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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Schalk Burger crunching hit on Fourie Du Preez

It was Currie Cup Semi final day yesterday in South Africa, as the Sharks hosted the Cheetahs in Durban, and the Bulls travelled to Cape Town to challenge Western Province. The Bulls won 21-19, thanks to a late Morne Steyn penalty.

The Newlands match was set to be a classic, as both sides were scattered with Springbok talent, as well as talented youngsters who served their sides well while the international players were on Test duty.

For Western Province, flanker Schalk Burger was named on the bench after he came away from the Tri Nations with a rib injury that his kept him sidelined since then.

Many questioned coach Alistair Coetzee’s tactics of playing Burger off the bench in what would be such a fierce physical encounter, against the likes of Pierre Spies, Danie Rossouw, and Bakkies Botha.

“Schalk was cleared this week, but the guys have been playing well in that loose trio,” Coetzee said.

“We have to keep those systems going. It’s great to have a Bok like Schalk on the bench, and I’m sure he’ll have a big impact when he comes on in the second half.”

Coetzee was right, as Burger came on and made this monstrous hit on Bok teammate, scrumhalf Fourie Du Preez midway through the second half.

The hit brought the 48 000 strong Newlands crowd to its feet, a poignant moment in the career of the man who received so much castigation for his actions earlier in the season.

The reaction of the crowd and his teammates pretty much said it all, as Burger signalled his return to the game once again with moment that typified the way he has, and always will play the game – at 110%.

It was good to see teammate Du Preez acknowledge the hit with a grin, and Burger himself with a little wink, no doubt in his Test teammates direction.

We'll get a better quality version of this up soon, as well as highlights from both closely contested matches.

Time: 0:52



  • Was a tense and hard match - a bit like a test match, with Morne Steyn Kicking a winning 50 + meter kick from the touch line right at the death.

    Matfield also made an important steal at the end.

    By Blogger Wessel, at October 18, 2009 5:55 pm  

  • Daaaaamn what a hit xD

    By Anonymous Damien, at October 18, 2009 6:10 pm  

  • Huge Hit !! Henrys was better tho !

    By Anonymous Deano !!, at October 18, 2009 6:37 pm  

  • Okay. Would have been much better if he didn't wrap him up though. Silly wrap rule.

    By Anonymous Chris, at October 18, 2009 6:44 pm  

  • Certainly nothing wrong with that in the least! Good stuff by Burger.

    By Anonymous alfa, at October 18, 2009 6:52 pm  

  • A good, hard clean hit. That is what rugby is all about.

    By Blogger franny1807, at October 18, 2009 6:54 pm  

  • Great tackle and great reaction by both players, especially considering the occasion!

    By Anonymous Sander, at October 18, 2009 7:07 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 7:42 pm  

  • What a tense match this was, was really hoping Province would come out tops, but well played to the Bulls.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 7:42 pm  

  • Ok, im aware this isn't a contest as such, but i'd much rather see 1 tackle like Burgers one than 100 like Tuilagi's I know everyone is saying rugby is going soft etc, but it really isnt becoming that soft....i mean i know you cant stick a boot on someone who is in the way any more but really, things like tackling without wrapping the arms is a law, just the same as punching someone in the gob is agaisnt the rules.....I personally tink Tuilagi's was borderline...whereas here schalk (for once) shows us that making a big hit doesnt have to be illegal!!!

    Why i like Jason White, he does some cracking textbook tough tackles and they are legal!

    By Anonymous No.7, at October 18, 2009 7:43 pm  

  • The rivalry between the two teams is amazing, after all these two have won the currie cup the most - Province on top of course!! But well played Bulls and good luck in the final at Loftus!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 7:50 pm  

  • Beautiful hit, but I still hate Burger

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 9:57 pm  

  • Great, three anonymous opinions...probably the same douchebag each time.

    I'm not defending Burger's reputation here, I'm just saying you're an ass.

    By Anonymous Harinordoquy is a tank, at October 18, 2009 9:58 pm  

  • got to get matt bananas hit on bergamasco bath vS stade heineken cup got a yellow card completely crazy ref

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 9:59 pm  

  • good hit, not as good as henrys tho! and btw give me a good reason why i need a name?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 11:19 pm  

  • thanks rugby dump

    By Anonymous Jon, at October 18, 2009 11:21 pm  

  • ...well, now that those comments were removed, mine is a bit without context.

    By Anonymous Harinordoquy is a tank, at October 18, 2009 11:22 pm  

  • whats combatbok?

    By Anonymous Eliah, at October 18, 2009 11:23 pm  

  • @ Anonymous who asked about why he/she should use a name - simply because thats the rules and the way we like it. It's mainly so that discussions aren't confusing, and also because people say silly things when hiding behind that.

    @ Harinordoquy is a tank - Sorry about that.. but Anonymous comments are removed when they're not sticking to the guidelines, or say silly things.

    By Blogger RD, at October 18, 2009 11:28 pm  

  • superb hit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2009 11:29 pm  

  • Burger is a true hard man of rugby!

    By Anonymous Anonymouse, at October 19, 2009 12:39 am  

  • Schalk is a seriously dirty player......but this was a seriously sweet hit!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 12:50 am  

  • What have we here? An outstanding tackle where the tackler wraps his arm round rather than a hit. Look you can still do this and look hard, Henry Tuilagi take note :)

    By Anonymous John F, at October 19, 2009 1:34 am  

  • Yeah fine, Du Preez is OK after that but imagine how pissed off we all would've been had he injured him and possibly ruled him out of the EOY tour - Du Preez is the last person we need to be injured, Schalk's maybe a bit desperate for some attention again..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 2:11 am  

  • to the anon who said schalks looking for attention i think your right....he wants to be seen as a hard man who will smash anything against him...who cares if it was against a fellow bock that counts for fuck all once u line up against each other...he just went out gave it his all regardless...and i say fair play 2 him for it!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 3:46 am  

  • Skalla doesn't need to look for attention nor prove himself to anyone for he is the best flanker to play this decade. A true warrior, assassin, caveman, barbarian and warlord of world rugby. He'll dominate rugby for the next 10 years. He is a hero of the people.

    By Anonymous Desmond, at October 19, 2009 4:33 am  

  • Ugh who let the kids in again

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at October 19, 2009 8:37 am  

  • He's back! Good to see he's doing what he does best!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 10:17 am  

  • Eliah said...
    whats combatbok?

    Combatbok is a guy who posts videos on youtube which are of the springbok players or else crap biased clips of the lions tests.

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 19, 2009 10:43 am  

  • Play nice Kenny. You can post crap biased clips from the Lions tests too if you want..

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at October 19, 2009 11:23 am  

  • Kenny wtf, combatbok rules!!!

    By Anonymous Jon, at October 19, 2009 12:19 pm  

  • CombatBok is biased yes, but his videos are a cut above the average rugby tributes on YouTube.

    They are slightly off the wall, and contains the players foibles as well as their triumphs, making them authentic, and very funny.

    Go check out the Percy Montgomery one and watch it till the end. Ha ha!

    And one for the Lions fans "Heinrich Brussow finds a straggler". A real gem.

    Like with Scalla, I'd rather have CombatBok in my team than against.

    By Blogger Wessel, at October 19, 2009 12:20 pm  

  • id say he felt that

    By Anonymous ybr, at October 19, 2009 12:34 pm  

  • No7, they are both good hits.
    Great rugby from Tuilagi and Burger.

    By Anonymous Tommo, at October 19, 2009 12:56 pm  

  • Thats was a good clean hard and legal tackle ......no question about that

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 12:58 pm  

  • should get banahans hit up, from baths loss to stade fance

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 12:59 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 2:25 pm  


    The best flancker in the world...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 2:31 pm  

  • didn't realise he could do clean stuff

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 4:39 pm  

  • Play nice Kenny. You can post crap biased clips from the Lions tests too if you want..

    oh yeah so you admit there crap lol

    By Blogger irishclaims9, at October 19, 2009 5:17 pm  

  • Great tackle but he shouldnt be back on a pitch this soon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 6:02 pm  

  • Tommo, i didnt say tuilagi's was bad, i just said id rather see burgers hit a lot more than tuilagi's because really it could have been called the other way, and he didnt really use his arms much, whereas burger's tackle here was textbook and clean!

    By Anonymous No.7, at October 19, 2009 9:22 pm  

  • No 7 do you know what the only difference is in the tackles?
    Burger let's himself fall on top of Du Preez, he dives on him. Tuilagi just decided not to, stayed on his feet.
    The irony with all the moaning is that by letting himself fall bodily on Du Preez, instead of just knocking him down, Burger is actually causing more damage than Tuilagi.
    Imagine, would you rather have a huge dude smash you to the ground, or smash you to the ground and also land on you. That's well over 100kg smashing you into the turf.
    Du Preez would have actually been bvetter off if Burger had just hit him to the ground and not drove him into the turf too.
    But IMO, who cares, either hit is awesome, I'm glad these smaller blokes got smashed.
    That's rugby.

    By Anonymous Tommo, at October 20, 2009 12:53 am  

  • yes, i am aware of the difference, i also know how some refs are hot on picking stuff up and some refs are more lenient, for example a more strict ref in club rugby level would have probably pinged tuilagi due to the fact it looked like there was little or no arms used......Im not moaning because someone could have been injured.. i dont know if you think i am (hence your comment on burger landing on du preez) its just the simple fact that when someone does a tackle like burgers it is far more impressive than tuilagis.....

    By Anonymous No.7, at October 20, 2009 1:32 am  

  • Ok fair call amte, I wasn't having a go at you, just saying my opinion on it.
    I have noticed in recent years a change in attitude amongst alot of rugby fans (seems to be mostly newer fans of the game who don't know it as well or haven't played) about good, old-fasioned hits like Tuilagis.
    There seems to be an obsession with finding penalties where there are none, and the end result will be a sanitisation fo the game. That would suck.
    But that's nothing to do with you mate, and I do agree that this tackle is better than Tuilagis', just from a technical point of you.

    By Anonymous Tommo, at October 20, 2009 2:57 am  

  • Great hit, love dat burger!
    At his best, So much better than brusso.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 20, 2009 3:17 am  

  • Powerful, clean hit with plenty of leg drive.

    Exactly what we want to see.

    More tackles like this and the ones that Julian White used to get posted on Rugbydump.

    And a lot less of the Rugby League / forearm shiver hits

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at October 20, 2009 3:51 am  

  • There's very little difference betweent his and Tuilagi's.
    The only real differance is that Burger lands on Du Preez after smashing him with his shoulder.
    Why that makes it more legal is anyone's guess, it's certainly alot more dangerous to the guy getting tackled.
    Not that that is even important, since it's rugby, and people are supposed to get hurt playing it.

    By Anonymous Jon, at October 20, 2009 6:15 am  

  • Good tackle, Tuilagi will run over burger anyday. Just watch the footage from the world cup when he ran over the entire springbok backrow.. lol

    By Anonymous Greg Irry, at October 20, 2009 4:22 pm  

  • Nice to see a legal hit.

    By Anonymous anonymous no6, at October 20, 2009 10:16 pm  

  • Greg Irry, don't think so.

    Burger will go on to be one of the greats of the game while those Tuilagi brothers will be known to do only one thing, bash... well done.

    I watched one of them playing for Samoa live... and the amount of times he knocked on was laughable.

    By Anonymous Jeks, at October 20, 2009 11:11 pm  

  • You dont think so? He's already done it... Look it up on youtube, he fended burger off like a little ragdoll, the springbok backrow were shitting themselves.

    But burgers alright i guess. Brussow is better in my opinion.

    By Anonymous Greg Irry, at October 21, 2009 4:29 am  

  • Oh Greg Irry, when are we going to learn? Those tuilagi brothers are rubbish. You don't see that 8th man brother doing anything, does he even defend? how long does his fitness level last? 20 minutes... probably because he carries so much fat on him. Their is a reason why they all play in the NH... they wouldn't cut it in the Super 14. lol.

    By Anonymous Zigwee, at October 21, 2009 9:56 am  

  • Their is a reason why they all play in the NH... they wouldn't cut it in the Super 14. lol.

    Yeah just ask Jean De Villiers how weak the NH is.
    JDV said last week the magners league os on a par IF NOT BETTER than ANYTHING in the super 14.

    Your statemnet sounds like a pile of rubbish now, especially when you see him getting creased repeatedly of late in matches in the magners league.

    Get your facts right zigee

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 21, 2009 10:28 am  

  • Oh and where would you rather play seeing as both lgus ar on a par, the Super 14 r the Magners League where the wages are huge especially in France. So when you look at it, I dont blame the Tuilagi bros playing in NH because their loaded now and still playing decent rugby.

    Allesana played the HCup final last year while his brother Henry won the French top 14 last year so you really have got it tottally wrong.

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 21, 2009 10:33 am  

  • You're right about the Tuilagi bros being good players Kenny.
    Of course they are.
    And the NH club comps are a good standard these days.
    PDV was very complimentary about NH rugby recently, and virtually all SH players are whent hey join clubs.
    Think about it though mate, do you think he's gonna bag his new employers and their league?
    The S14 is still a little faster and a little more skillful, but there's not heaps in it.
    There's just a higher concentration of world class players in the S14 sides.
    EG, Rocky Elsom is just a solid no 6 down here, whereas he was a world beater up north.
    Down here he's very good, but there are plenty of other flankers just as good.
    SA, NZ and Aus still have better production lines of talent.

    By Anonymous Tommo, at October 22, 2009 1:38 am  

  • Yeah just watch the Currie cup and ANZ cup. The skill levels are palpably better, and generally they read the exceedingly well too. Having said that, there's just summit bout the french teams that I love to watch.....

    By Blogger Alexander, at October 22, 2009 2:01 am  

  • Kenny, de Villiers said the HC was on par with the super 14, not the Magners league.

    Anyway, I guess thats why all the old 36+ year olds from the south go and play in your competition... haha

    By Anonymous ZIgwee, at October 22, 2009 2:57 am  

  • EG, Rocky Elsom is just a solid no 6 down here, whereas he was a world beater up north.
    Down here he's very good, but there are plenty of other flankers just as good.

    Yeah he is "just solid", in fact just solid enough to be given the australian captaincy, get real the guy is a great player... jeeez i have heard that chestnut so many times and all from SH blow horns.

    The guy is a great player and just cause he did well up in the NH, suddenly it means you guys cant label him a great player anymore for fear that it may reflect on the NH being better than the SH. Hes a great player no matter what hemisphere he plays in thats what is so good about him.

    Kenny, de Villiers said the HC was on par with the super 14, not the Magners league.

    Really just the Hcup, thats why hes taken the magners league by storm, what with all his speed and guile that he has learned from the super 14

    Face it zigee the guy has found the magners lgue difficult as hell cause it has high skill levels and is a tough league.

    Anyway, I guess thats why all the old 36+ year olds from the south go and play in your competition... haha

    Which 36 year olds are you talking about?????

    Jerry Collins is 28, JDV is 28, Warwick is 26 i think, so who the f**k are these 36 year olds.

    If i remember right SA franchises were talking about trying to join the ML last year. Why would they do that if this league is full of its 36 year old rejects according to the comment above???????

    And if the ML is so bad how come its won the HCup the last 3 out of 4 years.

    When you right commenst like that zigwee you sound like a tool

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 22, 2009 10:45 am  

  • "When you right commenst like that zigwee you sound like a tool"

    Before you slag the shit out of me i should have typed write not right and of course you are not a tool zigwee, apologies on my part for that last section.

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 22, 2009 10:49 am  

  • Elsom is a very good player, Australia's best flanker, one of our best players.
    But South Africa have flankers just as good and so do New Zealand.
    In the 3-nations Elsom didn't play all that well.
    It's alot harder against the best in the world.
    But whatever, I suppose it's normal to rate your own competition highly.
    I just think you're wrong about it being as good as S14. I know which comp I'd rather choose a national team from.

    By Anonymous Tommo, at October 22, 2009 11:07 am  

  • yeah well australia were shit in the 3 nations and elsom was rushed back after an injury so ddont think its fair.

    If you look at it he originally left at the end of the year before for leinster at the end of the super 14 and went straight into the magners league and then straight back to the super 14 and tri nations so had no break what so ever and still managed to play well enough to become the australia captain.

    This guy is the real deal.

    best players from both ML and super 14 into two teams respectively for one 3 match series...now that would be pretty amazing.

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 22, 2009 11:13 am  

  • whats the diffrence between that ant matt banhans hit on bergamasco

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 25, 2009 11:12 am  

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    By Blogger Nicky06, at December 22, 2009 5:46 pm  

  • Schalk Burger is so much better than tuilagi. How can one even compare these two. Tuilagi is a poor tackler cant run without the ball, slow, poor handlig skills, goes down far to easy, gets injuried like 10 minutes into every game he plays, no technique around the rucks...
    Burger is so much better in all aspects. If it wasnt for tuilagis size he would be unknown.

    By Anonymous Sizo, at January 24, 2010 2:58 pm  

  • to desmond

    By Anonymous jacob, at January 27, 2010 1:27 pm  

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