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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuilagi and Leo fight & Rabeni huge hit on Waldouck

There’s been a six week break in the Guinness Premiership, but action got back under way this weekend as last years finalists, Wasps and Leicester, met in a fiery Adams Park clash on Sunday.

The match ended 36-29 to Wasps in their first home victory over their rivals since 2002. They were unable to secure the bonus point though, and let in two late tries which meant Leicester left with two points themselves.

As always, when these two meet there’s no love lost, as was seen when Samoans Daniel Leo and Alesana Tuilagi got to grips in the 28th minute of the match.

It kicked off from practically nothing, but resulted in both players falling over the advertising boards as they exchanged punches, with Leo receiving a nasty gash below his eye. Both players were handed yellow cards.

Less than a minute after play resumed, we saw another south sea islander, Seru Rabeni, put in a massive hit on young Wasps center Dominic Waldouck.

The hit looked spectacular to say the least, and in real time led the commentators to believe it was worthy of a red. But upon seeing the replays, it was perhaps only marginally late, and nothing more.

Common sense prevailed thankfully as the hard hitting Fijian Rabeni was given a talking to, and nothing more.

Wasps have confirmed that the England trio of James Haskell, Riki Flutey and Tom Palmer will leave the club at the end of the season to play in France.
Full story here »

Time: 05:07



  • Only one thign to say about that Rabeni hit:

    BOOM TOWN!!!

    By Anonymous Peej, at February 17, 2009 12:48 pm  

  • I'd love to watch a local game in Samoa or any one of the Pacific Isles. Must get well fiery!

    By Anonymous Kember, at February 17, 2009 12:49 pm  

  • whats the song in vid pls..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 12:55 pm  


    By Anonymous pistolplatt, at February 17, 2009 12:57 pm  

  • Puddle of Mudd - Control is the song at the end.

    And Barnes IS a moron.

    Definately i think he has it in for Islanders more than others. He's always calling for them to be removed after big hits.

    Then again, he could just be a collosal moron.

    But if Banahan of Bath put in a hit like that, rest assured he'd be hailing it as the best tackle he's ever seen!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 12:59 pm  

  • Gt to love tha Wasps Leicester games just for their ferrocity!!

    By Anonymous yio=, at February 17, 2009 1:01 pm  

  • French fights are the best

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 1:02 pm  

  • Typical dumb islander that can't tackle (legally). Ug ug ug.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 1:31 pm  

  • Excellent game, the most competetive I've seen for a while, and massive result for Wasps.....and then they lose 3 of their best players to France.

    Anyone else feel the irony of the footballing reversal? France has a weak domestic football league because they all play in the Premiership; can't compete with the English salaries. Now we have the reverse with rugby.

    It's sad, but good on the French who seem to be investing in the right sport.

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at February 17, 2009 1:34 pm  

  • what a vicious shot from rabeni. it shouldnt b a penalty it was a clean shot. wasnt a shoulder charge. those islanders are wild.. i play them a fair bit and they can fuckin shot

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 1:36 pm  

  • cnt we have sum super 14 highlights,,did any1 see the fight between the lions and cheatahs

    By Anonymous Alain, at February 17, 2009 1:41 pm  

  • Did my ear deceive me?
    Stuart Barnes said he took back his words~~

    By Blogger vinniechan, at February 17, 2009 1:42 pm  

  • That wasn't even a penalty. Just an example of how to crucify someone perfectly

    By Anonymous HamishM, at February 17, 2009 2:10 pm  

  • Rabeni's tackle was a outstanding one!!! :p

    By Blogger Madflyhalf, at February 17, 2009 2:40 pm  

  • leo's cut was on his left cheek.....how did he get it....it must have happened out of camera view.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 3:18 pm  

  • ^^ Watch again.

    Rabeni came flying in with a closed fist!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 3:21 pm  

  • pistolplatt is right. barnes :'that deservers a red card' wtf???? does he think he's commenting on footy or something?

    great great great hit - islanders bring back what rugby is all about, too bad the wankers that want to make rugby into a pro-soft-gay-sport (like what happened to footy when it went pro) are getting their way.

    loved this game (wasps supporter :P )

    have lost all respect for haskell, and palmer now. all for the money... that stuff about 'lifestyle, experience, blablabla' is bullshit. i mean stade francais?? they have a gay manager (fact), take naked pics of themselves (calender) and play in pink. sorry, but i just hate that team. everytime i say that footy is for poofs to my footy playing friends they always bring up stade francais.

    okay if i were pro, and somebody offered me a ton of money, i'd do move as well, but not fucking stade francais.

    sorry frenchies, but that's what i think.

    By Anonymous fiji supporter, at February 17, 2009 3:35 pm  

  • ^Well, looks like homophobia is still alive and well in some rugby circles. That's a shame.

    I agree that it's a pity anytime rugby takes a turn towards going soft (not so sure about "going gay" though), and I wish commentators could learn to appreciate good, solid tackles like Rabeni's.

    I'd also like to know where Leo's cut came from. Looking at it again, it seems like Tuilagi maybe hit him with a left as he fell to the ground, but I didn't see any punches that looked like they landed square on Leo's face...weird.

    "That should be a red card...that's dangerous play" - ahaha, what a goddamn idiot!

    By Anonymous Lesley Vainikolo, at February 17, 2009 4:12 pm  

  • He came in with a cloased fist to tense up the shoulder and arm. The wrap was there, it was chest level, and barely late if at all. There is always a tendancy to over-react when someone gets deystroyed like that. Great Hit!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 4:24 pm  

  • Lesley, do you own a copy of that Stade Francais calender by any chance?

    By Anonymous anyoldiron, at February 17, 2009 5:01 pm  

  • The hit on Dom was scarey, fair play to him, he just got up and carried on. Did anyone else see Lewsey laughing and gesturing a slapped wrist at AT after a minor altercation.

    By Anonymous Little Girlie, at February 17, 2009 5:15 pm  

  • Tackle was definitely borderline but i'd say legal. I think well played to Waldouck for taking the hit (when he must have known rabeni loves to smash)and drawing the man. So yes Rabeni may be 'boom town' but he committed himself and lost half a pitch worth of ground for his team.

    By Anonymous andy, at February 17, 2009 5:26 pm  

  • I'm Parisien and i just can't support Stade Français, and i'm sad of it cause i'm a Parisien till death. I'm okay with you fiji supporter...i'm not homophobic tho! but rugby can't be played in a pink jersey, with a boysband team...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 5:34 pm  

  • that hit on waldouck was MASSIVE!!!

    Still as a wasps supporter i am upset to hear that riki flutey is leaving for brive of all teams. We transformed his career for him and he just throws it back in our face for the money, anyone agree?

    mint upper-cut from leo though!

    By Anonymous Lidge, at February 17, 2009 5:41 pm  

  • nothing wrong with that tackle!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 5:44 pm  

  • I'm french (sorry for the my english), and what strikes me the most in the story of the Haskell & Palmer's transfert is the fact that there is too much money in the Top 14... And french clubs only use it to recruit as much players as possible without thinking if they can be useful for the club, or stick to the club's game plan... And of course, they forget to bring young french players in the mix. It's going to kill Les Bleus first, and then rugby spirit in general. Only money will rule. Corruption affairs have started to raise in france, and that's just the beginning.

    Soon, French national XV side will be as good as the XIII or even 7 one (and it won't be Lievremont's fault, this guy is the good one, he told bringing foreign players will be dangerous)

    It has started today. Our sport is now almost shameful as football.

    Don't tell me that it increase top 14 game level, that's bull shit !! Our championship is one of the boringest (i not sure that's correct english) in the world (with the guiness premiership), too long, too much individualities in the teams, and in the end no teams... Only a mess of championship...

    And i'm not even sure that it will bring french clubs more european titles... Actually, i'm sure it won't...

    I'm more and more proud to say that i'm not looking at the northern hemispheres championships (except the six nations, and i support wales : the only northern country who cans produce exciting rugby). Super 14, Tri Nations and even NPC are better than what you can watch in France, England or in the Europeans Championships. Or that's at least more honest and stinxs less money...

    Rugby is fading away... Maybe i should watch cricket ? ;)

    Sorry if i upset someone, but that's the crual reality.

    By Anonymous mpc-33, at February 17, 2009 6:11 pm  

  • I also think France (and other countries for that matter) need to look to their own players first - like mpc-33 said, it only hurts the national side if you can't field any top-notch players because your club/provincial teams are made up of foreign talent.

    I like NZ's policy (I think - I could be wrong here) where in order to play for the All Blacks, you have to play for a NZ rugby team.

    Also, Fiji Supporter, I quite dislike Stade Francais as a team, but I'd like to see you go up to any one of their players and call him a gay. I'm sure we'd see who the real 'poof' is then.

    By Anonymous Tom, at February 17, 2009 6:24 pm  

  • Well surely manhandlig tuilagi comes at a high price... and what a massive hit!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 7:03 pm  

  • Is rugby in danger of becoming a pretend-physical sport?? come on people!!

    There was nothing wrong with that tackle, perfectly legal. He was already committed to the tackle and his right hand was clearly wrapped around the carrier.

    Rabeni is probably the hardest tackler I've seen in the GP. I'm surprised no one has put up his tackles against Munster 2 years ago and a big one he put down on Haughton a few months ago.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 7:13 pm  

  • @Fijian supporter

    Gonei! vakamadua na nomu comment, ka kua ni varaitaka na lala ni ulumu...best to keep your opnions to yourself.

    Who cares if they wear pink? how would like it if Westerners made fun of Fijians wearing skirts? and who cares if their owner/CEO is gay? like you don't have a gay relative? GROW UP!

    Change your F**kin handle-name if you're going to carry on living dumbass comments like that.

    Flying Fijian

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 7:22 pm  

  • "like you don't have a gay relative?"

    How many relatives do you think the average person has lol?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 7:29 pm  

  • mpc-33 i couldn't agree with you much more: your english is good!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 17, 2009 7:37 pm  

  • great hit

    nothing wrong with that - the kid who got hit wasnt exactly a large guy which added to his flying back

    any s14 coming up ?

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at February 17, 2009 10:56 pm  

  • barnes you fat cock, there was nothing wrong with that

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 12:11 am  

  • I was at that game and I have to be honest, even at first glance I thought, "What an awesome tackle". And I'm a Wasps fan!

    I'm suprised that the Tuilagis running over of Lewsey wasn't also featured in this, for me it really was the highlight. Think Tuilagi Reddan in the final last year, but alot more impressive. It was awesome...

    I was just coming out of the lavs when the fight was dying down, and was very gutted I didn't get to see the whole thing erupted... But generally speaking, fantastic game and, of course, I was very happy with the result!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 2:39 am  

  • That was nother great tackle, turned into something it is not by soft as pudding northern hemisphere commentators and refs.
    There was nothing wrong with that tackle. It is fine to launch yourself thru the air to make a tackle, it's always been legal. There is nothing in the rules about a 'human missile' tackle. It's fine. The guy got cleaned up by a very good tackle. That should be applauded. Of course it's dangerous, all tackles are potentially dangerous.
    Bloody watered down version of the sport you northern types play.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 3:20 am  

  • Fiji supporter how is stade francais coach gay?

    The coach is Ewen Mckenzie who coached the tahs to last years semi final, no local teams offered him a job so he went overseas.

    By Anonymous chris ash, syd Aust, at February 18, 2009 8:42 am  

  • @Anon
    "How many relatives do you think the average person has lol?"

    He knows what I meant.lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 12:08 pm  

  • @Kember

    The Fiji v Samoa test is definitely the highlight of the season of both rugby nations. Both team/fans do not like losing to the other.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 12:34 pm  

  • Leo had it coming! and he got what he bargained for

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at February 18, 2009 12:51 pm  

  • absolutely perfect technique from Rabeni nothing wrong with it at all!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 1:46 pm  

  • Fight was really stupid on both players behalf, rabeni was just committed he was goin so hard he couldnt have pulled out

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 2:49 pm  

  • Good hit, nothing wrong with it at all. Commentator is a fuckstick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 19, 2009 7:06 am  

  • Barnes has spent a lifetime being a useless, outspoken fool, but everything about the English RU loves employing these dinosaurs who are void of personality. For example Jeremy 'god forgot to give me a personality' Guscott commentates and Rob 'I'd backstab my own mother for a big bag of cash' Andrew is top of the chain at the RFU.

    Didn't see how Leo got the cut, apparently just being in the vicinity of Tuilagi leads to getting bashed up (admittedly Rabeni does come flying in as the shot closes). Rabeni was committed to the tackle, I reckon Waldouck was getting rid of the ball asap, well you would with Rabeni heading towards you at full steam....

    By Anonymous Nick, at February 19, 2009 10:47 am  

  • Can't believe the touch judge didn't know the players names. Massive hit from rabeni, would have loved to see it with ball still in hand, surely a contender for greatest hit ever no?

    By Blogger cp85, at February 20, 2009 10:54 am  

  • Barnes is an absolute idiot, why do sky persist in employing lower than average "has been's" to pass useless comments on fantastic rugby matches, every single player on that pitch is miles fitter stronger and more skillful than Barnes or Morris ever were.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 20, 2009 6:18 pm  

  • Man I'm sick and tired of reading the comments section when a "Huge Hit" video has been posted because majority of the time they've either labelled the tackler as reckless, dumb islander/coconut etc, etc.....ok, lets be honest some of the tackles that get posted are high and at times dangerous but come on that Rabeni hit and a lot of others here on 'RD' were/was legal. To those (Commentator Included) that say/post comments saying that "he deserves a suspension", "that's a red card for sure" or "he came in with a closed fist", oohhh my goodness harden up. What!?! Was Rabeni suppose to go into that tackle with hands wide open...fingers spread evenly..or maybe he should of had his fingers slightly curled..WTF! Let's not forget Rugby is a contact sport, and I sure in hell hope it stays that way!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 21, 2009 12:26 pm  

  • To above.

    The closed fist comment was in regards to the scuffle, where Rabeni came in and hit Leo in the face with a superman punch.

    It was nothing to do with his tackle. I suggest you concentrate a little more when reading.

    From reading every comment in here, there has only been one person who condemned the tackle. Everyone else is in agreement with you lol

    By Blogger Chris, at February 22, 2009 6:35 pm  

  • That hit was AMAZING! Perfectly legal, you could see in the slow motion replay that Rabeni was committed while the ball was still in Waldoucks hands.

    Definetly a must for a TSRB 11. If there is going to be one. And i REALLY hope there is.

    By Anonymous Dave, at February 22, 2009 10:07 pm  

  • Hihihi
    Nice brawl
    TOP 14 patented :-)

    These guys are ready to move to Stade Francais or Toulon


    By Anonymous steph, at February 23, 2009 11:09 am  

  • now daniel n tuilagi r huggie huggie again 4 da Samoa team during PNC(pacific nation cup) n they both kickin ass...=)

    By Blogger senpai, at June 26, 2009 6:44 pm  

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