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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Midweek Madness - The human hurdle attempt

The Midweek Madness clip for you today is a short piece of footage from a long time ago. To be perfectly frank, we don't know anything about it, except that it looked pretty painful for the guy on the receiving end.

Older footage is always great in that it lets us see elements of the game as it was played way back when. This clip is by no means a great example of that, but we figured we'd show it anyway.

The year and the teams involved are unknown to us. In fact, we don't know much about it at all, except that it sounds like the guy taking the knock is
Regan, and he's hit with the flying knee by Crampton, knocking him out cold.

The commentator is clearly incensed, but then we hear a rather amused sounding voiceover comment from Brian Moore.

Note the hair of the winger who comes to his aid. If anyone reading this still has that hairstyle, we want a photo of it, and a subsequent 'shavathon' for charity.

With a lot of talk around citings this week, namely in the Heineken Cup, it makes one wonder what the punishment for this 'tackle' was back then. Or, if the guy was even punished at all?

If anyone has any thoughts on that or knows any more about the clip, feel free to let us know.

Time: 0:32



  • ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL.This is not the 100m hurdles,or is it(?).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 5:22 pm  

  • The winger looks like a young Billy Connolly!

    By Anonymous Loose, at October 15, 2008 5:24 pm  

  • The title is confusing, it appears like he's trying to avoid the player when he's clearly just kicking him in the face.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 6:37 pm  

  • Looks like its Cardiff against someone, possibly Glamorgan Wanderers, but im not sure about the away team.

    Ah, a full Cardiff Arms Park! A beautiful site. Hasn't been the same since they stopped the decapitation attempts, attendances have dwindled...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 7:05 pm  

  • THE HELL?!

    By Blogger Don, at October 15, 2008 7:40 pm  

  • i Agree Loose haha Comedy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 8:35 pm  

  • what an idiot!! he even turned his back so he wouldnt have to get hurt in smashing the winger.... i mean imagine doing that today...wonder if he got any punishment? yellow without a doubt...red yes....and i suppose there wasnt citing committees back then ? :P

    By Anonymous bD, at October 15, 2008 9:08 pm  

  • Ha, he is hitting the garryowen, perhaps that`s the club he was playing for. Anyone have any idea of an approximate date?
    Also, watch for the 10's right leg flip up in a quite effeminate manner as he runs on and off the screen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 10:37 pm  

  • He runs by after the 13 at abour 7 seconds.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 10:38 pm  

  • i've got the same hair...but im not shaving nothing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2008 10:43 pm  

  • anonymous @10:37 .. my interpretation of the "effeminate leg" effect is, number 13 runs towards the tackler to confront him and his team mate (number10) tries to stop him and is sort of pulled sideways, throwing his leg out.
    Gotta love these old b&w clips RD, more please.

    By Anonymous robert, at October 16, 2008 2:15 am  

  • There is no WAY that's Brian Moore. Pretty poor show by you rugby dump lads for thinking that, just because the guy speaking has a northern accent.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 2:20 am  

  • robert, you're probably right, but it's more amusing to pretend that's just how that #10 ran all the time...

    By Anonymous elliot, at October 16, 2008 5:14 am  

  • Anonymous - it has nothing to do with the accent I'm sure, but the fact that iirc, this actually comes from brian moore's tape.

    Funny you cant recognise it yourself eh mr expert. lol

    Love that hairstyle btw... looks a bit like Otago's Tim Boys. lol

    By Anonymous Benson, at October 16, 2008 10:13 am  

  • You are all wimps...he clearly tries to wrap his legs around the tackled player...oh its arms that have to wrap? Shit...

    By Blogger thedannyclayton, at October 16, 2008 11:07 am  

  • Does he say Grantham not crampton?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 1:31 pm  

  • elliot .. is "more amusing" good enough when we're trying to get to the truth of one of the most puzzling phenomena in the video history of this great game .. yeah, probably.

    By Anonymous robert, at October 16, 2008 2:59 pm  

  • The commentator (I think) is Bob Simmonds.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 3:36 pm  

  • Falcon Kick!

    By Blogger decepti0n, at October 16, 2008 4:28 pm  

  • right ok...ok he didn't make the jump over the player..but on 7 seconds watch no.10..its a bit weird

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 5:20 pm  

  • pretty sure this is from the video Brian Moores Piutbull punch ups, came out about 10 years ago

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 7:22 pm  

  • Brian May

    By Blogger boomshanka, at October 16, 2008 11:20 pm  

  • LOL look at the 10 his pathetic steps just after the 'hit'

    By Anonymous krot, at October 17, 2008 9:31 pm  

  • Wow... rugby's version of the infamous Schumacher v Battiston tackle from the '82 footy World Cup.

    By Blogger J, at October 18, 2008 11:43 am  

  • The clip is part a Brian Moore DVD called Pitbull's Fistfull. That's why you hear his voice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 21, 2008 4:11 pm  

  • god that must of hurt.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 06, 2008 6:37 pm  

  • definetley cardiff arms park , think they're playing ponypool or glamorgan wanderers

    By Anonymous welshno7, at December 18, 2008 12:16 pm  

  • i think that might be abereavon (we all know its the arms park there for the other team is cardiff)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 26, 2009 9:42 am  

  • If the defender would have rotated a little bit more, the "victim" would have had a face full of sweaty arse!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 04, 2009 6:33 pm  

  • I think it is Barry John receiving the boot to the face.

    By Anonymous Iain, at March 02, 2009 2:29 pm  

  • im pretty shure thats ray gravell getting smashed

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2009 3:37 pm  

  • Looks like its a welsh cup semi from many years ago,ebbw vale v newbridge

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 16, 2009 12:21 am  

  • The ground is definately Cardiif

    By Blogger pappy, at March 16, 2009 7:05 pm  

  • Back in the day this sort of stuff happened all the time, and players usually got away with it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2009 12:56 pm  

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