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Sunday, April 13, 2008

George Smith hit hard twice in 30 seconds

George Smith hit hard twice in 30 seconds

Brumbies and Wallabies flanker George Smith is one of the most talented players in the game. He's an absolute master with the ball in hand, and is one of the best ball stealer's on the ground.

Smith is a also a great distributor who's highly talented. He often looks like an extra back line player who is capable of the impossible at times.

He's not a huge guy though, and so when charging at the line is never really going to bash someone out the way, as he found out on the weekend against the Blues.

Young Benson Stanley is the nephew of All Black centre Joe Stanley, and from what we've seen of late, the skill and strength run in the family.

Deceptively strong, Stanley wasn't interested in Smith's charge at him on the weekend. A much smaller man, he still managed to put in this great hit on the Brumbies flanker Smith.

In the same minute, a couple of phases later, Smith got hit hard again, this time by big Eighth man Nick Williams.

Time: 01:06

Posted at 11:28 pm | 21 comments

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Anonymous April 14, 2008 8:26 am

Not a huge guy...still 108kg.

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Fresh April 14, 2008 9:16 am

That first hit is what I'm talking about!

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No.7 April 14, 2008 10:12 am

2nd hit was more of a stop...and still very good obviously. But the first hit was much more impressive, just goes to show what body positioning is about.Great video, thanks again

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Kevin July 17, 2013 3:00 pm

As Smith approached stanley he jumped slightly so he could generate power but unfortunately for him, his feet were still in the air when stanley made contact so he lost the majority of his momentum and leg drive.

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Sander April 14, 2008 10:37 am

What a tackle by Stanley!I saw it live, and was amazed. I thought Smith would've plowed over him, with Stanley hanging on to the legs...Guess George didn't see that one coming :-)

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Anonymous April 14, 2008 10:38 am

Yeah agreed positioning excellent, great hit. How to stop a juggernaut 101.

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mo14k April 14, 2008 11:10 am

Gotta agree with no.7, body position was awesome, was a great as hell hit!! Love it!! lol.

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anabel April 14, 2008 11:37 am

great hit bang! bang! bang! what contact pretty intense.. ohhh yeah! bang! hit! smash!what contact

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nesianrugby April 14, 2008 12:24 pm

samoa power!

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Andy April 14, 2008 12:57 pm

Could quite possibly be the best tackle i've seen on here. Much better than the league one on the clip before. Smith was clearly thinking he was going to smash through him, didn't even come close.

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Eric April 14, 2008 2:53 pm

Great hits haha

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Rancid April 14, 2008 3:55 pm

How was it better than the league hit? Far less impact. Didn't even hurt the guy he tackled.

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Bonzai April 14, 2008 3:57 pm

Poor body position by Smith, but I won't take anything away from Stanley, it takes balls to go in for a tackle like that against a big man running quick, perfect technique by the centre.

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Juan Smith April 14, 2008 9:05 pm

that is the best tackle i have everseen! way better than a league hit!!!just think about it 82 killo stanley against 115 kilo george smith at full pace!!standing ovation!!!

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MrClutchCLEVERismyhe April 15, 2008 1:23 am

i dont care how badass u are, when u got a guy like that raging towards u, uh-uh i aint getting involved, but number 12 did well, i tip my hat!

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Anonymous April 15, 2008 2:56 pm

Anyone can do that league hit, the guy was juggling the ball and looking the other way. Smith had lined him up from 30 yds, he even tried to step into it to bosh him. Probably would've killed me.

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Anonymous April 15, 2008 5:51 pm

haha went in for the power step low body position......proved to be his undoing eh?

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Hamish M April 16, 2008 11:12 pm

Anyone think the hit on the Brumbies tighthead immediately after the first tackle on Smith is equally good?

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Hamish M April 16, 2008 11:13 pm

OK, watched it again. It's not as good, but it's still a definate victory for the tackler.

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awesomeno7 April 18, 2008 10:06 pm

Yeah, 1st hit was LARGE!! Defo takes balls smashin a guy when hes running at full steam and who clearly has only one thing in mind-Knockin you on your A$$!!But ol' George got his cumupance there alright! Technically, I think that the technique that Smith used, like Lomu did so much, the Maori sidestep - arms down low and then lifting them up at the point of contact, normally knockin the tackler on his back - I think it would have been effective had Stanley aimed for Smiths midrift, but Stanley hit him so high on his shoulders that Smiths forearms didnt enter the equation. In fact a fraction higher and Stanley would have taken Smiths head off! Borderline is Best!! I would say that Smith also got his timing slightly wrong.Anyway, i apologise for over-analysing. I jus get a bit excited:)

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james September 04, 2009 6:07 am

Average from Smith, verging from arrogant the way he went in, Winston Stanley could be an allblack one day

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