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Monday, September 17, 2007

Stirling Mortlock hit on Gareth Thomas

Stirling Mortlock hit on Gareth Thomas

After the Welsh captain took Berrick Barnes out late with a hard hit, Aussie skipper Stirling Mortlock clearly had one thing on his mind. And as you can see in this clip, he executed it.

Revenge was the order of the day, and in the 22 min Thomas got hit hard by the bulky Wallaby center. The hit was fractionally late, but perfectly legal, if that makes sense. In other words, he was commited. Nothing wrong.

It could be the last time we see Thomas playing though unfortunately, as he feels that this injury could put him out for 6 weeks, thus ruling him out of the rest of the tournament. And considering that his career will probably come to an end after the World Cup ends, it would leave him stranded on 99 caps and one short of fantastic milestone.

The results of the scan on the damaged rib cartilage aren't available yet, but Thomas is fearing the worst.

Thomas told the Daily Star: "I've had a similar injury before. My gut feeling is that I'm out for six weeks.

"Waiting for confirmation is going to kill me but I think I already know the outcome.

"I'd never retire but, if I'm honest, they should be planning for the next World Cup so they shouldn't pick me."

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:48 am | View Comments (22)

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Anonymous September 17, 2007 4:26 pm

World Cup Copyright nazis are on the prowel...

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Anonymous September 17, 2007 8:56 pm

Fucking shame. Your whole world cup plan is ruined by these morons.Honestly, i don't see what they have to lose by a few hits on the internet... If anything it helps draw foreigners into checking the game out.These idiots know nothing about fucking marketing or promotion. Acting like a hit is the end of the world.And whats worse is the fact the stuff they're removing, they won't even use, you won't see that replied on TV. Why? Because these cunts want to brush the big hits under the rug... They don't want them to be glorified, unless it's for a 0.5 second commercial.It'd disgusting.Union is turning into League with all this internet-police-state-esque-bullshit.And yes, i'm drunk.

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Anonymous September 17, 2007 10:04 pm

your drunk, but your right.

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Anonymous September 18, 2007 7:44 am

didnt look that bad,and yet hes ribs are broken!a bit late but just in time to stay legal, my favourite kind of tackle :)

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Anonymous September 18, 2007 8:50 am

I was there last saturday and the raw from us Aussies was intense...hell good Stirling!

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Anonymous September 18, 2007 11:10 am

nice hit by Stirling Mortlock, Gareth Thomas got what he diserved

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Northy September 18, 2007 12:23 pm

It didnt look that bad but gareth thomas is a hard bastard so it must have done some damage!

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Lobes September 18, 2007 3:11 pm

Thomas deserved it after his cheap shot on Barnes.Australia always look after each other as in 99 when Toutai Kefu smashed Trevor Bennan after he king hit J Paul.

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Anonymous September 18, 2007 6:32 pm

comment above...Erm who looked after Mat Rogers when Josh Lewsey made him look like a little girl?

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Anonymous September 18, 2007 7:11 pm

this is retarded... Mortlock didn't hit thomas harder cause he hit barnes... Morlock hit Thomas as hard as he could cause that's what you do when you play rugby. It's not like if Thomas hadn't hit barnes mortlock would've gone easy. The tackle was completely legal (and frankly there have been much harder hits before). People just like a story where there isn't one.

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Anonymous September 19, 2007 2:11 pm

Watching that, people were having a go at Brian Lima for an attempted tackle against south africa.Had he not been an idiot, put his head in the way and knocked himself out he would've come out with a hit no higher and not much later than that from Mortlock.So why does Mortlock get praise and Lima villified as a thug?

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Jimbo September 20, 2007 7:24 am

Yes, it's nice to add a bit of a story to it, makes it interesting. Of course he would have hit him anyway, but probably not as hard, so I think there is some me truth in the revenge factor. I dont think you can compare this hit with Brian Limas against SA. Lima literally took off at Pretorious. The impact was far worse and MUCH higher. Mortlock's was legal and his wasn't. Simple.

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 11:27 am

if B Lima Didn't knock himself out he would have been able to wrap his arms around the sa player wich would have stoped him from makeing the high tackle

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boomshanka September 24, 2007 10:46 am

anyway, its a shame if Thomas' rugby career is cut 1 short - hes been a great ambassador for Welsh rugby... some nice tats too

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Muse_Fan78 September 24, 2007 7:50 pm

I've gotta agree. You reap what you sow and Thomas got a helluva-beating!

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 10:20 am

I'm welsh and Thomas DID have it coming if I'm honest, i do not approve of his hit on Barnes it was much worse and more dangerous than Mortlock's "retaliation"but tbh i don't think Mortlock went out to hit Thomas, thats just what you do in rugby, with or without a hit on his team mate he would of taken his chance and nailed him

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Phil-the-manc December 07, 2007 1:20 pm

i think mortlock did go out for revenge. he would have opted to mark thomas coming into the line to get his chance. which he took. no story. just agreat captain looking out for the young lad

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Gaz December 10, 2007 5:17 pm

From the same match the Latham hit on Morgan in the second half was far worse than this or Thomas' hit on Barnes.

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Anonymous July 08, 2008 5:38 pm

seems to me it was neither a particularly tough nor evil hit!however reading what thomas said he really is a classy player..and man

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evnz July 09, 2008 4:03 pm

for the second comment(i think)i shit i fucked up my last comment and now i look lyk a nob lolagree completely. rugbydump is a great place to promote rugby or most probz the best.better than the fukin rugbyworld magazine webshite.u didn have to say you were drunk tho lol

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evnz July 09, 2008 4:03 pm

and agen

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Anonymous December 05, 2008 4:06 pm

? what was so good about this tackle? i don't get it? mortlock has done worse? hm

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