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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gurthro Steenkamp's contender for hit of the year

Gurthro Steenkamp's contender for hit of the year

The Blue Bulls smashed the Boland Kavaliers 69-19 at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening in a Currie Cup match that was jam packed with action, featuring tries a plenty, but not without the odd huge hit to rub salt into the wounds.

The half time score sat at 38-0, and by the 55th minute the home team had notched up 11 tries, prompting them to take their foot off the gas slightly, allowing the Kavaliers to run in three consolation tries of their own.

The physical nature of the Bulls, combined with the passionate (sometimes hostile) crowd, make Loftus Versfeld a very difficult place for any team to visit. That intimidation factor, combined with a pack of gorilla's waiting to rip your head off, means that smaller unions like Boland are normally on a hiding to nothing when playing away in Pretoria.

This hit by burly Springbok and Bulls prop Gurthro Steenkamp is no doubt a contender for hit of the season, as he absolutely laid into Kavalier replacement Cecil Kemp.

I don't need to say much more about it. Just watch the vid.

Time: 01:41

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:35 am | View Comments (24)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Eric September 16, 2008 11:50 am

Ouch! thats like getting hit by a train

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sonny September 16, 2008 11:52 am

eat it!!!!hahaha

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rugbyfreak September 16, 2008 12:09 pm

huge stuff from Gurthro on that one

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Anonymous September 16, 2008 12:22 pm

jesus....lolol..prepare the ice bath...

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durrie September 16, 2008 1:21 pm

Huge hit!Wish he would play with the same vigor when in Green & Gold!

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el nino September 16, 2008 1:37 pm

ouch ! that was sucha beasty tackle cba gettin smashd like that haha

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Anonymous September 16, 2008 3:48 pm

3 great tackles by steenkamp in the video !00:2000:48 ( the biggest WOW ! )00:57good job to him ! great to see a prop doing this effort.Sry for my english.

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Anarchangel September 16, 2008 3:51 pm

Wow, TMO for high tackles in South Africa?

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chumation September 16, 2008 3:57 pm

that commentator butchers the clip!it really adds to a hit when u have the commentators screaming going OHHH OHHH WHAT A HIT! OH MY GOD!!!!still some hit tho! haha

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RD September 16, 2008 4:01 pm

Anarchangel - Yes, they're trialling it in the Currie Cup. You can see a video and article about it hereChumation - it does need the Greg Martin 'AAAAWWWWWWWWW!'

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felix September 16, 2008 4:30 pm

it was a bit rugby league. the best tackles are a bit lower - this one was defintitely a 'hit' as suggested in the title. when i first saw it i thought a prop on a full-back and i wasn't surprised. if your a skinny back and you run into a monster front-rower then this should happen every time but cecil kemp is supposed to be a lock?! he doesn't look solid enough... at least he certainly doesn't in this clip!

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Ollie September 16, 2008 4:47 pm

backs, never run in to the fat boys on the pitch! Youre not built for it, unless youre a monster like Lomu or Tuilagi, or manonu, or, well you get the picture.

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bD September 16, 2008 5:40 pm

woah woah woah rugbydump........dont go shouting 'the biggest hit of the year'! i mean cmon the guy was trying to dance around people...slightly off balance and he practically runs into the prop? all steenkamp had to do has shrug his shoulders!still not trying to take away from the hit....sure looked dramatic

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Anonymous September 16, 2008 5:55 pm

Big hit yes...Any chance of getting Matt Banahan's tackle on James Simpson-Daniel at the weekend? I'd say that was close to this one...Jon

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EARugby Fan September 16, 2008 5:58 pm

Yes. I absolutely agree with BD and came here to say the same thing. He was dancing around trying to be elusive and was off balance. He did not even have time to (lean into /brace for )the tackle. Great hit all the same. Im sure he got a few free brews landing on his table for that one.

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Joe September 16, 2008 6:17 pm

sorry guys above but i disagree, Vickerys hit on Olivier Magne a few years back seen on TSRB was similar, a back row dancing caught by a big lad, good effort catching the smaller man (a problem many of us tubbies encounter) and he hit him hard as you can see by his legs being at 90 to his body so definately a contender, in my humble opinion anyway!

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Anonymous September 16, 2008 6:24 pm

try savers and rib breakers 11 ???

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ernest hemmingway September 16, 2008 7:41 pm

commentator sounds drunk

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minstrel boy September 16, 2008 9:41 pm

gee that Steenkamp guy looks evil :)

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roddymac September 16, 2008 11:50 pm

ha ha reminds me of when chris patterson gets the ball now, dances about a bit without actually doing anything then gets mullered, mind you he's the best kicker in the world so we'll keep him!

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Sidestep September 17, 2008 1:42 am

The key to running at the fat guys is to run AT the fat guys. That's why God (Shane Williams) invented the sidestep. Nothing in this comment was meant to be taken 100% seriously.

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Anonymous September 17, 2008 12:31 pm

That was a fine hit, not high IMO

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