Saturday, April 6, 2013

Buderus knows a little bit about collisions

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Danny Buderus with Jake White during his ill-fated stint as the Brumbies' collision coach.

Danny Buderus with Jake White during his ill-fated stint as the Brumbies' collision coach. Photo: AAP

DANNY Buderus's shoulder charge on Raiders centre Blake Ferguson wasn't the first time the Newcastle hooker has been involved in a controversial collision. Remember when the NRL stepped in during the pre-season to block Buderus becoming ''collision coach'' at the ACT Brumbies? Perhaps Buderus could have taught the Brumbies a few sneaky moves, like how to get away with a blatant shoulder charge.

Dugan back out on the town

JOSH Dugan didn't take long to get reacquainted with the Canberra nightclub scene in his first weekend in the capital since being sacked by the Raiders. The axed fullback was spotted in well-known haunt Academy on Friday night - less than a week after the Instagram rant which cost him a lucrative deal with the Broncos. The Dragons remain the favourites to secure his signature, while there are rumours the Panthers are also interested in the one-time NSW representative.

Paty boy ... Josh Dugan.

Party boy ... Josh Dugan.

Williams goes head first

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ONE of the more bizarre theories doing the rounds about the form of Raiders halfback Sam Williams is that it centres around his headgear, or lack thereof. Williams is the first to admit he could have been better through the opening four weeks, but the halves don't get an opportunity to provide quality service if the forwards aren't laying a decent platform. As for the headgear he wore for the past two seasons, the Cooma junior ditched it due to the oppressive heat for the opening two rounds, and has gone without it since. ''The first two weeks it was too hot to wear, I would've nearly fallen over,'' Williams said. ''I never got concussed or knocked out in juniors, just always worn it. I'm a bit undecided if I wear it again, I'll see what happens when the big frost comes.''

Coutts' wet boots Blake Ferguson's fractured eye socket.

Blake Ferguson's fractured eye socket. Photo: Colleen Petch

THE leaky pool at the AIS isn't affecting the training of our elite swimmers, but the footwear of Olympic Games star Alicia Coutts hasn't been so fortunate. Coutts is getting used to finding her Ugg Boots soaked with the water run-off from the showers. ''I get out of the pool and my shoes are saturated,'' Coutts laughed. ''There's nothing much worse than wet Ugg Boots.''

Bottom-pinching Slovaks

SLOVAKS have been pinching the bottoms of strangers this week in solidarity with cyclist compatriot Peter Sagan, embroiled in a sexism row for pinching the bottom of a podium girl after the Tour of Flanders. More than 4500 people have ''liked'' a group that popped up on Facebook challenging Slovaks to pinch a stranger's bottom to support Sagan's risque manoeuvre last weekend - and post pictures of themselves doing likewise.

Chocolate egg-stravaganza

A FEW concerned readers asked Locker Room to check what happened to the 40,000 Easter eggs which were handed out at the Brumbies' clash with the Pretoria Bulls two weeks ago. They left Canberra Stadium empty-handed and asked Locker Room to investigate the disappearing chocolate eggs. We found out that the initial 40,000-egg delivery didn't turn up. But before you start hunting for chocolate at Brumbies HQ, officials ordered another 40,000 and the result was both orders turning up at the same time. That's right, there were 80,000 chocolate eggs at Canberra Stadium to share among the 13,735-strong crowd. Locker Room missed out on some chocolate.

Power clubs for a cause

TWO Canberra club rugby powerhouses will come together to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in two weeks when Wests and Tuggeranong meet in a John I Dent Cup grand final re-match. And the day will have special meaning for Wests coach Craig Robberds who holds the cause close to his heart. Robberds' daughter Gabby had cerebral palsy and sadly passed away after a seizure almost three years ago. The teams will wear special jerseys and it is also the Vikings' sponsors and ladies day. There will be a jumping castle, face painting and a mascot tug-of-war on the day.

Gilham's a Giant now

WHILE GWS full-back Stephen Gilham isn't the biggest name in the AFL he has played in a premiership and brought up his 100th game last weekend so he deserves a little respect. But it seems the Giants don't know much about him either because it looks like they've copied his 2012 profile from the Hawthorn website. ''The Hawks were in desperate need of another big-bodied defender at the business end of the season, so you would think the 2008 premiership full-back will be welcomed back into the side with open arms.''


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