Friday, August 26, 2011

WATCH Rugby Match Explodes Into Huge Brawl Video

Anyone who plays rugby will tell you that it's a gentleman's game. Players will beat the hell out of each other for roughly 80 minutes and then grab a beer and laugh about it afterward. But there's nothing gentlemanly about this fight between Melbourne and Manly (really, that's their name) in the National Rugby League.

Any sports fight is generally entertaining, but the ferocity of this fight in conjunction with the announcers play-by-play simply makes this brawl top notch.

The video begins with a few punches thrown between the teams during a break in the action. But things quickly escalate after the fight is broken up and Glenn Stewart begins jawing with Adam Blair near midfield. The players quickly begin exchanging punches (to the tremendous delight of one fan, who can be heard cackling at the :35 mark of the video), and then, as the announcer says, "Here come the reinforcements!"

From there, for lack of the better term, a scrum breaks out.

Interestingly, Blair is sent off even though he didn't throw the first punch in his confrontation with Stewart. Or as it's expertly described, "What's [Adam Blair] done? Head butted the fist of an opponent?"

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the fight: Just minutes before it began, members of the Melbourne squad showed great sportsmanship in supporting a Manly player who suffered a neck injury until medical help could arrive.

Manly ended up winning the match 18-4, and we're going to guess that the teams decided to skip out on that friendly beer after the game.

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