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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Viliame Satala hit on John Roe - Brisbane Sevens 2000

As you all know by now, here on Rugbydump we love showing the big hits from recent games. If there's one thing better than seeing a big hit live though, it's watching a big hit that's been dug up from a while back, and would probably never have been seen again otherwise.

This classic tackle from Fijian hitman Viliame Satala from eight years ago was sent to me by a Rugbydump regular. He's gone to the effort of grabbing his old footage and getting it online, then sending us the link. That's what we want. We need the old stuff. It's great to watch and is where legends are made.

Guys like Satala are well known for being big hitters, and in the past without the technology of today, a lot of footage goes missing. So please guys, if you have 'classic must see RD potential' footage lying around gathering dust, make a plan to get it to us so we can share your contribution with the Rugby world.

Before the Chiropractor, Brian Lima, came along, The Stretcher Satala was one of the most feared players around, specifically for his ability to flatten players with his hard hitting approach to the game and precision timing of the tackle.

He's put in numerous big hits over the years, with one in particular, on Scott Fava, resulting in Fava being stretchered off the field. Another big tackle of his was featured here on RD as part of the famous Vilimoni Delasau try from the Wellington Sevens of the same year as this hit.

Australian John Roe got to experience the Stretcher up close and personal as he got chopped down at the Brisbane Sevens in 2000. A great hit, from a legend of a player, this short clip is another one for the archive that will bring back some great memories for many I'm sure.



  • nice hit , gr8 timing technically pretty awesome =D

    By Anonymous El Nino, at July 09, 2008 1:07 am  

  • ouch!

    good find

    By Anonymous sajd, at July 09, 2008 3:03 am  

  • Great tackle!

    I really love the way the Aussie commentary-guys get excited by big tackles, even it's an Aussie player who gets smashed!

    By Blogger Sander, at July 09, 2008 6:46 am  

  • Awesome. I don't think the camera work/angle really shows it as well as it probably would be shown these days ie: other angles etc. The hit is bigger than it looks here in other words. John Roe is a big eighth man!

    Brilliant, and well done for digging it up!

    By Anonymous Shaft, at July 09, 2008 12:15 pm  

  • Jesus. Of course he is a big fijian, putting in the big hits. Its too bad though that after all the big hits there is penalty for not rolling away. Almost all anyway.

    By Anonymous 212, at July 09, 2008 2:20 pm  

  • cracking tackle. keep on digging up the good stuff RD

    By Anonymous halfback999, at July 10, 2008 3:40 am  

  • Roe's eggs must be smashed.

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at July 24, 2008 10:08 pm  

  • i remember this hit. john roe got straight back up amazingly! most players satala has hit have literally required a stretcher to be taken off the field.hence his nickname...the stretcher!

    By Anonymous jared, at October 01, 2008 12:16 pm  

  • Smashing performance!!

    By Anonymous Chiropractor Brisbane, at June 24, 2011 9:04 am  

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