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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mauro Bergamasco smashes the Irish players

Physicality was not something that was missing in Italy's performance against Ireland in the opening match the Six Nations. The tackles came on thick and fast from the Italian back-row from the likes Bergamasco and Parisse especially.

Even Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll begins to feel the intensity and needs a breather after getting drilled by open-side Bergamasco. Geordan Murphy also gets a taste of the action when he and a rampaging Bergamasco collide in the second half.

Despite the physicality though, both sides lacked a little bit of direction and the game struggled to find its rhythm. Dempsey and Castrogiovanni were the only try scorers, with Ronan O'Gara being the eventual difference between the sides.

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  • ouch, but thats what happens when you over run your fly half brian.

    should have stayed deeper and you wouldn't have had to turn to take the ball.

    The murphy one is a bit off, forearm tot he throat/jaw, could have been carded/cited for that.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at February 03, 2008 12:12 pm  

  • Stupid Bergamaso, he should learn how to tackle, it would help him to get the six nations cup.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 12:19 pm  

  • Bergamasco is a bit of a hot head, always has been. Shouldn't lead with the forearm but the most hopless tackle attempt. Was it Murphy just standing like a plank?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 12:45 pm  

  • First tackle was great, I was at the game (and am Irish) and you could just hear it.

    But he should have been carded or penalised at least for leading with the fist to Murphy's jaw

    By Anonymous Dank, at February 03, 2008 1:42 pm  

  • The ref should've done something about the charge but I have noticed Murphy stands up straight a lot when attempting to tackle. He has a really bad technique. Is he like that when playing for the tigers ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 2:27 pm  

  • thats a disgrace. You cant lead with your forearm. hes nearly as bad as andy goode

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 2:54 pm  

  • ah cmon the second one had to be illegal?? hey who thought eoin reddan had a good match? had two brill breaks...i think hes secured the 9 shirt.

    By Anonymous bd, at February 03, 2008 3:14 pm  

  • yeah Reddin was on fire yesterday, great player. And Stringer brought nothign to the game to make me think he should be the 9.

    Murphy does stand up in the tackle and tends to try and judo throw, oull the opo down with him.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at February 03, 2008 3:33 pm  

  • First tackle is perfectly legitimate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 4:14 pm  

  • Don't turn your back to your friends, But NEVER do it to you opponents

    By Anonymous capo, at February 03, 2008 6:28 pm  

  • Meh, wouldn't of happened if Murphy wasn't a shite tackler

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 7:39 pm  

  • Murphy tackles while standing upright quite alot. think the idea is that he stops the man from offloading in the tackle. which isn't a bad idea but when there's a huge fucker like bergamasco charging at you forearm first, it might be best to go low.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 7:46 pm  

  • Bergamasco is a legend.
    Coming from an Ulsterman and Irishman, great to see BOD smashed.
    Agree the Murphy bit should have probably been a penalty, but didn't Shane Horgan do it to England's David Strettle last year? He wasn't cited.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 8:23 pm  

  • 'Coming from an Ulsterman and Irishman, great to see BOD smashed' - Clearly a unionist mixing rugby with politics. O'Driscoll is the only world-class player on the squad and and real Irishman would support him. Your no Irishman, you don't distinguish between provinces with the national team, go over and live in England, fag. BOD would steamroll you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 8:51 pm  

  • murphy is so much better than tht prick dempsey hu doesnt deserve to be in the side

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2008 10:27 pm  

  • Wasn't it Parise that scored the try?

    By Anonymous p-daddie, at February 04, 2008 2:59 pm  

  • 'no Irishman, you don't distinguish between provinces with the national team, go over and live in England.fag'
    Some of you southerners are so pathetic (I know not all of you are).
    I am Scottish and really think you guys should give it a rest as the ulsterman is mearly commenting.

    Enjoy the rugby clips and shut up no need to bring politics into it you fag!

    By Anonymous scottish rob, at February 04, 2008 3:27 pm  

  • Scottish Rob I'm from Belfast so don't give me shite about Republicans. I can comment on what your man said about BOD, and as a so called 'Irishman' i don't think he want to see BOD 'smashed'. Would you like to see a highlander smashed if you were from Edinburgh while playing for Scotland? Chances are you wouldn't...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 6:28 pm  

  • First tackle was super and legal, O’Driscoll happy to get a breather after that.
    The seconded warranted action, if Murphy tackled that way he’d be carded at least. But fair play to Murphy up on his feet straight away.
    As for Shane Horgan doing it last year against Strettle, Horgan gave a chip ahead and Strettle moved in to block Horgan. I think Strettle was in the wrong there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 8:16 pm  

  • "Anonymous said...
    Stupid Bergamaso, he should learn how to tackle, it would help him to get the six nations cup.

    February 03, 2008 1:19 PM"

    Stupid Anonymous, he should learn a thing or to about rugby, it would help him shut his useless gob and not make dumbass comments about teams trying to get the six nations cup.........

    By Anonymous martin, at February 04, 2008 9:59 pm  

  • I think strettle was fouled by Horgan to be honest although i can't really remember it that well I did think horgan led with his harm.

    And lads no need to get pi**ed off with the ulsterman, provincial rivalries run deep. I'm a Leinster fan and despise (but respect) Munster and sometimes that even comes out in international games!

    If that lad was just spouting unionist sectarian crap then I wouldn't worry about it. Remember: No one likes unionists anyway.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2008 10:16 pm  

  • you okes are all irish i can tell...Haha;) perfectly legal in both instances....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 05, 2008 8:35 am  

  • how is the 2nd legal? if u hand someone off it has to be the palm of ur hand and ur arms supposed to be straightened before contact so its not like a punch....charging with ur forearm is illegal!

    and what is the point of arguing about someone wanting BOD smashed....im irish and i hate him! awful captain!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 07, 2008 9:06 pm  

  • I know! Hes such an awful captain thats why hes the got the most caps as captain for ireland, hes the top try scorer and has been regarded as irelands best player for the past 7 or 8 years. Theres always one tosser who thinks they can do a better job, and its that guy ^^^^

    By Anonymous Smarter Than That Guy ^^, at February 07, 2008 11:27 pm  

  • I think there's a difference between player and captain...... I really like BOD but I don't think he should be captain. POC when he's fit would be better but i suppose there's few other contenders considering EOS's team selection...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 08, 2008 7:12 pm  

  • to smarter than that guy...and i left the comment above u jackass!
    BOD yes has been a great player, always plays with passion and is capable of magic. But as a captain he lacks alot and makes bad decisions on the ball but he's never brought up on it as he's captain!
    Ronaldo is at the minute probably the best footballer in the world....but dear lord he would be the worst captain of all time

    By Anonymous i know more about rugby than you, at February 09, 2008 7:04 pm  

  • ronaldo is a prick BOD is a legend (and thats coming from a scotsman)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2008 10:31 am  

  • Grande Mauro!!!!! Il primo placcaggio è perfetto e legale, il secondo contatto non del tutto, c'era il braccio un po' alto.

    By Blogger Prendiamoci un Caffe', at February 12, 2008 2:19 pm  

  • Nothing to say, Bergamasco (Mauro) it's a great tackler, in the second one he is wrong (NO ONE IS PERFECT) but Murphy is like a milestone (because he is standig like a fool)
    che bello, qualche commento in italiano!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 26, 2008 5:04 pm  

  • In the first Bergamasco does not try to wrap around BOD with his arms, he just touches him and flips him with his shoulder, making it look like he grabbed him.
    Murphy's tackle isn't over the shoulders and Bergamasco leads with a closed fist and forearm - illegal

    By Blogger Dan, at March 12, 2008 4:19 pm  

  • Bergamasco is a filthy player leading with the forearm and it was seen again in the welsh match as he gouged a players eyes...

    He has the ability to be one of the best back rows around but he needs to focus his talent on becoming a better player and using his talent productively rather than just tryin to bounce players or conceding stupid penalties

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2008 2:21 pm  

  • Murphey tackld him, that wasnt a big hit by bergamasco at all!
    Murphey for once just had a poor tackling technique.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 2:17 pm  

  • bergemasco is an excellent player as demonstrated by his ability to play wing aswell(quite well)-he tackles his heart out for 80 minutes and has an incredible workrate-if he was in a better team he would be recognised alongside george smith and the like as a world class 7. didnt see anything illegal in those clips. The only thing he cant do is play srum half!!!!!!!!!thats the coaches fault though. shouldnt be played there.anyway rant over-
    gog rugby nut

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2009 2:19 am  

  • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ for the comment above me!! Bergamaso lead with the forearm, so if u watched the clip u should have seen something illegal. And another thing he has never shown that he is a world class player!!! He is a dirty scumbag!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 05, 2009 1:16 pm  

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