Tuesday, July 08, 2008
As you all know by now, here on Rugbydump we love showing the big hits from recent games. If there's one thing better than seeing a big hit live though, it's watching a big hit that's been dug up from a while back, and would probably never have been seen again otherwise.
This classic tackle from Fijian hitman Viliame Satala from eight years ago was sent to me by a Rugbydump regular. He's gone to the effort of grabbing his old footage and getting it online, then sending us the link. That's what we want. We need the old stuff. It's great to watch and is where legends are made.
Guys like Satala are well known for being big hitters, and in the past without the technology of today, a lot of footage goes missing. So please guys, if you have 'classic must see RD potential ' footage lying around gathering dust, make a plan to get it to us so we can share your contribution with the Rugby world.
Before the Chiropractor, Brian Lima , came along, The Stretcher Satala was one of the most feared players around, specifically for his ability to flatten players with his hard hitting approach to the game and precision timing of the tackle.
He's put in numerous big hits over the years, with one in particular, on Scott Fava, resulting in Fava being stretchered off the field. Another big tackle of his was featured here on RD as part of the famous Vilimoni Delasau try from the Wellington Sevens of the same year as this hit.
Australian John Roe got to experience the Stretcher up close and personal as he got chopped down at the Brisbane Sevens in 2000. A great hit, from a legend of a player, this short clip is another one for the archive that will bring back some great memories for many I'm sure.