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Friday, August 06, 2010

Friday Funnies - The Simon Lemalu flying tackle

Friday Funnies - The Simon Lemalu flying tackle

There's just about time for one more posting today, and being as it's Friday, it's time for a funny. This one comes from New Zealand's provincial championship, the ITM Cup and it took place last weekend in the opening round of the tournament.

It's the game between Counties and Otago, the one that Tana Umaga made his comeback in. Highlights of the game can be seen here on RD . One of the tries, the one scored by fullback Tim Nanai-Williams came from a superb long pass in the midfield by the biggest center around, Simon Lemalu.

He seems to be that type of a player. Lemalu, despite being a front rower, was one of the top try scorers for Counties last season too, so clearly loves to get involved in the looser side of the game. He also happens to have a fantastic beard.

This clip is of an hilarious tackle he made late in the match on scrumhalf Jonny Legg, who I'm pretty sure wasn't sure what hit him. As one of the commentators said, he needs a cape.

Great stuff. Incidentally, Counties player/coach Umaga won't be playing this weekend as he's being rested as per their agreement of allowing him to sit out every three or so matches. They've got nothing to worry about though, as I'm sure Lemalu will fill his spot in the midfield.


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The Schpoople Master August 06, 2010 7:23 pm

Brushes him off like an annoying 8 year old, pretty embarrasing for the prop, I bet he was hoping we missed that one.

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cheyanqui August 06, 2010 7:56 pm

Tomasi Cama's beard is alive and well in the Northland.

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Luxi August 06, 2010 8:16 pm

That's hilarious !!!!!!! xD you woulda've expected the scrum half to go flying, but it's the absolute opposite that happened !!!! xD
So funny, well done spotting that RD ;)

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Simon7 August 06, 2010 9:05 pm

Stink tackle bro!!!

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Anonymous August 06, 2010 9:13 pm

dangerous...yellow card

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Anonymous August 06, 2010 9:19 pm

A center that can also play prop??

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eric August 06, 2010 9:20 pm

and that why you should never lose your leg drive in a tackle!
and also, what a fantastic beard

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Citing Commissioner August 06, 2010 9:59 pm

That is a very dangerous tackle, somebody could've got muddy. Ten weeks in the stands is definitely warranted.

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your face August 06, 2010 10:55 pm

If that happened in the tri nations game it would be a yellow card.

And yeah that was a lame attempt at at tackle how can the commentator say it's 'awesome'.

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ya boy August 06, 2010 11:14 pm

Lol so he ignored the whole "power from your legs" theory that you're taught as a schoolboy and (shockingly) he had no impact whatsoever when he connected. And may I add that was ridiculously late!

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 12:12 am

its like one of those cheesy tackles in ea sports rugby 08 lol

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ElTigre August 07, 2010 12:14 am

He clearly backed out at the last minute otherwise that would of been a car crash.

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secondfive August 07, 2010 12:41 am

To be fair, and I think ElTigre's right, he seemed to change his mind when he realised the ball had moved on and didn't go through with it. Although he did have the presence of mind to put a half-wrap on, which was smart. Looks like a bit of a goose in the end though.

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cheyanqui August 07, 2010 4:10 am

looked like a Looney Tunes where a guy hits into a brick wall and then drops to the floor.

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 4:54 am

"Lol so he ignored the whole "power from your legs" theory that you're taught as a schoolboy and (shockingly) he had no impact whatsoever"

No, he wasn't commited, and changed his mind.

If he really dove into the guy the collission would have been massive.

Basic physics. Jumping at someone with all your force > driving with your legs

i think intentionally leaving your feet in the tackle is illegal though, isn't it? otherwise we'd see it all the time

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 5:29 am

That was a prop not a center ? O.O

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Rich_W August 07, 2010 7:49 am

Anonymous, where the hell did you learn physics! If you leave your feet then its just a matter of momentum. With your feet driving through you can apply force after the initial collision and drive the man backwards.

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 9:46 am

"Anonymous, where the hell did you learn physics! If you leave your feet then its just a matter of momentum. With your feet driving through you can apply force after the initial collision and drive the man backwards."

If you hit someone hard enough there is no opportunity to drive them backwards LMAO! they're already laid out on their back.

Only if the initial contact is weak are you able to wrestle with said player and drive them backwards. If you're in a position where you're driving a defender backwards it's because you didn't dominate the initial contact.

Any big hit worth its salt leaves the player on their back. No questions asked.

Launching yourself into tackles creates far more force. As force is mass times acceleration. And that last launch off your feet is acceleration at its best. If you launch into the tackle at the last second you're accelerating at a much higher rate than if you simply ran into a tackle with feet grounded.

If you have the opportunity to drive them back all that tells me is that your initial contact wasn't hard enough and you don't generate much force.

Force = Mass times acceleration.

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 10:40 am

movie title crouching prop flying beardy weirdy

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Capcom August 08, 2010 10:59 am

Street Fighter II influenced so many. Simon Lemalu's fav players were Zangiev for the beard and Honda for the style.

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NiWiTa August 09, 2010 12:02 pm

Nice beard - unlike Samson it doesn't give him strength....still funny to see a big fella flying through the air with not so cat-like aglity :p

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dutchrugbyplayer August 12, 2010 11:43 pm

''force=mass times accelaration''
if you say so, sure. but as soon as you leave your feet you don't accelarate, you start slowing down (due to gravity&friction. it might be minor but definitely no acceleration)
Rich-W is right: use your legdrive. The speed of impact is slightly bigger but the total amount of force is much larger.
Besides: safer for yourself and probably your opponent.

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nik September 19, 2011 11:25 pm

bull crap hit. all for show when I use to do flying tackles far more distance apart before contact and theyd be called coconut tackles we would whip any team with a few sucide hits and win games by a hundred points all blacks super12 players npc, made no difference they all got the same treatment. Tongariro Prems divs1. wellington lions 1999 2000, Avalon 97, 98. that hit is a poofters hit bit of a gay play. if any thing late hit looks like a week prop winging it til hes exposed

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