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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beast Mtawarira prevents Keegan Daniel from flipping head first

The focus shifts slightly to domestic rugby now, as this weekend is the final of the Currie Cup in South Africa, a game that features the Sharks and the Lions. Here's a quick clip that was requested from the first semi, as well as some great pics. 

After a bruising game with the Wallabies in the quarter final of the Rugby World Cup, the Springboks returned home and got straight in the thick of it, with the Sharks players coming off the bench to give the Lions to make the semi finals.

The same two sides meet again this coming weekend in the final, with the Lions having considerably less big names to work with. Two to be exact. They showed in their semi final against Western Province that they have no problems taking on the big boys though. 

They will need to contest with a hungry Springbok front row though, comprising of Jannie Du Plessis, his brother Bismarck, and then the Beast, Tendai Mtawarira. The latter scored a try in their beating of the Cheetahs on Saturday, and was part of this rather amusing, albeit close to disastrous, bit of play. 

It's not the first time he's been photographed holding a player up in the air, adding to the famous nickname that is chanted around the grounds whenever he gets the ball or makes a tackle.

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Above is a great photo from the Sharks' games against the Crusaders in Super Rugby earlier this year, as well as one from the clip you're about to see. Both can be clicked to view in full size. 

It's just a short video, but definitely not something you see every day. Thankfully, he held onto him.

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Juggernauter October 27, 2011 7:54 pm

"That's why you spned time in the gym"

Tell that to James Haskell!

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DiegoDubard October 27, 2011 7:56 pm

WAR BEAST!!! Amazing!

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Masters October 27, 2011 7:56 pm

What does the law say about this? I know we can lift in lineouts now, but what about in open play?

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Cookie October 27, 2011 8:27 pm

there should be a beast in every team!

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Scott October 27, 2011 8:53 pm

100% fine

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Rugby007 October 27, 2011 9:01 pm

And good on #13, who actually had the discipline to wait until the jumper got his feet back to the ground before engaging in contact (and lucky he didn't get two boots to the face as Daniel rotated rightside-up).

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Fettsack October 27, 2011 9:37 pm

You're allowed to lift like this on a kick return.
Awesome skills from both of them. Daniel doesn't panic at all even head down, like there's nothing particular happening.

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RedYeti October 27, 2011 9:49 pm

Are there any laws about how long you can hold a guy up for? If two lifters hoist a guy up with the ball, then nobody can touch him or them. What's to stop them just walking to the try line with him? The ref could ping them for unsportsmanlike conduct or something, but that's a bit of a cop out

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Tom October 27, 2011 10:09 pm

@RedYeti they are allowed to hold him up until he brings the ball down safely, If they try to walk with him the opposition can just stand in the way and the players would be pinged for obstruction.

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RedYeti October 27, 2011 11:24 pm

It's not obstruction whilst you're lifting though. You can't obstruct a player who cannot legally be tackled (i.e. in lineouts, the lifters are only pinged for obstruction once they've brought the man down). Obviously this is a ridiculous idea, but I love the thought of a team trying it, and the ref scrambling to think of a law that covers it haha

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mndpsp1 May 14, 2012 1:04 pm

What about this for an awesome skill:
If youre playing 7s or 10s, and you get an attacking scrum on/near their five metre line, draw the 10 and 9 away from the scrum, and hooker kicks the ball forwards, then 9 runs around and gathers and scores, now THAT would be awesome!
Odds of this ever happening? Basically 0 :p

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Guest October 27, 2011 11:02 pm

It is assisting, not lifting. you can assist the jumper in reaching a greater height, but you cannot just physically lift him. He needs to be going up under his own power, you more or less throw them a bit higher

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RedYeti October 27, 2011 11:26 pm

It's not just giving them more height; jumpers get massively more hang-time through the lifter supporting them in the air. You see some lineouts where the team want to form a maul, and deliberately keep the player in the air for ages so he can't be sacked before the maul is in position. So there isn't any sort of ruling on how long you can 'assist' them for

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nemo34 October 28, 2011 6:38 am

I like the attitude of the 13 that waits for the dangerous situation to be over before to start the contest. Rare fair play; Show that to McCaw...

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Gungehammer October 28, 2011 10:58 am

While the rest of us were enjoying a great play from a great player, you had to stick some negativity in, bravo.

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Jeri October 28, 2011 9:16 am

That man deserves a beer

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Gungehammer October 28, 2011 11:00 am

That is impressive, man's a beast (couldn't resist it)

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cheyanqui October 28, 2011 4:09 pm

Should be a no-call, Beast managed to bring him down.

In a lineout, the lifter is required to bring the player down safely. So if you drop a guy, it's either a FK or PK (see below).

In general play, there is no requirement specifically to a lifter. But the law related to taking a "player" off of his feet requires you to bring him back to ground without the player landing on his head/back.

Note that "player" is used, and thus could be applied to not only a teammate, but also to a teammate.

At the junior levels, I have see referees penalize teams at the lineout for dropping their own player (out of safety concern).



Foul Play --
Law 10.4(j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the with the ground is dangerous play. Sanction: Penalty kick


Lineout law (doesn't apply to general play, like on a kickoff)
Law 19.10 (g) Lowering a Player. Players who support a jumping team-mate must lower that player to the ground as soon as the ball has been won by a player of either team. Sanction: Free Kick on the 15-metre line.

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Pretzel October 28, 2011 10:54 pm

Should have been a red card, boots that high in the air, so dangerous, rotated through 90 degrees...blah blah blah, good effort though for saving el capitano from a broken neck...

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hasif October 29, 2011 8:06 am

it is his teammate though. if he can't hold on, and for example, Keegan Daniel falls and break his neck. should he get a red card? i think no. penalise also not. or else, there is a stated irb law for it.

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Pretzel October 29, 2011 2:15 pm

.....it was a joke.

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cheyanqui October 29, 2011 5:54 pm

actually, if he does drop his teammate -- it is indeed a penalty -- read Law 10.4(j)

As for cards -- I doubt the IRB has a directive about dropping a teammate. It would likely take a first incident for them to then come up with a directive.

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cheyanqui October 29, 2011 5:54 pm

actually, if he does drop his teammate -- it is indeed a penalty -- read Law 10.4(j)

As for cards -- I doubt the IRB has a directive about dropping a teammate. It would likely take a first incident for them to then come up with a directive.

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Just Call Me Ehtch October 30, 2011 5:10 am

For some reason, Frank Sinatra comes to mind,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmQq6yLe2ww
Don;t really know why.

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Just Call Me Ehtch October 30, 2011 5:20 am

Someone should do a vid to such flying events, that happen in ruger, to this Frank's track. I sure "his friends", ahem!, will not mind, as long as you include an Italian or two in it....

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stroudos October 31, 2011 10:08 am

Fair play Ehtch, that's arguably the first time yet that any of your musical links has made any sense.

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Just Call Me Ehtch October 31, 2011 5:56 pm

A song for Monsieur Clerc, from Sam Warburton, you could say....

GRRR, Rolland!

let it go boy, let it go... grrrrr. But Clerc played it like a wendyball player, and the french team also, with their amateur dramatics. And Monsieur Rolland was taken in with it....

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