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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Semisi Naevo huge hit on Hugh McMeniman

Australia A beat Fiji 50-13 this past weekend in the Pacific Nations Cup, outscoring their opponents by seven tries to two at Ballymore in sunny Brisbane.

It was a disappointing loss for the islanders, who after conceding an early try struggled to get back into the match, thus threw a few 50-50 passes that were quickly snapped up and converted into points by the talented Australian A team.

One of the highlights of the match for the Fijians, and spectators at the ground, was midway through the first half when huge flanker Semisi Naevo smashed the larger Hugh McMeniman with one of the biggest tackles to have been seen at Ballymore.

Man of the Match McMeniman, from Queensland, said afterwards, “It was the biggest tackle I've ever been hit with."

“I haven't been hit like that since I was a schoolboy, when I was 94kg.''



  • Ouch, though Hugh did take it like a champ and even patted Naevo on the back afterwoods. Does anyone know how much Hugn McMeniman weighs now???

    By Anonymous Chazza, at July 01, 2008 1:18 pm  

  • Lovely technique, no malice, just one of those "sit the f*** down mate" tackles. Initial impact is good, add a drive into the floor and its goodnight Irene!

    Nice sportsman-ship too - good to see him get up and get on with the game.

    By Blogger Tom, at July 01, 2008 1:45 pm  

  • i love the fijians

    By Anonymous samitarugby, at July 01, 2008 2:53 pm  

  • i was 5 meters from were he landed
    when he packed the scrum he was clutchiing his rib cage!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2008 2:57 pm  

  • too right Chazza! a 94kg schoolkid? whats he weight now!? lol

    some hit though, perfect!

    By Anonymous ben, at July 01, 2008 4:19 pm  

  • p.s. what was wrong with Fiji? thats an absolute spanking! you wouldn't even expect Australia first team to beat them that easily.

    new Fiji top is pretty cool though, might get that for trainin lol

    By Anonymous ben, at July 01, 2008 4:22 pm  

  • He weighs 114kg (says on wikipedia)

    By Anonymous Hits, at July 01, 2008 4:35 pm  

  • @ ben - all of their best players are still in europe playing club rugby

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at July 01, 2008 5:29 pm  

  • Great tackle, he even got the knock on...

    By Anonymous Eric, at July 01, 2008 5:42 pm  

  • lol I LOVE FIJIANS 2 ! <3

    By Anonymous ELNINO, at July 01, 2008 6:33 pm  

  • Jeez man cool it kids read this stuff too, yeah and real mature of you since im only thirteen, all i was doing was complimenting both sides of the tackle dont be such a jerk

    By Anonymous Chazza, at July 01, 2008 6:34 pm  

  • wow chazza dont know what part of your comment offended hendrik so much!
    agree with you though, good to see them both being respectful afterwards, see alot of it in league good to see in union

    By Anonymous stephanie, at July 01, 2008 8:24 pm  

  • How do you folks think Hugh would fare against the likes of Richie, Schalk, juan smith, So'oialo and the Caveman?

    Personally i dont think theres any flanker tougher than Schalk, dude just keeps diving in.

    He needs to brush up on his teq tho.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2008 8:54 pm  

  • ^^ i rekon he could hold his own but he would have to be in great shape, cause all those players are world class

    Thanxs Stephanie

    By Anonymous Chazza, at July 01, 2008 9:02 pm  

  • Greg - next time try using English, yes? ( I really hope you're being ironic with your teen-speak, otherwise it's just embarassing)Calm down and grow up.

    As for the video it's a great hit, great technique, good sportsmanship and I really love the Fijian Kit!

    By Anonymous Huw, at July 02, 2008 12:27 am  

  • Quality hit. I like the way McMeniman praised it afterwards too. Down to earth good guy obviously.

    Cheers for this RD, as after seeing it in the requests section, I was looking forward to it being posted.

    By Anonymous Shaft, at July 02, 2008 1:12 am  

  • This is quite strange my Bday is july 1 and i am called Hugh...

    Great hit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2008 2:32 am  

  • I am truly sorry hen-dick if i hurt you feelings though i am sure you can go and see your school counselor, because obviously you havent the brains to finish school
    Lay off man, this is just a website that is trying to get rugby lovers around the world to come together, and people like you are the ones who are ruining it.

    By Anonymous Ozster, at July 02, 2008 11:54 am  

  • Outstanding hit.

    Stephanie, well said re Chazza & the respoect thing. (see, I do agree with you sometimes ;-P)

    By Anonymous Tanqueray, at July 02, 2008 2:08 pm  

  • Solid. I've always noticed how big Hugh McMeniman looks on the field.

    He doesn't look too big in this clip (not sure if it's the new hairstyle or what), but he's genuinely a really big guy, so to be chopped down like this is really impressive.

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 02, 2008 11:50 pm  

  • He might be put on the bench for Australias 2nd test against France, because Nathan Sharpe is injured.

    By Anonymous Chazza, at July 03, 2008 7:40 am  

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