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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Guinness Premiership Tries - Round 1

The Guinness Premiership kicked off this past weekend and despite all the controversy of the last few months, record crowds turned out across the country to witness some of the great rugby on display.

As we saw with the clip of Nicky Robinson scoring a few days ago, Gloucester comfortably won their West Country derby with Bath. Both sides scored some nice tries, with James Simpson-Daniels scoring twice. Shontayne Hape claimed a consolation try for Bath though, following some neat handling.

Harlequins were in the headlines again for the wrong reasons, as their hopes of righting the wrongs of the bloodgate scandal were diminished within the first minute against Wasps, as George Robson was sent of for headbutting Joe Simpson.

Quins showed character to stay in the match in front of a huge crowd at Twickenham, but were undone 26-15 in the end, with Wasps’ new signing Tom Varndell picking up two valuable tries.

Northampton picked up a 20-17 win against Worcester in an entertaining match at Franklins Gardens. Paul Diggin scored the match winning try with two minutes left in the contest.

Elsewhere, the newly restructured Saracens got their season off to a good start as they beat last season’s runners-up, London Irish, 18-14.

Time: 05:19



  • first!!!!!!!!!!!! haha

    By Anonymous fantana, at September 10, 2009 12:16 pm  

  • Nice to see Bath's only try is through a huge forward pass! Varndell looks like he's gaining some form. Great to see quins get stuffed. The fact that the ref was called Dean Richards is just brilliant.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 12:17 pm  

  • Why did Robinson make an X sign after he scored? And why did Ugo Monye kick the ball and then run off after he scored? I don't get these stupid celebrations.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at September 10, 2009 12:49 pm  

  • The same reason players do a gary owen then run into someone and fall over. They're turning into footballers, it all comes with the proffessional era i'm afraid

    By Anonymous Brute, at September 10, 2009 1:16 pm  

  • Whats wrong with a bit of a post-try celebration?

    Nobody has any complaints when fat props do it, anytime a try scorer does a little something we're crying like the game of rugby is died.

    The immaturity and cynicalness of some people beggars belief.

    Sports need characters. If any of the fun-killers on RD had any authority in rugby, it wouldn't have gotten further than upper class England.

    Robinson and Monye are playing professional rugby and ENJOYING themselfs. While you lot sit on a website whinging at the expense of their enjoyment.

    Different strokes for different folks. A few mild post-try celebrations are NOT turning our game into football. Though maybe if we did embrace this sort of stuff our clubs wouldn't struggle for sponsorship and we'd be able to attract NEW fans to the sport.

    By Anonymous LOLZILLA, at September 10, 2009 2:07 pm  

  • have the guiness premiership TV rights switched over from sky to itv ??

    By Anonymous luxi, at September 10, 2009 2:42 pm  

  • ITV do highlights on Sunday night.
    Sky do highlights on Thursday night.

    So sky's highlights are a bit later in teh week. Easier to take ITV's.

    By Anonymous MadMax, at September 10, 2009 3:30 pm  

  • Kearneyfortests, What the hell is wrong with celebrating scoring a try? I honestly don't understand. I find it quite bizarre you are offended by it.

    Why did Monye celebrate? That's fairly self explanatory considering the events at his club and the fact they were playing with 14 men inside the first minute.

    It's not professionalism, it's not football, it's just expressing pleasure at scoring a try.

    By Anonymous Andy, at September 10, 2009 3:38 pm  

  • I'd like to know why Robinson made an X sign and what that hand gesture Monye did during the Lions tour meant. Not because I don't like it, because I'm curious. Is it like Alfie and the Ayatollah or something??

    By Blogger Chris, at September 10, 2009 4:30 pm  

  • Ugly rugby

    By Anonymous brou, at September 10, 2009 4:30 pm  

  • Chris understands what I mean. I mean I would understand if they threw their fist into the air in triumph, but an X with your arms? Or whatever it is that Monye does? What do they even mean? Or are they meaningless? The same with the way Gareth Thomas slaps his head when he scores.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at September 10, 2009 5:10 pm  

  • was that cips setting up vandells first? poor defence letting him run across but well taken advantage of.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 6:37 pm  

  • The X with his arms means he's a Bernard Hopkins fan, clearly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 7:47 pm  

  • x marks the spot i can imagine!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 8:26 pm  

  • yea all those celebrations were quite noticiable, not saying there bad, just they seem quite ferequent (excuse my spelling)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 8:52 pm  

  • the x might mean he's one of professor charles xaviers team of mutants or 'x-men' as they have been nicknamed

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 9:50 pm  

  • nice tackle by latham @ 4:25...

    By Anonymous Chris, syd Aust, at September 11, 2009 1:09 am  

  • Unfortunately I think the X thing probably has more to do with X-factor....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 11, 2009 1:56 am  

  • Sorry but at 55 seconds in, i swear when the ball was passed to the winger that juggled it then kept it in play the commentator said banahan...correct me if im wrong but im sure he did....(oh and the reason i bring that up was that wasnt banahan was it? it didnt look like him, and the name on the back wasnt banahan....

    By Anonymous a-non-e-mouse, at September 11, 2009 1:57 am  

  • also....why was there a penalty try...i read in a paper it was because they pulled down the maul.....sorry did someone mention ELV's isnt it now the rules that you CAN pull down a maul?! i know it was last season, i managed to pull down a couple mauls myself.....one i remember well....it ended up with a half ton prop landing on me.....

    or has something changed that i've missed?

    By Anonymous a-non-e-mouse, at September 11, 2009 2:05 am  

  • Most of the ELVs have been abandoned apart from the five metre rule at the scrum and not being able to pass back into the 22. You can no longer pull down mauls I am pleased to say.

    By Anonymous Ted, at September 11, 2009 9:04 am  

  • yeah, it's not banahan.
    I don't see how a guy who isn't commentating as the game is being played (you can tell) can make a mistake like that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 11, 2009 4:53 pm  

  • Well great stuff but now i understand why you guys are so enthusiastic with French commentators... Those are so annoying !

    By Anonymous ToulouseFan, at September 11, 2009 5:28 pm  

  • Actually I'm all for the celebrations I just didn't know what Monye was doing when he made his hands like a bird or something. As for Gareth Thomas I don't think I need to explain that's a Cardiff City Blue Birds celebration, he's just showing he's a fan. That's cool with me. It's hardly obnoxious.

    By Blogger Chris, at September 11, 2009 5:49 pm  

  • that first commentator seemed like he was reading a script

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2009 12:33 am  

  • Anybody got any footage of the headbutt?

    By Anonymous Fridge, at September 12, 2009 5:55 pm  

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