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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Midweek Madness - Substitute that bloody Ref

We’ve featured quite a few referee related clips here on RD in the past, most of which have involved the ref being knocked over, tackled, losing his footing, and last week we even saw a ref ‘tackle’ a player. Today’s clip though, is a first.

Stade Francais beat Castres 21-16 in the Top 14 on Friday night courtesy of a late try by young French international Mathieu Bastareaud.

The win has all by sealed the Parisians place in the Top 14 Semi Finals.

The moment we’re showing you today though happened in the first half and resulted in referee Jean-Pierre Matheu leaving the field for good.

Poor old Matheu found himself in the middle of a Stade and Castres sandwich, with big Rodrigo Capo Ortega's head colliding with his lip.

No prizes for guessing who came off second best in that confrontation.

Time: 02:05



  • First I've ever seen a sub for a ref. WOuld that be a blood sub, if he can continue on later??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 29, 2009 8:12 pm  

  • BAM! and then that sniveling noise by the ref, poor guy...
    but i think i'd sound just the same :-D totaly unexpectet hit ^^

    i don't think he came back, looked a bit dazed :-D
    but i think it's possible to only replace him for a "blood bin" ^^

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at April 29, 2009 8:39 pm  

  • ugh thats the diving french for ye lol...totally noting wrong with him!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 29, 2009 9:26 pm  

  • According to the oh-so-reliable wikipedia, Spreaders once replaced Chris White in a HC final - can anyone verify this?

    By Blogger Edward, at April 29, 2009 9:59 pm  

  • i remember a video here on RD with a tackled-ref-compilation and in it a ref being replaced in a game that definitely looked like it was between eruopean teams, but i can't say if it's from the HK. go and search the site yourself :-P

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at April 29, 2009 10:17 pm  

  • Dont care what anyone says. that had to hurt!

    By Anonymous Matt, at April 29, 2009 11:53 pm  

  • Gotta feel sorry for the poor guy. Took it well though.

    By Anonymous FlatFootedWinger, at April 30, 2009 1:08 am  

  • Even our Refs get smashed and bleed in Rugby another one up on the other sports!

    By Anonymous StarkLou, at April 30, 2009 1:10 am  

  • He took that better than I would have. Respect.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2009 9:09 am  

  • They bleed?

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at April 30, 2009 9:31 am  

  • Ah man you can hear the clash of the big lock's head against our little ref's jaw...nasty sh*t!! Ref looked like he was seeing pixies afterward too!

    By Anonymous bokke2007, at April 30, 2009 9:58 am  

  • Deffinetly a pretty nasty hit, and feel sorry for the guy. Have to say though have been plenty of times I would've liked to do that to a ref.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2009 10:12 am  

  • I think Bergamasco's initial hit with the head was made on purpose, lately he's not gettin along well with them

    By Blogger Andrea, at April 30, 2009 10:13 am  

  • Poor ref. Stuck between a fiercy italian back-row (MA. Bergamasco) and a beefy uruguayan lock (Capo-Ortega)...hardcore.

    By Anonymous Swissvinch, at April 30, 2009 10:14 am  

  • that man had no business being on that field!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2009 11:44 am  

  • @ RD: Could you post the video of Ref Berdos (the one who tackled henjack last week) in the Dax/Mont de Marsan match from last saturday....

    By Anonymous david, at April 30, 2009 12:37 pm  

  • Tony Spreadbury was once knocked out during a six nations game I believe..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2009 1:05 pm  

  • just deserts for enforcing elv's lol oooo and being french too.

    By Anonymous cash1790, at April 30, 2009 1:14 pm  

  • Watched the game live and the sub ref ground the game to a halt, Blew up for every little thing. commentators said that he was having stitches put in by the Stade Francais medical staff. Good to see a ref hit now and again keeps them in check, makes them think about their postitioning lol

    By Anonymous Bealy, at April 30, 2009 3:46 pm  

  • I like how the Stade prop sees the ref is hurt so he goes around the ruck and steals the ball. Good work

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2009 3:52 pm  

  • First time i see an uruguayan here. He hasn´t done anything great but still im proud in some kinda way.

    By Anonymous Rafael, at April 30, 2009 4:39 pm  

  • castres stole scotlands strip. i could make some comment anbout scotland being rubbish and therefore not needing it... but i won't.

    By Anonymous ed, at May 02, 2009 4:14 pm  

  • soup on the menu for the next few weeks.

    By Anonymous Luke Bartolo, at August 01, 2009 2:30 pm  

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