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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Nick Abendanon crunches Lee Dickson then gets smashed by George Pisi

Another fantastic rugby year has come and passed as we now look forward to 2012, which has many big things in store for loyal Rugbydump followers. For now though let's end 2011 with two big hits from a few days back in the Aviva Premiership.

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Back to this clip, and it features Bath's Nick Abendanon smashing Lee Dickson as Saints attempted a move off the back of the scrum a few days back. The impact was massive and might have been called a shoulder by some cynics, despite it looking okay to the officials. Dickson unfortunately appeared to bite his tongue, which would not have been the most pleasant thing to experience while getting smashed to the floor.

George Pisi got a bit of revenge a few minutes later though, as he flew at Abendandon in another crunching hit. The Bath fullback has a bit of a history with Samoans actually, so make sure you check out the related posts below which include a few huge tackles on the poor guy.

We'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year. Stay safe and have a brilliant 2012!

Posted by Rugbydump at 4:14 pm | View Comments (24)

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cheyanqui December 31, 2011 8:05 pm

if Bath has personal injury insurance, does the insurer pay if Abendanon's injury were caused by criminal negligence (i.e. Olly Barkley)?

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johndoe December 31, 2011 8:25 pm

Tackle's pretty close to the edge of the laws, if not over the edge. Funny that Barnes doesn't even touch on that when he usually jumps in at the hint of foul play... I wonder why.

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johndoe December 31, 2011 8:26 pm

Actually, maybe I'm being harsh. The Pisi tackle was worse and he didn't say anything about that to be fair to him.

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Sankeor January 01, 2012 7:48 pm

Yes, and we can also see on the replay Pisi holding Abendanon's leg after the tackle when he tries to get up. Not so bad anyway, but I'm just noticing.

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benders December 31, 2011 9:28 pm

every time i hear the name Nick Abendanon, i immediately think of Don't Drop the Egg, they've forever changed how i think of him...

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BestHookerInTown January 01, 2012 2:00 pm

I was half expecting that Blazeby, 6 sometimes 7, was going to run on and smash Pisi after that tackle.

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UHtiger January 01, 2012 7:57 am

The first tackle seemed very similar to a the Paul Williams tackle from the world cup that was deemed dirty by so many people.

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filth January 01, 2012 3:11 pm

Anyone who says that tackle was illegal is incredibly stupid. Perfect tackle. Rugby is a contact sport get over it!

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Alan January 01, 2012 3:25 pm

Should have been a yellow, easy. How long are refs going to let players get away with dangerous tackles like this? It's not good for the game.

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johndoe January 01, 2012 5:48 pm

Take it you've never touched a rugby ball, Alan.

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Sankeor January 01, 2012 7:57 pm

Both are not tackles but bumps, which is not legal according to rugby laws.
It's not about deserving or whatever, but if you want to be fair it's a yellow for both Abendanon and Pisi : absolutely not atempt to wrap the arms around the oponent.
I agree it's spectacular but they are not playing bumper cars.

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cormac January 01, 2012 8:54 pm

What are you on about? both have attempts to wrap. It is quite obvious that you have never walked on to a rugby pitch.

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Sankeor January 02, 2012 3:19 pm

I happen to have played rugby and still play regularly. And I do know how to tackle. You should review the meaning of "obvious", I'm not english but I know it.
You should also learn union rules and watch less american football and more rugby.

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Colombes January 02, 2012 12:35 pm

first tackle was massive and just appeared to be a "bump" because of the impact. lookin at abendanon reaction after the tackle, it was not malicious.
on pisi one, it's clearly a revenge with a shoulder

i bet that in the future, it will be more and more difficult to watch and appreciate perfect tackle as the rugby league begins to influence this part of the XV game

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UHtiger January 03, 2012 12:08 am

What a load of toff, the tackles look almost identical.

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r3ck32 January 03, 2012 12:58 am

wait a second, "bath had kept their entire backline out of the scrum", yes barnsey, surprisingly they have!!! what a moron. . .

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Adamthomo17 January 03, 2012 12:42 pm

Damn missed it due to copyright claims.

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ollie January 03, 2012 1:06 pm

It's interesting that all they have to do is "attempt" to wrap the arms... Both fail dismally. Why is it that in this regard the intention is all important while often it is the result that counts? Just in the name of consistency across the game...

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ollie January 03, 2012 1:06 pm

It's interesting that all they have to do is "attempt" to wrap the arms... Both fail dismally. Why is it that in this regard the intention is all important while often it is the result that counts? Just in the name of consistency across the game...

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filth January 04, 2012 1:41 pm

Alan and the like, you are the reason why rugby is going soft. Please go back to Ballet you clowns. You haven't got a clue about the game.

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Canadian content January 05, 2012 9:01 am

I agree with the above comment, attempt to wrap should count for nothing as I believe it can be faked.

On another note I hope Dickson gets a run in the 6 nations. He has neither the flash nor flair of care or young and he is considerably slower and less physically talented than both, yet his team continues to win and he is always tenacious and aggressive and delivers a good ball.

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Canadian content January 05, 2012 9:08 am

And filth your attitude is part of the reason rugby will encounter a concussion epidemic like American football and hockey. The game has changed in that the players are bigger, stronger, faster and better prepared than ever. Without careful scrutiny these big hits will inevitably lead to serious injuries, which despite the giving you the obvious visual satisfaction you so desparately need, aren't good for the game.

If you wish to watch a sport where there is little regard for the participants (and the easily influenced young spectators who will try to emulate their heroes) may I suggest cock fighting?

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filth January 05, 2012 10:55 am

Hey, did the referee penalize that tackle? I think not. And as rugby players are getting bigger, stronger and faster, and then shouldn’t they be able to take a big hit and get up from it? You’re obviously confused as I stated that there was nothing wrong with that tackle. I never mentioned anything about high tackles. That tackle didn’t go anywhere near the head and you could quite easily get a concussion from cleaning out an opposing player at ruck time, or anywhere else on the rugby pitch.

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Sankeor January 06, 2012 4:07 am

"And as rugby players are getting bigger, stronger and faster, and then shouldn’t they be able to take a big hit and get up from it?"
I guess I've been considering the question when I was a kid, for at least 10 seconds maybe... yeah, really a big deal...
But dude have you ever wondered why a whale dies out of the sea on its own weight ? Why 70kg weight lifters can lift nearly 3 times their own weight but 100kg weight lifters cannot ? Why 130kg am. football players wear pads all over them and still get injured very badly ? Really, I can easily go on with this list...
We are all made of flesh and bones, even guys weighing 120kg. Getting bigger and faster does not protect you.
And by the way, mass x velocity = momentum, that is real life.

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