LiveVIDEO: On-pitch brawl and streakers at Royal Marine vs Parachute Regiment rugby match in Taunton

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Summary

  • Match contested between Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment for the Trafalgar Cup
  • Streakers interrupt the game, sparking a brawl involving around 50 people
  • Spectators ran on to the pitch to try and break-up the fight
  • Hundreds watched the match at Taunton Rugby Club yesterday
  • Money from the event went to the charity Go Commando

3:51pm

THE match ended 31-14 to the Royal Marines.

3:49pm

PLENTY of you have been commenting on Facebook:

Neil Viirgin said: "Lol...RM v Parachute Regiment what did people expect teacakes and Pimms? Bit of fun got slightly out of hand i would have thought..."

Dopey Doughnut added: "We'll send these lads all round the globe to kill or be killed, and for that they play hard with no one but their own as witness's. Leave 'em alone ffs."

Philip Tucker posted: "In reality no big deal. Two groups of young men who are trained to undertake violence playing rugby with victory and honour at stake.

"This is a little bit of a scuffle. I would have expected worse. I remember once in the RAF playing football against Thames Valley Police. They really were a bunch of thugs. They would threaten to break your legs and if you responded threatened to nick you for speeding after the game."

3:47pm

3:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Veetubber says

Brilliant game, with a slight altercation, which in my opinion was born out of frustration, these guys are not louts or drunken thugs they are athletes pure and simple.

2:05pm

BEFORE the match started, youngsters from North Petherton Rugby Club provided a guard of honour to welcome the teams onto the pitch.

Pictured in white is the Royal Marines team:

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Pictured in burgandy is the Parachute Regiment team:

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1:56pm

ONE of the streakers is tackled to the ground by a player.

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1:54pm

ONE of the streakers heads on to the pitch, followed by others, causing a mixture of shock and cheering in the crowd.

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1:08pm

JACK Matthews, president of Taunton Rugby Club, said people streaking and fighting on a rugby pitch is not a weekly occurrence.

He said: “That is untrue, the game at our level is played hard, fair and clean.

“All we did was stage the match on behalf of them, we did not organise it we just let them use our facilities.

“We promote proper clean rugby.”

1:00pm

12:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Gem64 says

Typical expected behaviour from no doubt drunken idiots supposedly raising money for their own, typical Thursday evening in Taunton, hope you are all ashamed of yourselves.

12:58pm

WHAT do you think of this? Was it a storm in a teacup or not? Let us know your thoughts by commenting on this story below.

12:56pm

MONEY raised from the event went to Royal Marines charity Go Commando, who support members of Taunton's 40 Commando.

Go Commando chief executive Debbie Tyler-Davis played down the brawl, describing it as high spirits which bubbled over.

She said: “It was just one of those things, both teams were eager to win and there were two highly charged sets of guys.

“The boys got a bit heated but it was not drastic – it is not a big issue.

“It happens on football matches and rugby games every Saturday and in big games at Twickenham so it is sad when it is only highlighted for a military match.”

She also said the event is primarily a sporting fixture as both teams contested the Trafalgar Cup, not a family charity event.

The match was hosted by the Royal Marines at Taunton Rugby Club to celebrate their 350th anniversary.

12:49pm

THIS video was uploaded to Facebook and has been shared by more than 600 people.

The County Gazette has edited the video to remove full frontal nudity.

12:44pm

A STILL image from the video shows players from both teams coming together in the middle of the pitch.

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12:36pm

A FIGHT broke out after streakers invaded the pitch during a rugby match between the Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment at Taunton Rugby Club yesterday (July 18).

A video from one spectator shows a number of streakers run on to the pitch mid-way through the match.

A rugby player tackled one of the streakers to the ground which then sparked a brawl between both sides.

Spectators can be seen to run on to the pitch to help break-up the scrap.

A video of the fight will be online shortly.

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Gem64 says...

Typical expected behaviour from no doubt drunken idiots supposedly raising money for their own, typical Thursday evening in Taunton, hope you are all ashamed of yourselves.
Typical expected behaviour from no doubt drunken idiots supposedly raising money for their own, typical Thursday evening in Taunton, hope you are all ashamed of yourselves. Gem64
  • Score: -128

2:49pm Fri 18 Jul 14

ToytownTim says...

Louts.
Louts. ToytownTim
  • Score: -91

3:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Veetubber says...

Brilliant game, with a slight altercation, which in my opinion was born out of frustration, these guys are not louts or drunken thugs they are athletes pure and simple.
Brilliant game, with a slight altercation, which in my opinion was born out of frustration, these guys are not louts or drunken thugs they are athletes pure and simple. Veetubber
  • Score: 69

3:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Dunfo87 says...

haha what a cluster f*ck
haha what a cluster f*ck Dunfo87
  • Score: 4

5:48pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Bumpsaway says...

GEM64 get a grip! A bit of humour and high jinx in a rugby match between Royals and Paras! Judging by your inane comment, you were not there to witness a bit of a scuffle! Have seen worse at an International! Great entertaining match! All ended with handshakes and respect!
GEM64 get a grip! A bit of humour and high jinx in a rugby match between Royals and Paras! Judging by your inane comment, you were not there to witness a bit of a scuffle! Have seen worse at an International! Great entertaining match! All ended with handshakes and respect! Bumpsaway
  • Score: 60

7:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

AlistRpyal says...

To GEM64. I hope you never have to be rescued from any sort of warzone because you would be praying for these guys to rescue you!!!!!!!!!!! You must be an ignorant bigot to put such pathetic nasty comments about these brave soldiers who willingly go off to war to protect British interests. My husband was a Royal Marine, my son is a Royal Marine who was shot in Afghanistan when he was 18 but still went back and did another tour. My daughter is a combat medic who has done 3 tours of Afghanistan. She is currently serving in Cyprus and "rescuing" drunken civillians in an ambulance. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such ignorant rubbish. I was there watching the game and there was no thuggish behaviour. High jinks and handbags! Get real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To GEM64. I hope you never have to be rescued from any sort of warzone because you would be praying for these guys to rescue you!!!!!!!!!!! You must be an ignorant bigot to put such pathetic nasty comments about these brave soldiers who willingly go off to war to protect British interests. My husband was a Royal Marine, my son is a Royal Marine who was shot in Afghanistan when he was 18 but still went back and did another tour. My daughter is a combat medic who has done 3 tours of Afghanistan. She is currently serving in Cyprus and "rescuing" drunken civillians in an ambulance. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such ignorant rubbish. I was there watching the game and there was no thuggish behaviour. High jinks and handbags! Get real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AlistRpyal
  • Score: 77

10:49am Sat 19 Jul 14

gtaylor82 says...

Typical press stirring hatred. It involved about 10-15 guys a couple of RMP's and 3 streakers, and lasted all of 30 seconds.... that's a real brawl right there! And the bulk of the guys were just aimed at the streakers! a bit of fun and banter between 2 rival sides with a closed crowd that should of never been released in the press!

And Gem64, a Thursday night in Taunton very rarely involves the guys causing trouble! I've seen more issues with drunken students that can't handle their booze!
Typical press stirring hatred. It involved about 10-15 guys a couple of RMP's and 3 streakers, and lasted all of 30 seconds.... that's a real brawl right there! And the bulk of the guys were just aimed at the streakers! a bit of fun and banter between 2 rival sides with a closed crowd that should of never been released in the press! And Gem64, a Thursday night in Taunton very rarely involves the guys causing trouble! I've seen more issues with drunken students that can't handle their booze! gtaylor82
  • Score: 21

1:43pm Sat 19 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

That's Rugby, we have the fights on the field and not in the terraces. We are also trusted as supporters to drink alcohol in the stands and drink with opposing fans in pub with our children without fear of assault unlike football yobs.
That's Rugby, we have the fights on the field and not in the terraces. We are also trusted as supporters to drink alcohol in the stands and drink with opposing fans in pub with our children without fear of assault unlike football yobs. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 18

1:59pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Bumpsaway says...

Have to say that with video evidence and the comments from people who were at this event, I think as a reporter Daniel Miligan, you are definitely guilty of 'overkill' and exaggerated reporting. Not cool!
Have to say that with video evidence and the comments from people who were at this event, I think as a reporter Daniel Miligan, you are definitely guilty of 'overkill' and exaggerated reporting. Not cool! Bumpsaway
  • Score: 14

4:29pm Sat 19 Jul 14

loulumc says...

Gem 64 and toytown tim.....get a life...these guys deserve respect and so what if things got out of hand a little....big deal....try walking a day in their shoes doing their job!
Gem 64 and toytown tim.....get a life...these guys deserve respect and so what if things got out of hand a little....big deal....try walking a day in their shoes doing their job! loulumc
  • Score: 7

2:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

jennywren_1 says...

Whats up Gem 64 did a para or bootie knock you back!! these guys work hard and play hard and there has been rivalry between the two units for an eternity, but you put them side by side and they will protect YOUR freedom so ffs let them do what paras and booties do.................i
ts banter and they would have been in the pub after sinking a few wets. If you cant understand that then perhaps you should get out more!!!

But then again these guys have fought and lost friends to give you the freedom to be a moaning faced bore
Whats up Gem 64 did a para or bootie knock you back!! these guys work hard and play hard and there has been rivalry between the two units for an eternity, but you put them side by side and they will protect YOUR freedom so ffs let them do what paras and booties do.................i ts banter and they would have been in the pub after sinking a few wets. If you cant understand that then perhaps you should get out more!!! But then again these guys have fought and lost friends to give you the freedom to be a moaning faced bore jennywren_1
  • Score: 10

6:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

This incident has been blown out of all proportion, a match where the Para's gained the upper hand in a hard fought first half, but the "Royals "
Came back well in the Second half, over taking the " Para's " lead and dominating the Play, from then on.
The 3 Streakers, including a trumpeter ran into the Playing field, in what was a light hearted spur of the Occasion light hearted event, I have seen such displays, at many matches, even at Twickenham with the tight security to prevent pitch invasions, and even at Bridgwater & Albions Pitch. As has been stated above, one of the Streakers was tackled to the ground, in a fair Tackle, by a Para, the reason then that it " All Kicked Off " as has been reported was a Punch thrown at the Head of one of the Streakers by a Member of The Para's Team. Fortunately did not connect, but the intention was there for all to see.
That is the reason that then all Hell broke lose !!! Totally unacceptable, but possibly out of frustration, as to how the game was going, a defeat to the Para's, honours, quarters none given etc, but that's no excuse, this was frustration Bourne from defeat facing the Para's in the eyes.
On the day with the Cup being the Ultimate Goal, there was only one winner The Royal Marines.........
But a cracking good contest never the less !!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
This incident has been blown out of all proportion, a match where the Para's gained the upper hand in a hard fought first half, but the "Royals " Came back well in the Second half, over taking the " Para's " lead and dominating the Play, from then on. The 3 Streakers, including a trumpeter ran into the Playing field, in what was a light hearted spur of the Occasion light hearted event, I have seen such displays, at many matches, even at Twickenham with the tight security to prevent pitch invasions, and even at Bridgwater & Albions Pitch. As has been stated above, one of the Streakers was tackled to the ground, in a fair Tackle, by a Para, the reason then that it " All Kicked Off " as has been reported was a Punch thrown at the Head of one of the Streakers by a Member of The Para's Team. Fortunately did not connect, but the intention was there for all to see. That is the reason that then all Hell broke lose !!! Totally unacceptable, but possibly out of frustration, as to how the game was going, a defeat to the Para's, honours, quarters none given etc, but that's no excuse, this was frustration Bourne from defeat facing the Para's in the eyes. On the day with the Cup being the Ultimate Goal, there was only one winner The Royal Marines......... But a cracking good contest never the less !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 3

9:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

eddie442 says...

To RightToAnOpinion - you display the typical, elitist and snobbish attitude of the English Rugby fan. If this happened at a Football match people would be screaming for the police to be involved and would be complaining of the decline in moral values. Because it is Rugby it is put down to 'high-jinks'. One rule for one sport, one for another it seems.
To RightToAnOpinion - you display the typical, elitist and snobbish attitude of the English Rugby fan. If this happened at a Football match people would be screaming for the police to be involved and would be complaining of the decline in moral values. Because it is Rugby it is put down to 'high-jinks'. One rule for one sport, one for another it seems. eddie442
  • Score: 0

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