Monday, January 28, 2008
Saracens fullback Brent Russell gets taken to pieces here from this big tackle by Bath's 6ft7 left wing... yes, that's right - 6ft7. Matt Banahan is an up and coming English winger who is bigger than most forwards.
There has been a lot of talk about him being another wing in the mould of a Jonah Lomu. His size and pace make him a valuable asset to any side, but it's in the Sevens arena that Banahan first got noticed.
Banahan used to play hockey but took up rugby in recent years and his since flourished. He started out as a lock, but with his speed and size he soon made the move to the wing and has been making waves ever since.
He scored a hat-trick against Leeds earlier in the season, and will surely fight for higher honours in the not too distant future.
Against pocket rocket Brent Russell, it truly was a mismatch of epic proportions. Watch how Banahan actually tries to get lower to hit him, but just can't and ends up hitting him pretty high in the end. 6ft7 vs 5ft9 shouldn't be allowed.
Butch James also puts in a pretty big hit just before Banahan takes Russell to the cleaners.