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Friday, January 15, 2010

Mathieu Bastareaud's powerful try against Biarritz

Last weekend Stade Francais beat Biarritz in the Top 14, with a great try being scored after only two minutes by young Mathieu Bastareaud, who looks to have put his troubles behind him.

The powerful centre charged into the defense, and while it seemed like he was halted, he kept going and eventually made his way over the line for what was a stunning try by a young man who's had to deal with a lot over the last year.

Through the help of his club, as well as showing strong character, Bastareaud has moved on from the New Zealand tour scandal and is now showing that form that we saw glimpses of when he first arrived on the scene.

Stade Francais host Bath in the Heineken Cup this weekend, and Bastareaud feels that they're finding form at precisely the right time, despite not doing brilliantly until now.

"It was imperative that we finally clicked, that we woke up because since the beginning of the season it has not been very pretty what we have been doing," he admitted.

"We were not getting much pleasure from our play on the pitch, it was beginning to become a little worrying," he said.

There's no doubt he'll be in contention for the France side in the upcoming Six Nations, especially as there have been recent injuries to Damien Traille and Maxime Mermoz. He is quick to dismiss that pressure though, focussing only on the tasks at hand for now.

"I am trying to play well on the pitch, to give my all for the club. After that, what will come will come," he said.


Time: 01:05


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45 Comments:

  • Impressive... he looks pretty determined to continue where he left

    By Blogger GijsSpi, at January 15, 2010 9:10 am  

  • :) sorry for the bloaks that always need to point out they posted first

    By Blogger GijsSpi, at January 15, 2010 9:12 am  

  • Massive run, reminds me of an old Lawrence Dalaglio try.

    By Anonymous Phil, at January 15, 2010 9:40 am  

  • Great support by others to keep him on his feet! Shame he wont be in the 6 nations....

    By Anonymous Bradders, at January 15, 2010 9:58 am  

  • He will be for the next 6 nations!! Mermoz injured, Bastareaud will be there, I would like to see him playing with yann david

    By Blogger sylvain, at January 15, 2010 10:31 am  

  • In reality, Bastareaud can be chosen for the 6 nations, as FFR gave him a sanction allowing him to play France selection matchs.

    Furthermore, i think he has to do do 12 works of common interest (young teams training, associations...)

    By Blogger Flooz, at January 15, 2010 11:07 am  

  • Wow, very impressivek, how many people trying to stop him and just bouncing off?

    By Blogger Oli, at January 15, 2010 12:14 pm  

  • hate the english commentato, so bad

    By Anonymous rosh, at January 15, 2010 1:41 pm  

  • hate the english commentato, so bad

    By Anonymous rosh, at January 15, 2010 1:41 pm  

  • slighly random but on the topic of attackking have you seen how england are relying on kiwis: flutely and Shontayne Hape to inspire attacks.

    By Anonymous rosh, at January 15, 2010 1:58 pm  

  • yeah, it's more to do with that they are good attackers coming from super 14 or league and then finding form in the premiership and under residency being allowed for selection. I will admit that kiwi rugby players have an edge when it comes to core skills because they play tag and touch rugby from such a young age that it translates well into adulthood, most of our toddlers are kicking a ball around and falling over shouting "ref!" so there's the difference.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 15, 2010 2:43 pm  

  • "I would like to see him playing with yann david"

    I'm a big fan of David (he's not at his best level those last games through) but we'll have a problem playing with these 2 guys in XV de France : they're both outside centres !
    We really need Mermoz, Traille or Jauzion as n°12 and David or Bastareaud as 13 but they won't be able to play together in the 6 Nations. However I think David could become a great 12 by improving his technique so we might be able to see this pair in the future ;)
    I think Jauzion is back to a really decent level, and he may be able to do a great come back as Brian O'Driscoll did last year :)

    By Anonymous ToulouseFan, at January 15, 2010 2:47 pm  

  • For what he lacks in looks he certainly makes up for in power!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 15, 2010 4:41 pm  

  • france looks like they have a lot of depth in the midfield, i really hope they make a good combo there since they could def do a lot of damage with all the potential they got. how old is bastereaud anyways? he looks like a 35 year old bum

    By Anonymous shoes, at January 15, 2010 6:08 pm  

  • very impressive try! Bastareaud is the best centre in france.

    By Anonymous dezzy, at January 15, 2010 6:15 pm  

  • Bastareaud is 21. enormous potential for this player, who is already very good. true poison for the defences.

    By Anonymous clem, at January 15, 2010 6:23 pm  

  • Great strenght and determinaton but come on lads, thats the worst defence iv seen in a long time!!
    At least 4 players were in perfect position to wrap his legs and believed he was gonna be tackled by someone else so they didnt!!
    Biaritz 06 would kill their current team..

    By Anonymous Jake, at January 15, 2010 7:38 pm  

  • That was superb. GREAT bit of camerawork by the french there where they showed it very up close the beginning of that back line move. Me being a Canadian, it reminded me of the NFL shots you get game in, game out that bring you right into the action and truly makes it a different atmosphere to watch. If the French can keep up this bit of camerawork, hopefully it will transpire over to other venues that will attempt the same thing. It honestly makes for such a better and more entertaining viewing of the game, just a bit of good camerawork.

    Amazing by Basteraud too obviously. Too many Biarritz players though he would just go down eventually...you have to count in the fact it's only the 2nd minute of the game, people are jacked!

    By Anonymous oui oui, at January 15, 2010 8:16 pm  

  • Bastareaud is a fat pig who should play in the front row, along with the stupid Rodrigo Roncero, they both hit the pitch only to fight, tjey would understand each other...

    By Anonymous Joost, at January 15, 2010 8:39 pm  

  • ^ Honestly, when is the last time you saw Bastareaud fight?
    On the other hand, he often scores powerful tries of the sort but he usually doesn't start from that far. Some players are just difficult to tackle.
    I think Mermoz-David is going to be our future pair of centres and, as already said, Jauzion is likely to be chosen with David for the 6N.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at January 15, 2010 10:13 pm  

  • "Bastareaud is a fat pig who should play in the front row"

    Clearly, he does pretty well being in the back. Also, I'm with Maximus on this one - when was the last time Bastareaud got in a fight? I'm not saying it doesn't happen, just asking for a reference...

    Hell, Habana goes looking for a fight more often than most backs I see. Mike Phillips is another one.

    But yeah, no one gets riled up quicker than Roncero. He's seriously agitated 24/7. No clue as to why, either.

    By Anonymous flapjack, at January 15, 2010 11:52 pm  

  • Am I the only one to think that French rugby is losing its soul with boring players like Traille or Bastareaud for centers? Whenever the get the ball they charge head down (to be fair Traille is not so bad, but still boring.)

    By Anonymous Gman, at January 16, 2010 12:51 am  

  • "battering ram"? That commentator (the one who is not kiwi) is appalling, could have had so much mor passion. But the try is just ridiculous, although poor tackling did aid him

    By Blogger andrew.fillmore, at January 16, 2010 1:27 am  

  • Very nice try! great effort to keep going.

    Off topic:

    To those commenting on Englands performances, in englands defence, the main sport over here is football, i hate it, i went to a private school (produced Victor Ubogu sp? and Steven Ojomuh Sp?) and we didnt have anything to do with football until my final year. We had rugby on the go all season then sevens in the summer, then we had cricket in the summer too.....(i hate football and cricket....) but most of the public schools (or all of them) had football, so thats where everyone turns.

    English people (the majority) couldnt care less about rugby unless it gave them a chance to hoot and roar 'Eeeeeenggggggaaaaalaaaaand' which is why the world cup win in 03 and even the last world cup (because eng came second) brought so much attention to rugby for england, all of a sudden there is a huge influx of everyone wanting to be a JW.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 16, 2010 3:28 am  

  • Aussie Aussie Aussie OI OI OI

    By Anonymous flapjack, at January 16, 2010 7:55 am  

  • I agree with Joost :^-)

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at January 16, 2010 9:06 am  

  • wtf ? how ridiculous - ah tackle around the legs ???

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at January 16, 2010 12:31 pm  

  • Bastareaud is a fat pig who should play in the front row, along with the stupid Rodrigo Roncero, they both hit the pitch only to fight, tjey would understand each other...

    By Anonymous Joost, at January 16, 2010 3:34 pm  

  • ^ déjà vu...

    For those who think the defense was bad, well obviously it wasn't perfect since he scored BUT how do you consider Lomu's try against France when all these players kept bouncing off the big man without being able to stop him? Was it bad defense or do you consider Lomu too powerful for it at the time?
    Keep in mind that Lomu didn't score only one try this way, so were all the other tries due to bad defense or to the man's physical abilities?

    PS: according to some comments right up there, some of us have seriously cracked up or, more likely, someone's using the posters' names and is having the time of his life.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at January 16, 2010 4:04 pm  

  • Those commentators makes me sick, I thought the sky ones were bad...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 16, 2010 7:40 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 16, 2010 9:38 pm  

  • Ugh... the commentators give me a head ache every time I watch top 14.

    By Anonymous lola, at January 16, 2010 11:55 pm  

  • Big crowds due to ticket prices costing 12 Rand per ticket, look what happens when they put the ticket prices up in line with the rest of the world. Empty stadiums.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 17, 2010 3:03 am  

  • "look what happens when they put the ticket prices up in line with the rest of the world"

    Why would they do that, you moron?

    I'm sure the same thing would happen if they increased the prices of tickets or any other good in your country in line with Dubai or Luxembourg.

    And what, for fuck's sake, has any of this got to do with Bastareaud scoring a try?

    By Anonymous ABC, at January 17, 2010 3:57 am  

  • ha ha ha - all i said was tackle round the legs ??? !!

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at January 17, 2010 8:04 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 17, 2010 4:31 pm  

  • the comments on here never fail to amuse, so childish.

    Thought the defense was a little suspect but there's no denying his power.

    By Anonymous David, at January 17, 2010 5:17 pm  

  • REQUEST!!!

    I know it's not an official way to make a request but having highlights of Toulouse-Harlequins (HCup) would be great.

    Great match, great moves from both teams. And icing on the cake: Nigel Owens was behind the whistle!

    Whatever happens, highlights or not, thanx for the vids anyway RD.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at January 17, 2010 7:46 pm  

  • shouldv took the legs. cant get both? well get one. slow the man down! maybe hes feared by other competitors? lord knows.. im not a top 14 follower tbh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 17, 2010 8:39 pm  

  • shouldv took the legs. cant get both? well get one. slow the man down! maybe hes feared by other competitors? lord knows.. im not a top 14 follower tbh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 17, 2010 8:39 pm  

  • ^anon, seems obvious to me too.
    problem is today in pro rugby tackles rarely aim for waist (and legs) because it allows the player to free his arms, pass the ball and make his team go on attacking. To avoid this, tackles aim for chest now so we've got a lot of missed tackles and chopped-off heads. And when players realize they should have gone for the legs, the opponent has already gained 5 to 10 metres.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at January 17, 2010 11:21 pm  

  • Both commentators are idiots. The English commentator once thought a charge down was a knock on and appeared to be confused as to why the ref didn't blow the whistle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 18, 2010 2:00 am  

  • Care to upload more music videos? Those always get my heart thumping!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 18, 2010 9:21 am  

  • Hi! Best idea, but will this really work?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 3:42 am  

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