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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ma'a Nonu absolutely slaughters Ben Blair

Ma'a Nonu absolutely slaughters Ben Blair

The 2004 Super 12 game between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders produced one of the biggest hits ever to be seen on a rugby field. It looked like man against child when Ma'a Nonu lined up Ben Blair and smashed him into next week.

Blair took a while to get up after being flipped onto his back like a rag doll. You'd too after having the wind knocked out of you with a hit like that.

I think commentator Murray Mexted describes it best when watching the replay -
'Would Mr & Mrs Blair please turn the television set off...'

Sidenote: We managed to dig this one out of the vaults thanks too it being listed in the Requests section here on RD, so if you think of any other classics please list them there. Also, thanks to the guy who asked for it. Enjoy watching it again. I know I certainly did.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:09 am | View Comments (23)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Anonymous January 23, 2008 9:29 am

awww he got completely wasted!!what a shot.

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Anonymous January 23, 2008 9:43 am

Complete mismatch and a hospital pass = BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

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italian scrummy January 23, 2008 10:04 am

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!|that was absurd!Blair is parallel to the ground at one point!!!Wouldn'y wanna be him.Great job Ma'a.

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Scandal January 23, 2008 11:24 am

Another fine example of Ma'a playing outstanding in the yellow jersey. If only he could string a few more performances like that together in the black jersey and he may jus fulfill his international potential.

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Anonymous January 23, 2008 1:04 pm

His first name makes me wonder if there might be some truth to those dark whispering about Kiwis and their attachment to their sheep...Think he's named for his Mom or his Dad?

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Anonymous January 23, 2008 1:13 pm


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Anonymous January 23, 2008 1:37 pm

Maybe it was a misunderstanding.The official asked his mom, "Whats his name Maam?"And she went "Maaaah!"

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Anonymous January 23, 2008 4:36 pm

wow thats even bigger than Brian Lima 's hit on Hougaard!!!!!Couldn't have timed it better!!!!

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SwedishFlanker January 23, 2008 4:40 pm

Brilliant hit, lots of shouting from my mates when they saw this ^^

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Don January 23, 2008 5:35 pm


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Anonymous January 23, 2008 7:35 pm

!!!!!!!!!! amazing. best thing about rugby, massive legal hits

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Anonymous January 23, 2008 8:16 pm

epic hit there EPIC!nonu i know he has lapces but. in my opinion he is the next 12 for nz shame him and tana werent at rwc

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istya January 23, 2008 8:42 pm

All I did was WATCH it and my whole torso hurts...

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MrClutchCLEVERismyhe January 23, 2008 10:32 pm

that actually looks completely legal, he wrapped him with atleast one arm and kept it wrapped when he went down... the only thing is he didnt go down with blair in the takle, but dont believe that illegal!

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 12:38 am

probably the biggest hit ive ever seen

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Chris Parberry January 24, 2008 3:04 am

that was flat out rediculousbut besides the fact its a bone crushing hit, is not only did blair get up from it, it was without the aid of the medical staff, besides sitting down to catch his breath he wasnt even harmed, what a hard lad

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Jez January 24, 2008 11:56 pm

Could you hear the smack on that one!?!?!? My god...Credit to Blair for popping back up as fast as he did!

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JS January 25, 2008 8:04 pm

hmmm i think (looks wise at least) is definately on par with Lima-Hougard Blair did get up a lot quicker than Hougard, but that tackle just looked nasty (in an awesome tackle kind of way) as much as i love seeing these cheap shots and big illegal hits this hit really made me smile, to see a perfectly legal huge hit was wow!!! (especially in the southern hemisphere, seems to be a severe lack of arm usage normally!!!)

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Anonymous February 09, 2008 9:47 pm

nonu has such potential , if he can control his temper then he could b an awesome player , if any1 saw the barbarians vs SA then they would hav seen the quality performance he put in

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evzman February 29, 2008 4:10 pm

i rekon that nonu iz underrated for the skill he can produce,and what makes this hit better is that blair got up without aid and eventually shook it off.jesus christ he shouldn't av got up from that 1,nonu's lyk a train

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Anonymous April 06, 2008 5:10 am

OOOOOOOOOOOFTlike a puppet smashed!!!!!!i dont like ben blair so i luved the vid haha

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Anonymous June 30, 2008 5:25 am

simply mind blowing...

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Anonymous August 02, 2009 12:23 pm

That's a car accident.

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