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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

David Smith sandwiched against Taranaki

David Smith sandwiched against Taranaki

Auckland successfully defended the Ranfurley Shield on Sunday by defeating challengers Taranaki 22-6 at Eden Park, claiming the points in the Air New Zealand Cup at the same time.

One of the more spectacular tackles in the match came when flying winger David Smith broke back on the inside, cutting the line beautifully, but was then chopped down hard by two Taranaki defenders.

Smith took quite a knock, but after a few minutes he was back to his normal self again, shrugging off what looked like a stinger on the the shoulder.

Taranaki Hooker Laurence Corlett wasn't as fortunate though, as he left the field shortly after this with a thigh injury. The injury came from the collision, as we saw Corlett stay down on the turf for some time directly after playing his part in the sandwich. It looked like the knee of Smith went right into Corlett's thigh.

A week earlier he took a blow to the head, which meant he last only 25 minutes.

"Two weeks in a row coming off, it's pretty disappointing," Corlett said afterwards. "And to come off in a shield match is really gutting."

We'll try bring you all the best bits from the Air New Zealand Cup over the next few weeks. The tournament is just getting started, but already there's been some great matches with a few upsets that have made it all the more interesting.

PLEASE NOTE: This video has been removed by Mediazone, who own the rights to the footage and no longer allow us to use it. Apologies from our side.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:41 pm | View Comments (10)

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boomshanka August 13, 2008 11:49 pm

he really got pummeled in that match

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Anonymous August 14, 2008 7:51 am

David Smith took a real beating in that match. He did finish the game, so he's pretty tough.It was a great moment, and I really didn't expect Smith to get after that monster sandwhich!

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Shaft August 14, 2008 12:57 pm

The knock to the thigh of the other guy, Corlett... what does everyone call that around the world? I know in SA we would call it a 'lamee' or a 'lumbie' even. Not sure of the spelling. Others would call it a deadleg though obviously. I know there's other terms used around the world though? Anyone care to share?

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Anonymous August 14, 2008 2:29 pm

Gees he's a speedy tough little fulla aye can't wait for him to come back down to Wellyz and play for the Lions & no doubt Hurricanes we could do with a bit of pace out wide.

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Pedro Fleury August 14, 2008 3:14 pm

Hey, watch out for the chubby ref!

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elnino August 14, 2008 4:59 pm

lol over in england we call it a charlie horse or a dead leg ;p nice hit btw

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Shaft August 14, 2008 5:59 pm

Charlie Horse?? lol

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Anonymous August 14, 2008 7:04 pm

In Argentina is called a "Paralitica" and it has to do with being unable to move it

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FrankyH August 15, 2008 10:00 am

Good one. That could have ended up a whole lot worse for all three players. Paralitica - I like that. :)

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Anonymous August 19, 2008 8:12 pm

i know this has got nothing to do with the vid i just thought id take the opportunity to congragulate if thats the right word-(welsh 1st language) on the fact that the WRU are thinking about a new developmental region for the North-i think thats absoloutley great because at the moment all the talent up here-and there is heaps of talent undoubtedly is being ignored and in some cases are switching to rugby league.i think a North Wales side will renew interest in the game up north and will unearth plenty of new stars which will help wales rise to the top again-after all strength in depth and a wide player base is key to a world beating side,to long has the north been ignored-imagine if NZ didnt slect players from the south island?there would be no MacCaw or Carter!-a new region will certinally unearth new Legends.Perhaps they could base it from Wrexham Raceground because thats a soccer pitch with a capacity of 15,000,and name them the Eryrod Eryri Eagles maybe?anyway thats the end of my rant!-once again well done to the WRU and especially Gatland for contemplating a new region which will do wonders for welsh rugy union.-Aeddan Owen Berry(Gog rugby Nut!)great site btw RD!cheers

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