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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ma'a Nonu absolutely slaughters Ben Blair

The 2004 Super 12 game between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders produced one of the biggest hits ever to be seen on a rugby field. It looked like man against child when Ma'a Nonu lined up Ben Blair and smashed him into next week.

Blair took a while to get up after being flipped onto his back like a rag doll. You'd too after having the wind knocked out of you with a hit like that.

I think commentator Murray Mexted describes it best when watching the replay -
'Would Mr & Mrs Blair please turn the television set off...'

SIDENOTE: We managed to dig this one out of the vaults thanks too it being listed in the Requests section here on RD, so if you think of any other classics please list them there.
Also, thanks to the guy who asked for it. Enjoy watching it again. I know I certainly did.




  • awww he got completely wasted!!

    what a shot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 10:29 am  

  • Complete mismatch and a hospital pass = BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 10:43 am  

    that was absurd!Blair is parallel to the ground at one point!!!
    Wouldn'y wanna be him.
    Great job Ma'a.

    By Anonymous italian scrummy, at January 23, 2008 11:04 am  

  • Another fine example of Ma'a playing outstanding in the yellow jersey. If only he could string a few more performances like that together in the black jersey and he may jus fulfill his international potential.

    By Anonymous Scandal, at January 23, 2008 12:24 pm  

  • His first name makes me wonder if there might be some truth to those dark whispering about Kiwis and their attachment to their sheep...

    Think he's named for his Mom or his Dad?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 2:04 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 2:13 pm  

  • Maybe it was a misunderstanding.

    The official asked his mom, "Whats his name Maam?"

    And she went "Maaaah!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 2:37 pm  

  • wow thats even bigger than Brian Lima 's hit on Hougaard!!!!!

    Couldn't have timed it better!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 5:36 pm  

  • Brilliant hit, lots of shouting from my mates when they saw this ^^

    By Anonymous SwedishFlanker, at January 23, 2008 5:40 pm  

  • OOOOOOH SH&&&T!!!

    By Blogger Don, at January 23, 2008 6:35 pm  

  • !!!!!!!!!! amazing. best thing about rugby, massive legal hits

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 8:35 pm  

  • epic hit there EPIC!
    nonu i know he has lapces but. in my opinion he is the next 12 for nz
    shame him and tana werent at rwc

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 23, 2008 9:16 pm  

  • All I did was WATCH it and my whole torso hurts...

    By Anonymous istya, at January 23, 2008 9:42 pm  

  • that actually looks completely legal, he wrapped him with atleast one arm and kept it wrapped when he went down... the only thing is he didnt go down with blair in the takle, but dont believe that illegal!

    By Anonymous MrClutchCLEVERismyhero, at January 23, 2008 11:32 pm  

  • probably the biggest hit ive ever seen

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 24, 2008 1:38 am  

  • that was flat out rediculous

    but besides the fact its a bone crushing hit, is not only did blair get up from it, it was without the aid of the medical staff, besides sitting down to catch his breath he wasnt even harmed, what a hard lad

    By Anonymous Chris Parberry, at January 24, 2008 4:04 am  

  • Could you hear the smack on that one!?!?!? My god...Credit to Blair for popping back up as fast as he did!

    By Anonymous Jez, at January 25, 2008 12:56 am  

  • hmmm i think (looks wise at least) is definately on par with Lima-Hougard Blair did get up a lot quicker than Hougard, but that tackle just looked nasty (in an awesome tackle kind of way) as much as i love seeing these cheap shots and big illegal hits this hit really made me smile, to see a perfectly legal huge hit was wow!!! (especially in the southern hemisphere, seems to be a severe lack of arm usage normally!!!)

    By Anonymous JS, at January 25, 2008 9:04 pm  

  • nonu has such potential , if he can control his temper then he could b an awesome player , if any1 saw the barbarians vs SA then they would hav seen the quality performance he put in

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 09, 2008 10:47 pm  

  • i rekon that nonu iz underrated for the skill he can produce,and what makes this hit better is that blair got up without aid and eventually shook it off.jesus christ he shouldn't av got up from that 1,nonu's lyk a train

    By Anonymous evzman, at February 29, 2008 5:10 pm  

    like a puppet smashed!!!!!!

    i dont like ben blair so i luved the vid haha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2008 7:10 am  

  • simply mind blowing...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 30, 2008 7:25 am  

  • That's a car accident.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 02, 2009 2:23 pm  

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