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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Huge hit on Samoa's Uale Mai at the Las Vegas Sevens

This year's USA Sevens in Las Vegas smashed all previous attendance records for the tournament, with over 64 000 fans attending all three days. Those who were there saw some fantastic rugby, and plenty of big tackles.

A few days back highlights of all three days of action in Vegas were posted and you may have seen the hit that's featured here today. If you did, you'll probably agree that it's worth pulling out and posting on it's own. If not, well here it is.

In fact there's a few hits that take place in this clip, but the biggest of them is from Fiji's Metuisela Talebula on Samoan stalwart Uale Mai. It happened during the excellent Cup Semi Final between the two sides, that Samoa won 14-12. 

Former Scotland international Scott Hastings was commentating on the day, and as you can hear, he tends to get quite excited. He said afterwards that the tournament was simply incredible.

"For Samoa to turn over Fiji in such a physical match you wondered if they could come out and repeat that feat. The atmosphere here was one of the best in recent memory. I am an emotional guy and as I was commentating even I was shedding a tear during the final just at the sheer brilliance of the physicality and superb skill and fitness of these wonderful players.

"And the Islanders just seemed to bring something to this tournament - that there was something special happening in the wonderful setting at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

"I have a passion for Sevens and have always loved it. It was always a brilliant game to play and it broke the monotony of 15-a-side. These guys are the fittest rugby players on the planet and they have given us something very special here in Las Vegas," he said.

Below is a quick clip of what was possibly the tackle of the tournament. If you saw anything else that you feel was better or just as spectacular, please get in touch to let us know about it. You can follow the series news and updates on

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:11 pm | View Comments (14)

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Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play, Sevens

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RamRugby10 February 17, 2012 12:22 am

in the quiet words of Bill Lawry... "got him, yes!!"

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stroudos February 18, 2012 2:48 pm

It's what the fans want Richie!

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Alex February 17, 2012 1:09 am

Just casual pacific island mayhem, hits left right and centre!!!

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cheyanqui February 17, 2012 3:56 am

Your mission is to proceed up the field. Pick up Captain Mai's path at the 22m line, follow it and learn what you can along the way. When you find the Captain, infiltrate his team by whatever means available and terminate the Captain's command.
Willard: Terminate the Captain?
Terminate with extreme prejudice.
You understand, Talebula, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist...

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rufio February 17, 2012 10:30 am

bahhaahahaha. LOVE IT

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gezza82 February 17, 2012 11:51 am

Just for a complete wind up and banter, do you think his legs went "above the horizontal" ? And was he dropped? In literal terms of course! :) I can imagine that Alain Rolland would have given a red there perhaps... Wayne Barnes perhaps a yellow... and Romain Poite just a penalty ?? ;) Personally I think that was an awesome hit. That's what rugby should be like...!

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cheyanqui February 17, 2012 3:08 pm

I see your point.

On the opposite end, there have been other hits we see where the player is clearly lifted beyond horizontal, and the only thing that prevents it from being a red card is that the ball carrier manages to put out an elbow to prevent his neck from landing first. The player is not red carded, thanks to the ball carrier saving his own skin (and risking his elbow to save his spine)

Make you wonder which is worse -- and if applying a strict, binary criteria of beyond/not beyond horizontal makes sense.

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MattyP February 17, 2012 3:27 pm

A spear tackle requires the tackler to lift.

That was an awesome hit - but then again, hospital passes do tend to set up hits like that..

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Pretzel February 17, 2012 7:17 pm

Are we talking about spear tackles or tip tackles? or are they now the same thing?!

I think players should just wear tags now to avoid the tackle situation, this contact thing is all too dangerous and scary!

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MattyP February 17, 2012 7:23 pm

They're the same thing, other than a spear is a tip tackle where the tackler actually drives ("spears") the player into the ground.

Have you ever played rugby? There are plenty of ways to be physically dominant in a tackle without inverting a player and putting them at immediate and heightened risk of serious permanent injury. With the eradication of spear tackles, the game will be just as physical, and there will be less ex-players in wheelchairs and less ammunition for lawyers going forward.

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Pretzel February 17, 2012 10:51 pm

Of course I have clown face, ever think I was just being a dick for the sake of being a dick? or should I have put a little prelude in there like gezza82's "Just for a complete wind up and banter"

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stroudos February 18, 2012 2:52 pm

Ah, bit of a shame that a bit of well-intended banter has gone awry, but now that it's gone all serious, I would reiterate that in my opinion there remains a huge difference between spear and "tip" tackles. Spears are inherently dangerous, whereas I still have yet to hear about serious injury resulting from tips. Who are these ex-players in wheelchairs you refer to? And can you quote the legal cases relating to tip tackles.

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granite February 20, 2012 12:52 am

This is the good stuff. Its always good to watch Fiji when they're on their game.

Its a weird contrast to when Fiji loses the plot, like in the Pacific Cup vs Japan.

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