Monday, January 31, 2011
The RBS 6 Nations 2011 kicks off this week, with the first game on Friday night between Wales and England. Here is a short clip from a classic match back in 1999, that features a big hit from powerful England forward Tim Rodber.
This weekend the tournaments kicks off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as the 2011 Championship could be an interesting gauge of what's to come later in the year. It will of course also be a great test of depth, as both England and Wales are suffering from a few injuries.
Back in 1999 the tournament was slightly different in that it was the Five Nations, with Italy not having joined yet. Everyone will remember how this particular game panned out, with Scott Gibbs scoring the winning try, but this tackle occurred a few minutes before that.
England's Tim Rodber, a mountain of a man, smashed Colin Charvis in what these days would probably be considered a yellow card, if not more. At the time, referee Andre Watson and his touch judge thought it was bad enough for a penalty, while the commentators, and perhaps those in the ground and watching at home, thought otherwise.
What it does go to show though is that even back then, twelve years ago, these type of tackles were controversial and opinions were mixed about the outcome of a decision. Whichever side you sit on, it was a big hit that rocked Charvis, so I'm sure some of you will enjoy seeing it.
More on the Six Nations, and this match, later in the week.