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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Prop Charlie Faumuina sidesteps wing Tu Umaga-Marshall

Yesterday we had a look at two great moments from a recent Six Nations match as two players did things that aren't the norm for their position. This clip, from a classic Super Rugby game two weeks ago, follows the same premise.

The game in question was the hard hitting, closely contested Blues vs Crusaders match, where the former came away 24-22 in a match that had a high tempo and bruising collisions throughout. If you missed it, some of the tries are included in last week's Pick of the Week, and the hits were put together in a neat compilation that you can view again here.

This moment is one that will be enjoyed by front rowers the world over, as Blues replacement prop Charlie Faumuina got the ball out wide and rather than stick the head down to take the contact, decided he'd have a go against Crusaders wing, Tu Umaga-Marshall.

The inside-out was superb, as he not only beat Umaga-Marshall but the hapless winger couldn't even get a hand on him. You can be sure that it was brought up in the pub after the game, and now with this video, will live long in the memory and make a great addition to the archives on here, that feature more than a few great moments from the heftier guys in a team.

One such moment that comes to mind is when John Afoa, also of the Blues, had a blinder against the Force a few years back in the Super 14. In that case Afoa was catching high balls, stepping, and beating players on the outside. Brilliant stuff.

Time: 01:05



  • Big boy sure can move! Would've loved to have deen a goose step lol

    By Anonymous Philip, at March 03, 2011 4:26 pm  

  • seen*

    By Anonymous Philip, at March 03, 2011 4:27 pm  

  • Awesome! Looked like a cheeky Serevi hitch-kick as he received the ball...

    By Anonymous Von, at March 03, 2011 4:52 pm  

  • Brilliant, one for the front row union. It really is amazing what has happened to props in the last few years. God bless the modern game.


    By Blogger berko75, at March 03, 2011 5:44 pm  

  • That's a great piece of skill. Great pace too

    By Blogger filipe, at March 03, 2011 5:44 pm  

  • Phil vickery has done better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 03, 2011 6:09 pm  

  • Great bit of enterprise - cracking forward pass to put him in that position though...

    Maybe trimming his beard has cut down on his wind resistance?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 03, 2011 7:02 pm  

  • I haven't seen an Auckland prop sidestep like that since Caucau

    By Anonymous ispeight, at March 03, 2011 7:10 pm  

  • And he did it after a scrum. Even after [too many] years as a prop, I'm always amazed how much better I play in the loose if for whatever reason we have uncontested scrums, or in touch. There's nothing worse than standing up from a big scrum and being shouted at by some uppity back fuck to run somewhere. I'm always tempted to let them take my place in the nexy scrum...

    By Anonymous John B, at March 03, 2011 7:13 pm  

  • Marcus Horan of Munster is prone to doing that sort of thing, and Keith Wood had a pretty mean step too - do I remember him scoring a try against England by stepping their midfield defence?

    Wood was a freak though - he used to be adept at grubbers and spiral kicks too, and lurking on the wings for cross-kicks etc. - it may be because I'm not old enough to remember players from the 70s and earlier, but it seems to me almost like Wood invented the modern hooker role.

    By Anonymous Mike, at March 03, 2011 10:10 pm  

  • Is this a great day for front rowers or a dark day for wingers? lol

    Awesome step, Umaga-Marshall ain't no slowch either. He's played 7's for NZ and did some good stuff for cantab last year in the ITM.

    By Anonymous nicko, at March 03, 2011 10:40 pm  

  • Charlie is 280 pounds too. Nice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 03, 2011 10:41 pm  

  • i can remember soane tonnghlouia ( however you spell it) for the saints fouing similar last year against Saracens.

    By Anonymous cory, at March 03, 2011 10:47 pm  

  • fucking sickness!!

    By Blogger Corbin, at March 04, 2011 4:54 am  

  • Mike - Woods certainly was instrumental in opening up the hooker's style of play. Schalk Britz is probably at the extreme end, Greening used to play in much the same way.

    Before Woods, the Blue Bulls and Springbok hooker, Uli Schmidt, played in a very similar way to Woods. Little kicks, nice passes, playing and being effective in the backline.

    By Anonymous Bob, at March 04, 2011 6:04 am  

  • I think amongst them all they revolutionised the hooker role...

    Standard hookers were slighter than props but generally the fat guy who wasnt big enough to be a prop...

    Whilst Woods was chunky, he had fitness and a bit of speed, therefore altering what you'd expect from a hooker.

    (i only use wood in the example because i never saw the other guys you talk about play)

    you see props and hookers nowadays and toned and just generally huge, rather than fat..

    By Anonymous Sam, at March 04, 2011 3:29 pm  

  • To the first one with the goose step. 2 or 3 years ago Ben May from the Chiefs came inches within scoring a wonder try as a prop, after a run that included a dummy kick and a goose step. unfortunately he lost the ball forward inches from the line. I didn't found a video in decent quality of this, but maybe someone has some footage, that really was awesome.

    By Anonymous Ben, at March 04, 2011 3:41 pm  

  • 2 meters forward pass (22 to the prop) ... like always in the super 15

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 04, 2011 7:52 pm  

  • Anonymous tool entirely missing the point ... like always on RugbyDump

    By Blogger RememberTheMer, at March 09, 2011 12:13 pm  

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