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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Danie Rossouw's big hit on opposite number Luke Charteris

South Africa came into the World Cup with an ageing squad and many critics. While they scraped home against Wales, the way they dismissed Fiji - and the style of rugby they played - has made many sit up and take notice. Danie Rossouw in particular was one that impressed.

Known as a quality utility forward, Rossouw has long lived in the shadow of the famous pair of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha, both with the Bulls and in Test rugby. He has always performed well for the Springboks though, and was a star in 2007, with one tackle in particular living long in the memory.

At the age of 33, Rossouw is defying the common perception that he, and others of the same era, are over the hill. Against Fiji he was all over the park as not only played a strong role in the lineout, but acting like a fourth loose forward with incisive breaks, quality passes, and he even gassed it down the wing.

Coach Peter De Villiers praised him as 'An old man with a new revitalised engine', while the Sydney Morning Herald described Rossouw's game against Fiji as 'the tight-five performance of the World Cup so far'.

While the match against Wales was a far tighter affair, Rossouw did manage to make an impact with this cracking hit on opposition second rower Luke Charteris, so here's another quick look at it.

Have a look at the related post below the video for a similar hit, also 4 on 4.

Posted at 10:37 am | 12 comments

Danie Rossouw big tackle on Lionel Nallet in Cape Town

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Juggernauter September 21, 2011 3:02 pm

Solid tackle...

Rossouw is a quality player, I'd puck him to play at second row along with Matfield over Botha any day. Bot players -Botha and Rossouw- are big and physical, the difference being that Rossouw knows how to keep his cool and has a good rugby brain, knows how to spot gaps and is a wonderful all rounder. Botha, on the other side, is way toophysical, has no rugby brain and, well, we know that he just has a problem with keeping his cool.

Great rugby on show on this WC; let's hope it keeps on rising!

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Krang September 21, 2011 3:36 pm

Ok, should this not be a penalty to Wales?

It was a good hit but he doesn't roll away and lies on top of the player and ball, prohibiting the release.

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stroudos September 27, 2012 1:42 am

I realise I'm posting over a year after the event, but for the record at 0:24 you can quite clearly see the penalty awarded to Wales.

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J_D September 21, 2011 5:23 pm

Solid tackle but nothing special hmm

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Frenchie September 21, 2011 7:47 pm

I agree with you Krang, should have been a penalty...dirty Saffies!

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stroudos September 27, 2012 1:41 am

I realise I'm posting over a year after the event, but for the record at 0:24 you can quite clearly see the penalty awarded to Wales.

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UHtiger September 22, 2011 6:05 am

So much inconsistency amongst refs. Made absolutely no attempt to role away.

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stroudos September 27, 2012 1:42 am

I realise I'm posting over a year after the event, but for the record at 0:24 you can quite clearly see the penalty awarded to Wales.

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katman September 22, 2011 12:09 pm

A Frenchie calling someone else dirty. The irony.

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Mike September 23, 2011 3:27 pm

Rossouw is a good hard player, but Charteris is a little bit on the skinny side for a second row - a quality player, but not known for his physicality.

This hit also reminded me of the clash of heads between Rossouw and BOD (who mistimed the hit as he was already accidentally concussed by Gethin Jenkins a few minutes earlier) during the Lions tour a couple of years back that's on RD somewhere too. Probably cost the Lions the series, as BOD had to come off a few minutes later and the Lions defence couldn't stand up to the BOKs any more.

/OT ramblings

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Mantis October 01, 2011 3:50 pm

I don't get it, it's a shoulder charge not a tackle. He's clearly leading with his shoulder and only grasps the player after impact. I'm South African and was outraged the Samoans got away with these against SA yesterday so this is embarassing. It's just a good way to injure a player and no-one wants that

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rookvdskyf April 12, 2013 1:44 pm

Like the English, you mainland Euro trash boys are whining pussies bested at every turn and corner by the men from the South. You lot can’t even field a provincial team without fielding at least two Southern hemisphere players. Learn to take it like a man and then maybe you lot will learn to stop whining like women you are. Or better yet, play soccer like the rest of those Northern plebs.

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