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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beau Robinson's big tackle on Kabamba Floors

Beau Robinson's big tackle on Kabamba Floors

Flanker Beau Robinson was one of the many success stories of the Queensland Reds' incredible Super Rugby season. The hard-hitting forward has now been called up to the Wallabies, and this hit perhaps exemplifies why.

While skimming through this season's Reds matches to compile a best tries compilation, I came across this beauty from Beau, a tackle that he made on Cheetahs loose forward Kabamba Floors in Round 6 of this year's Super Rugby competition.

Robinson has come a long way to get where he's at now, and his story is quite unique, as not a lot of players travel the same path that he has, and have to experience the same hardships.

Last year, in 2010, Robinson was playing third division rugby in Italy. He'd previously played for the Waratahs, but playing second fiddle to Phil Waugh hadn't worked out. It was a conversation with his late brother Dan that inspired him to give things another crack. "My brother made it pretty clear: 'You're a ('effing') idiot if you don't go back and have a crack'."

When Dan died tragically when crossing train lines after a London night out, Robinson was jerked into gear and realised that he needed to prove to both his brother, and himself, that he could make it at the highest level.

"That's been my driving motivation. If it wasn't this year, it would have been never."

After working as a garbage man and studying in Sydney, he exchanged a few emails with Reds coach Ewen Mackenzie, who said that he couldn't offer him a contract, but if he trained with the squad and performed, he might have a chance. That was enough. Robinson packed everything into his car, and made the 13 hour drive to Queensland.

"The trusty Holden Commodore mate," Robinson said. "I needed a car so, yeah, we just drove up. I didnt take a bed or anything, just the footy gear really." He apparently worked in a bar for a while, to make ends meet, but has since come on in such a way that the Reds have given him a two year contract, and just this week, he was selected for the Wallabies squad.

Life has turned around for Robinson, and despite having taken a while to find his place, he's now happy to be with the Reds, playing fearless rugby, and now calling Brisbane home.

"I've still got the NSW plates. Never got around to changing em. Probably should eh?"

:: Related Posts ::
The Reds beat the Crusaders to win the 2011 Super Rugby title
Jerry Collins gets hit and hurt by Beau Robinson (2008)

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Posted at 3:20 pm | 27 comments

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 3:12 pm

Cool.

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 3:14 pm

Beau Robinson, you are my hero son. Epic!
P.S. 1st to say 1st....

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 4:21 pm

Good on the lad - I was wondering what his story was. What is it with fearless opensides with long blonde hair?!

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Ryan July 14, 2011 4:32 pm

Awesome player who brings his all every week! Really fun to watch... RD you know how old he is? Wonder how many years in the green and gold he might have?

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 4:32 pm

"A very satisfying feeling for an adult man to dominate in the tackle..."

I love the Aussie commentators.

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king July 14, 2011 5:15 pm

Good lad.

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Alan July 14, 2011 5:31 pm

Quite the story too.

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OOooOOooOOooOO July 14, 2011 5:33 pm

Reds are the best team in the world. Come at us bros!

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 6:09 pm

Fantastic

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Madflyhalf July 14, 2011 6:35 pm

Best wishes for this talented guy (honestly, a wasted talent even for Italy's Eccellenza, not just Serie B!)!

I'm sure he's gonna have quite a story to tell to his grandsons, once in his future!

Go Reds, Go Wallabies.

Go Beau Robinson!

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Madflyhalf July 14, 2011 6:38 pm

he will be 25 in august.

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 7:30 pm

Geez, he hit like a "train"....

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themull July 14, 2011 8:13 pm

What's even better IMO is that he presented the ball back cleanly for the SH meaning the tackle actually meant nothing really...

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 8:13 pm

'that'll be in plays of the week' :) Brilliant. Great story and great motivation for younger players. Nice hit too!

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Canadian content July 14, 2011 8:47 pm

mull said...

What's even better IMO is that he presented the ball back cleanly for the SH meaning the tackle actually meant nothing really...

Really, because the 9 was forced to kick after his team was effectively stuffed in their attack. The result was the Reds took over possession at the lineout.

A steal in loose play... no. An intercept for a try... no. A demoralizing play for the opposition and an uplifting tackle for his teammates followed by possession of the ball... yes.

the mull know's his rugby and the nuances of the game outside of the obvious events... no

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 9:36 pm

Cant wait for that Try compilation!

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gf July 14, 2011 9:38 pm

@Canadian content, perfect.. was going to say exactly that if no one else had. Beau and Samo were exactly what the Reds needed from last year to this year, fooking cojones in the physical.

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Paddy931 July 14, 2011 9:40 pm

Good hit from a good player, glad to see him get his chance. Very sad about his brother though. Hope all goes well for him.

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RD July 14, 2011 10:05 pm

The related links (under the video) have been updated to include another good hit from Robinson, in 2008, on Jerry Collins.

Here it is - Robinson hit on Collins

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Anonymous July 14, 2011 10:42 pm

@Ryan I don't think he'll get too many games in for the Wallabies simply because Pocock's the choice number 7 for the Wallabies for now and the forseeable future

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Anonymous July 15, 2011 12:59 am

Well put Canadian.
Of course big tackles help a team, even if the other team doesn't immediatley lose the ball in contact.

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Anonymous July 15, 2011 8:18 am

He's been named as a replacement for Aus in their match against Samoa.

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Anonymous July 15, 2011 10:32 am

Come on RD, the hit on collins isnt a good one. It's just Beau tackling collins when collins has his back turned.

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cheyanqui July 15, 2011 5:02 pm

Yeah, so Collins's back was turned.

Ask 1000 players that if they are given a chance to make a hard, clean hit on the toughest c**t the opposition team has, and you will get 1000 "yeses".

Although if you're gonna make a hard hit to the back of a tough / dirty player, the hit on Mark Andrews in that Barbarians game is the best I ever saw -- whiplashed!

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Anonymous July 17, 2011 5:58 am

^ im not saying you shouldnt tackle a player because his backs turned, im saying it's pretty lame to call it a big hit.

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Anonymous July 17, 2011 10:52 am

I'd actually agree with the anonymous on one hand...

I mean i wouldnt call it a big hit in the traditional sense. i.e lining someone up who is running and hammer them... but its a big hit in the more descriptive sense...

i think the point he makes is collins didnt really stand a chance against most players in that situation, even ROG might have been able to do some damage on that one...lol

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