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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Gordon Tallis' famous slingshot tackle on Brett Hodgson

Rough day for RD. Been really busy and had some personal issues to deal with, but here we go with another interesting and slightly comical clip to add to the archive.

The NRL State of Origin 2008 game 3 decider ended in Sydney on Wednesday night with the Queensland Maroons team taking the series in a thrilling 16-10 win over the NSW Blues.

Now while we are predominantly Rugby Union based, the occasional League clip definitely has it’s place on Rugbydump, and the latest State of Origin series reminded us of a famous tackle that occurred way back in 2002.

It will be very familiar to the League fans out there, but for the Union fans, it’ll be more of a talking point perhaps, but once you see this tackle, you won’t forget it and will be praying it never happens to you.

So to pay tribute to the epic State of Origin series, six years ago almost to the day, this is the legendary moment when Brett Hodgson got scrambled off the field like a rag doll by Raging Bull Gordon Tallis.

Grabbed by the collar and flung like a sack of potatoes, Hodgson was well and truly put into touch, with the debates about it’s legality raging on for years to come.

Note: Look out for a very young Timana Tahu, one of the most recent League to Union converts, who is now playing for the Waratahs and Australia A.



  • Never mind tahu, look at Tuquri!
    ...Shaved head, lanky build. ROFL!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 12:11 am  

  • ha yeah he looks a 'lote' different now!

    i've done this slingshot tackle to a cocky little scrum-half before. its great though pretty illegal i reckon. neither i nor tallis got penalised though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 12:44 am  

  • Gavin Quinnell putting the rubbish out is similar! Cracking tackle! Search youtube for it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 12:53 am  

  • Aah yeah I missed Tuqiri there. Well spotted. Skinny bugger.

    Interesting thing is that State of Origin teams are decided upon based on where you first played senior footy, so Tuqiri representing Queensland then and now the NSW Waratahs must have been quite talking point when he first moved across to Union.

    Anon ^ - try searching Rugbydump first. It's on here. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 12:56 am  

  • dunno if this makes sense, but if you consider the point of the force exerted on the ball-carrier it's near the neck region. same reason why people fell backward when high-tackled.
    it's fun to watch alright, but should've been given a free kick or something.
    Hey RD, do you have the clip for the Queensland's second try? heard it's quite spectacular to watch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 3:04 am  

  • Quite humilliating hahaha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 4:39 am  

  • Greiffel i dont entirely agree with that, Origin is based on where you are born, though there are some expections, like Greg Inglis.

    this is great example of why i love rugby league, and there are plenty of other great hits and plays, i look forward to seeing them up on RD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 6:36 am  

  • Sorry Chazza but state of origin teams are not decided by birth but where you first play senior footy.

    But yes Inglis eligibily is the most confusing.

    Anyway why is it whenever there is a big tackle there is always a handful that like to suggest the tackler should get penalised lol. I see absoutly nothing wrong with Talis's lasso tackle. If you think thats bad I have a real life story of me being shoulder charged onto a brick wall in a muck about game :P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 9:19 am  

  • Hangover that must have hurt, but shoulder charged were you playing American football, or just rugby that the guys and perhaps you didnt know the rules???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 9:34 am  

  • Yeah Chazza, Tuqiri was born in Fiji mate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 12:03 pm  

  • no shit sherlock i know that but then he moved to queensland, or the bad guys and played for the broncos and then for origin. then he saw the sense in Union and came down to NSW and played for the good guys, say what you like i dont care cause im sure ill have an answer for any of you comments

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 12:29 pm  

  • that cant be legal !

    bloody queenslanders

    By Blogger sebastian, at July 04, 2008 2:01 pm  

  • ^^ too right sebastian bloody queenslanders but none the less they are a hole lot better than the blues
    did Josh and Brett Morris play for the blues???

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

  • Chazza, for a 13 year old kid you're pretty bloody cocky, even with your facts incorrect.

    'Origin is based on where you are born'

    Corrected you that's all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 3:02 pm  

  • Similar tackles to this are sometimes penalised in the NRL and Super League... Depending on the referees interpretation of the rules.

    Shouldn't be penalised in an Origin game though. It is Origin after all, mayneee.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 4:42 pm  

  • Greiffel all im doing is standing up for what my dad told me he might have been wrong, but im just sticking up from him, and dont call me cocky cause i dont like it mate, cocky is soccer players, arnt you the guy who got drunk and started abusing me with pointless swear words on another post, big man swearing at little kids on the internet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 6:03 pm  

  • Greifell is the owner of RD. So i doubt he is. But even if he was, like said, he's the owner.

    So respect his authoratah on some Cartman shit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 8:21 pm  

  • I think you'll find that was young Hendrick, who apologised afterwards.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 9:01 pm  

  • my bad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 9:45 pm  

  • aaahahahaha
    chazza chazza chazza
    your so wrong
    try googling it mate
    yer i rember watching this tackle, pissed myself laughing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2008 7:47 am  

  • to above try to write something usefull in your life mate eh?? Like i already said this is what my dad told me, try to keep up mate

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2008 7:50 am  

  • Funny tackle. Not so funny for Hodgson, but enjoyable to watch. And yes, I hope that never happens to me!! lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2008 4:41 pm  

  • jeeze i wish someone would take chazza's computer away from him. that or kick the crap outta him. damn kid needs to learn a lesson

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 18, 2008 12:19 am  

  • Those tackles are so annoying for people like me (small scrum half). I think it's illegal and not funny.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 02, 2008 12:13 pm  

  • that tackle in union is illegal i'm not sure about league that known as a scrag tackle because your supposed to make a effort to bind youy arms round tackled player most minor scrag tackles are let off but one like that wouldn't be

    By Blogger Unknown, at September 02, 2008 1:56 pm  

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