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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Aled Brew's huge hit on Perpignan's David Mele

Last weekend Newport Gwent Dragons were comfortably beaten by Perpignan in the Amlin Challenge Cup. There was a big tackle from Aled Brew that stood out though, and has since been requested on more than one occasion.

While on Saturday the Dragons won convincingly, a week ago Perpignan were too good for them despite wing Aled Brew scoring just after half time to bring them back into the game.

The Dragons are reportedly hopeful that Brew will stick around and sign a new deal to stay at Rodney Parade. The thinking is that his Wales ambitions will keep him there when his contract runs out, despite apparent interest from France, and Perpignan in particular.

Brew wasn't included in Warren Gatland's Wales squad for the Six Nations however, leading to further speculation that he might look elsewhere. Dragons coach Darren Edwards quashed those fears though, stating that he believes Brew won't give up that easily.

"Aled has got a fighting attitude and he will keep on going. He was an outsider for the World Cup but didn’t accept it, kept going and got his reward. I know he won’t take this rolling down and hopefully it will be his performances with the Dragons that get him back into the Wales squad.

"Aled is so valuable to our attacking game and now that Shane Williams is gone I just wish he was given a proper run. Only then would we be able to see if he can make the same impact on the international stage as he does for us," he said.

With hits like this one on David Mele, you'd think Brew will continue knocking on the door.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:30 am | View Comments (14)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Billybob January 24, 2012 12:30 pm

Welcome to Boom town

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Ref January 24, 2012 1:25 pm

poor call from the ref! if he takes it in from a kick is it still not his ball??

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Stefan January 24, 2012 1:41 pm

Classy clean hit there. For ref: if it's a maul that's stopped and it was directly after a caught kick then it remains his ball. However, in this case it's a standard ruck as the tackled player goes to ground (hard!) and as the dragons are going forwards they get the ball when it becomes unplayable. Capiche?

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Ref January 24, 2012 1:45 pm

ah yes I believe you are correct! my bad.

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Owen January 24, 2012 2:41 pm

Brew is consistently good for the dragons dont understand why Gatland never gives him a chance

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Full Back January 28, 2012 12:11 pm

Who would you leave out of the squad?

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bnations January 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Good on Mele for popping right back up. I am more impressed by his chip ahead than the hit itself. That was a nice piece of skill from on awkward position that appeared to catch the Perpignan chasers completely off guard.

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donkeyballs4000 January 24, 2012 4:37 pm

This is why there are rules for tackling. Huge hit and yet no risk to either player. Great tackle.

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mndpsp1 January 24, 2012 4:43 pm

Class hit, Warren Gatland should have taken him to Poland to be completely honest. He shouldn't base his selections on past performance (hate to say it, but Brew hasn't been fab for Wales, but then a better example is Henson..)

And, just going to point out, but the RD at the end looks a lot like BF3 haha

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cheyanqui January 24, 2012 5:35 pm

ooh la la la la la la

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Canadian content January 25, 2012 12:05 am

Yeah can't understand why he's been omitted either. form should be what matters most. henson has nine tospeak of.

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Full Back January 28, 2012 12:14 pm

Henson's a centre, he's in because Roberts is out. If we're going to talk about Brew then we should compare him to the other wingers.

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BigBenji January 29, 2012 7:15 pm

Brew should of been selected for the Welsh Squad, simple as that.

They pick the same group of players almost every single time. It's never based on form! Lets be honest Henson is only in there because of his past. I honestly don't think he was ever that good anyway, all he did was kick a penalty from halfway and suddenly he is some outstanding player?

In terms of comparing Brew to other wingers only, he can also play Centre and plays it very well. But They pick Harry Robinson? Who? Not one person I spoke to knew who he was either. Just goes to show that someone is certainly not right in the Welsh selection process.

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