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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Prop Charlie Faumuina sidesteps wing Tu Umaga-Marshall

Prop Charlie Faumuina sidesteps wing Tu Umaga-Marshall

Yesterday we had a look at two great moments from a recent Six Nations match as two players did things that aren't the norm for their position. This clip, from a classic Super Rugby game two weeks ago, follows the same premise.

The game in question was the hard hitting, closely contested Blues vs Crusaders match, where the former came away 24-22 in a match that had a high tempo and bruising collisions throughout. If you missed it, some of the tries are included in last week's Pick of the Week , and the hits were put together in a neat compilation that you can view again here .

This moment is one that will be enjoyed by front rowers the world over, as Blues replacement prop Charlie Faumuina got the ball out wide and rather than stick the head down to take the contact, decided he'd have a go against Crusaders wing, Tu Umaga-Marshall.

The inside-out was superb, as he not only beat Umaga-Marshall but the hapless winger couldn't even get a hand on him. You can be sure that it was brought up in the pub after the game, and now with this video, will live long in the memory and make a great addition to the archives on here, that feature more than a few great moments from the heftier guys in a team.

One such moment that comes to mind is when John Afoa , also of the Blues, had a blinder against the Force a few years back in the Super 14. In that case Afoa was catching high balls, stepping, and beating players on the outside. Brilliant stuff.


Time: 01:05

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