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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Butch James hit on Stirling Mortlock

Springbok & Sharks flyhalf Butch has always had a reputation for putting the shoulder in on players, normally resulting in trouble for being too high or with not arms.

A few years back he was infamous for it. He had a reputation for being a dirty player and refs started to pick on him because of his past indiscretions.

An advert even came out on local tv about it, showing him giving blood, with him saying "Use your arms". Those bad rep days seem to be over though. He's found form with the Sharks, and is almost a certain choice for the World Cup squad.

His tackling has also come right, with him still being a physical player, but keeping on the right side of the law, as seen below with this fantastic hit on Stirling Mortlock in the 2006 Tri Nations.

He got it spot on. Great camera work too.



  • ice one! great body position

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2007 10:43 am  

  • edit: Nice one...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2007 10:44 am  

  • great video

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 27, 2007 1:21 pm  

  • unlucky m8 lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2007 3:38 am  

  • have u ever seen butch james without a black eye???

    mad keeent

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2007 5:53 am  

  • from one angle it looks like a high tackle from the other it looks fine. funny eh?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2007 11:37 pm  

  • and who sed 10's cant tackle hehe

    By Anonymous H, at July 02, 2007 12:01 pm  

  • if that were a samoan or any islander you people would've been up in arms over that hit...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2007 5:28 am  

  • both angles james' shoulders were a bit higher than mortlock's... i agree with the above comment... check out "big samoan hit on bulls"... looks the same to me

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2007 11:03 pm  

  • Butch James isn't actually a 10, he's just a fast blindside flanker, thats why he tackles so well.

    By Blogger Ryan, at November 13, 2007 7:55 pm  

  • "if that were a samoan or any islander you people would've been up in arms over that hit...


    - yes mate... 'cos Butch James has never been melligned for foul play... *sigh*

    By Anonymous me, at January 07, 2008 4:43 pm  

  • The question is whether you wrap your arms, if you wrap your arms its not considered a high shot, look at Umagas hit against the Tahs he practically puts his shoulder in Turinui's face, but because he wrapped the arms the player doesn't feel the backlash making it less dangerous and secondly it doesn't look as bad. The Samoan hit wasn't high it was a no arms shoulder charge, Butch James' hit is perfect and uses the arms.

    By Anonymous Bonzai, at January 12, 2008 5:07 pm  

  • What a video what a hit !! mortlock = munched

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 20, 2008 11:02 pm  

  • Sweet clip! Come on Butchie!! Though mortlock does make a meal of it - probably trying to get butch sent off!!

    By Blogger JaySA, at March 17, 2008 4:38 am  

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