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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Josh Lewsey big hit on Mat Rodgers

Josh Lewsey big hit on Mat Rodgers

In 2003 Josh Lewsey showed that he's not to be messed with as he gave Wallaby Mat Rogers the treatment he probably deserved after an earlier altercation in the match.

The Aussie was having a go at him the whole day, and when Lewsey finally got payback, it was well worth it, and spectacular to watch.

Rogers recently (edit: Oct 2008) spoke to the Sun newspaper about how that hit was the hardest hit he's ever taken, making him feel like he'd been run over.

The broken ribs he was left with were testament to the crunching power of that tackle.

Punches had already been exchanged before Rogers was hit with the now famous sledge-hammer tackle during the Aussies 2003 defeat Down Under.

Rogers, 32, said: "Ive taken a fair few hits in my time. But that one was like getting run over.

"I think that hit will take the crown as the biggest ever. I just remember lying there writhing in pain, unable to breathe.

"It left me with broken ribs and for months afterwards I couldnt go surfing because my rib stuck out on the board!

"I was a young, frustrated fella back then and I guess Josh taught me a hard lesson."

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:25 am | View Comments (27)

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Ed March 05, 2007 9:59 am

this tackle was in 2002 the year before the world cup

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Anonymous April 16, 2007 7:16 pm

Haaaa i love it, LEWSEY=BEAST also watch out for when the commentator says that Matt Rogers would get back onto his feet, NO CHANCE

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Anonymous May 01, 2007 11:48 pm

this is my favourite tackle of all time

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Anonymous May 10, 2007 7:47 pm

hahaha cockey auzzie bastard.

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Anonymous May 29, 2007 10:13 am

that put a smile on my face

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Anonymous June 06, 2007 6:38 pm

How much pain can ya be in? hahaha

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Anonymous June 06, 2007 10:26 pm

i was lucky enough to be at this game and ive never seen the aussies so quiet after this hit. awesome!!

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Anonymous June 19, 2007 11:23 am

haha this inspired me to attempt the same against a rather big prick of a centre in a recent match. dint quite do that to him though...

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Anonymous July 11, 2007 9:21 pm

Isnt it nice when the aussies dont comment... gays

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Morrison July 12, 2007 11:19 pm

Matt Rogers cant surf properly anymore after that tackle because of a lump that came up in his rib cage.. apparently... love it!

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Anonymous July 30, 2007 3:52 pm

Yep - and the day after England won the world cup there was a photo of Josh Lewsey on a surf board on the front cover of some of the English newspapers - nice.

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Anonymous August 02, 2007 11:00 am

lol no its not.... if u got no core/upper body you'll just crumble before your legs do any thing... you obviously hanvt played pro rugby before...

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Anonymous August 03, 2007 12:24 pm

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO LEWSEY ROCKS. Hes deffinatly my first chois of fullback. he hits the line at pure speed and full power.

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Anonymous August 15, 2007 6:08 pm

LEWSEY ROCKS! But you have to love the aussies! Great sports and hilarious commentating!

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Anonymous October 01, 2007 5:04 pm

good tackle, i love that, i notice the aussie went a lil quiet lol

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Anonymous October 03, 2007 9:41 am

ha ha ha...Mat Rogers...what an cnut! I love the pictures above the can almost see Rogers saying "not the face, not the face"..!

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Anonymous October 24, 2007 3:42 pm

I can watch that for hours on end.

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Gavin October 29, 2007 8:19 pm


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Anonymous January 24, 2008 7:35 pm

it isnt the year before the world cup, its the same year as we beat new zealand and australia in their back yards, i wish people would take note of there rugby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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David March 10, 2008 2:01 pm

Beautiful justice.

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Anonymous April 01, 2008 10:31 am

Very funny, Lewsey = Welsh, Volcano = Fijian! England are looking like they're on the way down!!

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thedannyclayton October 14, 2008 12:35 pm

I love the commentary on that.."that is CLASSIC..."

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ysm October 14, 2008 8:50 pm

Lewseys FATHER was welsh... hes got english blood. Vainikolos fucking tongan not fijian...

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Anonymous October 15, 2008 11:10 am

that was a fantastic pass

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mitch October 19, 2008 8:25 am

ye but lewsey said he would have rather played for wales if they asked him.shame they didn't but byrnes just as good

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Anonymous September 22, 2009 10:05 am

Lewsey's first name is Owen not Josh. He is fiercely English but definitely has a touch of the taffs about him. Class act.

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