Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Alesana Tuilagi scored a hat-trick of tries as Samoa powered through Namibia to win their Pool D clash 49-12 in Rotorua. The hit of the match was this monster from Paul Williams, which resulted in ten minutes on the sideline.
Talented flyhalf Theuns Kotze, who slotted three dropgoals in Namibia's previous pool game, had made a break after turn over ball and broke through the first line of defence before meeting Williams, who failed to buy his second dummy.
The Auckland born Samoan fullback, who has played his rugby in New Zealand and Europe, absolutely smashed Kotze with a punishing hit. To his credit, Kotze popped up with a grin and walked away, while some of the bigger boys had a bit of a push and shove about it.
Williams was yellow carded by referee Romain Poit however, despite replays showing that he may well have been a little hard done by because of the impact of the collision. It could be argued that his shoulder was a bit high though. You can take a look below and decide for yourself.
Full match highlights are available on the official Rugby World Cup website here.