Saturday, May 18, 2013

Accolades pour in for Pumas captain Fernández Lobbe as Toulon win the Heineken Cup

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Toulon´s history making 16-15 Heineken Cup triumph this afternoon saw French international outside centre Mathieu Bastareaud win the official man of the match award and Jonny Wilkinson get lots of time in the British press for kicking goals but it was one moment of genius from Pumas captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe that sees the South-Eastern French club winning the all-French Heineken Cup Final. 

The moment came well into the second half and at a time when Clermont Auvergne looked assured of victory. The imppressive Wesley Fofana ran the ball into contact at gave his side good go forward ball only for the Pumas captain to win a turnover and pass the ball over the head of Clermont´s Brock James to send Delon Armitage over in the left corner. With former All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu out of position Armitage had a free run in to score untouched. Sivivatu had been looking to get the ball from the tackle area after Fofana had gone to ground but with Fernández Lobbe getting there first Toulon was allowed to take the lead after Clermont Auvergne had earlier looked like clearly being the better team. 

With two matches remaining this season there is little time for celebration as Toulon will face Castres next Saturday in Nantes in the second Top 14 Semi Final. The winner will face either Clermont Auvergne or Toulouse in the Top 14 Final the following weekend. In other words Fernández Lobbe has the chance to finish the season and begin preperation for the Rugby Championship as a double champion.
The Telegraph said on several occasions the wonderful Toulon flanker Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe made one massive tackle and then rose to make another immediately.
ESPN Scrum said Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud may have got the nod as the official Man of the Match but arguably no-one contributed more to their victory than flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. The Pumas international was at his ferocious best in the loose and at the breakdown where he notably secured the ball ahead of Delon Armitage's momentum-swinging try. 
 Planet Rugby Said he produced the moment of the match. The turnover won by Juan Fernandez Lobbe to set up Armitage's score changed the course of the game. 
Juan Fernandez-Lobbe, himself said "This is something special, I can not believe that we are European Champions". 


  1. Is this the player that you once said was "just a hardworker ?"

    1. I cannot recall saying that sorry.

  2. in the same thread we also wrote about Leguizamon being labeled not just expendable but a dirty player... and I compared him to McCaw to which you replayed "Leguizamon and McCaw are too very different players"....which in a way I agree....but I was refering to McCaw's knack for getting away with so much more....but I remember the reference to Lobbe even more clearly because of how astonishing it was....sorry to refresh your memory Paul but fair is fair....

    1. I have tracked it down. I said "Fernández Lobbe is a hardworker." I did not say Fernández Lobbe is "just a hardworker."

      Hard work is similar to the above comments in the telegraph and ESPN Scrum.

      See the comments from the thread you mention here:


  3. wow i just watched lobbe do that....from one angle it looks like a big high school kid broke into a sandbox with grade school children and took their favorite toy away, tossed it to another buddy on the outside, who cruelly ran it in for a try....

    thank you for tracking that thread was fun re-reading with hindsight and seemed to be suggesting a lighter pack and leaving ro and agulla out which i considered somewhat heretical....although when imhoff came in he scored a wonderful try in the second he does often....

    on the "is a hard worker" is a big difference from "just a hard worker" which you did not write.... but it still seems to me like faint praise....the one thing i don't agree at all with is comparing ayerza to ro who is truly a legend in his position....

    just as good on the set pieces as in the loose play which is not so much ayerza's game.... and is there a clip against the all blacks where he is running like a back feeding a full back running along the sidelines....?....i do remember his try across the line perforating two heavies though....and agulla is too much awesomeness to ever put on the bench....big fast guy that run's players over or carries them as they hang on not being able to take him down....

    The Pumas must never forget they are primarily a physical team....that's our signature....we are combative heavy freaking infantry that knows how to tackle.... all across the board.... and that's what make's us formidable opponents....

    of course there is always room for an imhoff....or a cordero....that's how to go light as an full back....NEVER on the set piece where our whole game anchors down....

  4. I here you anonymous. It's nice to think that the future isn'T just Imhoff and Cordera though.

    In the recent Junior series against RSA, that ARG won 2-1, they did it by putting a "whoe slapping" on the RSA pack.

    That sounds like the future of the Pumas to me!

    P.S from anonymous to anonymous, please don't qoute me saying "just".

  5. Could you correct the article? Its "pour in" and not "poor in" the way its written actually has the opposite of what you are trying to convey.

    1. Done and sorry for not having noticed that earlier.