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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Butch James hit on Stirling Mortlock in 2006 Tri Nations

Butch James hit on Stirling Mortlock

Springbok and Sharks flyhalf Butch James has always had a reputation for putting the shoulder in on players, normally resulting in trouble for being too high or without the use of his arms.

A few years back he was infamous for it. He had a reputation for being a dirty player and refs started to pick on him because of his past indiscretions.

An advert even came out on local tv about it, showing him giving blood, with him saying "Use your arms". Those bad rep days seem to be over though. He's found form with the Sharks, and is almost a certain choice for the World Cup squad.

His tackling has also come right, with him still being a physical player, but keeping on the right side of the law, as seen below with this fantastic hit on Stirling Mortlock in the 2006 Tri Nations.

He got it spot on. Great camera work too.

Posted at 2:51 pm | 14 comments

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Anonymous April 26, 2007 8:43 am

ice one! great body position

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Anonymous April 26, 2007 8:44 am

edit: Nice one...

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Anonymous April 27, 2007 11:21 am

great video

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Anonymous May 25, 2007 1:38 am

unlucky m8 lol

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Anonymous June 08, 2007 3:53 am

have u ever seen butch james without a black eye???mad keeent

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Anonymous June 09, 2007 9:37 pm

from one angle it looks like a high tackle from the other it looks fine. funny eh?

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H July 02, 2007 10:01 am

and who sed 10's cant tackle hehe

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Anonymous July 04, 2007 3:28 am

if that were a samoan or any islander you people would've been up in arms over that hit...HYPOCRITES!

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Anonymous July 11, 2007 9:03 pm

both angles james' shoulders were a bit higher than mortlock's... i agree with the above comment... check out "big samoan hit on bulls"... looks the same to me

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Ryan November 13, 2007 6:55 pm

Butch James isn't actually a 10, he's just a fast blindside flanker, thats why he tackles so well.

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me January 07, 2008 3:43 pm

"if that were a samoan or any islander you people would've been up in arms over that hit...HYPOCRITES!"- yes mate... 'cos Butch James has never been melligned for foul play... *sigh*

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Bonzai January 12, 2008 4:07 pm

The question is whether you wrap your arms, if you wrap your arms its not considered a high shot, look at Umagas hit against the Tahs he practically puts his shoulder in Turinui's face, but because he wrapped the arms the player doesn't feel the backlash making it less dangerous and secondly it doesn't look as bad. The Samoan hit wasn't high it was a no arms shoulder charge, Butch James' hit is perfect and uses the arms.

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Anonymous January 20, 2008 10:02 pm

What a video what a hit !! mortlock = munched

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JaySA March 17, 2008 3:38 am

Sweet clip! Come on Butchie!! Though mortlock does make a meal of it - probably trying to get butch sent off!!

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