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Monday, March 17, 2008

Tonderai Chavhanga blitzes the Chiefs

Tonderai Chavhanga blitzes the Chiefs

I've said it for a while now - Tonderai Chavhanga is quick. In fact he's not just quick, he's probably in the top three fastest professional players in the world. Bold statement, I know, but if you watch Chavhanga enough you'll know that it's probably true.

Until now he's underachieved on the international stage. Sure, he did score six tries on debut for the Springboks, a South African record, but that was against Uruguay who didn't offer too much resistance. It was still a great achievement however, and a glimpse of what he was capable of in space.

The Zimbabwean born and schooled flyer has always had the potential to light up a game with his mind blowing speed. A few years back, against the Blues in a classic Super 12 match in Auckland, Chavhanga scored a scorcher of a try when he chased a kick ahead and left the speedy Joe Rokocoko for dead.

Injury worries have always been his downfall though unfortunately, with him having spent seasons off the field, thus hampering his progress.

This season he's looking good, with this sensational try against the Chiefs on the weekend being a great example of the man's talent and his genuinely gifted running ability. His long strides and deceptive step blew the Chiefs' defence to pieces. On another occasion in the match, he caught up with Sosene Anesi, who is himself widely regarded as a true speed merchant.

Tonderai Chavhanga has arrived, and for rugby lovers around the world, we're hoping he's here to stay this time.

Posted by Rugbydump at 1:11 pm | View Comments (33)

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stevieH March 17, 2008 1:51 pm

that guy has gas ! does any1 know how fast he runs the 100?

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Anonymous March 17, 2008 1:59 pm

love the hand off...bang, this bus is full

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Bonzai March 17, 2008 2:17 pm

I do not know what to say, but I know I have to something. That is the fastest thing I have ever seen.

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Eirik March 17, 2008 2:29 pm

I think he runs 100m in 10.27 seconds

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Ivan March 17, 2008 2:38 pm

We all knew he is faster than Habana over 40m, he was rated the fastest in SA years ago when Habana was 4th. Now that he has a good sidestep and handoff in his armoury, he can become an awesome asset to hte boks.

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Coen March 17, 2008 2:50 pm

10.27 Google Rugbygamers and Chavanga and check it out.In the same game this guy refers to where he ran away from Rocococo he tackled Carlos Spencer so hard that he didn't want to touch the ball again.

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Flo March 17, 2008 3:43 pm

that is a rip-snorter of a try. love the doubt that guy is fast. how old is he?

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Si March 17, 2008 3:55 pm

i went to school with him,hes 25,brother of the former mtn gladiator "WARRIOR". He ran 100m in 10.4 at high school. He has a step as lethal as the Zim inflation rate!!

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Anonymous March 17, 2008 4:35 pm

from a standin start thats incredible!!!p.s wats a URL???

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Don March 17, 2008 5:26 pm

OH SHIT!That's wuts up!I thot i saw CauCau for a minute there...a much much skinnier

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Chris March 17, 2008 6:06 pm

Crazy speed. Question though, what is Stephen Donald doing on that play? He's the man outside of the prop Davison that gets the hand-off.Donald appears to be trying to tackle Chavanga with his mind?

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Anonymous March 17, 2008 6:21 pm

scott is a jobby

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Anonymous March 17, 2008 7:49 pm

oh my god, i havnt seen pace like that on a winger in ages, i thought habana was fast but his legs were like a blurdeadly player

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Bill March 17, 2008 7:56 pm

That was amazing! He was going so fast it looked as if the hand-off actually sped him up!

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Anonymous March 17, 2008 9:10 pm

really fast. hope to see him with the boks in next tri nations, salvo que los selectores vergas no lo elijan.Juan.

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Eric March 17, 2008 9:23 pm

What do these zimbabweans eat to run that fast!!?? Is he faster than Zee Ngwenya??

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Barry March 17, 2008 9:54 pm

obviously not very much eric.

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Sharky March 17, 2008 9:57 pm

Eric, I'll put my house on the fact that Chavanga would eat Ngwenya for breakfast. There's no doubt about it, Chavanga is far quicker. When I say far I mean he'd beat him in a straight race, not minutes quicker! lol

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G-unit March 17, 2008 11:29 pm

haha! i love Chris's comment "Donald appears to be trying to tackle Chavanga with his mind?"! if that guy stays fit, watch out! another caucau to be sure!

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G-unit March 17, 2008 11:40 pm

Also, could you pinpoint the date of that blues game, would love to see the Tonderai Chavanga stuff from then... typed in his name, but couldn't find it...

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Anonymous March 18, 2008 12:07 am

jeeez thats intense!!! sign him up! again...! lol... show us more of that rugbydump... far out he's a fast...

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Cheyanqu March 18, 2008 2:22 am

anyone notice the botched referee call at 24:40?Chiefs players grounds the ball with one foot on the dead ball line. Referee gives scrum option.Referee said "ball is still moving", and thus offers scrum at the kick (waay back)Since the player's first play on the ball was to ground it (touch down without grasping it), then it's irrelevant if the ball is moving or not.Same principle as scoring a try being touch-in-goal. You can touch the ball down to score it (or make it dead as a defender). If you pick it up or carry it at any point, then the ball is considered touch-in-goal or over dead ball line.Therefore should have only been a 22m dropout (no scrum option all the way back at the Stormers 30m line).

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Anonymous March 18, 2008 6:55 am

i wanna see tukudzwa ngwenya up against this bloke, blink and you would miss it though!!!!!

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el nino March 18, 2008 11:20 am

RD can u please find more vids of this guy , he`ll b 1 2 watch 4 the future, would particularly like 2 see his 6 try debue or mayb him smoking joe rocokoko

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Chris March 18, 2008 3:21 pm

Cheyanqu, you mean to say that for them to get that result (scrum all the way back) they would need to have a foot over the touch line and PICK UP the ball on the bounce, right?Can you pick it up while it's still moving but rolling on the ground and have it go dead?

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Cheyanqu March 20, 2008 4:40 pm

IF THE BALL IS GROUNDED(i.e not caarried or picked up first), then it is irrelevant where the player's body is (in-goal or out of play)Defender grounds, 22m dropout.Law 22.5 (b) -- Player in touch or touch-in-goal. If defending players are in touch-in-goal, they can make a touch down by grounding the ball in their in-goal provided they are not carrying the ball.Attacker grounds, tryLaw 22.4 (g) Player in touch or touch-in-goal. If an attacking player is in touch or in touch-in-goal, the player can score a try by grounding the ball in the opponents in-goal provided the player is not carrying the ball.**Reference case here is Richard Naughton's try here on Rugbydump.IF THE BALL IS CAUGHT OR CARRIED:The first Law Ruling of 2008 talks about a player picking the ball up.Law Ruling 2008 #1Part 3. If a player with one or both feet on or behind the deal ball line, picks up the ball, which was stationary within in-goal, that player is deemed to have picked up the ball in in-goal and thereby that player has made the ball dead. RESULT: 22m scrum onlyPart 4. If a player with one or both feet on or behind the dead ball line picks up the ball, which was in motion within in-goal, that player is deemed to have picked up the ball outside the playing area. RESULT: 22m or scrum @ kickCHIEFS GAME: The player clearly grounds it down without catching or gathering. Therefore it should have been a 22m only

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Will March 21, 2008 12:56 am

Thanks for the clarification Cheyanqu. I watched the Stormers-Chiefs game and thought there was something wrong with that play. But Chavanga- great try, love his smooth running style

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Cheyanqu March 23, 2008 11:36 pm

Will,If you caught the Brumbies Cheetahs game from this past wknd (21-23 Mar), Steve Walsh got it right. One of the Cheetah defenders grounded the ball the same way.Walsh awards 22m dropout, and explains to the player that he grounded it, and that if he wanted the scrum option, he would have had to pick it up whilst over the dead ball line..Good on Walsh, I guess.

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angus March 30, 2008 7:02 pm

Never put props in the definsive back line. He came up too quickly, thus leaving a gap. It's wat Henson did against England 2008 6 nations and boom, Strettle was away.

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welsh no.7 June 05, 2008 11:41 pm

never mind mind about william vs habana lets see williams vs chavanga saturday!

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Anonymous August 03, 2008 9:53 am

Holy heck he's a speedy fulla too bad he gets injured and doesn't utilise his pace as well as Habana does.

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