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Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - Three strikes

It's all about the All Blacks once again as it's time to catch up with the always entertaining Plays of the Week from The Rugby Club on Fox Sports in Australia.

This week the focus is on the biggest thing in world rugby at the moment, the Tri Nations, as the All Blacks lifted their game to beat the Springboks for the second time running, showing why they are deserving of the number one ranking in world rugby presently.

The game wasn't without controversy though, as we've seen on previous posts, with a few dodgy tackles taking place and one or two interesting referee calls. In this clip though, we get to see how Richie McCaw managed to get himself warned three times, and still stay on the pitch.

On a positive note, Israel Dagg's sensational try is well worth watching again. He beat a whole host of would be defenders with his step, balance, and acceleration. He's definitely one we'll be seeing a lot more of in the future.

Not the funniest Plays of the Week we've seen, but still worth sharing. Enjoy.

Time: 01:52



  • first

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 22, 2010 3:38 pm  

  • since he's the captain, McCaw also get spoken to if one of his teammate infringes.

    By Anonymous Jeroz, at July 22, 2010 4:12 pm  

  • Nope, he himself was warned each of those times shown

    By Anonymous Bin him, at July 22, 2010 4:16 pm  

  • Mc Caw or the art to be never and never sin-binned. Same for o'connell or o'driscoll, the captain dress gives a sort of immaculate image, impunity statut

    Mc Caw will feel very weird when he will "deflored" for the 1st time:)

    did'nt know dagg, recall me a bit heymans or austin healey steps

    By Anonymous Flooz, at July 22, 2010 4:22 pm  

  • ...Thinking back I wouldn't mind Mc Caw "defloring" me if you get my drift ;)

    By Anonymous Flooz, at July 22, 2010 4:48 pm  

  • Bit too much info there dude.

    By Anonymous WtfWendal, at July 22, 2010 4:49 pm  

  • english isnt your first language is it,flooz?

    By Anonymous Mccaw is a cheat, at July 22, 2010 4:57 pm  

  • Whatever I do what I want.

    By Anonymous Flooz, at July 22, 2010 5:02 pm  

  • Awesome

    By Blogger vinniechan, at July 22, 2010 5:59 pm  

  • Like all great 7's, pushes the laws of the game as far as he can and still coming out scott free!!

    As Flooz said in the first (non homo-erotic)some captains tend not to get carded - suppose the ref's just think its better to have them on the field.

    By Anonymous Bradders, at July 22, 2010 7:03 pm  

  • Ive often wondered if referees arent allowed to watch rugby on tv or something. Surely they have to know the kind of stuff McCaw gets up to. Dont get me wrong I dont blame McCaw, if hes getting away with it then why not. It just always surprises me that refs always seem to give him the benefit of the doubt when they must know what hes doing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 22, 2010 8:28 pm  

  • I guess (to the above anon) they have to take each game on its face value....for instance just view the number. not the player....

    I dont know how the laws are supposed to be enforced...i.e, if you dont actually see it, can they 'assume' or do they physically have to see it...

    for instance, ball is well protected from the ab's then mccaw comes in, all of a sudden the ab's have the ball....if the ref didnt see who or how, can he really ping mccaw?

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at July 22, 2010 9:43 pm  

  • McCaw is a cheat!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous BOOMER, at July 22, 2010 10:33 pm  

  • So I guess it's funny in Australia when 3 Pacific Islanders decide to sing in a classical style? Bit racist no?

    And yes, I do believe McCaw gets away with too much and could have been yellow carded.

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at July 22, 2010 11:44 pm  

  • Canadian Content said...

    So I guess it's funny in Australia when 3 Pacific Islanders decide to sing in a classical style? Bit racist no?


    How is that in anyway racist???? Jesus Christ...lighten up. It was mentioned because they resemble the original Three Tenors.

    Some humour might not go amiss in you.

    By Anonymous Philip, at July 23, 2010 12:35 am  

  • Mccaw nailed dagg!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 23, 2010 12:55 am  

  • BOOMER has to be a Yarpie.... It must feel good to take the focus away from those last 2 results. :-)

    By Anonymous Tui, at July 23, 2010 1:34 am  

  • What's so bad about sayign they're the Pacific tenors?
    If it was some Canadians, and he said here's Canada's answer to the three tenors, would that be racist?
    Sensitive much?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 23, 2010 2:22 am  

  • Canadian Content said... So I guess it's funny in Australia when 3 Pacific Islanders decide to sing in a classical style? Bit racist no?

    "No' is correct. The Pacific Islands have a tradition of great singers in all forms of music and are greatly respected for it in this part of the world. A little light-hearted humor is no problem.

    By Anonymous Don Giovanni, at July 23, 2010 2:59 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 23, 2010 7:18 am  

  • I love his Plays of Weeks clips, thanks RD :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 23, 2010 9:20 am  

  • Hey Toomer, what on earth is a Yarpie?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 23, 2010 10:39 am  

  • RE: Canadian Content

    Fucking amazing the way some people think.

    By Anonymous Canadian Discontent, at July 23, 2010 10:56 am  

  • Anon, a yarpie is a common term used for south africans....although it doesn't correctly refer to all saffa's yet it is used by many for anyone south african....

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at July 23, 2010 1:12 pm  

  • Most young Saffers would never have heard the term - they may make the connection between Japie (Mulder??) and Afrikaans whites simply because the name is not common elsewhere. I think it is meant as a disparaging term - although it wouldn't have that effect to Saffers - a common phrase in NZ (I think).

    By Anonymous Andymo, at July 23, 2010 4:22 pm  

  • Yeah, it's an Aussie term mainly from what I understand. I've never heard it commonly in the UK or anywhere else in the world.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at July 23, 2010 4:53 pm  

  • to (u-p)rick regarding refereeing

    Even if the ref didn't see who actually commited the infrigement, he's allowed to call a penalty if he knows a penalty has been commited (even he couldn't see who actually did it)

    So , I guess in the ruck situation you mentioned, he could have called a penalty, he probably didn't do so as he felt there wasn't a penalty involved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 23, 2010 6:10 pm  

  • Thanking you kindly anonymous, i sort of let that bit slip my mind....

    the old ref can call a penalty without knowing who did it bit (not sure how i left that out of my mind...)

    I suppose one main battle for refs is to not appeared over zealous towards certain players. I man come on we all know mccaw has some sneaky little tactics, and i do not blame him he gets away with them in most matches so he should keep doing it...but the fact is if a ref cannot prove it was him as such, then he should not feel compelled to card him on suspicion (ofcourse im not talking about the 3 strikes issue this video highlights, but just rugby in general)

    If refs viewed every situation with tainted glasses, then burger would be in trouble, as would bakkies, half the england forwards (if not all) would be in the sh*t....and I doubt mccaw would get 10 minutes ON the pitch....

    (once again to avoid any raging arguments, i am not slating a single player here i merely stating the obvious)

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at July 24, 2010 1:14 am  

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2uHVbZoTE8

    Only time Rolland bins is against the All Blacks. Interesting stat, Alain Rolland has yellow carded 1 All Black in his life. Yellow carding Kevin Mealumu for a punch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 3:24 am  

  • I watched that video. What is wrong with Rolland. So trigger happy with the yellow cards against England. Referees should not be greater than the game.

    By Anonymous BrisbaneBok, at July 24, 2010 4:29 am  

  • McCaw probably gets away with a little more because of some of those he's compared to, and because of the rule changes.

    That is, he doesn't do the Saffer bite-and-gouge style of play, nor the Botha lie-down-on-top-of-the-ball thing.

    Many of his penalties occur at a crossover point, e.g. initially he's entitled to be there, then gets knocked off his feet, or others join the ruck etc. He doesn't seem to do the out-and-out prof. fouls like Botha was carded for.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 2:30 pm  

  • whos the player scoring for manly i think about 25seconds in?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 9:38 pm  

  • Geddy Lee
    Michael Buble
    kd Lang

    The Three "Canadian Tenors"

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at July 26, 2010 2:10 am  

  • Nadolo (don't think I'm spelling that right though).
    He played for the Waratahs this season but got dropped from the squad, he could never make the starting team.
    I think he got capped by Fiji when they played Australia this June but I'm not sure, I know they called him up.
    He'd be good signing I think for a smaller club in Europe, big strong runner, not the best skills in the world, but tough to tackle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 26, 2010 5:29 am  

  • I believe McCaw is able to get away with his play so well down to the fact as someone mentioned that his play is not dirty and alot of the time he's making a genuine attempt to steal the ball and the line between tackle ball/ruck can be blurry. I also think that the fact McCaw is polite to the referee helps and there seems to be a level of respect he is afforded from refs that others are perhaps not.

    By Anonymous GuyNZ, at July 26, 2010 4:12 pm  

  • As the saying goes. "The harder I work,the luckier I get"
    if you look at MacCaw's work rate, is it any wonder he is so lucky. I don't know any other number 7 who works as hard as MaCaw

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 27, 2010 1:51 am  

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