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Monday, May 10, 2010

Sean Hardman of the Reds crunched by the Hurricanes' Jacob Ellison

The Queensland Reds, who enjoyed such a good run of form in this year’s Super 14, have now fallen out of the top four and have very little chance of progressing any further after the Hurricanes thumped them 44-21 on the weekend. This massive hit perhaps summed up the night for the Reds.

The Hurricanes leapfrogged the Reds into the top four with the convincing victory, with wing Hosea Gear picking up a hat trick as the hosts produced a second half blitz that included 31 unanswered points.

The Reds have played beyond their means this season, with injury problems and a new captain, but it looks as though their moment in the sun is over as they’re now sitting at seventh on the table.

As they tried in vain to pick up something from the match, replacement hooker Sean Hardman got absolutely rocked by this big tackle from the Hurricanes’ Jacob Ellison.

Ellison got the better of the collision with Hardman, who will soon be playing his last match for the Reds, against the Highlanders this coming weekend.

Hardman is their most capped player, and a good team man who they’ll be looking to send off on a high with a good win.

"We want to send off Sean Hardman the right way and others who won't be here next year. We've taken a lot of pride in the things we've achieved this season but we don't want to just slip out the back door," said Reds captain Will Genia.


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16 Comments:

  • First!
    Big hit

    By Anonymous Joost, at May 10, 2010 11:36 pm  

  • BRIBERY!

    By Anonymous Ryan, at May 10, 2010 11:56 pm  

  • He put his head into his shoulder, what an idiot!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 11, 2010 12:18 am  

  • First, I thought Gareth Thomas was rugby's Hardman.

    Second, glad to see that the referee made no call.

    Given the Polynesian stock of the tackler, I wouldn't have been surprised if the Ref gave him a card for a swinging arm high tackle into the player's head, following by a citing commissioner's 4 week ban.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at May 11, 2010 12:26 am  

  • "The Refs have played beyond their means this season"
    Funny misspelling RD.

    A hell of a shock.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at May 11, 2010 1:09 am  

  • +1 backs, 0 forwards....

    By Anonymous VictorSoCalRuggger, at May 11, 2010 1:13 am  

  • +1 backs, 0 forwards

    That is Jacob Ellison, not Tamati. So it's:
    +1 Forwards; -1 Forwards; 0 Backs

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 11, 2010 2:31 am  

  • get the hits on from that game that radike samo did!! he played really well!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 11, 2010 7:44 am  

  • Thanks for pointing that out Maximus. It's pretty much the opposite of what's been happening in recent weeks

    By Blogger RD, at May 11, 2010 8:38 am  

  • hardman is an awesome name for a rugbyplayer :D

    By Blogger sebastian, at May 11, 2010 10:15 am  

  • Hey RD! Right before Tamati Ellison's try there were two massive gang tackles by the reds, one by Radike Samo, and the other by Ioane on Cruden. Any chance of a post?

    By Anonymous Peej, at May 11, 2010 10:26 am  

  • Australian rugby players have amazing names. This guy's is pretty good, but the winner is surely Stirling Mortlock; manliest name ever

    By Blogger RedYeti, at May 11, 2010 12:17 pm  

  • I know RD, that's why i found it funny!

    btw, the "hell of a shock" is about the vid of course, not the spelling ;)

    By Anonymous Maximus, at May 11, 2010 1:37 pm  

  • he used to play in Clontarf in the Irish division 1...glad he's playin some real rugby now he was/is awsome...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 11, 2010 4:49 pm  

  • Good clean hit. Carrier should NEVER lower his head like that!

    By Anonymous Ref, at May 13, 2010 2:03 am  

  • It looked more like he was expecting a slowing down, rather than a hit, hence head down to drive...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 13, 2010 8:47 pm  

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