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Friday, January 25, 2008

Alix Popham on Rafael Ibanez - Six Nations 2007

Alix Popham on Rafael Ibanez - Six Nations 2007



This is a great hit from Wales' Alix Popham on Rafael Ibanez from last seasons Six Nations encounter between the Welsh and the French.

Hooker Ibanez does well to hang onto the ball and present it nicely for the rest of his forwards.

Hopefully we'll see more great hits like that in the upcoming Six Nations 2008.

Posted at 10:13 am | 24 comments

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 10:46 am

fantastic hit on the frenchman

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Frank January 25, 2008 11:36 am

Reminded me a little bit about Chabal eradicating tackle on Masoe. Wasn't as hard or ferocious, but you can see there are some similarities.

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 11:36 am

It's a beautiful tackle(i don't know in the rules, if it's not a kick, if it's possible to tackle a man in the air, because the action is during the game. someone knows?)

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 12:32 pm

Good hit but why doesnt he get up on his feet straight away. Popham is good but gets injured far to often and I am sorry to say is a bit thick.Typical valley biffa.

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JamesH January 25, 2008 12:37 pm

anonymous said:why doesnt he get up on his feet straight awayI can't imagine why me might not get up straight away.Oh, hang on. he just got nailed and doesn't know what his own name is.

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worldsworstnumber2 January 25, 2008 1:14 pm

after the tribute to martin corry, is it possible to get tributes to ibanez or betsen? surely these two must be rated as some of france's greatest players?

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Britainsbestsubstitu January 25, 2008 1:18 pm

Surely your having a laff? Betsen was over rater, fair play he made the tackles and had some great runs, but he was lacking a certain edge.......and ibanez.........ibanez is small, fat and suffers from little man syndrome.

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worldsworstnumber2 January 25, 2008 1:50 pm

Runs hard, tackles harder, consistant when all around him crumble, the master of disruption. Surely the mark of a great player? Ibanez, possibly im biased towards him, being a hooker, but i think facing up to him in the front row would be a terrifying prospect!

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 1:51 pm

Jamesh Popham didnt get nailed he did the nailing, good job you arent a lawyer. It looks as if he is holding Ibanez down or at least failing to roll away. Can Rugbydump try and find the Dale Mckintosh clip where he shakes James Griffiths and tells him not to be a stupid sod. Happened a long while ago in a Swansea Pontypridd game and Grifffiths had foolishy thrown a punch at the "Chief"

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 3:18 pm

good i never liked ibanez... in fact, for some reason i never liked french front rowers...

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 3:51 pm

has anyone got the clip of Popham smashing one of the Maka brothers in the llanelli v Toulose game from a few years bk?that hit was much bigger than this one.

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Cheyanqu January 25, 2008 7:51 pm

Ibaez was in the air, and thus the hit was subject to penalty.Then again, I would have missed it as a referee.

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 9:38 pm

"Jamesh Popham didnt get nailed he did the nailing,"No. Alix Popham did the nailing.

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 9:46 pm

meh, bit of a soft hit compare to the ma'a nonu shot on here a couple days eairler, but then again this is JUST popham and not NONU-Liam

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Anonymous January 26, 2008 10:20 am

Well, the nonu tackle was on a much lighter player, so that's irrelevant. To nail someone as heavily set as Ibanez is a whole different ball-game.

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Sea-Bass January 26, 2008 4:07 pm

Perfectly legal tackle guys, because this is a prime example of a hospital pass. Skrela gave a lousy pass which Ibanez as a short man had to jump to catch. His (or Skrela's) fault that he was tackled in mid-air and Popham did well to nail him while he was at his weakest.

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Anonymous January 26, 2008 5:13 pm

mate when he said Jamesh Popham he was replying to another poster who was called Jamesh.Not feeling so smart now ay?!Smart hit though

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Anonymous January 26, 2008 9:44 pm

Haha just realized that. Now I feel like an ass, oh well all in good fun.

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Cheyanqu January 27, 2008 5:48 am

"LAW 10.4 DANGEROUS PLAY AND MISCONDUCT(h) Tackling the jumper in the air. A player must not tackle nortap, push or pull the foot or feet of an opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout OR IN OPEN PLAY." Penalty: Penalty KickNote that a player in open play is still off limits from a hit. However, in the grand scheme of things, any team throwing a pass like that doesn't deserve to keep ball.However, this is more of a safety issue. Perhaps this another reason the IRB should break off the Laws from Test Rugby from those for schoolboy rugby. A great rule for youth/rec leagues. But at the INTL level, we all want to plainly see a nice hit like this...

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Anonymous January 27, 2008 9:52 am

part of the commentary (1.10) the commentator calls the tackle un veritable caramel. WTF does that actually mean?

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worldsworstnumber2 January 27, 2008 10:13 am

It is much more likely to cause serious harm when tackled in the air by a galloping international, than by being hit by a amateur or junior player. I understand that their bodies would be more resistant at international level, but the force hitting them would be so much stronger. However, just because the rules dont like it, we dont have to stop enjoying hits like that!

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Cheyanqu January 28, 2008 2:46 am

While I don't speak French.."Veritable Caramel"Veritable = veritable (its a cognate), meaning a true or real exampleCaramel = a candySo I guess the hit was sweet..

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vinch/swiss January 28, 2008 8:09 am

Here is the exact commentary in French: disdn't know that CLOWNS where TACKLING...Ah, cest pas un clown, quand il vous plaque, cest pas du tout un clown, Alix Popham, cest un vritable caramel, il faut tre costaud pour encaisser le plaquage

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evzman March 15, 2008 9:04 pm

alix popham isn't thick anyway and if he was it wasn't because he's from the valleys U DUL CUNT.if ur english i can assure u can't say much.26-19.ur a cunted mate.

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