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Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Funnies - Jean-Baptiste Elissalde the Matador

As a hectic weekend of rugby approaches, here's a quick clip of a pretty funny piece of play that was requested by a regular who spotted it during a match a few weeks back.

The match in question was Sale against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup, and as you can see here, scrumhalf Jean Baptiste Elissalde did his very best to avoid making the tackle on massive Sale number eight Sisa Koyamaibole.

Koyamaibole is about 6ft3 and 120kg's, so the far smaller Elissalde, close to 50kg's lighter, probably did a wise thing as he effectively ushered the big Fijian through, while trying his best to make it look like a tackle of course.

If you're a little guy out there and see a brute of a forward charging directly towards you, perfect this technique and you'll live long in the game, as has the 32 year old Elissalde.

Don't forget that this weekend the Super 14 kicks off, as well as the Vegas Sevens, as well as crunch encounters in the Six Nations & Guinness Premiership. Check out details of what's coming up on the newly updated Fixtures page here. Enjoy the weekend.


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  • Perfect technique! Haha

    By Anonymous Tiger Max, at February 12, 2010 12:16 pm  

  • Wtf did he do there? lol

    By Anonymous BennyAlexanderrr, at February 12, 2010 12:16 pm  

  • funny :)

    pity that he is injured for the 6 nations

    By Blogger Flooz, at February 12, 2010 12:22 pm  

  • rofl

    By Anonymous ToulouseFan, at February 12, 2010 12:27 pm  

  • Embarassing attempt at a tackle but to be fair the openside flanker should really be making that tackle for him.

    By Anonymous The Inside Shoulder, at February 12, 2010 12:32 pm  

  • i know this is absolutely off topic, but where do you all follow rugby news on the web (sites)?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2010 12:38 pm  

  • i think its called the crab technique it is performed in muddy conditions it requires a great amount of skill and years of dedication and practice it requires you to asume the position like a crab and then repeating the words please fall over me please fall over me in a very nervous and quick tone of voice

    By Anonymous s chabal, at February 12, 2010 12:39 pm  

  • Any chance of getting the Tai try from that game up as I can't find it anywhere... thanks

    By Anonymous Jaggy Pup, at February 12, 2010 1:07 pm  

  • yes, I meant Tait...

    By Anonymous Jaggy Pup, at February 12, 2010 1:07 pm  

  • haha classic

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2010 1:51 pm  

  • He did what I would have done, can't blame him really.

    By Blogger Thomas, at February 12, 2010 2:21 pm  

  • Anonymus, g to Scrum.com and you'll ofind everything. Honestly, he could have aimed for his ankles instead of avoiding the tackle, but he's a brilliant player and he does tackle when required.

    By Anonymous Joost, at February 12, 2010 2:53 pm  

  • Ha ha... from the Naas Botha school of defence. But to be fair to Naas, he'd have called a flank over before there was any danger he'd have to make a tackle.

    By Anonymous Edbok, at February 12, 2010 4:19 pm  

  • could have been me :D

    By Blogger sebastian, at February 12, 2010 4:38 pm  

  • I enjoyed the commentators' reactions immensely.

    Speaking of commentators, what do people think of Brian Moore? I don't know whether to love him or hate him.

    By Anonymous Phil, at February 12, 2010 4:43 pm  

  • embarrassing!

    By Blogger paddy87, at February 12, 2010 5:06 pm  

  • Re: Brian Moore

    Actually like the guy commentating.
    He's knowledgable and tell's it like it is. He'll crap all over England if it's warranted.
    Wish he'd partner with someone diff than Eddie Butler.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2010 6:10 pm  

  • Elissalde is an awesome player but ... errrr ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • Dude, the fixtures list! That's an awesome addition to the site...

    By Anonymous smicks, at February 12, 2010 7:28 pm  

  • Hilarious. Turnstile.

    By Anonymous Andy, at February 12, 2010 7:52 pm  

  • OMFG!!!!!! THE IRB ARE AT IT AGAIN!!!! THATS NOT FAIR!!! Koyamaibole is far bigger and ran hard at Elissalde and scared him!!!! yet no ban?!?!?!? i mean, thats not fair at all!!! he should be banned for 70 weeks for scaring elissalde!!!

    (and you know he was scared, the brown on his shorts wasnt mud!!!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2010 9:11 pm  

  • Lol, its a special french tactic isnt it? it goes with their secondary national colours......(a white flag!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 12, 2010 9:12 pm  

  • It lies somewhere between "terribly embarrassing" and "fully understandable"... But funny either way!

    By Anonymous Nico, at February 12, 2010 9:32 pm  

  • Classic French, enough said.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 12:26 am  

  • Yes, classic French, says the war veteran who has won medals for bravery. Muppet.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at February 13, 2010 1:28 am  

  • 'Yes, classic French, says the war veteran who has won medals for bravery. Muppet.'

    Well considering you know nothing about me, and are unaware that i fought in the falklands and have come under, and given heavy fire i think it is you who is the muppet!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 2:09 am  

  • Yes, classic French, says the war veteran who has won medals for bravery. Muppet.'

    Well considering you know nothing about me, and are unaware that i fought in the falklands and have come under, and given heavy fire i think it is you who is the muppet!

    Sure and me I fought with Caesar, Genghis Khan and Attila. By the way, classic French, I agree cos he was enough clever to not be uselessly trashed by a brute.

    "Lol, its a special french tactic isnt it? it goes with their secondary national colours......(a white flag!)"

    Coming from somebody who doesn't know what he's talkin' about.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 2:43 am  

  • haha i hate it when those big guys come at you, i tried to tackle one by diving at his legs once but he jumped over me lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 4:39 am  

  • very funny, but also pretty pathetic defending.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 4:54 am  

  • '
    Sure and me I fought with Caesar, Genghis Khan and Attila. By the way, classic French, I agree cos he was enough clever to not be uselessly trashed by a brute.

    "Lol, its a special french tactic isnt it? it goes with their secondary national colours......(a white flag!)"

    Coming from somebody who doesn't know what he's talkin' about.'

    suit yourself im not asking for anyone to believe me. i was stating fact.

    im pretty sure kearney for tests isnt french (with a name like that), although i could be wrong, so its an obvious conclusion he is one of those pricks that loves to get involved and defend those who need no defence.....

    like the black guy at the office who laughs when a white guy tells a racist joke, then another white guy goes to the boss stating the joker made a racist comment that might of offended the black guy!

    im pretty sure the french can take some banter obviously none of you ladies can!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 7:52 am  

  • Anonymous above,

    "im pretty sure the french can take some banter obviously none of you ladies can!"

    I think so but it would be better if there was a taste of originality, apart of that kind of tiresome and childish French bashing.

    By the way, i'm stating fact.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 10:23 am  

  • Well, why about speaking some stupid wars?? you are on a rugby forum men..

    If you are angry because you fought in Irak for nothing and lost english guys, it's your problem... we French were not sheeps of The USA and papy Bush... simply...Our gouvernment doesn't lie to People instead your gouvernment...and we have experience of cruel campaigns in Indochina and Algeria that now we are prudents and not blinds and cowards like some people say...well, open your eyes and stop with it...

    By Blogger sylvain, at February 13, 2010 11:11 am  

  • fukin hell! why can't RD just put up a good vid, and the users just not fukin argue about it! fucks sake, it pisses me off.

    By Anonymous Hooker_, at February 13, 2010 12:27 pm  

  • Lol someone misses a tackle, and that's led to an argument about the French fighting a war in Algeria? Only on rugbydump. With regards to the video, piss poor and no complaint

    By Anonymous Schpoople Master, at February 13, 2010 1:21 pm  

  • Just to correct the Anon who was trying to explain that his very personal view of the white part of the French flag was just a fact :
    You're wrong, it's not a surrending white flag. The white part of the flag represents the royalty, surrounded by the blue and the red colors which represent the people of Paris (the colors of paris are blue and red). It was after the revolution and was supposed to represent the French people controling the king.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 1:56 pm  

  • 'Just to correct the Anon who was trying to explain that his very personal view of the white part of the French flag was just a fact :
    You're wrong, it's not a surrending white flag. The white part of the flag represents the royalty, surrounded by the blue and the red colors which represent the people of Paris (the colors of paris are blue and red). It was after the revolution and was supposed to represent the French people controling the king.'

    No you dummy, by secondary colours he means the other flag from the normal french flag......e.g french flag is the primary flag, white flag is the secondary flag..... and waving the white flag is a sign of surrender......


    as for the chap talking about IRAQ, not Irak....i never fought there, if you read i fought in the falklands!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 4:07 pm  

  • im sorry, this is very off topic, but did any of you see in the wales scot game at around 48 minutes, where there was a penalty to wales because of cusiter having his arm on the ball.....

    ....my point is not to dispute this, but the welsh scrum half richie rees is using the boot A LOT, and whilst i have no gripes with this normally, i do however have a gripe about it when you see other players being punished for using the boot...

    i.e Danny Grewcock.....

    i mean, it was more of a stamp by the scrum half than a rake!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2010 4:16 pm  

  • :( what an awful day for me, (as an irish, and scottish supporter!)

    Scottish had a fantastic game, but were (i use the term loosely) 'robbed' no one, but the whole welsh team, were to blame, the referee had a great game, and made his intentions clear (warning of yellow's) and Wales capitalised on a 13 man tired scottish team, was very sad for them!

    Now on to Ireland, (watching the game now) honestly though, you could never imagine this team was professional, harsh you might say, but really, the errors are school boy errors.....oh, ireland just scored a try.....well anyway....long way to go still! but O'Driscoll is being murdered out there, no room for him......O'Gara...well, even if Morgan Parra (a small player) stopped and asked O'Gara to tackle him, im not sure ronan would be able too.....

    I mean, we see in this video Elissalde (No.10) 'avoiding' tackling a charging number 8...which in some ways is clever....no point getting ruined....but O'gara not being able to tackle his opposite number is AWFUL!!!!

    Well, Ireland look tired and have less than 14 mins to score 17, possibly 20 points.....which lets face it, i doubt will happen!

    Actually, must add, i enjoyed; as much as it pained me, the Scotland Wales game, i thought scotland showed great passion with the running rugby, as well as keeping up their formidable defence!

    Well, i'll leave now.....and yeup so far its 17 points ireland need, parra missed!

    By Anonymous Scottirish, at February 13, 2010 7:01 pm  

  • kind of scary to look at your comments guys. rugby is not war. so please stop with your nationalistic reactions. talk about rugby please. but i must admit this vid coud have perfectly illustrated the fight between david and goliath if david had forgotten his sling..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 15, 2010 12:15 am  

  • que alguien traduzca:


    ALTO CAGON ELISSALDE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 15, 2010 5:53 am  

  • Speak of that white flag to Servat or Harinordiquay.....yeah, Thought ya didn't have the balls lol

    By Blogger Alexander, at February 16, 2010 12:28 pm  

  • 'Speak of that white flag to Servat or Harinordiquay.....yeah, Thought ya didn't have the balls lol'

    give me their address or phone number or some sort of contact with them...and i will...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 19, 2010 8:02 am  

  • I thought its the fly-half who miss ? Not the scrum-half ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 16, 2010 2:05 pm  

  • facile de critiqué quand tu aura sa carriere tu poura faire des article sur le rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2010 11:27 pm  

  • Haha great skill^^

    Fantastic player, and from what we see in Toulouse, his not off to a bad start either as the backs coach !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 06, 2010 3:43 pm  

  • this is just a misstackle... every player does that from time to time... it wasnt fear reaction or something..

    ellisalde is genious player.. and you only can criticise him when your grandad and your dad played rugby on international level for their country... which is i believe impossible for the commentators uderneath this video

    By Blogger Kaloyan, at March 21, 2011 1:59 pm  

  • Au final, messieurs, Toulouse d'Elissalde remporte la rencontre avec 19 points contre seulement 13 points pour Sale.

    Toulouse écrase Sale.

    The french game and spirit are the best.

    By Blogger Sanglier gris, at August 24, 2011 7:23 pm  

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