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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Two great hits from Manawatu vs North Harbour

Possibly the game of the weekend in the Air New Zealand cup was the tussle in Palmerston North between Manawatu and North Harbour. It went down to the wire, with some poor option taking and over eagerness at the end costing Manawatu the match 20-17.

We got to see two great textbook hits, one from each side. The first in this clip is on big All Black Sevens star, Lote Raikanbula as he cuts through the line. It looks like halfback Chris Smylie who actually puts in the hit, lifting him and driving him back to the ground, halting his progress instantly.

The second came from Manawatu replacement prop, the big Tongan Talau Hala. His was more of a hard hit, as he knocked back North Harbour eighthman Viliami Ma’afu. Ma'afu scored two tries on the night, so getting smashed by the opposition wasn't too much of an issue for the 105kg loosie. The hit itself was great to see though, and shows what good timing and technique can do.

PLEASE NOTE: This video has been removed by Mediazone, who own the rights to the footage and no longer allow us to use it. Apologies from our side.

Time: 01:28



  • ouch!

    By Anonymous mitch, at September 02, 2008 8:29 pm  

  • Both hits are big,especially the second one

    By Anonymous rugbyfreak, at September 02, 2008 9:50 pm  

  • Quality.

    Raikanbula is a machine in Sevens. I wonder if he can make the same impact in fifteens.

    By Anonymous Benson, at September 02, 2008 10:12 pm  

  • The first one is better to watch, but the higher impact was definately in the second one... It takes a big ammount of strentgh to tackle big players like that

    By Anonymous Eric, at September 02, 2008 11:32 pm  

  • Breakaway if your reading this your a cat u think you know everything. post back ya cat.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 03, 2008 8:52 am  

  • 1st was borderline speartackle but nothing said and the refs didn't squek so it must of been all good.

    2nd hit was just good technique

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 03, 2008 10:13 am  

  • anon (with the cat thing): I've tried to help you but it hasn't worked. No I don't know everything but I think I know when I'm wasting my time so from now on you're on your own.

    By Anonymous breakaway, at September 03, 2008 11:38 am  

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