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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hugo Southwell's try for Stade Francais against Montpellier

Stade Francais came back from being 16-0 down to take a narrow 32-28 victory over Montpellier in their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final on the weekend. They progress to the semi final, where they will face rivals Clermont Auvergne.

The Paris side scored four tries as both teams played some highly entertaining rugby in an open, free flowing game. One was a penalty try, while the others were scored by Hugo Southwell, Tom Palmer, and Antoine Burban.

Southwell’s was probably the pick of them, with a runaway solo effort after Montpellier had built up an attack with some great interplay, before coughing the ball up.

One of the best parts of the try was actually the reverse-flick-pass by Montpellier’s number eight, Marc Giraud, before possession was lost. Scotland’s Southwell then streaked away, showing good pace and beating the last man nicely.

He nearly scored again later, following a great chip and chase, but his foot was out.

Stade Francais will face Clermont in the semi final, and ironically have them next in the Top 14 too, something that’s bemused assistant coach Chris Whitaker.

"We play them this weekend and then in two weeks' time in the Amlin again.

"It was the same with Montpellier as we played them two weeks ago as well. It's worked out a little bit funny and it is a strange one," he said.

Time: 02:57



  • First - brap brap brap!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 10:04 am  

  • You bastard

    By Anonymous ToFirstIGo!, at April 14, 2011 10:07 am  

  • you have to be pretty damned slow to make a Hugo Southwell sidestep look good!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 10:09 am  

  • crazy offload

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 10:33 am  

  • how on earth can southwell produce that pace and dexterity for stade and yet be consistantly average for scotland?

    By Anonymous stirling, at April 14, 2011 10:37 am  

  • All the pink shit at Stade is getting a bit bonkers now isn't it!?!

    Can't believe they've even painted the bloody posts pink!!

    Pink remote control car bringing the kicking tee out?!? And by the way is Chris White giving the car a bit of a kicking off-camera around 2:12?

    By Anonymous Von, at April 14, 2011 11:03 am  

  • Hes not quick and he doesnt look quick in the video he just happens to be up agaismt some very slow players nut confidence and clever running is sometimes better than real gas.

    By Anonymous Jack, at April 14, 2011 11:31 am  

  • Off-topic, but for anyone who's interested, here's the complete transcript of the Cueto ruling:

    By Anonymous Von, at April 14, 2011 12:16 pm  

  • Great counter-attacking. How come Southwell is good enough to do that for Stade Francais, but not good enough to do that type of thing for Scotland??

    RD, any chance we can see the highlights of Brive and Munster? Some great counter-attacking tries in that game.

    By Anonymous Gavin, at April 14, 2011 12:35 pm  

  • Lol Stirling - posted my comment before I read yours!

    By Anonymous Gavin, at April 14, 2011 12:35 pm  

  • to answer why he probably can't perform the way for Scotland is probably because Scotland are average at best. at Stade at least he has some kind of platform.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 12:58 pm  

  • to be fair @anonymous its not really a side step more of a slow change in direction

    By Blogger Edward, at April 14, 2011 1:54 pm  

  • i swear i've never seen southwell run before that

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 2:31 pm  

  • they wanted to know who would wear the most discusting jersey! a winner?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 2:50 pm  

  • That offload at 0.49 is amazing. Great try too

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at April 14, 2011 3:17 pm  

  • Yeh who knocked the RC on it's side? Bit out of order...

    Umm awesome effort by Southwell, however that was pitiful defence by the last man (not sure if it was the the 15 or not) Which sort of takes away fom the try slightly imo..

    By Blogger No.7, at April 14, 2011 3:58 pm  

  • he seems to have lost a bit of weight and gained a bit of pace

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 4:40 pm  

  • full highlights please!!!

    By Blogger Andy Mac, at April 14, 2011 4:41 pm  

  • full highlights please!!!

    By Blogger Andy Mac, at April 14, 2011 4:41 pm  

  • @Von
    Interesting piece!!!!!!! Thanks for putting up the link!
    Gives a nice bit of a view of how those hearings work.

    By Anonymous Guy, at April 14, 2011 5:11 pm  

  • @ Von: ref is not Chris White but Alan Lewis and I am not sure what he was doing to the car off-camera

    By Blogger whatdidyousay, at April 14, 2011 6:29 pm  

  • To von,

    U are in the wrong article. I know that u are more interested in cueto undefendable eye-gouge but here is just what rugby should be: nice offloads and try

    But to react on your link, Yeah Quite interesting and fascinating how rfu tries to be transparent on a very trouble event. Their 9 weeks ban was Not enough, they needed to communicate on the incredible "friendship" and support between both players, clubs and rfu...
    Result: a teletubbies story where everybody have remorse and feelings.... with a ban like a present for cueto.

    A Nice and long story which should be published, really :)

    By Anonymous Gareth, at April 14, 2011 6:52 pm  

  • The offload is the best bit of that video, sensational!

    By Anonymous martin-offload, at April 14, 2011 6:59 pm  

  • Regarding the Southwell issue (et over Cueto's ban, lads), I think Andy Robinson should look at James Cuthbert and Jim Thompson at fullback for Scotland.

    Southweel is not a bad player but is a bit like Stephen Donald, Jerome Porical or Stephen Jones -consistent, always helpful but far from brilliant, and a little extra pace in the back three surely would help, specially now that Thom Evans is out.

    They sure are dying for Tim Visser to be eligible for Scotland!

    Any thoughts?

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 14, 2011 7:34 pm  

  • In response to the link on the Cueto case:

    I don't get the decision...i think it's a pile of nonsense bullshit!
    1/Cueto pleaded guilty...
    2/The panel describes the matter as "The Player then shakes his right hand loose from the grip of Day and moves his right hand into the eye area of Day, grasping him with crooked fingers and applying force in a pushing motion".
    Which for me is quiet a strong description (grasp, crooked fingers, applying force) and sounds like an eye gauging, no?
    3/Mr Day + Cueto say is not intentional, Mr Cueto big wigs friends say he's a nice guy.
    4/Sentence is 9 weeks.

    The panel describes Cueto's act as "MID RANGE, giving an entry point of eighteen weeks" but then considers some mitigation factors such as the written letters ( from M. Johnson, etc) and bla bla bla really, and lowers the sentence to 9 weeks.

    This sentence is a disgrace to me in regards to the law and in regards to the risks involved for the players.

    I quote "The Player targeted the head and grabbed at the eye area with his right hand in a claw-like grip. To get to the back of the head, he had to go past the eye area at eye level. This involved an inherently high risk of serious injury and he was fortunate that no such injury was caused".

    The panel meant Cueto intentionally made contact in the eye area "in a claw like grip" but he did nicely as being Mr Nice and only wanted to smash Mr Day's head...ooops

    This decision is a disgrace for the sport and is clearly a partisan decision. I find it shocking.

    Clearly if Mr Day would have lost an eye, or been injured to some extend the panel would have given a much longer sentence. But still Cueto knew what he was doing, the risks he was taken and did it intentionally ...a court should judge the intention in any act that could injure someone precisely to make sure that no one does it again, that no one takes the chance of doing something risky around the eye area.

    This panel took a bad decision.

    By Blogger Frenchy, at April 14, 2011 8:24 pm  

  • Frenchy, im assuming the name has something to do with your nationality.

    Im not really a fan of Cueto, i dont see him play much and havent really noticed him on the pitch (not being an england fan might be a reason..)

    However, i've read how day said it was NOT a gouge and felt no pressure..

    ...so i dont understand how anyone can argue it was a gouge....

    We all watch movies right? we all see actors 'punching' other actors right...now if we said 'did he really punch you' and the guy says no, then what do we believe...what we think we saw? or what the guy on the receiving end says...

    WHEREAS, attoub and dupuy, both got their backsides handed to them because of testimonies...you think if ferris said, 'ah no, he was just picking my nose for me' that dupuy would still be handed a big ban? ofcourse not, he would be banned for recklessness and it would be of similar time to cueto/burger...

    By Blogger No.7, at April 14, 2011 9:00 pm  

  • gotta agree with no.7 here. I thought it looked really bad and expected a long ban. But when the opposing player says he felt no gouge you can understand why they were lenient. If Day had said he was gouged then I would like to think cueto would have missed the world cup!

    By Anonymous Russell, at April 14, 2011 9:16 pm  

  • And would it possible that M. Johnson picked up his phone, called Day saying that he needs to claim that there were no gouge in order not to jeopardize England's potential for RWC?

    By Blogger Jonathan, at April 14, 2011 9:29 pm  

  • Jonathon..if you got poked bad in the eye, and someone said 'please dont say you got poked in the eye' what would possibly make you agree to not tattle....?

    If we see Day named for the WC i'll be inclined to agree that maybe some naughtyness has gone on...or perhaps an unnamed donation to days bank account...

    but until then i dont believe it. If someone properly tried to gouge me i'd like to see them raped!

    By Blogger No.7, at April 14, 2011 9:43 pm  

  • Great stuff, more of this please

    By Anonymous Fitness Equipment, at April 14, 2011 10:04 pm  

  • Constantly average? Southwell is pish... how Scotland don't have a better prospect is beyond me... Lamont is a far better full back, but he's needed in the center.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2011 10:47 pm  

  • To No 7,

    With all my respect, i find ur arguments a bit naive
    There is of course, a players solidarity. Day is a friend of cueto, it is notified and justified by the both "it was a schoolboys tussle"... Comon! I dont say that johnno or rfu have asked him to minimize the thing, but there is a serious problem of impartiality here. Friendship and england rwc chances had No place here... i Irb must be very unhappy about it.

    To conclude, dupuy had not any problem of discipline before beigne sanctionned of 24 weeks without reduction. As coward it was (as cueto), blackett didnt reduce the ban. It says a lot...

    By Anonymous Gareth, at April 14, 2011 10:57 pm  

  • Gareth, i do not see any similarities to cueto's and dupuy's incidents...

    A friendship would seriously break up if i got gouged....

    consider that naive?

    By Blogger No.7, at April 14, 2011 11:05 pm  

  • To No 7,

    Or a friendship would be seriously damaged if my friend confirmed that i eye-gouged him and risked to miss to my last rwc...

    You are Not naive but if u find normal that rfu try to give dozens of justifications.. When u speak too much, it's too much to be true, sémanticien truth :)

    By Anonymous Gareth, at April 15, 2011 12:03 am  

  • I see what you mean but I couldn't give a f*ck if my friend missed out on a WC if he gouged me....

    I would no longer be his friend if I was actually gouged....

    By Blogger No.7, at April 15, 2011 1:08 pm  

  • Are you sure that's Hugo Southwell? Bah, I suppose he has to do something right sometimes. He's my favourite rubbish player, other that Clement Poitrenaud. Always going to make a crucial, silly mistake.

    By Anonymous Zavala, at April 15, 2011 2:21 pm  

  • Glad his face is back together...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 15, 2011 3:23 pm  

  • surprised he didnt kick the ball away the instant he got it

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 15, 2011 5:31 pm  

  • That said, I'm not going to disregard Ioane or anything. I may think the gratuitous celebration is dumb, but the try he scored was still something to appreciate.

    He's a helluva rugby player.

    By Anonymous fry, at April 16, 2011 5:04 pm  

  • Piss...that comment was meant for another video.

    Yes, I am that stupid. Oops.

    By Anonymous fry, at April 16, 2011 5:05 pm  

  • ...out my ass...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2011 4:04 pm  

  • Thanks for a good link and laugh. Hard to believe he could look that good!

    By Anonymous jose canterrero, at May 04, 2011 10:51 pm  

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