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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Jerome Kaino's huge tackle on Bradley Davies

Jerome Kaino's huge tackle on Bradley Davies

While the November Internationals for 2010 are now a thing of the past and we look towards the fascinating Heineken Cup, there were a few moments that stood out over the past month. This is one of them, from a player that's fast becoming an integral part of the number one ranked side in the world.

All Black Jerome Kaino is now part of a dominant loose trio that includes the formidable talents of Kieran Read and the latest IRB Player of the Year, captain Richie McCaw. The three of them have, as with most of the side, have had a great few months and injuries and form permitting, will no doubt form a powerful partnership heading into a World Cup season.

Kaino, who played a large part of his rugby at number eight, is now firmly securing his place in the team as a blindside who not only carries and links well, but is uncompromising on defence.

With the upcoming Super 15 being the next bit of rugby he'll be involved in, Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam has insisted that after seeing how well he's been playing at number six, they won't be messing about with the 27 year old at eight any longer.

"He's proven he's one of the world's best number sixes and that's one of the reasons why we stacked the number eight position," Lam said of his plans for the Blues squad. "I don't really want to move Jerome there."

The last few games have been huge for Kaino, who alongside Read and McCaw has shown that the All Blacks possess quite possibly the most well balanced loose trio in world rugby currently.

His hit on Bradley Davies against Wales rocked the big second rower, causing a turnover from which the All Blacks counter attacked in typical fashion. It was a significant moment in what turned out to be yet another successful Grand Slam tour for the All Blacks.


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Jeroz December 09, 2010 10:03 am

Great hit from the Aucklander :D

been a fan of his since the NPC debut, nice to see him finally state his authority in the no.6 AB jersey.

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 10:10 am

Now imagine the same hit but replacing 120kg Bradley Davies with, say, James O'Connor.

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Nick December 09, 2010 10:34 am

Great hit, I've got a lot of respect for Davies though, no messing around straight back on his feet and defending down the other end.

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 10:38 am

kaino really stood up this tour, had my reservations as i thought thompson or messam were more versatile and mobile options but kaino is now well and truly first choice 6 in my books. he's the enforcer we've been missing since collins left.

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 10:45 am

thats why i think jane is a much better option than toeava. Yes toeava can bust some tackles but its the silly little things he does that can make him a liability. the ab's were hot on attack and had wales under serious pressure and he makes the school boy mistake of diving on the player while hes on the ground. thats just plain school boy stuff. lapses in hands, silly penalties and bad defensive choices (aka coming on in hong kong and missing 2 crucial tackles which led to tries.

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jay December 09, 2010 11:20 am

Agreed w/ Kaino finally showing his true abilities.
I've always found him somewhat discreet amongst the ABs, but this tour justified as to why he got chosen.
Ouch for the hit ^^
(and culturally can someone explain to me how a nz comes up w/ a first name such as Jerome ??)

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 11:32 am

Textbook.

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jimmymc1 December 09, 2010 1:07 pm

Bradley was off balance and not braced so looked better than it was.

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Juggernauter December 09, 2010 1:39 pm

Haha got to agree with the Toeava issues. Now imagine a back three of Jane/Mitchell/Muilaina.

Damn Unstoppable

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Sam December 09, 2010 2:15 pm

surely you'd have hosea gear in there juggernauter?
guy was immense in the ais.

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KiwiEire December 09, 2010 2:20 pm

Good tackle from Kaino.
Am I only one finds it funny how Jerome Kaino is a 8 converted to a 6 and Kieran Read is a 6 converted to a 8 and yet both are playing the best rugby they ever have so far in their new positions. It makes ya wonder why it took, them getting into the ABs for those positional changes to happen. I would have thought someone would have swapped them earlier in their careers.

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 3:07 pm

how about tackling henry tuilangi charging in full speed?

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 3:51 pm

what a hit!
i see davies play week in week out but that's the first time i've seen him knocked down like that!

tidy player is that kaino.

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 4:11 pm

he was blind sided so he didnt exactly expect it , nice hit though!

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(u-p)rick December 09, 2010 5:07 pm

Agree with the minority that Davies was off balance. However it did not look 'that impressive' which i'd put down to the size of Davies. As someone stated if davies was replaced by a much smaller lighter player that would have been killer....

...i think what i mean is that the looks of that tackle does not do justice to what it was....

(I dunno i know what i mean but its hard to explain)

Great hit though at a key point of wales attack.

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(u-p)rick December 09, 2010 5:09 pm

...actually i'll add i liked the way davies head snapped forward...

that bit probably hits home the tackle more so...

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hayeder December 09, 2010 5:12 pm

Yes! I requested this! I feel worth

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hayeder December 09, 2010 5:12 pm

Yes! I requested this! I feel worth

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Jonnnnny December 09, 2010 6:24 pm

Can see him being better than Jerry soon...

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fry December 09, 2010 6:53 pm

Just one more bad move by Alun Wyn Jones during that match - he was pretty terrible all game...in fact, he was pretty mediocre the whole test series.

Does Wales not have anyone else to stick in at 5?

Also, that was a pretty harsh call against Toeava...9/10 that's not a penalty.

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fry December 09, 2010 7:02 pm

Jay:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_%28disambiguation%29

Jerome is not that uncommon of a name here in the US, either.

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Knstler December 09, 2010 7:08 pm

I remember the first games of Kaino... he has so much improved. And he's getting better and better!

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 7:11 pm

that was high

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Slugby December 09, 2010 7:23 pm

yes it was high compared to the textbook tackle of hit the stomach or around the leg, but in no way was it a high tackle, know what I mean?

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 7:43 pm

never see an englishman tackle like that

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 8:07 pm

it might be because he was born in american samoa, he moved to nz when he was 3 i believe.

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Anonymous December 09, 2010 9:23 pm

'Also, that was a pretty harsh call against Toeava...9/10 that's not a penalty.'

actually that is a penalty everyday, 9/10 its not called, however it is still an illegal move and worthy of a penalty.

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Tom December 09, 2010 9:36 pm

High? Jesus, have you ever played rugby?
That was textbook.

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ouch December 09, 2010 9:39 pm

don't you love a good tackle when you knock the wind out of someone and hear a wee yelp at contact! nice hit!

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decepti0n December 09, 2010 10:55 pm

"how about tackling henry tuilangi charging in full speed?"

He did have the hit against Chabal in 2009, who was at full speed.

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secondfive December 09, 2010 11:48 pm

fry said... Also, that was a pretty harsh call against Toeava...9/10 that's not a penalty.

He slid down on his knee for a moment to try and turn the defender over, technically a penalty and it is being given pretty regularly now. I saw McCaw get penalised for the same thing in a one-on-one situation almost under the posts a while back. I reckon neither of them will do it again.

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fry December 10, 2010 12:47 am

Like I said, it was harsh, that's all.

When a player is caught in backfield like that with no support and two chasers on him, typically what Toeava did is exactly what happens and it never seems to get called.

I didn't say it wasn't illegal, just that it's a bit harsh given that it happens so often without incident. Probably the right call to make, but I can understand why Toeava looked frustrated about it. That's all.

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Max December 10, 2010 12:49 am

I know 3 Islanders called Jerome just in my personal circles in Auckland, do I'd say it's a fairly common name for Islanders. Not up there with Sione or Juniour but common nonetheless.

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Max December 10, 2010 12:51 am

* "Do I'd say" should be "so I'd say"

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Krang December 10, 2010 2:35 am

My favorite moment in this video is when Gethin Jenkins rucks over Richie McCaw.

McCaw flops himself down on the wrong side of the ruck, trying to slow the ball down and Gethin deals with it appropriately. He got told to calm down by the ref shortly after.

Its after the first tackle in the vid.

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Krang and spang December 10, 2010 2:56 am

@Krang is that your favorite moment becasue your a bitter troll who wishes his country had a player half as good McCaw?

The answer is obviously yes.

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Nicko December 10, 2010 3:03 am

MEGA hit.

Kaino is a beast, but I still loved it when JC would run the ball back on 22m drop outs etc... That was crazy.

Would be mad to see Kaino do that sorta thing once in a while.

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Laksanasompong December 10, 2010 3:07 am

Justin Marshall is a shit commentator. I wish we had an option to switch commentators like they have when the league games are on, he's the most annoying prick ever.

Anyways... What a hit!!!!

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Bazz December 10, 2010 3:12 am

Nick Easter is way better. Richie Mccaw is a cheat. NZ steals players. Paddy O'Brien is corrupt.

Anything I missed?

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Link December 10, 2010 4:11 am

hahaha boy o boy, trolling if I ever did smell it

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Anonymous December 10, 2010 5:09 am

wow. he blindsided a guy who got the ball flicked to him at an almost dead standstill. Impressive? NOT!!

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Slugby December 10, 2010 5:12 am

Has anyone ever thought that that is why NFL hits look harder than rugby hits? The receiver is always looking at the ball coming from behind him and the tackler comes in and blindsides him?

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good guess December 10, 2010 5:31 am

@Krang and Spang, is that your assumption because you're an AB supporter who's afraid of McCaw getting dealt with the way he ought to?

The answer is obviously yes.

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Anonymous December 10, 2010 5:37 am

krang you need to have another look, mccaw is driven onto the welsh side by the welsh player with the grey head gear. absolutely nothing mccaw could have done in that situation.

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Adrian December 10, 2010 6:13 am

yes Krang

McCaw is guilty of being used by a Welsh player to slow down his own ball. Brilliant ruck clearing skills on display from the Welsh loosies

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Doug December 10, 2010 8:34 am

Another pathetic anti-McCaw parrot checks in. It must be humiliating to moan and whine over and over about such a great player.

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MasterSplinter December 10, 2010 9:38 am

@krang

"McCaw flops himself down on the wrong side of the ruck, trying to slow the ball down and Gethin deals with it appropriately."

Don't let the truth get in he way of a good story - he didn't flop, a he was on his feet contesting the ball when the Welsh player cleared him out off the ball and back onto the Welsh side of the ruck. Gethin then decides to shoe him "inappropriately".

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Anonymous December 10, 2010 10:04 am

those pacific islanders sure can tackle!

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Eat Taro December 10, 2010 10:07 am

^^ Natural Polynesian Power my friend!!

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Sam December 10, 2010 10:48 am

Bazz forgot to add: Islanders always tackle high, Saffas head-butt, French eye-gouge, England are boring, Australians are whiners, NZ Bribed the World Cup committee... I think we've almost compiled the full list now.

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(u-p)ri December 10, 2010 12:02 pm

Whichever way you look at it, a flanker was on the wrong side whether it be through his own fault or by accident and he was dealt with how anyone on the wrong side should be dealt with, im not a Mccaw lover or hater, I just believe it is players in that position in a ruck which are slowing the game down.

Now because it is Mccaw dont call me bitter becaus I totally respect that he is a great player and he plays to the ref which any great flanker should do, but if this was NZ on the attack and that was a welsh player on he ground would you NZ supporters not feel he was dealt with appropriately?

No one likes being shied because generally the time you get it the worst is because you're pinned and on the wrong side through no fault of your own, but we all know 90% of the time we get a shoeing is because we thoroughly deserve it!!!!!!

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(u-p)rick December 10, 2010 12:04 pm

Yeh I mispelled my own nickname.....

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Anonymous December 10, 2010 12:21 pm

if a new zealand player had been the one that dragged the welsh player onto the nz side of the ruck then there would be no problem. it would be the nzers fault for causing the prob.
Once again the welshie with the grey headgear enters the ruck from nz's side and drives mccaw onto the welsh side. Absolutely nothing mccaw could do. Infact a cynical man could say that the welsh player did it deliberately to try and get mccaw sent off.

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Rooeneck December 10, 2010 12:51 pm

Reid was always played at number 6, ABs turned him into a great number 8.

Kaino was always played at number 8, ABs turned him into a great number 6.

Reminds me of someone else...Dan Carter. Canterbury / The Crusaders were dead set on continuing to play him at number 12 (as he did also for NZ at the junior level), and it was only the AB coaches' pressure and his initial performances for the ABs that convinced them to play him at 10.

I guess Corey Jane has become quite a good winger too.

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jay December 10, 2010 2:47 pm

@Fry : thanks for the insight... and yup Jerome ave. up in the Bronx... Jerome Kersey from the NBA back in the days... but still as it's my name (nothing unusual in France), was wondering about it :P

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Peanut December 10, 2010 3:45 pm

If I can wade into the whole Toeava penalty thing...

Yes, it is a penalty fair and square. BUT the problem is you see the player on the ground, once there defender has laid a hand on the player (that is all that is needed)to contest the ball, get up without releasing the ball all the time.
All the frickin time too, NZ vs Oz, O'Conner or one of the other backs did it blatantly right in front of the ref. It is for that reason that players, myself included, are tempted to dive on the cheeky bugger so he can't.
If they release, and get up and recover the ball as they should do, well done, fair play.

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GeorgeFredricks December 10, 2010 5:53 pm

I like turtles

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(u-p)rick December 10, 2010 6:19 pm

Anonymous below me who i assume is responding to the comment i made about if the tables were turned....re-read my comment, i was not referring to a welsh player falling on the defending NZ side i said a welsh player falling on the ATTACKING NZ SIDE...

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Anonymous December 10, 2010 11:05 pm

i know exactly what you were saying.
like i said, mccaw was on his side of the ruck legally competing for the ball and was driven onto the welsh side by a welsh player whod entered from a illegal place. Mccaw did nothing wrong. If it was the other way round and nz was on attack id have no problem as it would be the nz player at fault not the welshman.
Infact there alot of cases during this match where the welsh were lying all over nz's ruck with no attempt to move and nothing was done. Yes AB's do get caught on the wrong side at times but due to the strict ruling during the tri nations they move straight away. Wales made no such attempt, often being pulled out of the way by ab's trying to get the ball.

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Anonymous December 10, 2010 11:30 pm

Think some of the rulings during the tests was just stupid.

But think Kaino is, if not already going to go down as one of the All Black greats. From an english point of view, he is the Richard Hill of the All Blacks. By that I mean for a long time his work rate has gone unnoticed and only recently has it got the praise it deserves much like Hill's career.

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Milford Sound at hom December 11, 2010 1:34 am

Who gives a shit how McCaw ended up on the wrong side of the ruck?? He was there, so he got rucked out of the way.

My god, by the sound of these little girls, you'd think they'd never played rugby.

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Jonathan December 11, 2010 2:25 am

Its just these little crybabies whining about how "McCheat" flopped over the ruck deliberately. You call yourselves rugby fans, well then be objective.

Come on boys, grow some balls.

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Milford Sound at hom December 11, 2010 4:30 am

You can't use "McCheat" and "objective" in the same sentence and still sound credible, buddy.

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Milford Sound at hom December 11, 2010 4:30 am

Err...two sentences...

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HPLC Bar December 11, 2010 7:32 am

Nice hit. Especially since the guy getting hit is 6'6" and 265 pounds. ;)

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Doug December 11, 2010 9:57 am

As far as McCaw getting a bit of treatment while he's on the ground, he'd expect it and he got it.
The only mystery to this incident is how the Welsh player can enter the wrong side of the ruck, drive back towards his own line taking an opponent with him, and not get penalised. Anon at 12.05 is totally right.

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Anonymous December 11, 2010 10:39 am

Rugby is so damn boring these days.

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Geraint Lewis December 11, 2010 11:56 am

Big hit helped by a great hospital pass from AWJ.
AWJ really needs to start living up to the hype now!

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Anonymous December 11, 2010 12:38 pm

Two very big men collide and the bigger comes off worse, davies is 120kg on 105 at pace looks slow motion, but think how much energy davies absorbed from that hit before he crumpled.

Agreed, if he wasn't a lock he'd have been killed. Similar to the JC on Charvis, except less KO.

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(u-p)rick December 11, 2010 5:58 pm

I wasnt trying to argue how mccaw got to the wrong side, if he'd parachuted his way to the wrong side or dug a little tunnel i couldnt care less, my point was its nice to see the boot being used on 'ANY' player on the wrong side...(AS IT SHOULD BE DONE!)

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Anonymous December 11, 2010 8:53 pm

9 times out of 10 a player using his feet on a prone opponent (whether or not the prone opponent is in a legal position) is penalised as it is illegal now.

The NZRFU constantly campaign against this law, however it's upheld on safety grounds. Largely the removal of rucking from the game his led to the breakdown mess and the large number of rule changes in that area.

If rucking had been legal, no way would England have won the 2003 RWC. They were smart enough to exploit the void in that area and it was a cornerstone of their rumbling close game.

It's not surprising that England have slipped so dramatically in rankings and win ratio since the game was opened up in this area, although fair dues there seem to be signs that they're adopting the constructive rather than negative game that has been their cornerstone for a couple of decades.

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Doug December 12, 2010 1:10 am

(u-p)rick said...
my point was its nice to see the boot being used on 'ANY' player on the wrong side

haha yeah sure

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(u-p)rick December 12, 2010 4:33 am

Fuck you Doug.

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Guessing is for girl December 13, 2010 2:22 am

@Good Guess. Did you steal the password to mummys computer again?

Shes not going to be happy with you.

Your such a naughty daughter.

Tisk Tisk

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Yar she blows December 13, 2010 2:26 am

Did someone seriously suggest heslip is better than Kaino?

LOL.

COuldn't compete so he starts kneeing the greatest player of all time?

Typical Irish, cannot compete so they resort to cheating then excuses and complaining.

Pathetic.

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Doug December 14, 2010 1:28 am

(u-p)rick said...
Fuck you Doug.

someone's upset
If it was an All Black doing the raking I'm sure you'd jump on here just as quick to tell us it was "nice to see the boot being used". I don't think so.

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Anonymous December 14, 2010 6:23 pm

OWNAGE! that Welsh player will be pissing blood for a few days.

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