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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cory Jane flattened by Sireli Naqelevuki

Cory Jane flattened by Sireli Naqelevuki

Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane has had to return home after being knocked out cold by Sireli Naqelevuki in the 37-13 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town on the weekend.

The massive Fijian and Stormers winger trampled Jane on his way to the tryline, but was unfortunately called back by the ref for a forward pass.

All Black Jane was out cold before he hit the floor, as he clearly came off second best in this clash of heads. Naqelevuki on the other hand, barely flinched. As if the initial blow wasnt bad enough, the impact as Jane hit the floor was also pretty horrific.

"I got knocked the f**k out lol. That's what happens when 120kgs hits 88kg," he said later that night on Twitter, adding the next day that his face looks like its been hit by a bus.

The Hurricanes, who lost badly to the Cheetahs a week ago, now travel to Pretoria for a meeting with the formidable title holders, the Bulls. Their tour has been a disaster so far, and doesnt look like improving any time soon, according to the New Zealand media.

On a positive note, Maa Nonu has been let off after he was cited for a dangerous tackle on Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant. The judicial officer felt that the penalty on the field at the time was fair punishment for the high, no-arms tackle.

Its Nonu's third misdemeanour in three matches, following yellow cards against both the Lions and the Cheetahs. The Hurricanes will at least be boosted by his availability for the Bulls match, following the loss of Jane after this sickening blow.


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Posted at 10:43 am | 60 comments

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Steve-o March 16, 2010 10:46 am

Send a copy of this to all the schools to show what happens when you try tackle high!

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 10:46 am

The intial impact didn't seem that bad, but that faceplant as he hits the floor is gonna hurt.

And i think here im meant to act like a 3 year old and put FIRST!! :/

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 10:49 am

Another one bights the dust.

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Gordon March 16, 2010 11:16 am

Does Naqelevuki end up not scoring because he's concerned/distracted by Jane's injury?

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 11:18 am

^ No it was called a forward pass before

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 11:24 am

hahaha - quality. He had to go high to try and stop the offload but it was an epic fail in the end.

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Juggernauter March 16, 2010 11:37 am

I like Corey Jane, but to tackle a Fijian Monster high is like hitting on Megan Fox...
Fruitless

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 11:55 am

thats what he gets fora having gay haircut

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Toners March 16, 2010 11:58 am

This video is great to teach people how NOT to tackle hahahaha

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Bradders March 16, 2010 12:24 pm

TIMBERRRRR... ha ha. what an epic face plant...out for the count.
What a clip, good work RD.

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Alexander March 16, 2010 12:52 pm

Forward pass? Really?

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t0m0 March 16, 2010 1:11 pm

That's pretty embarassing for Jane.

There's going high to stop the offload and then there's being totally uncomitted and getting knocked out.

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 1:34 pm

i think he heard the whissle and he stopped thats why he fell. whe wasnt counting with the hit

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q March 16, 2010 1:38 pm

Cory Jane got it last week, Nemia Tialata got it in 2008.....the Hurricanes have never learnt their lesson "Never take Naqelevuki head-on"

Thats brutal Fijian power for you.

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Flooz March 16, 2010 1:39 pm

ouch...

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Winger March 16, 2010 2:15 pm

Well, that's embarrassing.

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 2:23 pm

Ouch, don't try to tackle huge wingers with your face. If you're going to go high you've got to hit with your shoulder and get your head on the right side.

In fairness I think he backed out of the tackle which left him pretty vunerable. Don't think he'll be doing that again.

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No.7 March 16, 2010 3:48 pm

....didnt look to back out of the tackle to me....

looks like he just went in high to stop the offload and came off second best....

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Scotsdale March 16, 2010 3:52 pm

Nice piece of commentary by Skinstad there. Showed genuine compassion for Jane.

Nice comments by Jane on twitter too lol. Fair play to him

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eric March 16, 2010 6:01 pm

thats got to be the crapiest tackle attempt ever... if the guy is bigger go low or get owned and end up face down in the grass...

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semperfimamba March 16, 2010 6:24 pm

all the kings horses and all the kings men couldnt put cory jane together again...:)

WP have to re-up Sirelis contract at the end of 2010.

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Will Topps March 16, 2010 7:48 pm

Whistle clearly went 2-3 seconds before the contact, boyh parties eard it, Jane stopped, Naqelevuki lowered his shoulder into Janes's face in a malicious and unneccessary manner.

Even if Naqelevuki hadn't heard the whistle, which he surely must have, he need only have dived to the right to score, the contact was on the try line.

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Alain March 16, 2010 7:58 pm

Tell reggie you got knocked the f#ck out..thanks RD

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No.7 March 16, 2010 8:03 pm

'thats got to be the crapiest tackle attempt ever... if the guy is bigger go low or get owned and end up face down in the grass...'

.....he's a fullback....last line of defence, if he goes high he can stop the player:

a) offloading
b) falling over him thus reaching the line...

Now i know this shows the risks of going high but to say 'Go low' or 'always go low' isnt really the answer....

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Toulouse16 March 16, 2010 8:33 pm

Ouch...! That's what you get when you try to hug a big fidjian wing..lol !

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 10:04 pm

"Whistle clearly went 2-3 seconds before the contact, boyh parties eard it, Jane stopped, Naqelevuki lowered his shoulder into Janes's face in a malicious and unneccessary manner."

LOL. Go play badminton

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 10:07 pm

deserved what he got for such appalling technique in the tackle. I always thought he was a distinctly average player

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 11:09 pm

Corey Jane is not average, he is an All Black.
He is very skilled in attack , but not the best in defence.
This happened because he heard the whistle, you can see he didn't fully commit to the tackle.

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Anonymous March 16, 2010 11:10 pm

You're right No7. Only someone who doesn't play would say go low every tackle.
You have to go high for a few reasons in modern rugby, the main one being to stop offloads.
It's not an option to go low on most tackles, you'd be letting your team down, allowing easy offloads.

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daniel March 16, 2010 11:14 pm

About Corey Jane's technique .. he went high because he had to try and prevent the off-load, Naqelevuki had a runner outside him. People that don't realise that know nothing about fullback play .. also he seemed to be not 100% committed because the whistle had already gone as has been pointed out already. This made him more liable to be injured in this situation. But having said that, after looking at the clip a few times I personally don't think the pass to Naqelevuki was forward or was at worst borderline in a way that gets let go all the time. So I reckon it's bad luck for both Jane and Naqelevuki.

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 12:10 am

skinstad needs to consult a thesaurus and come up with a replacement for 'jeepers.' i don't know how many times he's used it and he sounds like a moron each time.

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Tui March 17, 2010 5:57 am

haha I love the Saffas hiding behind their anonymous comments saying Cory Jane is average... he would walk into any international team in the world... There is no-one better at the back (apart from Mills or maybe Ashley-Cooper)... The only thing Steyn has is a boot and a lousy set of hands and feet!

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Jamie March 17, 2010 6:01 am

Naqelevuki dropped the shoulder after the whistle had gone... Looks like he was protecting himself from Jane is case he followed through with the tackle....

Jane is a sick player... Ran rings around the Wallabies and then the French in 2009! Couldn't believe the AB's didn't start/use him against the Springbok in the Tri-Nations considering the amount they were kicking!!

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mayo March 17, 2010 7:51 am

Not only is Cory Jane a good player, but he seems like a classy guy.

Pretty funny-looking, though, the way he fell.

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Bill March 17, 2010 9:03 am

Dinnnngggg Donnnnnnngggggg Dinnnggggggg Donnnggggggg Mother F*$ker Dinnngg Donnnggg.

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 10:29 am

Have nothing wrong with him going high, Just watch where you put your head in a tackle.

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 10:32 am

It wasn't a real rugby situation, both players knew the whistle had blown and Jane was not going in for a tackle, more the half hearted wrap up you often see immediately after play is halted. Naqelevuki took advantage of the situation to stick the shoulder. I felt it was a cheap shot & I'd like to have seen more concern from Naqelevuki for the player he unnecessarily injured.

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martin-offload March 17, 2010 11:08 am

Poor technique. He was out before he hit the ground, as he fell like lumber!

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Will Topps March 17, 2010 11:08 am

"It wasn't a real rugby situation, both players knew the whistle had blown and Jane was not going in for a tackle, more the half hearted wrap up you often see immediately after play is halted. Naqelevuki took advantage of the situation to stick the shoulder. I felt it was a cheap shot & I'd like to have seen more concern from Naqelevuki for the player he unnecessarily injured."


100% agree

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 3:27 pm

Will Topps, you cant play rugby, ive played with and against you and you suck harder than your mum! also get rid of your faggy scruff beard shit!

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 3:51 pm

to all these people saying he was right to go high and was just unlucky to get bumped you're completely mising the point. Its one thing to go high but janes taechnique is still awful, he actually looks like he's leaning back when he grabs him, he's not going to get any power in the tackle like that, he's asking to get bumped.
Also Jane is an average player, thats just the fact of it. Im Irish and I can honestly say without just being nationalistic or anything that he wouldn't make the Irish bench, he would be third choice behind rob kearney and geordan murphy, both of whom are proper world class fullbacks

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semperfimamba March 17, 2010 5:11 pm

What all you inbred morons that keep saying Sireli lowered his shoulder don't get is that it was his head that made contact with Jane's face...watch the clip for faahk sakes! Totally unintentional...this is rugby right?

Gruesome hit but nothing malicious.

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 7:28 pm

"Also Jane is an average player, thats just the fact of it. Im Irish and I can honestly say without just being nationalistic or anything that he wouldn't make the Irish bench, he would be third choice behind rob kearney and geordan murphy, both of whom are proper world class fullbacks"

I've never read a comment more falsy.

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 9:46 pm

Nice to hear the saffas clap when he gets up, that is what rugby is all about - some blokes who comment on here should remember that when they comment..
1st time I've ever heard a SA crowd clap for a kiwi..

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Mike March 17, 2010 10:17 pm

I'm also Irish and Jane is a class player. You're inviting ridicule comparing him to Kearney and Geordan Murphy, both of whom are more or less unknown in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hope there was no real damage to Jane.

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Flashdakota March 17, 2010 10:53 pm

Runs like Corey
Tackles like Jane

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Anonymous March 17, 2010 11:44 pm

The irishman who said that Jane wouldn't make the Irish bench, you are insane and deluded.
Ireland has never beaten NZ, in over 100 years of rugby.
Their starting winger is always going to be class, almost certainly better than any player on offer from Ireland, a team that has never, ever, in the history of rugby, beaten the All Blacks.
You're an idiot if you think Jane isn't a good player.
He's classy, great skills, his passing, catching, kicking, stepping and pace is all world class.
And I'm not a kiwi, I'm an Aussie, so I'm completely objective.
Kearney by the way, is a good fullback, but not yet proven as one of the best.
Murphy is a joke, and would never make a tri-nations squad.

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Embry March 17, 2010 11:46 pm

Anonymous said...
Also Jane is an average player, thats just the fact of it. Im Irish and I can honestly say without just being nationalistic or anything that he wouldn't make the Irish bench.

If it makes you feel better then keep telling yourself that while the rest of us have a good laugh. Also the first part of your post about Jane not being full-on for the tackle has been mentioned plenty of times - the whistle had gone well before. Waste of space comment really.

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Mike March 18, 2010 1:21 am

Anonymous Aussie - I agree re. Jane being a class player, as I said above, but I don't agree with the logic of this part of your comment: you are insane and deluded.
Ireland has never beaten NZ, in over 100 years of rugby.
Their starting winger is always going to be class, almost certainly better than any player on offer from Ireland, a team that has never, ever, in the history of rugby, beaten the All Blacks.


What happened between NZ and Ireland 100 years ago has no bearing on whether the Jane would get into an Irish squad of 22 in 2010. Personally, I'd have him in there, but you could certainly make a good argument that in Kearney, Fitzgerald and Bowe (all Lions caps v SA), you have a back 3 he would not get into, leaving him to fight for a utility place on the bench with someone like Earls.

I'm not stating it as fact! But you could certainly make a good argument. I think Jane played in that great match versus Munster in November '08. Perhaps there is some homework there for the other 'Irish' poster to look at...

Peace!

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Anonymous March 18, 2010 2:16 am

Mate, what I was saying is that in over 100 years of rugby, the entire history of rugby, Ireland has never beaten NZ. Not last year, not last century or the one before that.
Jane would be awesome for Ireland. He is a guy who has forced rococococo (I can't spell his name) oout of the all blacks.
He's all class.
Kearney and Bowe are good players, no doubt, but getting into Ireland's team is easie rthan NZ's.
That's not disrepsectful, it's harder to get into any other team besides the all blacks.

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Tui March 18, 2010 2:27 am

Anyone who thinks Kearney and Bowe are better than Jane are having a laugh... There is a reason Ireland have never beaten the AB's....

Jane is a standout in the backline either at Fullback or Wing, like I said... Jane would walk into ANY national team (Especially Ireland).

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Tui March 18, 2010 2:30 am

I also agree with the Anon comments above.... Naqelevuki followed through with a shoulder on a guy who had pulled out of a tackle because the whistle had gone... It was a Cheap shot...

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Anonymous March 18, 2010 5:39 am

It was actually a head clash if you look closely

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Anonymous March 18, 2010 5:42 am

how hilarious that an Irishman thinks his team has bette rplayers than the All Blacks.
Deluded.

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Anonymous March 18, 2010 5:52 am

....to the guy commenting about not knowing irish players in the SH....im not sure ive heard much of Jane....

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Mike March 18, 2010 9:37 am

Tui - here we go again...

Anyone who thinks Kearney and Bowe are better than Jane are having a laugh... There is a reason Ireland have never beaten the AB's....

So until Ireland beat NZ, it is impossible for ANY Irish player to be better than ANY NZ player? So, by that logic, the worst player ever to wear the silver fern is better than the best player ever to wear the green. So some farmer who got a a game for the ABs in 1905 is better than - say - BOD. Ok.

I'm not sure your logic is correct. I hope to god we can fluke a win against the ABs soon, this 'you never beat us' thing is getting quite annoying :)

Regarding Jane vs Bowe or Kearney, I genuinely have not seen enough of Jane to make an intelligent comparison, so I'm not going to. I guess you must have seen a lot of Bowe and Kearney?

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Anonymous March 19, 2010 12:24 am

Bowe and Kearney are both good players, strong and fast, decent skills.
The differenc ebetween them and Jane, is that Jane has the same physical attricutes, but better skills.
His passing, kicking, catching and stepping are all of a higher standard. He reads the game better too.
He is an All Black. All BLacks are always great players.
NZ rugby is the best in the world, pretty much always has been.

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Mike March 19, 2010 10:31 am

Hmm - I tried to find some highlights of Jane on Youtube, other than him being flattened, but I can't find any. Surely some of his AB scores if not S14/15 stuff must be out there - can anyone help with that? There are a few clips of Bowe and Kearney around, but nothing to write home about to be honest...

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No.7 March 20, 2010 6:40 am

............basically i ditto what mike has said.....

I have not seen enough of jane, and i havent heard much about him..which to me shows he cant be all that fantastic (i mean that relatively...no doubt he is good) its just other AB players always seem to stick out....

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Anonymous April 29, 2010 6:06 pm

this is rugby !!! u either do it 100percent or don't do it at all !! if u see someone infront of you about to tackle ((never mind whistles gone or not)) are you gonna lift your hands up and wish for the best ???NOOOO you're gonna position your body to take the blow,,.. wananavu Sireli !!!

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