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Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday Funnies - How far offside can you go

Stadium Australia in 1999 hosted the match between arch rivals Australia and New Zealand, played out in front of over 107 000 people. It was the final test for both sides before the World Cup, and proved to be a great run out for the team that went on to lift the trophy in Wales a few months later.

One of the more comical moments in the match came when Wallaby captain and flanker David Wilson found himself horribly offside after a couple of kicks were exchanged by both sides.

Wilson felt he was onside when the ball was tossed to Justin Marshall, so he proceeded with the tackle, only to be penalised by ref Jim Fleming.

The match ended 28-7 to the Wallabies, with Wilson going on to lift the Bledisloe Cup.



  • just a little bit offside

    By Anonymous mitchy, at August 01, 2008 12:48 pm  

  • goodness gracious haha i love clips of that commentator

    By Anonymous bD, at August 01, 2008 1:20 pm  

  • HA!!

    By Blogger Don, at August 01, 2008 2:58 pm  

  • haha yeah only a little offside. what was he on about though?! lol

    By Anonymous Benson, at August 01, 2008 4:45 pm  

  • maybe AFL Mr Wilson

    By Anonymous Wagga Magpie, at August 01, 2008 5:13 pm  

  • reminds me of a first timer on the pitch :)
    really good catch, he's so out of line that it is, indeed, hilarious

    By Anonymous Francois, at August 01, 2008 5:28 pm  

  • All I can say is Wow.

    By Blogger Hendrick, at August 01, 2008 6:42 pm  

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    By Blogger MadDog, at August 01, 2008 7:23 pm  

  • the smartest man on the earth!!

    By Blogger MadDog, at August 01, 2008 7:24 pm  

  • what was his attempted explanation to the ref? something about 10 meters i heard

    By Anonymous aNOny-mous, at August 01, 2008 9:03 pm  

  • wasn't this the AB's record defeat?

    By Anonymous Dave, at August 01, 2008 9:57 pm  

  • he was onside!!! law 11.3 b -

    In general play, there are three ways by which an offside player can
    be put onside by an action of the opposing team. These three ways
    do not apply to a player who is offside under the 10-Metre law.
    (a) Runs 5 metres with ball. When an opponent carrying the ball
    runs 5 metres, the offside player is put onside.
    (b) Kicks or passes. When an opponent kicks or passes the ball, the
    offside player is put onside.
    (c) Intentionally touches ball. When an opponent intentionally
    touches the ball but does not catch it, the offside player is put

    By Anonymous felix, at August 01, 2008 11:52 pm  

  • i read this rule a while ago and was planning to try it out next season. i've never seen it ever enforced by a referee before... it always seems to be ignored and people only think that you are back onside if you get back behind the kicker.
    i might have to carry a full copy of the laws in my sock to show the ref.... and the opposition.

    By Anonymous felix, at August 01, 2008 11:54 pm  

  • hang on...this puts a spanner in the works -

    (a) When a team mate of an offside player has kicked ahead, the
    offside player is considered to be taking part in the game if the
    player is in front of an imaginary line across the field which is 10
    metres from the opponent waiting to play the ball, or from where
    the ball lands or may land. The offside player must immediately
    move behind the imaginary 10-metre line. While moving away,
    the player must not obstruct an opponent.
    Penalty: Penalty Kick

    he was offside after all.

    By Anonymous felix, at August 02, 2008 12:04 am  

  • Well worked through Felix. It was fun to sit back and watch you get the correct answer in the end. :)

    You had me for a second though, mainly cos I figured Wilson must have been onto something with the way he protested.
    But, after all that, still miles offside. lol

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at August 02, 2008 12:10 am  

  • only 10 metres offside in the end though... it looked about 40 metres to start with!

    this is an interesting article if you like reading about the intricacies of the laws:


    By Anonymous felix, at August 02, 2008 12:22 am  

  • That fuunnye

    By Anonymous Brennie, at August 02, 2008 12:42 am  

  • Haha

    If your going to beat the all blacks. You have t play like the allblacks.... cheat whenever possible!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 02, 2008 2:41 am  

  • ^^^^^^^^^

    Ab dont cheat

    By Anonymous Sean, at August 02, 2008 1:46 pm  

  • Felix, you just managed to argue the point why he was offside... he was offside under the 10m law - he needed to retire without interfering with play. the ref was spot on - in that instance, it doesn't matter that he has passed the ball... he still had to retire.

    By Anonymous Andy B, at August 06, 2008 2:18 pm  

  • Go on wallabies!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 16, 2009 6:54 pm  

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