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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stirling Mortlock's great tackle on Riki Flutey

Stirling Mortlock's great tackle on Riki Flutey

Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock put this fantastic hit in on Englands Riki Flutey when they played this past weekend to a 28-14 win at Twickenham for the visitors.

Getting low and driving back hard, Mortlock put the converted Kiwi on his backside in no uncertain terms.

He will be looking to repeat such stern defense when his side meet France at the Stade de France this Saturday.

"Playing the French is extremely tough," said Mortlock. "They are very proud of their rugby history, and they have so much flair with backs that can score tries. But hopefully we can build on what we have done on this tour. Our mindset is pretty positive.

"However there is a lot more improvement to come and we've still got a way to go."

As for the man on the receiving end here, Flutey, he is now a fully fledged English player after qualifying after being in the country for three years, and getting thrown a lifeline by Martin Johnson.

He will be looking to create some magic in the England backline this weekend as they take on South Africa. The two sides meeting at Twickenham is historically eventful, so we should be in for another bone crunching encounter.

Time: 01:24

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:17 pm | View Comments (17)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Humdinger November 20, 2008 3:35 pm

Stuart Barnes is such a Gobshite.....

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el nino November 20, 2008 3:36 pm

thats actually a massive collision flutey goes hard at him at him, but thats great defence textbook tackle

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Anonymous November 20, 2008 3:59 pm

great stuff...the best part is that mortlock hit him got knocked back a little did well to stay up and drive him back..very impressive

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Kerivoula November 20, 2008 4:17 pm

He was tackling everything that moved against England. He is going to be hard to replace.

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Flooz November 20, 2008 5:15 pm

great and brave tackleI really want to see the crunch between Mortlock and jauzion, next WEThe Top-level as they say..

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Andy November 20, 2008 5:47 pm

To be fair Flutey nearly had Mortlock on his arse!!

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RamRugby10 June 28, 2012 1:29 am

but to be even fairer, Mortlock DID have Flutey on his arse!

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garry November 20, 2008 6:21 pm

does anyone elses think flutey is a good player?

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minstre boy November 20, 2008 9:28 pm

flutey had a very good game against the aussies but he is no Mortlock

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Anonymous November 20, 2008 9:32 pm

When I saw it on TV I said to myself: "This should be on Rugbydump"

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Anonymous November 20, 2008 10:45 pm

mortlock is a rock

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Anonymous November 21, 2008 12:34 am

mortlock is amazing, great defense as ever and absolutely full of yards on saturday (not just because cipriani doesn't want to know in the contact area). what a machine.Jamie

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Just a Fan November 21, 2008 8:49 am

What a classy player, makes a mammoth tackle and gets straight back in to the game - unlike Chabal who prances around to make sure everyone saw him.

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Anonymous November 21, 2008 11:24 am

Yeah to be honest though if it had been anyone bigger, or if flutey had put abit more into it, it would have been a shocker of a tackle. Flat on his arse by a smaller man..

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sick-of-sh1te-commen November 22, 2008 1:44 am

"vaguely a spear..." FARK OFF sh!thouse commentator Stuart Barnes. It's wads like him who spark controversy where there is none in the game. A tackle like this will happen in hundreds of games around the world every weekend and when crap commentators spout rubbish like this the players/supporters in turn start crying foul at the ref. Turning the game into a whingefest. Rant over.

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Don November 24, 2008 4:38 am

Nice tackle by mortlockand i agree with wut other folks said...if not for his size, mortlock would have been flattened.

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