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Friday, August 25, 2006

Gavin Henson Tackles 18 year old Matthew Tait

Matthew Tait was only 18 in this clip, and Gavin Henson was a young superstar on the rise - now he spends too much time in the tabloids, although he is cleaning up his act and slowly coming back to form.

Henson brilliantly nailed the young Tait all day, as this clip shows. A nice introduction to international rugby for the young Englishman.



  • sorry but am i the onli 1 hu thinks dat was out of order? yer i no u gota defend da best u can nd stop da opposition from scorin but da tackle was big enough, walkin him bkwards was gavin jst bein his usual show off self

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 18, 2007 4:40 pm  

  • Have you ever played rugby.
    I would assume not from that comment. Henson did exactly as any player would do if they were able to and if it was an english player doing it to a welsh player it would be a fantastic tackle but cos its the other way round its out of order. I'm english by the way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 26, 2007 8:48 pm  

  • Yeah.... you've never played rugby have you? Infact I'd say that Henson was a little kind there. He could have quite easily put Tait on his head instead he works him backwards well and lets him down.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2007 6:04 pm  

  • sorry m8 how the fuk was it out of order he did rite smashin im and i would done the same am sure if gavin wanted to he could of smashed im into the ground head first

    By Blogger cymru am byth, at May 11, 2007 3:22 pm  

  • what gavin did was very controlled. as someone has already said it was actually kind what he did, as gavin could have hurt tait quite badly.by not dumping him it actually had more of an impaact than it would have, had henson nailed him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 14, 2007 2:29 am  

  • yeah i agree it was very kind he could have easily droped or speared tait so shut up if you dont know what your on about and try atchually playing rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 29, 2007 11:17 pm  

  • yeah i agree with you guys that person had surtantly aint played rugby before

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 03, 2007 6:15 pm  

  • if u look at tait's body position u cn see why he gets absolutely owned and probably why stuff like that happened throughtout the match. in international rugby when someones 18 they aren't really very built or powerful so hu would'nt just love to have someone charge stomach-first into ur shoulder?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2007 11:35 pm  

  • true, that guys hasnt ever played rugby, jeez every one knows that feeling when it comes to you like a smack in the face man. Its like being a little kid and some guy runs into you like that you have to do it. If i was in that position i would have smashed him on his back -hard, its good self control- true pro

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 20, 2007 4:53 am  

  • not one of you has ever played rugby all you do is come on this site and bitch i play inside center and if ur defending your line why wouldnt u pick a player up...humiliation leads to definite defeat...know ur stuff before u comment none of you have a clue!..also who gives a fuck if henson is a nancy girly boy her kicks heads in on the pitch and that is what matters in the end not that any of you would know that u all spend too long looking at his legs u faggots

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 24, 2007 1:44 pm  

  • stuff your girly back position come play in the forwards, i guarantee you'd be "enlightened" heheh fresh meat for the grinder. i play 8 or l lock. Forwards do the hard work so you dont have too, and dont you forget it. Shows how much you know, If you were defending the line you'd keep him standing turn him round to face your team and drag him backwards as your buddies strip the ball and drive. Or you could wrap tackle him and roll him to face yourside you'd get a shoeing for being offside on the floor but it makes turnover. and why not leave your name.
    Fantastic tackle should have carried him further then smashed him into the floor tho, oh well.

    By Anonymous H, at July 02, 2007 6:45 pm  

  • p.s. great you smash him into the floor he can still play the ball back meaning he has the last laugh when his team run on and score.

    By Anonymous H, at July 02, 2007 6:47 pm  

  • Yeah man u are the only one cause its an awesome smash and if you are ever playing you know that doing that is the best feeling you can get,fair play!...im english too,

    By Blogger mattyn, at July 12, 2007 10:58 am  

  • Yer gwd tackles. Henson did the right thing. It's a competative contact sport. Driving somebody back in the contact isn't bad sportsmanship. I felt bad for Tait. England used him in the wrong way crashing up into a big guy like Henson when Taits strengths are his speed and agility.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 19, 2007 2:16 pm  

  • "Not one of you has ever played rugby! All you do is come on this site and bitch. I play Inside Centre and if you're defending your line why wouldn't you pick a player up...humiliation leads to definite defeat...know your stuff before you comment! Not one of you has a clue!..Also who gives a fuck if Henson is a nancy girly boy? He kicks heads in on the pitch and that is what matters in the end, not that any of you would know that! You all spend too long looking at his legs you faggots" is clearly a well educated chap! I've checked his comment and made some changes to grammar and spelling :) I agree with H, smashing him into the ground may feel good but a good rugby player knows you can't win the game without the ball! Turn-over ball is the way forward. By the way tough guys leave their names!

    By Anonymous Jim, at August 03, 2007 1:34 am  

  • what Henson did there was intimidate Tait you know for a fact if it was some1 like de Wet Barry, tana umaga, ma'a Nonu or jean devilliers they would have killed him i think tait is quite lucky he playd against wales that day, Henson was very and i say again very generous by not bereaking tait

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 07, 2007 1:47 pm  

  • this is the only match ivce seen henson play good in except for when ospreys won the celtic league. he made 2 good tackles and a big kick... why was he man of the match hees a dick and im welsh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2007 1:19 pm  

  • I think people are wrong about gavin henson! as a player myself, i have a great deal of respect for him because hes a gd player and i understand how rare and difficult it is to be tht good. so what if hes a pretty boy, if i was as good as him on the field then id wanna look good! he gets so much bad press (and dnt get me wrong he doesnt help himself sometimes) but bye the bye hes a fantastic centre, hell even full back! it fustrates me because in comparison, football players do exactly wha hes doin and no one bats an eye lid! I think jenkins is a fool not to have him playing for wales as he is one of if not the best player wales has. (slight suggestion peel, hook, henson, shanklin, thomas, morgan.) any response?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 01, 2007 3:09 pm  

  • why cant english put there hands up and say good tackle if that was the other way around it would of been perfect tackle and all over newspaper england = dirty jellus bastards so what he 18 its big boys game cant handle it go play football

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 22, 2007 8:49 pm  

  • Haha I remember this, I went to the same school as Tait(Barnard Castle School), and we were gutted seeing Henson do what he did. I agree with the othe person in saying England mis-used him.

    I think playing Wales was a wake-up call for him, he wasn't epecting to get a tough time.

    In the daily mail cup and other matches for the schools first team he just ran through almost every team, I doubt he was used to bit hits.

    By Anonymous J Kelly, at October 07, 2007 4:36 pm  

  • HenSon is the greatest centre the world as ever seen... say wot u want cause he would clean you anyday.... whoever sed he was a pretty boy i'd like to see him say it to his face... HENSON IS KING!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2007 8:58 pm  

  • I think this actually made Tait a better player, because when he finally returned to the England side early this year, and in the World Cup, he not only had a completly different hairstyle, he was a much better player...maybe this baptism of fire did him good? if it did well done henson.

    By Anonymous Dave, at October 25, 2007 11:32 am  

  • Oh yeah im english btw and i say that was a fair tackle, one of the best id seen. It would have been out of order if he'd speared him but not only did he win turnover ball he completly embarressed Tait and knocked the confidence outta him.

    By Anonymous Dave, at October 25, 2007 11:34 am  

  • Not that henson could ever do that to Tait now though, he was a young 18 year old thrown in at the deep end against an in form Wales team by a moron of a coach intent on wrecking the confidence of Englands finest young players, who then proceded to drop them for doddery old timers such as tindall who carve up against lower ranked teams such as Italy or Scotland. Tait would run rings round Henson nowadays!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 04, 2008 6:06 pm  

  • i dont watch england matches much as i am from ireland but tait is one of the few i do like. can someone tell me did he ever get Henson back with a tackle or smoke him with his speed?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 05, 2008 10:23 pm  

  • if Henson is "King" then y the hell aint he on the pitch for wales... eh.. yea it was a good takle and everyone stop goin on about it... all u lot are doing is bitching at each other about it, get over it, its done, look at tait now he could outrun and outmaneouver henson anyday now. he its a proper rugby player he doesnt do dumb stuff like henson and he doesnt like seeing his face in tabloids, he plays rugby and trains hard

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 06, 2008 8:39 pm  

  • Might be the first time Henson ever finished on "top" of a man

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at January 08, 2008 7:09 pm  

  • Yeh, gd tackle. Also all of u stop fukin bitchin. knowone gives a shit animore!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 10, 2008 9:57 pm  

  • Sorry but am i the only one who reckons that guy should learn to spell?
    That isnt the first time Hensons carried a player is it?
    I think because he's got that little reputation for it he's more inclined to do it.
    On the other hand, the hit was strong and possibly saved a try. What more could you want?

    By Anonymous Ronnie, at February 12, 2008 7:25 pm  

  • henson will be on the end of a few hard takles in croker next weekend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 29, 2008 8:15 pm  

  • Did not see Henson getting any big hits but saw him hit Horgan pretty well. Great tackle on Tait and won the turnover.IW

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 21, 2008 11:38 am  

  • the front row is where the real match takes place!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 25, 2008 6:14 pm  

  • stop bitchin bout henson.he iz a pretty boy,everyone knows that but does it change how good a player he iz.warren gatland has brought out the quality rugby in henson and he iz better than tait easily.p.s. can u get that vid f his try v saracens.it was brilliant.

    By Anonymous evzman, at March 25, 2008 9:25 pm  

  • How old is Tait now, then - because Tait is becoming a very good player, much more mature.

    By Anonymous angus, at April 03, 2008 1:08 pm  

  • Henson is a great player. He may be a dumbass off the field but who cares about someone's personal life? He's class. Whoever asked why he wasn't in the Welsh team, just look at our coach at the time. Gareth Jenkins was dreadful and chose players on whether he liked them or not. Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel over Hook and Phillips being a great example.

    By Blogger Luke, at April 08, 2008 12:12 am  

  • both players are great and the tackle was class no doubt about it, that tackle proves that not all backs are little nancy prancy girls that dance about, thats coming from a prop, and who cares what henson does off the field, he can kick and run better than any forward! as for tait i think he should have stuck to sevens for abit longer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2008 12:28 pm  

  • "Gavin Henson Tackles 18 year old Matthew Tait"
    He ws only 18, but dont forget that the english media and especially guscott were hyping him up something stupid! They wee all saying how he ould slice up the welsh defence and score loads of tries, and gav brought him down to earth, quite literally with a MASSIVE bump!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2008 2:13 pm  

  • and now henson has been suspended from the ospreys after missing some training sessions arguing with the coaches..
    shame, he probably wont play in the autumn internationals because of it! ;(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 11, 2008 11:09 pm  

  • I was there ! It was awesome. Say what you like about Gav, how many have done that ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 5:44 pm  

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