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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Midweek Madness - The Ebersohn Tumble

With the San Diego leg of the IRB Sevens having ended this past weekend in the USA, we’ve come across a quick funny that we thought would be well worth sharing for those of you who like to see some of the more unique goings on in the rugby world.

This years tournament produced a whole host of surprising results, which is in essence one of the best things about Sevens rugby – everyone has a chance of pulling off an upset on the day.

In this particular match it was home team the USA who took it to the Springbok sevens side in the hope of impressing the local fans.

They did just that, as they led the match for some time, giving the Bok side a real scare before the experienced visitors won 15-14 in a close and exciting match.

This comical moment happened shortly after kickoff though, as young Bok flyer and Grey Bloem high school sensation Robert Ebersohn showed us an example of his athleticism after being ankle tapped from behind.

Ebersohn, who made his Currie Cup debut last year at the age of 19, is a sure thing for higher honours in the upcoming years. Along with his twin brother, Sias, the two of them made a huge impact at high school level, with Robert since having made the step up, featuring strongly on the Sevens scene.

Remember the name, as you’ll hear it a lot more in the future, preferably for quality rugby action though, not amusing forward rolls during play.

Time: 01:03



  • hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 12:44 pm  

  • Gotta agree with the above...bwuahahaha

    Not fazed in the slightest at all!

    By Anonymous Phil, at February 18, 2009 12:48 pm  

  • genius !

    By Blogger Nathan, at February 18, 2009 12:50 pm  

  • noice!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 1:21 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 1:33 pm  

  • not only hilarious but a great way to recover from the good tap-tackle kept his momentum
    but mostly just hilarious makes you love rugby even more

    By Anonymous mat, at February 18, 2009 1:43 pm  

  • that is just class

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 2:15 pm  

  • great way to recover from that! could of been nasty if he had landed on his neck thankfully he didnt, moment of comic sporting brilliance:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 2:43 pm  

  • Who won the compition?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 3:26 pm  

  • noice!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 3:35 pm  

  • I thought exactly like mat ehen i watched the video. absolut quality!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 3:43 pm  

  • Ebersohn is our best outside centre!! great to see him in the sevens, but we could use him in the super14 (cheetahs!!!)..

    great player!!

    (he has a little brother who's got some talent as well)

    By Anonymous Cheis, at February 18, 2009 4:13 pm  

  • Argentina won but the USA was robbed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 5:09 pm  

  • They weren't robbed; The hooter went before the touchie put his flag up. Of course, if you can find video evidence to the contrary, I would agree with you.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at February 18, 2009 6:05 pm  

  • /\
    Not to worry USA, you can just re-write history like you normally do!
    And maybe make a film about it!

    By Anonymous Kember, at February 18, 2009 6:05 pm  

  • Thanks to RD, btw. I was hoping there would be some coverage of this moment that you guys could snap up.

    It may not be great as the Clever anus punch from last year, but it's still great rugby!

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at February 18, 2009 6:06 pm  

  • haha

    By Anonymous samitarugby, at February 18, 2009 6:11 pm  

  • Good point, Kember. I'll have to remember to bring that up the next time our entire country gathers in one place to codify our history books.

    By Anonymous That Guy, at February 18, 2009 6:26 pm  

  • In yet another case of Tier 1 vs Tier 2 bias, the USA player was referred to the citing committee for failing to bring the player down safely after putting him beyond horizontal.

    Just kidding. hilarious video. In the USA we didn't get to see the first two pool rounds on TV, so this is my first watch

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at February 18, 2009 7:01 pm  

  • Kember,

    Good point, while we are at it, we'll be sure to fix the other glaring errors:

    The Germans invented the concentration camp.

    The Rape of Nanking was for medicinal purposes -- to relieve Japanese soldiers of their "pelvic congestion"?

    New Zealand rightfully is awarded the 2007 RWC after the Abraham Zapruder, IV film shows the French pass was indeed forward.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at February 18, 2009 7:07 pm  

  • Well played Cheyanqui

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 7:22 pm  

  • Please if something colud be posted of argentina´s performance in the san diego sevens it would be great because here in argentina the matches are not broadcasted on tv.


    Love rugby dump

    By Anonymous Ricol, at February 18, 2009 7:23 pm  

  • Well played by him yo get up so quick

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 7:25 pm  

  • got a mate who had a habit of doin that, again mainly in 7's helped make us a great 7's team

    By Anonymous martin-offload, at February 18, 2009 7:25 pm  

  • Huuuuggggeeee !!!

    I'm always impressed by seven players skills, you see things that you won't see anywhere else !! In a XV game, he would have a guy waiting just after he wake up to catch him

    Still, nothing to say about his Agility ! Respect !

    By Anonymous mpc-33, at February 18, 2009 7:36 pm  

  • No question at all that the USA got screwed in their semifinal with Argentina - Argentina's restart kick went out on the full, which should have led to a USA free kick on the half way line. Instead the ref/TJ looked at each other for a solid 10 seconds before the hooter went, then the ref ended the match. I was sitting about 30m away, and it was clear as day when they showed it on the replay screen.

    See here for another comment on the incident by someone else who was also close by:

    Argentina went on to win the tournament, defeating England 19-14 in the final. I would expect there will be video of this when the 1-hour highlights air on ABC in the US this coming sunday at 1400 Pacific time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 9:06 pm  

  • Here's another take on the restart-kick-went-straight-out situation:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 9:14 pm  

  • quite good reaction though, could have broken his wrist if he had not done this little jump before rolling

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 9:59 pm  

  • kept the momentum and got the pass away ... sweet

    ...Kenya... what a rise from these dudes... beat SA in Wellington, beat NZ in San Diego...

    got fitness + they're probably averaging 2m tall

    By Blogger boomshanka, at February 18, 2009 10:12 pm  

  • i agree, mate. I watched the New Zealand v Kenya match, and the Kenyans have really stepped up their game--enough, apparently, to beat last year's most dominant team.
    I just remember watching the Kenyans last year: pathetic, bad passes, missing tackles...this year, though, i couldn't count how many times new zealand would seemingly break the kenyan line, and then a kenyan would track him down within a few metres and drag em to the ground

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 10:32 pm  

  • great effort

    could have been disastrous

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at February 18, 2009 11:57 pm  

  • I saw most of the third round of pool play, and almost all of Sunday, and for my money, KEN v NZL in pool play was the most exciting match of the tournament.

    KEN is easily the #2 crowd at the tournament, behind the USA. The fans are to 7s what Brazilians are to soccer.

    Was great to hear them going nuts for them.

    Also, wonderful to see that Kiwi throw that cheap shot at the end. It led to the final Kenyan try which gave Kenya the TB in the pool.

    Not that I hate the kiwis, just that I love not only to see underdogs win, but to see them get under the skin of their opposition... and for the referees to call cheap play both ways (and not just against the minnow).

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at February 19, 2009 12:52 am  

  • wow...loved it.

    By Blogger Don, at February 19, 2009 5:28 am  

  • If i try something like that the ref. should stop the match and call the doctors (I'm a Prop...)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 19, 2009 6:29 pm  

  • Question
    Are ankle taps technically illegal?
    Witnessed a referee call a penalty for one a few years back, and am still confused?
    Obviously as a practical matter they're not, save the one stickler, but I've yet to find in the rules any actual text which prohibits ankle taps. Maybe from a tripping or not-wrapping rule? Any refs out there care to explain?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 19, 2009 6:59 pm  

  • Well I think they're illegal in juniour rugby but not in full rugby

    By Anonymous Chris G, at February 19, 2009 7:46 pm  

  • Anonymous, I think that's an good question. I always want to know how referees make decisions on things not explicitly stated in the law book.

    But like Chris G pointed out, certain jurisdictions may explicitly state things - like prohibiting ankle taps - in their own law variations. I guess it's usually for junior levels where they don't want the kids getting hurt.

    A search on google came up with this:


    For the Eastern Pennsylvania RU U-15 teams, ankle taps are against the laws and result in a penalty. I guess that's just how it is some places.

    By Anonymous Art Vandelay, at February 19, 2009 8:49 pm  

  • how far did SA get and who did they lose too?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 19, 2009 10:21 pm  

  • Is anyone else getting annoyed by the fact that pretty much every team has that exact same canterbury top?

    By Anonymous fresh91, at February 19, 2009 11:33 pm  

  • LOL, my friend used to do that when he played, but he kept getting pinged for it because it was dangerous - showing studs or something.

    Eventually he decided to stop doing it when he caught some guy in the face with his heel, there was blood everywhere - was pretty foul

    By Anonymous 123rugby, at February 19, 2009 11:35 pm  

  • Last year a similar play happened in my club match. our full back received a kick stumbled flipped and proceeded to burn a few guys en route to a 50 meter run back. our team was stunned we didnt know to make fun of him for tripping or praise him for the recovery and runback

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 22, 2009 5:35 pm  

  • Brilliant athleticism by Ebersohn there! Top work! Ha Ha

    By Anonymous CanterburyOfNewZealand, at March 30, 2009 5:09 pm  

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