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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Midweek Madness - The old ball in the jersey trick - Pacific Edition

When Tonga and Fiji met in their Pacific Nations Cup match at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, on Saturday, we got to see a pretty funny moment in the 54th minute.

Fiji made their way down field through some splendid handling and were close to getting over the whitewash, when the move come to an abrupt halt five meters out.

It wasn't a big Tongan hit or a brilliant driving team tackle that stopped the move, nor was it bad handling by Fiji. What it was though, was the Fijian hooker Sunia Koto's jersey being ripped off him, tossed away, and the ball going with for the ride.

It took a few seconds for the players to realise what happened, but once they did, the ref blew a quick stop to play, which allowed the commentators and viewers to have a good chuckle about it while watching the replay.

It's not the first time we've seen the ball up the jersey trick, with big Georgian lock Mamuka Gorgodze recently ripping a players jersey off, ball and all, and setting off downfield before being called back by the ref.

Tonga went on to win this Pacific Nations Cup match 27-16, with Epi Taione in particular having a great match. The best moment for me though was definitely when the ball went missing in action for a second or two.

'Stop the game so the ball can get undressed.'



  • knock on...he threw the jersey forward......if the ball was in it, scrum to white....lol!

    By Anonymous no.7, at July 09, 2008 4:28 pm  

  • haha classic!

    By Anonymous Shaft, at July 09, 2008 8:26 pm  

  • Just before i logged on 2 RD this mornin i thought 2 myself "i hope there's somthin funny up 2day, like a ball in the jersey sotra thing"...low and behold... :-P

    Having said that, the one form the Georgia/Spain match is better, as they actually play on in that one, he even passes the ball-jersey 2 a team mate lol

    By Anonymous TheFullback, at July 09, 2008 9:46 pm  

  • funny stuff

    By Anonymous halfback999, at July 10, 2008 3:39 am  

  • cant understand this shit!
    the guy takes the ball and then rip the jersey or what?
    what is exactly the happening?

    By Anonymous Grilo NRFC, at July 10, 2008 5:05 am  

  • aaaaaaand the video is already down....

    By Anonymous Luke, at July 10, 2008 6:04 am  

  • HA!

    By Blogger Don, at July 10, 2008 9:01 am  

  • It's still there Luke. Refresh if it doesn't show at first.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at July 10, 2008 12:02 pm  

  • I saw that on Eurosport on saturday, and I couldn't figure out how it happened. There were some good tries as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2008 8:12 pm  

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