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Monday, June 16, 2008

Simon Webster's spine tingling hit against Argentina

On the weekend we saw Scotland achieve a historic win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. It was a physical game, as it always is when you play Los Puma’s, and despite the final score, the Scots will have known they were in a fierce battle when waking up the next morning.

One of the biggest hits of the match came from a surprising source though. When you think of the words Scotland and big hits, you immediately think of Jason White. But no, this came from none other than little wing Simon Webster.

Webster was penalised for this bone-crunching hit on Federico Aramburu, who had just come on to the field as a replacement.

The tackle was aimed at the chest but ended up being marginally high, with a penalty probably being a fair call, and neither touch judge getting involved or recommending a yellow, as can sometimes happen.

Whatever the call though, the impact was huge as the ball popped out of Aramburu’s arms, which all added to a great tackle to watch, but one you’d rather not be on the receiving end of.



  • YAY, first! That was quite a good hit, maybe a little high, but who cares?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 1:35 am  

  • sit down mr Aramburu!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 2:10 am  

  • huge tacke

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 2:40 am  

  • massive, one of the biggest of the year, for sure.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 4:54 am  

  • Illegal, that's grounds for a yellow IMO.

    By Blogger Don, at June 17, 2008 6:52 am  

  • high around the players neck

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 7:13 am  

  • OUCH, and to think simon isnt a very big guy he showed then all ownage.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 7:39 am  

  • Massive hit. Simon Lima they'll be calling him down at training.

    Too high though unfortunately. If he'd just gone in a tiny bit lower it could have been the (legal) hit of the season.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 10:08 am  

  • Ouch!

    Borderline legal so benefit of the doubt must go to attacking side IMO...definatley worth a talk from the ref and a yellow next time.

    He had to tackle man and ball or else it was try time so he done good in that respect...

    By Blogger durrie, at June 17, 2008 10:11 am  

  • I realize people are going to get all defensive of Argentina, but I'm going to say it anyway: Why is it that I only ever see Argentina players immediately appealing to the refs (I'm only talking about nationals here, not pro teams)? Is it some sort of rub-off from their footballers, or what?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 10:24 am  

  • Great hit from Webbo. Scotland needed to raise their aggression levels and this was just the tonic.

    OK, a bit high, but it was committed, and stopped what could otherwise have been a very dangerous breakaway.

    Thanks for the clip RD. I've been waiting for it since I heard the hit on the radio...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 11:38 am  

  • Illegal is not instant grounds for a yellow - for a start the initial hit was low and then pushed up which is in the grounds of accidental. Yellow for that and you wouldnt ever finish a game with 15 players! Good hit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 1:41 pm  

  • whoooooohhoooooooooo yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! THATS what i wanna see!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 1:55 pm  

  • It was not a "HIGH" tackle. It was below his shoulders and full attempt to bind the arms. This was a great hit. Text book man and ball; "hit the chest no chance of an off load" those of you who think it's high please consult your rule book.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 2:09 pm  

  • It's open to interpretation. I know it's close, but I think it to be perfectly legal. Nice one Simon 'Malkovich' Webster.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 2:18 pm  

  • Bill i totally agree with you, there was times throughout the game where i was pulling my hair out due to argentinian backchat etc, i've never seen anything like it in my life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 2:20 pm  

  • Should have been a yellow was a mile high

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 7:24 pm  

  • Nice hit. A definite for the next try savers and rib breakers. It goes without saying really, just need to get better quality footage of it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 7:33 pm  

  • Yeah Matthew lets just go out there and re-film it for TSRB. Nice one mate. lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 8:54 pm  

  • Can you hear the crowd whistling after the hit? Just like football...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 9:11 pm  

  • 100% LEGAL!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 9:35 pm  

  • OK, a couple of things: first of all, that was a terrible high tackle, definitely illegall, altough very espectacular...
    second: I keep reading comments about football and Argentina fans or even about the players, are you trying to feel superior bringing that kind of things up ?
    Scotland deserved to win, they played with intelligence and took advantage of Argentina's mistakes and penalties ( specially penalties ), that doesn't make them better, compare the number of games they won the last years with the number of games Argentina won, as I see it, it was just a bad day for the Pumas, nothing else...
    And about the hit again, If it was a Pumas player doing it, you were all talking trash about him and saying it was a football thing and all kinds of crap...
    Altough I must admit: I loved to see Aramburu smashed down like that, he's the worse player of the pumas by far and doesn't deserve to be there...
    cheers to scots, congrats

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 10:05 pm  

  • Yeah guys give the Argentinian and French bashing a rest already.
    It's getting old, and just because we're speaking English on here, it doesn't mean they don't understand or visit RD less than you do.

    Nice to build a friendly/community feel here, rather than that of hostility from childish comments.

    Spectacular hit for sure, I loved it, but I'd say if that were a South African or Samoan hit, there would be at least yellow card and a massive hoohaa about it.
    Yes, I said hoohaa.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 17, 2008 11:04 pm  

  • 1. Fucking awesome hit. It's so fats that expecting the officials to make a valid call on it is impossible, however when it's slowed down it's pretty obvious that it's top of the chest, not neck.
    2. I find it pretty depressing that it is now seen as 'historic' when Scotland beat Argentina (who I know are a great team, but ten years ago Scotland fans would have been gutted by this result).
    3. Noone's given us an excuse yet for the Argies behaving like fottballers...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 12:30 pm  

  • He's an honest player at the end of the day and the ref probably realises that. If he was a constant offender (I'm thinking Bergamasco) then ref more likely to dish out a card.
    Anyway obviously open to debate if legal or not. My view: honest attempt to tackle and accidentally pushed up. Penalty and no card right decision

    As for Argie/French bashing. I'm not into that however I do remember the 1st game of the world cup when a French player committed an offence and the Argie fly half was straight up to ref waving an imaginary card trying to get him yellow or red. When you do stuff like that, is it any wonder that people sometimes have it in for them? That belongs in Barclaycard Premiership, not Rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 12:38 pm  

  • I agree with hamish, I found it a bit depressing to see the words "historic" too. Its also not really accurate as the match before was very close, so the win wasn't really a surprise.
    I think Scotland are still potentially capable of beating any team in the world, they need better coaches tho!
    It hard supporting Scotland, they get no respect and whenever they beat a big team it is said to be just lucky. Scotland has a great rugby history, we just lack players and teams and fans and money. All the things which are really nessesary in the professional era. But we still love our rugby and we still play with as much passion as anyone!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 3:53 pm  

  • What we lack are centres. When was the last time that Scottish centres set the pitch on fire? I've been following scotland for fifteen years or so now, and I can't think of many. At the moment Webster's our best option, but he's just too small to play in the centres.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 4:18 pm  

  • It wasn't a good tackle. Anybody can make a high tackle and make it look good, it doesn't show tackling ability in any way at all. To be honest it's shameful he got away with only a penalty! As far as i can see it's a no more than a cheapshot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 4:36 pm  

  • Under what rules is that high, a penalty or a yellow card?
    Do you lot not play the game.

    Webster hit at chest level and drove up. Text book stuff.

    Great tackle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 5:37 pm  

  • I think he hit him right in the chest, legally! his momentum made him slip upwards, along with the player falling backwards which made it look high.
    Still..should have hit him a few inches lower imo.

    p.s. simon webster isn't THAT small, he is over 6foot tall and over 14stone. which is not a small man, its not like he's a little welsh winger lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 18, 2008 7:48 pm  

  • wow,a hard tackle by that huge man Webster....

    great stuff

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 19, 2008 10:47 am  

  • Nice hit! (not even close to a tackle), wait...! what happen at the last World Cup?? and 1 more, last test match? from the chest down ma ladies!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 05, 2009 8:01 am  

  • It makes sense for that kind of hit, the Scots are being owned by the Pumas in the last (bunch) of years. But nice samoan hit... And for the soccer influence, is all in the blood, that's why british and argentinian chicks choose us!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 05, 2009 8:12 am  

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