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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Richard Kahui crunching hit on Adam Ashley-Cooper

Richard Kahui crunching hit on Adam Ashley-Cooper

The Brumbies edged past the Chiefs with a late try in Canberra on Friday in an entertaining, eventful, and somewhat historic match in the Super 14.

Flyhalf Matt Tomua scored the late try to seal the 30-23 win after scores were tied with time running out on the clock after both sides had shared the lead on numerous occasions throughout the game.

It turned out to be a great night for the Brumbies, as aside from the win there was a very special moment as Julian Huxley made his return after he had been out of Super Rugby for two years following surgery to remove a brain tumour.

The tackle of the match though was undoubtedly this cracking hit from Richard Kahui on Brumbies fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper. The versatile Wallaby back positioned himself under the high ball nicely, but was smoked by the incoming Kahui.

Ashley-Cooper was left a little dazed for a few minutes afterwards, as you can see the impact of the head on neck on the turf as he want down from the big hit. He did well to carry on though, and showed no ill-effects later in the match.

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Time: 01:04
EXTRA: You can also see a few great photographs of the tackle here

Posted at 7:20 pm | 20 comments

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b March 27, 2010 7:05 pm

two big hits ud wana see from tahs match. benson stanley murders tom carter, and the no.18 for tahs hammers a blues player! both quality "knees up" hits.

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Hendrick March 27, 2010 7:30 pm

Ouch!

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Anonymous March 27, 2010 7:48 pm

definitely a big hit, but I'd almost argue that It's a borderline spear tackle.

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Anonymous March 27, 2010 8:38 pm

WHOA, Adam was seeing stars hahahaha!

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poccio March 27, 2010 9:37 pm

it's not a spear at all...but he should've jumped to get it so it would of been a penalty to him

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Earth hour = waste o March 27, 2010 9:46 pm

Not exactly huge, but as the commentator says, perfect timing.

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Jeroz March 28, 2010 2:43 am

where's the lost forward?

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Anonymous March 28, 2010 2:35 am

bit unfair, he had no chance to prepare for the hit

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Anonymous March 28, 2010 9:48 am

Not at all a spear. Not at all unfair. That's rugby. Great hit.

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TUI March 28, 2010 12:23 pm

Borderline spear tackle? Shut the fuck up and learn the rules you twat. Its soft little princesses like you who will destroy the game of rugby.

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vinniechan March 28, 2010 2:06 pm

ASC didn't look in pain, he just looked confused...

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semperfimamba March 28, 2010 3:28 pm

Gotcha sucka!....lolol

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Crosser March 28, 2010 5:18 pm

I would say that was a few inches away from being a spear...

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mise March 28, 2010 8:29 pm

The hit is fine but the landing/'placement' does go slightly head first, albeit at an angle.
The specific angle he drove him down at makes it to some degree, a little more dangerous to be on the receiving end of.

But when its all happening that fast - can u even be sure of intent from the tackler?

I'd say its borderline legal cos of the ending, but I'd also say maybe just about acceptable - and still a massive and quite brilliant hit.

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jackohos March 28, 2010 9:01 pm

As poccio mentioned, if he jumps to take it he's not going to be smashed like that - especially if he leave his foot out in front as he does it.

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kevdetoulouse March 28, 2010 9:29 pm

he nearly broke his neck

what a hit!

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Will March 29, 2010 8:59 am

Do the people on here carrying on about spear tackles have any idea what a spear tackle is?
He hits him with full force at just above hip height, the catcher is driven back and both players tumble onto the ground. If this is even close to an illegal tackle then rugby union is in real trouble.
But the fact is the tackle's just fine.

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Anonymous March 29, 2010 10:00 pm

Good tackle, if you think this is a spear tackle you don't know rugby.

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Scotsdale March 30, 2010 7:39 am

Great hit. Kahui is bigger than he looks

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Blindside October 28, 2012 5:32 am

Aussie commentating, funniest in the world :D

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