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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ross Skeate smashed twice by Heinrich Stride

Ross Skeate smashed twice by Heinrich Stride

Western Province narrowly lost to Griquas in a tough Currie Cup encounter at Kimberley's Absa Park on Saturday. The game brought with it a number of crunching tackles, most of which would have had the boys from Cape Town missing the perfectly manicured green turf of Newlands.

Captain Ross Skeate, ce lebrating his 50th cap, got the warmest welcome of all from warhorse Griquas number 8 Heinrich Stride. Stride cut Skeate down to size not once but twice, as it seemed that whenever Skeate got the ball, the Griquas defence somehow managed to find and smash him backwards. It was quite comical at times, even more so than the big lock's facial hair.

Skeate has reportedly been signed up by Toulon, and
if the rumours are true, will be playing his rugby in the French Top 14 soon. He's a hugely talented player so will be a big loss to the Stormers & Western Province.

Unfortunately the camera work on both big hits didn't show them as well as they could have, but the impact was huge on the first and solid on the second, as Skeate describes in his regular column on sarugby.com

"I'm not sure whats hurting moremy body after a tough physical typical Kimberley game, or my pride after losing my 50th game in the way that we didor maybe its the big hits that I took in the beginning of the game, I think my boots are still at the field after being hit out of them."

Griquas won the match with an incredible 62m penalty from Riaan Viljoen.
UPDATE: You can watch the kick here now.

Final Score: 21-20 to Griquas.


Posted at 1:24 pm | 14 comments

Riaan Viljoen's 62m monster penalty for Griquas

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TheFullback July 15, 2008 11:52 am

Haha, love the way he says "welcome to your 50th game my boy" lol1st hit was klass

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Cheis July 15, 2008 12:02 pm

let's see the 62 m kick!!!!!! :P

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el nino July 15, 2008 12:07 pm

yeh the 1st one was a beast

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Shaft July 15, 2008 1:22 pm

Ouch. That field looks painful to run on let alone make contact with. Stride must be a barber in his spare time - and has a serious issue with the way Skeate looks! lol

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sebastian July 15, 2008 2:54 pm

nice hit indeed

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Anonymous July 15, 2008 5:06 pm

lolol....i remember playing on feilds like that when i was young in Zimbabwe, hardly any grass and maaaaan oh maaaan did you feel it when you were taken down..lol..good hits on Skeeto tho, nice and clean, and after the second smash you can tell he's thinking "jeeeez me again?!!"Good clips...as for the 61m goal, hasnt Carter or better yet Frans Steyn kicked further?

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Anonymous July 15, 2008 9:54 pm

What is wrong with the pitch? Why isn't there any grass?

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Wessel July 15, 2008 10:22 pm

...it dies because of early morning frost. It gets very cold in that part of the world.

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Anonymous July 16, 2008 10:43 am

why is the stadium almost empty?

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212 July 16, 2008 11:02 am

lets see the 62 m. kick!!

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Cheis July 16, 2008 8:18 pm

could we see the 62 m kick that won the game??!!!!!!Please??;)ps. sad to see Skeate leaving for Toulon

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Cheyanqu July 24, 2008 8:18 pm

that still photo of Skeate:reminds me of Richard Kiel as "Jaws" in the Roger Moore Bond flicks...

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Anonymous October 22, 2008 11:36 pm

u must watch out ross.heinrich stride is olso playing in europe.

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Anonymous October 12, 2009 7:54 pm

He must be black and blue!!!

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