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Monday, April 18, 2011

Good sportsmanship after another Owen Franks head clash

Good sportsmanship after another Owen Franks head clash

Last weekend Owen Franks and Flip Van Der Merwe had a horrible head clash that ended the night for the big Bulls second rower. On Saturday Franks did it again, this time against the Chiefs.

When tackling and colliding with Van Der Merwe of the Bulls, Crusaders prop Franks barely flinched. This time it was he who made the charge into Tanerau Latimer, and even though bandage and a bit of repair work was needed, he stayed on the field.

The collision happened directly from kick off, in the first passage of play, thus ending the night for Latimer who took the knock just 35 seconds into it. He has now been forced to miss the Chiefs' two match tour of South Africa after suffering a concussion.

"We don't think there's anything broken but it was certainly a pretty significant head clash," said coach Ian Foster. "We were probably one player short and Lats' injury in that first minute changed the way we wanted to execute things.

"The last 15mins was the period they started to get a bit more dominant at the breakdown, whereas our plan was probably similar to theirs but we didn't have an extra player to bring on at that time." The Chiefs lost the game 34-16.

If something positive could come from it, it was the way in which Crusaders hooker Corey Flynn reacted, attending to the opposition player by turning him over with the help of Fritz Lee .

It was great to see, and while Flynn was actually involved in an unsavoury incident later in the match, that's another story altogether, so credit should be given for his sporting gesture.

Time: 01:50

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:47 pm | View Comments (27)

Owen Franks hit and head-clash with Flip Van Der Merwe

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Viewing 27 comments

Link April 18, 2011 3:35 pm

First! :)

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 3:39 pm

That's awesome

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 3:56 pm

Boom..... Headshot

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Colombes April 18, 2011 3:57 pm

After having watch Ashton-Bobo silly soccer provocations,
It's quite a relief to watch some true sportmanship o the pitch. thx to both to recall that u can play hard and fair.

Franks must have a skull steel-renforced

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andres April 18, 2011 4:06 pm

How many concussion does he have left.
They should put an Owen Franks Concussion Counter on the board

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 4:08 pm

I always liked this picture from when Reddan got clocked during the six nations.

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 4:16 pm

^ eyegouge?

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wow-jiffy-lube April 18, 2011 4:47 pm

Tana Umaga got an award for doing something similar a few years ago. Fair dues to Flynn.

@anonymous above
He's taking out Reddan's gumshield so he doesn't swallow it.

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Guy April 18, 2011 5:29 pm

Lol @ anonymous comment!

Great to see this clip. One of the reasons why this is BY FAR the best sport in the world.

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 5:37 pm

Anonymous said...
^ eyegouge?

April 18, 2011 6:16 PM

HAHAHA good one lad

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 5:37 pm

Lol, looks like a definite eye gouge on Reddan, cite cite cite...

Nice to see, however what did Flynn do later?

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Alasdair April 18, 2011 6:52 pm

Great to see a bit of sportmanship creeping back into the game.

See link for another good example

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 7:22 pm

Everything I love about the game in one clip.

Big Collision.
Great sportsmanship.
Shrugging off the pain and walking off like a man.


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Benny April 18, 2011 9:01 pm

Agreed, less show ponies, less NFL my-d***-is-bigger-than-yours immaturity. Give us Rugby: Guys tackling the crap out of each other whilst still maintaining respect for the opponent. Guys scoring unbelievable tries and then just jogging back to their 50 as if nothing happened. THAT's what I signed on for.
Of course we care about the guy (AFTER) we tackled/ head clashed. He's supposed to buy us the pint afterwards, right?!

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 9:41 pm

"I'm just glad I got up before he did"

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 10:43 pm

More common sense really than good sportsmanship, you'd expect nothing less frankly...

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 10:46 pm

Alasdair....broken link...

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Anonymous April 18, 2011 11:49 pm

Ughhh the NFL/American football comments are getting lame . How many of you have ever played the sport? Most likely none . I've played both , currently playing rugby. Both sports are awesome ! Am footballers may be over top with the celebrating but there is alot of honor, pride. and respect in the game. Sit and watch a game and when someone is hurt both teams gather around . It's a brotherhood just like it's a brotherhood in rugby. So stop the nonsense, remember it's just sport not life and death.

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Anonymous April 19, 2011 12:12 am

Well, there's good and bad people in both sports, but rugby does come out to be more chivalrous.

Great to see the traditional values of rugby live on

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Anonymous April 19, 2011 1:06 am


Tait looks dead in that link you provided for us.

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Anonymous April 19, 2011 1:10 am

Most people who crticise NFL have never played ti and know virtually nothing about the sport.
It is a good sport, just like rugby, and the athletes do have respect for each other.

Good sportsmanship from Franks.

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Andy April 19, 2011 1:23 am

'99 or '03 WC?- All Black prop realising something seriously wrong with his opposite man told his scrum to stop. Apparently saved the neck of the other guy from breaking.

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Jono April 19, 2011 2:14 am

2003. It was Kevin Mealamu, and the front rower who hurt his neck was Australian Ben Darwin.
Darwin never played again.

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Anonymous April 19, 2011 2:40 am

eye gouge?? are you crazy?? he was clearly telling him to smell his finger.. what else do you do to a concussed player?? duh!!

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Anonymous April 19, 2011 3:26 am

it wasnt Mealamu, he plays hooker. It was Kees Meeuws who heard Darwin scream "neck neck neck!" and immediately stopped applying pressure.

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Greiffel April 19, 2011 8:30 am

FYI, a video of that incident that Alasdair was referring to -

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Jono April 20, 2011 2:50 am

You're right, it was Meauws, my mistake.

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