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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Sebastien Chabal hunts down Ian Balshaw

Simply put, everyone loves Sebastien Chabal. The big guy is currently one of the most recognisable figures in world rugby, particularly after the World Cup in France in which fans were flocking to see the big caveman and his flowing locks in action.

After the Six Nations kicked off last weekend, it seems that simply put, everyone dislikes Ian Balshaw.

Balshaw was a bit of a surprise selection at fullback for England and coach Brian Ashton has taken quite a bit of heat about for it.

With that in mind, I'm posting this clip of Chabal hunting down Balshaw early last year when Sale took on Gloucester. Chabal's hit is pretty late and he gives away a penalty, but I figured some of the anti-Balshaw brigade and the Chabal fans would enjoy this one.

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  • I think Balshaw got off pretty lightly there if chabal had gone 100% he would have done serious damage!!

    By Anonymous Blarney92, at February 09, 2008 11:38 am  

  • chabal isnt the guy who can run around the pitch all day, he ran across the pitch to stop the attack and after balshaw kicked he probably figured he'd nail him anyway otherwise it was a waste of a trip over to the touch line

    balshaw is okay. an attacking full back, definitely nothing special on the defensive end. might as well play tait if balshaw is even considered

    By Anonymous alex, at February 09, 2008 11:57 am  

  • Yeah! I think that balshaw diserved after the wales game. I didnt think that it was that late either. It was late but only just.

    By Anonymous Martin Johnson, at February 09, 2008 1:56 pm  

  • meh, as a flanker i can relate to those tackles. head down and aim for the player....committed!

    By Anonymous No.7, at February 09, 2008 2:48 pm  

  • chabal sucks, sory but chabal really sucks, i wish you had the chance to hear what argentina players in wrc, say about him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 09, 2008 4:53 pm  

  • The angry englishmen gotta love that hah

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 09, 2008 4:56 pm  

  • late, but not his fault, he was commited
    he was lookin for a big hit regardless and was willing to take the penalty
    personally, not a chabal fan, he isnt all hes cracked up to be, but has had some great plays
    not a balshaw fan either, much rather see someone like tait back their, hes much better, and this coming from an ireland fan

    By Anonymous Chris Parberry, at February 09, 2008 4:56 pm  

  • Sorry. That was not late, he was already committed when Balshaw still had the ball.

    By Anonymous xpat73, at February 09, 2008 7:51 pm  

  • It always looks so much worse in a slow motion replay, the first part of this video (the real time part) shows the real time gap and tbh you cant argue that it was ridiculously late. i dont think it was worth a penalty...

    By Anonymous JS, at February 09, 2008 9:23 pm  

  • france beat ireland in 6 nations today
    damn it
    oh well still hope for ireland

    By Anonymous Chris Parberry, at February 09, 2008 10:40 pm  

  • Could u please post a couple of things from the guiness premiership final 2005-6. There was a HUGE tackle by chabal, where he lined up and destroyed one of leicesters players, there was also a brilliant try set up by charlie hodgson down the blind and finished by cueto. The match was quite exciting, but sale came out on top in the end to win their 1st ever premiership title.

    thanks, a guy with odd shaped balls

    p.s. ordered one of ur hoodies and it looks the sex!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 10, 2008 12:42 am  

  • I dont know how anyone could say thats late. Yes he hits him after he kicks the ball but like someone else said his head was down and he hit him about half a second after he kicked it.

    You cant be sure he is actually going to kick until the balls gone and how are you supposed to stop your momentum in the half second window?

    And that commentator says its 'clearly late' about 5 times, think he must be trying to convince himself.

    By Anonymous James, at February 11, 2008 12:09 am  

  • ya i dont think that tackle was late at all. i think by the time he kicked it he was already committed and couldnt pull out of it. ive done it one 1 or 2 occasions

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 11, 2008 3:36 am  

  • Not really that late.

    Have to agree that as much as I enjoy Chabla's occasional play, the problem is that it truly is occasional - he is not an 80minute player.

    I cant understand why the Poms dont just groom Tait at 15 - I think he could be truly great there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 11, 2008 7:54 am  

  • was'nt even late those commentators r crap the best commentators are the suoer 14 ones lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2008 8:32 pm  

  • What do you mean the Super14 commentators? S14 doesn't have a specific set of commentators.

    Different stations give their own commentary for the most part.

    By Anonymous Still Anonymous, at February 12, 2008 11:00 pm  

  • I think it was a fair tackle ....not late...I think it should not have been a penalty ...

    But after looking at the ref ..sigh ..Im not surprised ...

    By Blogger Firdaus, at February 14, 2008 7:11 am  

  • balshaw is shit!everyone who has commented shut the fuck up becuase you know nothing you ignorent twats!ill kill you all!!!!!Balshaw lost us the Wales game and he sud stop playing rugby becuase he is shit!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2008 7:59 pm  

  • your fucking shit Balshaw you little balarina, go back to fucking Yorkshire you little sket, your the shittest rugby player in england, i have no idea why Brian Ashton puts you in the team, you probs bum him every night! Fuck off and go home you scrawny little prick! Balshaw balarina, get back to the circus

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

  • Balshaw youre a dead man!!!!u better watch your back cos ill kill you!!!ure the shittest full back in the world!!!stop bumming Aston and fuck off to a place where no 1 has to watch you play shit rugby you skinny bald headed twat!!!!im goin to hunt you down and pummle your puny head 6 feet into the ground!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 21, 2008 10:18 pm  

  • josh lewsey should be the one playing at full back.
    yes balshaw is awful, but i dont see how you would be able to "pummel his puny head 6 feet into the ground"

    he would kick the living shit out of you, he's hench as fuck!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 02, 2008 8:51 pm  

  • HEY!why the hell u threatening balshaw.for a start wales won because they're better than england,and at least have the balls to not give your name as anonymus,and you think your tough.i bet your just a lil computer game nerd who's 40 and still lives with his mother and a virgin.and i'm welsh and only 12 years old.

    By Anonymous evzman, at March 10, 2008 8:59 pm  

  • why dont you lot lay the fuck off balshaw? so he didnt have a great game against wales given the options at the moment id play balshaw hes a darn sight better than cipriani! balshaws not a fantastic full back but runnin with the ball in hand theres not a lot better out there, and yer id like to see some one pummel him into the ground who probably plays sunday league rugby for a shite village team. compared to an england international

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 11, 2008 3:05 am  

  • Chabal hit him with arm, if he would have beaten first with the shoulder at the height of the ribs...
    I dont want to know what would happen...

    By Blogger Vitiin92, at March 13, 2008 8:38 pm  

  • I can't believe how much "discussion" the referee is allowing Chabal. Then again, some referees enjoy it.

    The hit was a bit late, but I think that's one you let a guy take. Mid-field, so no sure points to come from it.

    Send a message, and with a soft speedster like Balshaw, perhaps worth it to make him worry the next time he runs in the match.

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at March 13, 2008 9:25 pm  

  • That was never late!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 16, 2008 1:13 pm  

  • Ive never seen Chabal do anything special against the Welsh regional teams I've seen him play against, and this was a few years ago when he was supposed to be playing some of his best stuff.
    Balshaw was only responsible for trying pathetically to make a tackle on Mike Philips who was winning us (Wales - for those who need everything explaining to them) the match against England. Balshaw is probably just the worst (or shud that be best?) of a few bad options for England at fullback at the moment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 20, 2008 1:18 am  

  • evzman u better shut ure mouth u little cock!!!ill batter u!!!i wud fuck balshaw right up, he is skinny little puff and i wud kill him!But if u ever talk to me like tht agen i will fucking hunt u down and smack the shit out of u!!Just becuase u wank over Balsaw!!!he is shit!Wales are shit!!!we are btter than them!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2008 4:48 pm  

  • evzman it turns out im 21 and im an english boy!!im going to fuck you up!!!ure 12 and u think u can hav me!!!im 16 and a half stone and wat r u like u little skinny rat!!!u wana fight well lets arange it u little welsh puff!!!i own u cos im english and u r going to get put in hospital mate!!!u better watch ure back!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2008 4:51 pm  

  • hahaha....faggot....picking on a 12 yr old. for a start your not 21 because you have the mind of a 6 yr old, you cant spell properly and your insults are pathetic..... and you say england are better than wales how do you mean? better at losing? thought so...because im pretty sure it wasnt just me who witnessed wales beating england 26-19 you silly little shit house. die

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2008 6:29 pm  

  • silly little shit house, die!! ouch that is very harsh!!!what a fucking insult!!!is that the best you can do!!little shit house you twat!!!who the fuck are you!!!!my insults are bad!!!Wales only beat us becuase we switched off!!!we were destroying you!!!Mate your from wales!!!Your a fucking sheepshagger you cunt!!!! If you died no one would know or care!! go back to your remote shithoe of a house in your shity little country owned by us!!!!!!tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2008 2:23 pm  

  • OH MY GOD! Eveyone who has commented is retarded, I will actually batter you all! Especially the Welsh little bastard! How can you take the piss out of English people when you are WELSH! The most shit country in Britain, and you only won cos you had Shane Williams, 1 man team! PUSSYHOLES!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2008 2:27 pm  

  • why dont you lot lay the fuck off balshaw? who the fuck are you!!!!could to bum balshaw any more!!! you twat!!u wana c som1 pummel he his head into the ground, any1 could he is a pussyhole!!!! how the hell he is hench as fuck!!!he is the skinniest bastard ever!!! u cunts!!!if anyone wants a fight over this you know where to come!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2008 2:35 pm  

  • Balshaw is an idiot. He can't defend to save his life and Chabal deserved a medal not a penalty for that. What's wrong with Josh Lewsey?

    By Anonymous lock, at April 03, 2008 12:57 pm  

  • hey mate, if wales r shit then how have they 1 the triple crown grandslam.remember this,do say words 2 early coz u may have 2 eat them later.how old r u mate.2 most probs.

    By Anonymous evzman, at April 10, 2008 5:44 pm  

  • by the way for the guy who stood up for me.ta but if he touches me i will sue the bastard and have him arretsted.

    Wales aint sheepshaggers mate. it's just that u cant handle a loss mate. u r giving a bad reputation 2 english peoples. i know the rest of england r nicer than u so do us a favour and fuck off.

    By Anonymous evzman, at April 10, 2008 5:52 pm  

  • u know wat,i apologize to everyone i insulted including the man who sent me pretty nasty comments.within the space of about an hour i've learned to grow up and show some respect 2 u,and it's about time the english bloke did aswell.soz nd peace out.

    By Anonymous evzman, at April 10, 2008 6:54 pm  

  • leave evzman alone you fuck up wankeding twats gets sum muscles u fuxin ponse WANKERS WANKERS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2008 8:13 pm  

  • leave evzman alone you fucked up pricks he's 12 and i'm his friend so fuckin leave him you fukin pricks have you heard a song we welsh say always shit on the english side of the bridge

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2008 8:18 pm  

  • hahahahaha always shit on the english u must be joking ure from wales u twat, i never herd tht cos it isn;t true u idiot,we own u!!!!!!U shag sheep!ure sheep population outnumbers you like 20-1 u cunt!!!!U r a twat!!!"leave evzman alone im his friend,get some muscles"who the fuck are you!!i bet my muscles are twice the size of yours u skinny little welsh prick!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2008 8:47 pm  

  • bois stop being racist nd get a lyf.i will always believe wales are the best coz they r so stop fukin being racist and leave me alone.i offered an apology and you won't take it so if you wont fuck off and leave me get on with life.


    please just leave me alone alright.yet again soz.:(

    By Anonymous evnz, at April 19, 2008 8:50 pm  

  • yea of corse mate!the whole thing from the start was a joke!i just wanted to see how everyone would react!!like i was really going to hunt you down, i wouldnt travel 6 hours for a fight lol!im not even 21 and 16 stone!!most rugby players stuggle themselves to wiegh that musg lol!!i dont actually have anything against wales anyway!!i go there every holiday in a village near bala lol!!!im sorry if i caused u any grief or anyone else for that matter to whole thing was a joke!!!lol!Wales are better than england anyway we cant keep a manager for more than 3 years!!!!but u have to admit tht balshaw did lose us the game against wales in the six nations!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 28, 2008 11:10 pm  

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