Saracens second string team took on the might of Exeter Chiefs in a unusual top v bottom clash in this weekend Gallagher Premiership action.
Well, here is another pre-workout for us to try. First impressions look good and the design is something a little different.
But what’s it got going on with it under the bonnet so as to speak. We’ll have a look through ingredients and see whether it represents value for what you’re looking for.
You can take a look at our favourite supplements on our Top Rated Supplements Page. But now let’s see how Bucked Up ranks amongst our favourite pre-workouts.
The first things that jumps out here when going through the ingredients is the AlphaSize Alpha GPC which is a Nootropic. Something not too familiar with getting in your pre-workouts, we’ve certainly come a long way with pre-workouts since the days of just smashing a load of caffeine and some sugar and sticking pre-workout on the end.
Speaking of caffeine, it’s still here at 200mg which is a fairly large amount, but if we’re after pre-workout then chances are we need a bit of a caffeine hit.
The ingredients in here are top shelf in the most, but there are some random entries in there.
You can check out the reviews for Amazon and frankly it’s mixed. Take it all with a pinch of salt though as there are some good reviews also, however as you can see below, there are some that have been a bit dodgy to say the least.
An average pre-workout at best with a few unknown ingredients to us in there. Our box was in good condition though and we enjoyed the taste, but it wouldn’t be a pre-workout i would personally be picking up again.
You’ve asked for it, so here it is. Our review for the best rugby kicking boots in our opinion.
Adidas Predator Malice Control
For us, though others would argue otherwise, it has to be the Adidas Predator Malice Control for the best rugby kicking boots around. This comes as no surprise when you start looking around the professional game and see so many of the players wearing the latest Predator boots. The likes of George Ford who steered England around the park with his kicking during the World Cup favours the Predator.
The thought and design process that goes into these boots has been ongoing now since the ’90s, no stone is unturned and a lot of R&D goes into these boots they are hard to beat when it comes to the best rugby kicking boots.
The Predator Malice Control Rugby Boot is crafted with a synthetic forefoot for a super comfortable and tailored fit, along with rubber razors that help to enhance the power and kicking accuracy that you need on the ball.
They have a new sole plate designed from lightweight nylon, with a mixed stud pattern that gives both stability and speed on soft ground pitches.
There are many iterations of the Predator malice boot, the more expensive the better quality you are going to get, but places like Lovell Rugby that we choose when buying are stuff have plenty of options and prices, with normally an offer or two.
If you want alternatives for boots then check out what else Lovell have to offer, the Nike Tiempo range would the our next choice to go for without a doubt.
Let’s just clear one thing up though, kicking is down to technique, if you can’t do it, the boots aren’t going to do it for you. There is sadly only one way to get better, that is practice. If it was easy, we’d all be doing it.
Flats and Shanks
David Flatman and Tom Shanklin have a catch up with each other and give their opinions on the weeks rugby.
These two are great mates and know the game well. You get an insight into the media side of things with some great banter and stories.
Yes it might be a complete ramble at times, but it’s great rugby chat that keeps you entertained on the commute.
You can find Flats and Shanks podcast available to download on the link below and probably any other place you can download a podcast.
The Rugby Pod
Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton are always good value, probably the most rugby banter you can get in a podcast.
The guys have plenty of guests on throughout the year, with a few frequent visitors such as Harlequins Joe Marler and Ulsters Darren Cave.
House of Rugby
James Haskell and Mike Tindall invariably turn up to run a podcast and YouTube show with host Alex Payne to attempt to talk about rugby.
Rugby doesn’t always take centre stage in this show, with Alex Payne trying to control the narrative as Hask fires off on tangents at frequent intervals.
Another good pod for rugby banter if you can get on board with James and Mike Tindall. The pod regularly features different guests with people such as Ben Ryan regularly joining to put a different spin on things, they also do a lot to bring focus on to the womens game with some of the special episodes they’ve released in the last year.
Great episodes include some of Joe Marler’s visits who get on Alex Paynes last nerve almost immediately.
Rugby Union Weekly
Initially developed with Chris Jones and Ugo Monye, the cast of this successful podcast now regularly features current players Chris Asthon and Danny Care as part of the team.
I would say the tone has changed with more people involved now, it was a very serious POD with just Chris Jones and Ugo Monye on the show, but Danny Care and Chris Ashton bring a more relaxed atmosphere.
You should be able to get hold of these Podcasts from wherever you download your podcasts. Link below for the iTunes podcasts.
Clothes and Kit
Places like Lovell Rugby offer a great range of kit for all competitions around the World.
Gallagher Premiership Rugby
All the kits from Gallagher Premiership teams and accessories are available to buy for your rugby-mad loved ones. We love shopping with Lovell Rugby, who at the minute have a free postage offer for orders over £75.
Rugby Books 2019
There are some great buys out this year for the rugby fan, in no small part to the World Cup coming round and a changing of the guard in several major roles has clearly meant some book deals are flying round.
Eddie Jones Autobiography
An unusual story here, Eddie Jones who is still in the England job has released a book going over the eventual defeat in Tokyo against South Africa, he even details his thoughts over the choices he believes he should have made in the World Cup Final.
Eddie is a headline act either way so this is sure to make a good read.
Sam Warburton – Open Side: The Official Autobiography
Sam Warburton is a star of the modern game, but ongoing injury issues has forced him into an early retirement. Which now means for us he can lift the lid on stories from his illustrious, if not shorter career than some. A good read for those fascinated with the ways of the modern game of rugby and it’s inner workings. Sam also gives great leadership advice in book.
For the kids
Optimum Big Hit Tackle Buddy
Tackling is a big part of the sport, and getting the practice in for technique is crucial. This could be a big win for those kids who just love the sport.
Dan Evans was handed a red card after TMO review of play in the Champions Cup game after just 37 seconds of game play. Evans was in the air as Teddy Thomas came up to challenge, at this point Evans raises his leg, meaning contact is made with Teddy Thomas in the face.
Referee Frank Murphy was left with little choice but to give the Welshman a red card within the first minute of the game.
The decision was questioned by some, including Liam Williams on twitter, with Sam Warburton was commentating and also thought it was the wrong decision.
What are your thoughts on this decision? Leave us a comment below.
Australia start off their tournament with a win against Fiji. Highlights are here for you to watch.
With the 2019 World Cup in Japan in full swing we have decided to look at a few legends of previous World Cups starting with the inaugural tournament way back in 1987.
Although there were many noteworthy players there is one name that stands out head and shoulders above the rest, New Zealand’s back row talisman Michael Jones. Born in Aukland to a Samoan mother it was in fact his maternal nation that made their move first for the talented flanker, selecting Jones for his first international cap against Wales.
But it would be the country of his birth and the mighty All Blacks where Jones would make his name. Due to injury and religious beliefs that forbade him to play on a Sunday the Aukland flanker only made 55 appearances for New Zealand despite being the first name on the team sheet when available, a tally that a man of his vast talent could have doubled if not for bad luck.
Known for huge physicality and work rate he soon became a fan favourite and it was the 1987 World Cup that would cement his legacy as one of the finest back rowers to grace the game and an All Blacks legend.
Dominating the French pack in the final and scoring in the corner will long go down in history with the knowledgeable New Zealand public. For all, you that are too young to remember here’s some clips of the great man himself. Enjoy.
Ireland went into this game with a chance of taking the Number 1 spot in the world rankings. However they were dealt a massive blow in their prep for the World Cup, taking a humbling defeat at the hands of England.
Eddie Jones had this to say following his sides huge 57-15 win.
“We went out to play a certain way and we did that,” Jones said. “I was pleased with the intensity and purpose we played with.
“We adapted to the game a little bit on the run, the concentration level was pretty good and that’s what we’re looking for in these games.
“It was pleasing to be able to move the ball a bit, especially after last week, which was a bit of an arm wrestle for 80 minutes. Today there was a bit of ball movement so it was a nice way to prepare for the World Cup.”
Mako Hobbles Off
Mako Vunipola came on for a short time in the second half, but his return to rugby was short-lived and he was soon back off. This starts to put his World Cup in doubt.
In the Ireland camp, Joe Schmidt and Rory Best had this to say about it. They now face Wales in back to back games before heading out to the World Cup. Whilst England face Italy before getting on the plane.
“There’s a malaise about the team, you can’t blame individuals,” head coach Joe Schmidt said.
Captain Rory Best added: “That is not up to the standard that we set ourselves. It is hard to describe it without using a lot of profanity.”
75 Minutes – Ireland are camped in
66 Minutes – Wales are still dominating and coping with the weather. Ireland just cannot go through phases and make anything meaningful happen.
57 Minutes – Wales get the scrum after a fight for turnover ball with Tipuric stealing, Ireland win it back but knock on.
55 Minutes – Ireland need to get going, they win a penalty and kick into the 22 for a lineout.
49 Minutes – Wales 19-0 Ireland another penalty for Anscombe.
46 Minutes – Ireland give away a debatable penalty, with the commentary team still struggling.
Wales well on the way to a win here, Ireland have nothing and the ref certainly isn’t helping them out.
43 Minutes – Ireland have a scrum on halfway. But they make no ground against a tough Welsh defence. Sexton then kicks it out on the full. He apologises to the team, just shows how off form they are at the minute.
41 Minutes – Anscombe takes Wales into a 16 point lead. Can they lose this now?
36 Minutes – Wales 13-0 Ireland another penalty after an offside from Wales. Anscombe looking settled with kicking duty.
30 Minutes – Ireland knock on after a scrappy lineout. Wales have a scrum to build on from halfway.
23 Minutes – Ireland in the Wales half and putting the pressure on, they win a penalty and are going for the corner. Ireland taking the game to Wales now.
20 Minutes – Offside penalty given away by Ireland, then some handbags after the whistle goes. Wales have the penalty reversed for jumping on the player whilst playing advantage.
18 Minutes – Decisions going for Wales, they get a penalty and are back into Ireland territory with a lineout. Rain is coming down though.
WALES 10-0 IRELAND
16 Minutes – Wales earn a penalty after swarming on Stockdale after taking a high kick. Arguably a penalty for Ireland but given in Wales favour. Anscombe puts
12 Minutes – Wales go through phase play, and are on the 5m when Ireland turnover the ball in the ruck.
9 Minutes – Big change here, Biggar on at 10 as they have a reshuffle due to North going off.
7 Minutes – Jacob Stockdale breaks away after a cross field kick from Sexton. Hadleigh Parkes sorts him out though and takes him into touch.
Wales 7-0 Ireland
1 Minutes – TRY TIME – Deft kick with advantage to Wales straight from the start and Hadleigh Parks is over for a try.
Anscombe adds the extras.
And we are a go, what a game this could be.