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Monday, December 12, 2011

Luke McAlister's big charge through Nick Evans in the Heineken Cup

In another action packed game on the weekend, Toulouse scored two tries to beat Harlequins 21-10 in Pool 6 of the Heineken Cup. Luke McAlister was in fine form on his return to English soil, putting in a great performance at The Stoop. 

Former Sale Sharks back McAlister had a good game for the classy French side as he contributed 11 points with the boot and threw his weight about a bit.

"This was a big one for us - Harlequins were on a bit of a roll with 14 from 14 so to knock them off was big for us. Our forwards gave us some good ball to work with, and we were very lucky in that regard and that enabled us to score two good trie," McAlister said.

"However, it is going to be difficult next week when they come to our ground because they are going to be putting it all in so this week we have to concentrate on our physicality because Harlequins are a very physical side so we have to turn up on Sunday and do the job."

McAlister brought the physicality as can be seen with this great charge on another quality Kiwi flyhalf that wasn't required by the All Blacks at the World Cup, Nick Evans. The fact that it's New Zealander up against New Zealander wasn't missed by the commentators or the fans, so it was quite amusing to see and worth sharing even if it's just a short clip.

Toulouse top the pool while Quins need a win in the return fixture to stay within reach.

Both players have been involved in some classic encounters over the years, some of which are listed below in the related posts section if you fancy having a browse.

Posted at 9:36 pm | 8 comments

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mise December 13, 2011 1:01 am

i suppose after all the nascewa-hipkiss comments, this is bound to be seen as a yellow and shoulder charge? I can see why ppl complain that some of these front on collisions are harmless enough when compared to spears etc....

as an aside, those anglo-saxon surnames ain't half sidewayz on occasion (hipkiss to twelvetress....)

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medicaluke December 13, 2011 10:50 pm

Why would anything here be a shoulder charge and a yellow??? McAlister has the ball

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D-Matt December 13, 2011 1:11 am

Toulouse only scored 2 tries (Matanavou) , and McAlister contributed 11 points.
It was a great game though!
Toulouse really seems to be the best pretender for the title this year.

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Colombes December 13, 2011 10:18 am

Great hit
Mc Allister brings a more direct game to toulouse. it's a physical but also a skilled 10, and it perfectly suits with the rouge&noir tradition.

with leinster, clermont and saracens, they won't be far of the title

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Lj December 13, 2011 10:54 am

Maybe if he played like that for the blues he would have been playing at the world cup for NZ. I dont understand why he is capable of putting in performances like that and kicking good overseas but served up NZ rugby with the rubbish he did before he left this year. Would of loved to see that back here

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patedelievre December 14, 2011 11:25 am

well a SH fan would say that NH rugby is 2nd division and keep it to that...I, however, would just say that Guy Novès (Toulouse's Head Coach, who's by far the best manager in NH when you look at titles won+frequency+wins v. defeats ratio) usually makes the best of his players.
McAlister's always been golden (we say "une pépite" in French) and with a "King Midas" like Guy Novès, he couldn't miss his shot...)
Picamoles was Man of the Match according to the UK commentators. I do agree (this guy ALWAYS GOES FORWARD!! can you remember the amazing try he set up for Trinh Duc against the All Blacks a couple years ago?)
Just hope Beauxis will be soon back to his best, playing with the likes of McAlister, Doussain and Burgess...
Hope to see Toulouse win this year, although I'd probably bet on Clermont, who've completed the perfect combination of "old talents" and new guys, formed at the club, such as Fofana and Buttin...remember these names guys they'll be around!

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POCandROG December 13, 2011 5:36 pm

any chance of see Paul O Connell massive hit on one of the scarlet wingers....he nearly knocked him out

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