the big hitters to put a lick on the fly,what better way to return the favour and get him yellow carded.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2008 10:30 pm  

  • slime

    By Anonymous Harry Oliver O'Neill, at May 26, 2008 9:50 am  

  • deserved the yellow for the late and no arms charge, i'm sure the ref did not take the yellow out brcause of the acting. The flyhalf there should be punished, in football, altough it is pretty common, acting can be punished with yellow card and is illegal.

    By Anonymous Dani_Talyuli, at August 01, 2008 5:48 pm  

  • not a lot wrong with what Knox does! and if a referee's decisions is influenced by how badly the player is hurt then that is ridiculos to!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 5:08 pm  

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