Conrad Jantjies played for the Lions in the past. In fact, he's a Joburg boy through and through. The talented fullback made the move down to the Cape not too long ago though, and is now plying his trade for Western Province in the Currie Cup.
At Newlands last weekend he put in this impressive hit on the much larger figure of Lions Number Eight Jacques Cronje. Blind siding him and knocking him back, and even drawing a little blood, he then drove Cronje into touch.
A valuable hit in the scheme of things, as this was a very open game with some great running rugby. Once again it goes to show that a little guy can take down a big man with ease, no matter how small you are. Even though it was maybe a little high and with the shoulder.
You really don't want to get in this guys path when he's on the run. Tony Woodcock learnt that the hard way, thanks to Danie Rossouw and the fact that he was lingering aimlessly.
Butch James takes a long dropout that is taken by the All Black halfback Kelleher. He flips it to big Jerry who lines up the first thing he sees, which is Schalk Burger by the look of things... until Tony Woodcock (his own loose-head) is shoved into his running line by Springbok flanker Rossouw.
While this looks like dirty play, and it may well be, Rossouw was actually blocked from getting to Collins by Woodcock, albeit unintentional or not. The shove at the end was probably a little unnecessary though.
All in all, a massive collision, especially when seen live in real time.
Ma'a Nonu somehow escaped further punishment after this tackle on Gordon Darcy in 2005. The commitee ruled that the refs penalty and the subsequent chat was enough.
Nonu was booed by Irish fans still incensed at the incident during the Lions tour of New Zealand this year when their captain Brian O'Driscoll was hit by a double tackle in the opening minute of the first test.
Both coaches condemned Nonu's tackle after the game.
"We don't want those sorts of things happening in the game," said All Blacks coach Graham Henry. "I know they're not done deliberately but we need to try and make sure they don't happen."
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan said D'Arcy had been turned upside down.
"It's not safe to do that to anybody," he said. "It's not a pretty sight and a bit scary to see."
In 2005 the British and Irish Lions Rugby union team toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993, suffering a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the New Zealand All Blacks.
For the Lions, having toured Australia in 2001 and South Africa in 1997, it was the first time for 22 years they lost every test match on tour.
The squad wasn't helped, of course, by losing their world-class captain less than a minute into the first Test match. It was highly controversial at the time, with accusations being fired back and forth. The guilty party were Tana Umaga & Kevin Mealamu.
Umaga being involved particularly shocked people seeing as he was known to be one of the better behaved players in the game.
The issue resurfaced violently, after someone taping the game from the stands anonymously submitted controversial footage that the stadium's cameras didn't pick up.
In this years Super 14 match between the Blues and the Lions, Doug Howlett and Earl Rose had somewhat of a sideshow going on, with a number of clashes. The first of which was a bit of a scuffle and supposed quick headbutt by Rose on Howlett.
Dougie Howlett sure put him in his place though, with two great tackles, the second of which shown here is an absolute monster.
We wouldn't want an overload of one particular player, but since finding more footage of Monsieur CauCau, I figured I'd post his highlights between current games and previous big hits etc.
This was back in the Super 12 when playing for the Blues against the Waratahs. A fit CauCaunibuca shows SERIOUS gas to score the first, leaving the 'Tahs for dead. The second is another classic, making the game look so simple.
This is a fantastic hit by Dan Scarborough on Percy Montgomery in the second test between England and South Africa at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. This tackle temporarily injured both players involved.
Monty was most likely winded from getting knocked on his backside by the English winger. As far Scarborough himself, you can see his arm go lame straight after the tackle.
The 1974 test series between the Springboks and the British Lions was beset by violence. The management of the Lions concluded that the Springboks dominated their opponents with physical aggression.
At that time, in test matches the referee was from the home nation. There were no video cameras and sideline officials to keep things such as punching, kicking, and head-butting to a minimum.
The Lions decided 'to get their retaliation in first' with the infamous '99 call' (99 is a shortening of 999 which in Britain and Ireland is the phone number for the emergency services such as the police, ambulance or fire brigade).
The idea was that a South African referee would be unlikely to send off all of the Lions if they all retaliated against 'blatant thuggery'.
In the final incident, thats Klippie Kritzinger knocking out the late Gordon Brown.
The Cardiff Blues flyer suffered a broken right leg in the 31-0 second Test loss to Australia in Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium. Czekaj suffered the injury in the 22nd minute, twisting badly in a tackle by Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore.
The 21-year-old underwent surgery in Brisbane on Sunday and has been told he cannot fly home for at least 14 days. However, the Welsh Rugby Union is flying Czekaj's girlfriend out to Australia to keep him company until he can return to Wales.
We wish him a speedy and painless recovery.
WARNING: The video shows him twisting and literally breaking his leg. It's up for reference purposes. If you don't approve then don't watch. A lot of people didn't see this live and requested it.
Another classic from Fraser. This is a preview for the game between the All Blacks & Canada which is coming up on June 16th in Hamilton. Listen to the Alternative Rugby Commentary with Jed Thian on www.arcrugby.co.nz.
In the 2006 Churchill Cup Final, the New Zealand Maori took on Scotland B. The Maori defense was bruising throughout. This tackle by Liam Messam isn't much of a tackle though, more of a body check. Should have been dealt with by the ref probably. Not sure how he didn't see anything wrong with it? Looks more like the type of hits you'd see in Rugby League, where they allow it.
Highlights of the once off test between the Boks and Samoa at Ellis Park.
The Springboks came off of a two week trouncing of a weakened English side. The Samoans were brave at times, but simply couldn't match the South Africans in their variety of play, despite the fact that the Boks had 13 new players from the group that beat England.
Once again, Samoa has huge talent and strength, but clearly not enough money to keep their players. When oh when will something be done about it, and whats happened to the Pacific Islanders side?
Highlights of the second test vs France. Another dazzling performance by the All Blacks. They had a bit more structure and well and truly ran over the French in the final stages. An AB turnover results in the only French try, but other than that...it was one way traffic.
Flyin' Joe crossed twice...good to see, and Luke "Quad-zilla" McAlister looked dangerous.
Ali Williams broke his jaw...Poor guy. And Jerry Collins hurt his funny bone near the end of the game. Probably because he broke someone's nose with it.
Good performance by the men in black...But can they take that on the road to South Africa in a few weeks, when the play the Springboks to start their Tri-Nations campaign. Or have the Boks simply saved their best for the ones that matter?
Hard man Jerry Collins give Sebastien Chabal some of his own medicine with this hit during the second test between France and the All Blacks. Notice how quickly Chabal tries to get rid of it when he sees Collins coming. I don't blame him. Apparently Jerry has the biggest biceps in the All Black squad, measuring in at 52cm (21 inches).
An absolutely cracking try scored by Stade Francais right wing Julien Arias against Cardiff in the Heineken Cup in 2004. Running the length of the field and beating at least 5 players on his way to the try line.
Some great handoffs, and possibly suspect tackling, but a brilliant individual effort nonetheless.
This is from todays game between Samoa and South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Manu Siva Tau is the Samoan war dance, performed by the Samoa's sporting teams before each match. It instills a huge deal of pride & passion as well as serving to be a fantastic psyche up for the players.
Samoan Le Manu Samoae ia malu ona fai o le faiva,le manu samoae ia malu ona fai o le faiva Le Manu Samoa lenei ua ou sau Leai se isi Manu oi le atu laulau Ua ou sai nei ma le mea atoa O lou malosi ua atoatoa Ia e faatafa ma e soso ese Leaga o lenei manu e uiga ese Le Manu Samoa Le Manu Samoa Le Manu Samoa e o mai I Samoa hi
English The Manu Samoa, may you succeed in your mission The Manu Samoa, here I come There is no other Manu (team) anywhere Here I come completely prepared My strength is at its peak Make way and move aside Because this Manu is unique The Manu Samoa The Manu Samoa The Manu Samoa reigns from Samoa
Some examples of the absolute brilliance of Rupeni Caucau in action for the Blues at his peak in 2003. I'll never forget watching that last try live and being blown away by the sheer skill level and blistering speed.
Most people will hate me for saying this, but I almost wish that he'd been legible to play for the All Blacks, for the simple reason that then this great player would get the exposure he deserves.
Luke Watson will be making his long awaited Springbok debut vs Samoa this weekend at Ellis Park. His inclusion was totally against the coach Jake Whites choice. The young Stormers captain and the Bok coach have never seen eye to eye, and White swore that Watson would never play for the Boks while he's coach. Political intervension has however taken over, and White was forced to include Luke in the team.
In all honesty, Watson being included in this manner is completely wrong. Government should never get involved in rugby selections. But, this is South Africa, and these things happen. Nevertheless, I think Watson is a great player who deserves a chance to wear the Green and Gold, and he will no doubt take the opportunity with both hands and will no doubt impress.
This clip is of a try The Stormers scored earlier in this years Super 14. Watson puts in a fantastic crosskick which is gathered by Gerrie Britz and then finished off by Corne Uys. Just another example of Watson's all round skill.
Sidenote: Derick Hougaard will be making his return for the Boks this weekend. Luckily for him, 'The Chiropractor' Brian Lima is injured and won't be taking the field for the Samoans.
Another great weekend for the Boks against a depleated England side that put up a good fight for the first forty mins, but were overcome by the power and precision of South Africa in the second.
A very physical encounter, with the English standing up to the Boks nicely. Some massive hits took place, which will be featured on here soon.
Pierre Spies and Bryan Habana both showed individual brilliance to score sensational tries. Spies showed power and pace to beat four players on the way to the line, making everyone take notice of this potential superstar at number eight.
Habana showed once again that he's not all raw pace, as he dummied, stepped, bobbed, weaved, and virtually did a pirouette on the way to the line. His inside-out to beat the English fullback capped off a fantastic solo effort.
I was at the game and the atmosphere there was incredible. Theres a great feeling in SA rugby at the moment and everyones (south africans!) hoping they can be real contenders at the WC later this year.
From this weekends match between France and New Zealand, a massive hit by the big French number eight against leave Chris Masoe a little dazed to say the least. Huge impact on the All Black players head as he hits the ground.
Best thing about this massive hit was that it was 100% legal. Lined him up beautifully and nailed him.
Argentina's achieved a historic victory over Ireland last weekend. Fantastic result for them which once again reinforces the point that they need to be taken seriously, and included in an international tournament.
In summary, the Irish visited Sante Fe to take on Los Pumas. Ireland's two tries were answered by Felipe Contepomi's penalty kicks. A late Argentine try and a bit of magic from Contepomi proved to be the difference in this upset.
Los Pumas have now beaten both England and Ireland...But where do they stand in the grand scheme of things, with the world cup in September?
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