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Monday, January 28, 2008

Big Census Johnston hits Michael Lipman hard

Big Samoan prop Census Johnston puts the shoulder in on Bath flanker Michael Lipman in yesterdays Guiness Premiership match between Saracens and Bath.

Well timed, but probably not legal, the ref ignored it though. Commentators picked up on the hit though and made a fuss. Great camera work to get some nice replays that make it look a helluva lot like a rugby league hit.

Nice to see big front rankers putting in hits like this. Yes, probably not legal, but spectacular to watch from the safety of the couch nonetheless.

This video has gone missing. If anyone has a clip of it, please get in touch. Thanks.



  • The ref didnt igonre it, there is a penalty straight away for that hit. Still an awesome hit if slightly illegal.

    By Anonymous Ally, at January 28, 2008 10:48 am  

  • What is classified as a tackle? I'm a little mixed up on the laws here. Is it any contact with the ball carrier or?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 28, 2008 11:59 am  

  • You need to make an attempt to wrap the player up - if you make no effort to put your arms round him then it is illegal. you cannot just stick a block like that in

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 28, 2008 1:37 pm  

  • I reckon he does make an effort to use his arms. It's just that the tackled player bounces so far back, so fast from the intial contact that Senselss Johnston doesn't get the chance to give Lipman a decent hug.

    As for Stuart Barnes, you can tell what a scaredy cat he was as a player by the way he chastises any player who puts in a big tackle. I'm getting real sick of hearing his holier than thou opinions on how players should or shouldn't impose themselves on the game.

    It's a man's game, Stu!

    By Anonymous Scandal, at January 28, 2008 3:40 pm  

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    By Anonymous Stuart Barnes, at January 28, 2008 5:58 pm  

  • Pretty funny, cuz afterwards the commentator said

    "Boy getting hit by that big Samoan would feel like getting hit by all Samoa itself."


    By Blogger OtterTheCanuck, at January 28, 2008 6:01 pm  

  • not a pretty tackle, and not the biggest, but not dangerous really, it happens
    i'm disliking that announcer more and more everytime i hear him haha
    thanks for the video anyways RD

    By Anonymous Chris Parberry, at January 28, 2008 11:41 pm  

  • After 21 seconds of the cli the ref says "shoulder and arm then role away" in response to the question from Census "what was that for?"
    he got it spot on!!!

    By Anonymous Dutch, at January 31, 2008 10:25 pm  

  • you do not always need to rap up as long as your making an attempt to bring him out of bounds

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 02, 2008 5:42 pm  

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