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Monday, June 16, 2008

Anthony Tuitavake big tackling against England

Anthony Tuitavake big tackling against England

All Black winger Anthony Tuitavake has shown us on numerous occasions this season that other than his electric speed and stepping, he is also quite lethal with his tackling. We saw it on Odwa Ndungane earlier this year, and he repeated it against the English on Saturday.

The first was on fullback Mike Brown, and was actually very similar to the Ndungane hit. Tuitavake used his speed to get up there and put pressure on, effecting a solid tackle.

The then took Strettled to the ground, albeit not incredibly hard, but he made his presence felt and let the opposition backs know he was around.

The third hit in this clip is on James Haskell, and the thing about this one, was you could hear the impact as Tuitavake flew into him at speed from far as he seemingly tripped over a player on the ground.

Some nice hits, enhancing the adage that wings aren't there just for scoring tries.

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:24 pm | View Comments (23)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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no 9 June 16, 2008 3:11 pm

what a hit!i thought that was howlett with a hit like that.

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 3:51 pm

Major hitting force, going full on with very good body position...QUALITY

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Chazza June 16, 2008 4:01 pm

I rekon that he is one of New Zealands biggest defenders, shame he doesnt play more though.

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 4:31 pm

he's very fierce ;)

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El ninio June 16, 2008 5:57 pm

i askd about these hits owen u posted the vid of NZ v England highlights, nice 2 cu u post this1 thanks RD

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Big Baby June 16, 2008 6:10 pm

how fast is that dude?

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 6:40 pm

i thought it was funnier wen they swamped strettle. Strettle is fuckihn quality tho, only english back who can really make a decent run

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 8:00 pm

the last one is just...ouch!

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 8:46 pm

wen carter kicked to strettle,(second tackle) tuitavake tackles strettle n then lifts his leg into the air (wen he stood up) and drove it bak into the ground. wat a twat, that could of pulled strettle's quads or sumin n ended his tour. new zealanders are always a bit like that , think tana umanga n some one else's tackle on brian o driscol in the 05 lions.....

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el ninio June 16, 2008 9:04 pm

hardly "drove" him bk in2 the ground, he was on th floor anyway tuitavake jus makes sure hes held and cant get bk up n run, nuthin wrong with that................................btw i love this clip lol

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Third Centre June 16, 2008 10:01 pm

Some nice tackles, e played well that day but i think Haskell was accidentally tripped and was on his way down when Tuitavake hit him. And is he allowed hold on to Strettles legs like that as mentioned above ?

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felix June 16, 2008 10:41 pm

basically he is allowed to do that as long as he doesn't hold on for too long. most of the tackle laws use the word 'immediately'. and the tackler must immediately release the tackled player IF they both go to ground. if the tackler is on his feet he can make an attempt to gain possession of the ball and the tackled player must release it. in this scenario, tuitavake gets up immediately having made the tackle and is holding strettle A - to stop him getting up, B - to drag him closer to the touch line and C - to manouevre himself and strettle into a better position for him to make an attempt for the ball. strettle pulls his legs back down towards him and this looks like tuitavake is pushing them downwards. all good clean competition as i see it. also as someone asked earlier, the reason he doesn't play more for the all blacks is that the last two matches have been the first 2 caps of what will hopefully be a long career - he's just starting out basically. It'll be interesting to see what happens when rokocoko is fit again.... sivivatu seems to be a massive favourite with graham henry so will tuitavake get dropped? or will conrad smith move to the bench and tuitavake to outside centre with roks on the wing?

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durrie June 17, 2008 8:21 am

Great defense...he was a man posessed in thta game.England much like Ireland were not creative enough with posession in the backs and just generally on attack.In todays game if your line is flat and you simply pass it through the hands the last two passes will always be hospital passes and the chances of scorring are none unless a defender come up out of the line to create a hole...

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Chazza June 17, 2008 9:02 am

@Big BoyHe runs the hundred around the same time as Mils the full back, in about 10.9 which is pretty impressive when big Ant hit strettle i though he was going to break his leg when he was pullin itI hope that answers your question.

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Anonymous June 17, 2008 5:09 pm

last one was a high tackle

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Alain June 17, 2008 8:18 pm

I rate he is faster than mils

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felix June 17, 2008 11:15 pm

most pro rugby players won't even know their 100m times because they never ever do it in training. the all blacks time themselves over 10m and 40m - before the last world cup, toeava was fastest in the team over 10m and rokocoko was fastest over 40m.looking at tuitavake and mils i'd say tuitavake faster over 10m for sure then i reckon it would be closer but he'd still win overall over 40m

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timmy June 18, 2008 2:46 pm

If you think about it,rugby players rarely run 100m in one go, so it is pointless to train over that distance.Face on face with Haskell - how was he not injured?

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Andy June 18, 2008 3:54 pm

That last tackle must have injured one of the two. To be fair Haskell is hard as nails, he took that hit on the side of the head.

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Mr Williams June 19, 2008 10:51 am

You English fans are absolute prats for thinking there is any malice in Tuitavake's tackles!! Seriously, he aimed up and destroyed whatever was in front of him, to keep bringing up the O'Driscoll 'INCIDENT' is simply petty! GET THE HELL OVER IT!!!

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Anonymous June 26, 2008 4:22 pm

u english fans are pathetic! if noon,etc made those hits u'd be all smiles ! great tackling by Tuitavake especially on Haskell whose a complete idiot and needed a smack to bring him back down to earth - the big headed idiot !

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jamesR October 14, 2008 8:34 pm

tbh ive got no problem with those hits cus they r gd hits ps haskell is not cocky at all

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luxi July 16, 2009 7:10 pm

huge hits by tuitavake.
pretty impressive kick by dan carter before the second hit

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