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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Luke McAlister's 63m penalty kick for North Harbour

Former All Black Luke McAlister kicked a massive 63 meter penalty kick last weekend for North Harbour when they played Auckland in the ITM Cup in New Zealand. It was requested so here it is, another great entry in the archive, which includes a few other incredible long range efforts.

McAlister has struggled to cement his place in the All Black squad since heading back to New Zealand from his few seasons playing rugby up north in the UK. Repeat injuries, form, and a few other top contenders being on the map have all meant that he’s not been an automatic selection at the highest level.

His goal is, as with other high profile Kiwi backs, to make the World Cup squad for next year. He is aiming to use this season’s ITM Cup campaign as a way to stick his hand up and get noticed by the selectors once again, seeing as he only played three Super 14 games.

"It's a good opportunity for me to get back to where I want to be. The ITM Cup isn't at the level of test rugby so it gives you the chance to do a bit more as a player in a more relaxed atmosphere," says McAlister.

"Only playing a couple of weeks here and there, it's hard to get consistent form. I haven't really had that in the 12 months since coming home. My goal right now is to to get back playing consistent rugby... and to be injury free."

He did play for the New Zealand Maori against England and signs were encouraging, leaing to him being selected as cover for Dan Carter against Wales recently. The depth of the squad at the moment has meant that he’s finding times tough.

McAlister has hinted that if he doesn’t end up making the world cup squad next year, he may head back up north where he’s wanted, and can take care of his future financially. North Harbour assistant coach, former All Black, Jeff Wilson still believes in him though.

"Class is permanent, form is temporary. He's too good a player and too talented not to bounce back from these challenges. I'm expecting big things from him," Wilson said.

As you can see here, he’s still got a bit of the x-factor that has made him valuable to every side he turns out for. This huge penalty kick, in damp conditions and with a side-wind, will add to his confidence and hopefully we’ll see him performing more consistently this season.

Some other notable monster penalties:
Paul Thorburn in 1986 | Dan Carter in 2006 | Riaan Viljoen in 2008



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23 Comments:

  • no firsts for you knobs!

    good kick

    By Blogger nick, at August 10, 2010 3:18 pm  

  • Nice work, Nick. Very impressive kick. In fairly dodgy conditions too. Those thighs are made for kickin

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at August 10, 2010 3:26 pm  

  • I do these all day everyday, don't see what all the fuss in about

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2010 3:54 pm  

  • I'd pick McCallister over Nonu all day every day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2010 5:57 pm  

  • McAllister over Nonu? I think that would seriously disrupt the balance of the midfield. Then you'd have three playmakers there (Carter, McA and Smith) and none of them has the physical presence of Nonu.

    Besides, New Zealand shelved the kicking game (thank heavens for that...) so what's the bonus of McAllister over Nonu?

    Monster penalty though ...

    By Anonymous Sander, at August 10, 2010 6:09 pm  

  • also dont see what all the fuss is about, i'd pick you knobs over McCallister any day when i kick those?

    First!!!

    maybe i've got this confuzzled?

    By Anonymous Nonu, at August 10, 2010 6:21 pm  

  • ^ fukin chichi mon

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2010 6:49 pm  

  • Can't see how he is overlooked for the ABs... Great player imo... and he's getting old!

    By Anonymous Filo, at August 10, 2010 8:38 pm  

  • Mcalister was on form in 2006-2007, he shouldn't have gone overseas. He would be way better now if he stayed in NZL.. P.S he does have the game breaking and tackle busting skills simliar to Nonu.. But it hard to deny Nonus form at the moment. Luke should make the Abs squad ahead of SBW

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2010 9:38 pm  

  • good kick but i was actually at this game and there was a very very strong wind behind him. i can guarantee you that this wouldnt have gone over had he not had that wind behind him.
    hes no steyn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 11, 2010 12:31 am  

  • nonu is a better option for the ABs

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at August 11, 2010 1:19 am  

  • Mcalister came back from the NH half the player.
    He was one of the All Blacks worst players last year, he was hopeless at everything except for kicking.
    Unlike NH teams, NZ requires alot more from their centres.

    By Anonymous Bill, at August 11, 2010 1:56 am  

  • He'll make it back into the AB's.... Bensen Stanley is hopeless, iv never seen a less intimidating player in the midfield.

    Iv always wanted to see a McAlister/Nonu center pairing to see how they go together.

    By Anonymous Nicko, at August 11, 2010 6:02 am  

  • looks like he didn't have to try to hard either

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 11, 2010 9:52 am  

  • Thanks Bill,
    here we go again with SH vs NH debate...

    And nice work Nick,
    those 'first' posters annoy the crap out of me.
    I imagine them sitting there all excited typing as quickly as possible not to get outdone. Get a life.

    Depth is clearly amazing in NZ right now, with all these boys having to prove themselves outside of the S14.

    By Anonymous Cmon, at August 11, 2010 10:21 am  

  • Cheers @Cmon - Getting bored of the NH v SH debate...

    Mcallister's dad used to play hooker for Oldham Rugby League club when they were in the first division and was a boyhood hero of mine...obviously a talented family

    SBW has more physicality than mcalister - if he improves his tactical awareness then maybe he would make a better pairing than Nonu/mcalister..

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at August 11, 2010 1:42 pm  

  • "Bensen Stanley is hopeless, iv never seen a less intimidating player in the midfield. "

    Are you kidding? Stanley is an absolute monster. He'd break McAlister in 3

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 11, 2010 5:37 pm  

  • Type in Benson Stanely on here or on youtube and watch him unleash brutal hits on unsuspecting victims.. Just because he doesn't look like Nonu or have tree trunks for legs doesn't mean he isn't a force on the field. I prefer Luke over Benson but there's nothing wrong with a cool headed non flashey player like Stanely.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 12, 2010 12:43 am  

  • "Stanley is an absolute monster, He'd break McAlister in 3"

    That could make a great Tui billboard!

    Don't get me wrong, Stanley can dish out great hits... But that's the only part of his game that I reckon is really outstanding.

    By Anonymous Nicko, at August 12, 2010 3:16 am  

  • I agree McAlister is way more imposing than Bensen Stanley... Bensen has sweet technique with his tackling though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 13, 2010 4:09 am  

  • Currently though, and unless lukey has a dramatic reversal of fortune, you'd have to take benson over both luke and sonny bill. At least you know what you're getting with him and he can slot straight into an international without making a meal of it. I'm hoping Robbie Fruen outshines them all. He's already making a big play for time try scorer in the NPC. Fruen for EOYT If I was GH :P

    By Anonymous NERK, at August 13, 2010 12:32 pm  

  • *top try scorer

    By Anonymous NERK, at August 13, 2010 12:32 pm  

  • Impressive! But how gay is the commentator lol "if anyone has the thighs to kick that over it's mccallister, look at the state of those!" lol McCallister bit more of a brain than nonu, on no wait he actually has a brain, nonu is a bit of a coconut. NONU SMASH!

    By Anonymous Murbford, at August 13, 2010 4:01 pm  

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