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One Percenters: Levi sisters react to viral celebrations as Waratah heads overseas

Thu, 04/08/2022, 5:46 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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With so many players and clubs doing media each day, it can be hard to keep on top of a lot of the stories coming out.

Rugby is filled with them across all levels of the game and whilst most are covered through some form of media, there are others that might have slipped off the radar as the Wallabies and Sevens dominate the headlines.

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Levi sisters react as parents go viral

Maddison and Teagan Levi joked their parents probably enjoyed their gold-medal triumphs more than they did after video of their celebrations went viral.

Their pair were integral to Australia's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, combining for the game-winner in the semi-final as Maddison finished with ten tries.

Whilst the Levi sisters enjoyed a breakout campaign, it was their mother that stole the spotlight after gate-crashing a Sunrise cross after self-admittedly polishing off two bottles of champagne.

“She definitely partied harder than we did,” Teagan Levi said with a smile when asked about it.

“We’re flying home (Wednesday) so I’m sure she will still be celebrating waiting for us at the airport,” Maddison added.

When asked if their dad was the responsible one of the pair, Maddison couldn't help but throw in a cheeky barb.

“It looks like he is in the video but I think he’s bluffing it a bit,” Maddison added.

“I think mum took the icing on the cake that’s for sure.”

Stats to stun

With Rugby Australia confirming a partnership with Sportable for the England series, there has never been a time where stats have been more rich and available to clubs, coaches and fans.

As data continued to develop, take a look at some of the more interesting and unique stats heading into the opening round of the Rugby Championship, courtesy of Opta.

  • Australia have enjoyed considerable recent success over Argentina, undefeated in their last six Tests along with winning six of their last seven in South America.
  • Despite this, Dave Rennie’s men are trying to overcome a poor away record in recent times, winning just one of their last nine Tests, coming against Japan
  • Attack is the major issue for the hosts, averaging just ten points in their last nine games in Rugby Championship action. Argentina entered the opposition 22 more times per game than any other Rugby Championship side during this year’s July Test matches (10.7); however, scored fewer points per 22 entry than any other Tier One nation (1.59)
  • New Zealand have won nine of their last 12 Tests against South Africa, including their last four on home soil.
  • South Africa have won five of their last seven men’s Tests (L2) after losing three in a row previously; however, the Springboks have scored 4+ tries in a game just once during that period and led their opposition at halftime on just one occasion
  • South Africa made the fewest knock-ons of any Tier One nation during this year’s July Test matches (4), while no Tier One side made more knock-ons than New Zealand

Horton hears a move

The NSW Waratahs have confirmed hooker Tom Horton will head overseas to English powerhouse Leicester.

Horton featured ten times for the Waratahs in 2022, however, the emergence of Mahe Vailanu and the returning Tolu Latu saw the Sydney Uni product slip down the depth chart.

With this in mind, the club confirmed his move at the start of the week.

"Thank you Horto 💙 All the best at Leicester," they said via social media.

"Once a Tah, always a Tah."

The goggles do nothing

The Wallabies are unfazed by the potential of crowd interference as they return to Argentina for the first time in nearly five years.

Estadio Malvinas Argentinas was the site of Australia's last defeat to the Pumas in Argentina, notorious marred by a green laser from the crowd putting Bernard Foley off a crucial kick at goal.

The likes of Kurtley Beale, Mike Harris and Aaron Cruden have dealt with similar issues in the past, however, the Wallabies refused to buy into something they couldn't control.

“I was thinking of playing in goggles just in case to rule out any foul play,” winger Tom Wright joked.

“I wasn’t here for the laser but there’s not much you can do from the middle of the field I suppose.”

Social post of the week

What's better than a long range drop goal? When it's done by a prop that's what!

Whilst most props see a goal-line drop out as a chance to wind up and run it straight, vision emerged of a loosehead doing his best Matt Dunning impression as he nailed the kick with ease.

You know it's good when it makes the opposition prop jump with joy.

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