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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Hosea Gear's big tackles against the Crusaders

A stand out feature of the Highlanders 27-24 upset victory over the Crusaders in Dunedin on the weekend was the home side's defence. One of the guys who made a massive impact, albeit from the wing, was new signing Hosea Gear.

After having spent eight seasons with the Hurricanes, the former All Black wing made the move down south to join Jamie Joseph, a hard-nosed coach who ruffled his feathers a while back.

Gear has said that back then, when Joseph first joined the Hurricanes as an assistant coach, he disliked his approach, but eventually his game flourished. When the opportunity to join the Highlanders came, he jumped at it, moving his young family and accepting the new challenge.

"I'm quite familiar with the environment that Jamie wanted to create and had going on down here. That is a massive part of the Highlanders brand, trying to get everyone involved and making sure the partners are happy as well as the kids," Gear said recently.

He hasn't always been a favourite with New Zealand selectors, so that's something he feels he can still improve on, and he hopes to add to his eight All Black tests.

"I'm still looking to grow as a player. I still believe I can get even better. That is something I am searching for and striving for. If I could try and get my hands on the ball and get into that line a little bit more. Just try and create a little bit more space for those around me," he said.

Gear scored a vital try for the Highlanders with ten minutes left in this match, and earlier in the game he introduced himself to Tom Marshall with a huge crashtackle. It wasn't his first of the game, and it's safe to assume that it won't be his last of the season either.

You can view more of Gear at his best in the related posts below

View match highlights from all games in Round 2 of Super Rugby

Posted at 9:24 am | 13 comments

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Mattia March 06, 2012 1:08 pm

In italy this is called: "ball and hospital"

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Guy March 06, 2012 1:22 pm

Textbook stuff!

Good defense can be just as exciting as attacking rugby!

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Canadian content March 06, 2012 2:22 pm

Very unlucky to not be involved in the rwc, underrated player.

RD, I find in the modern game that wings have a big opportunity to make a big impact.

That's where the space allows for big plays, offensively and defensively. The space also allows for more time to build speed which leads to much bigger collisions in the backs than are seen in the forwards.

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Canadian content March 06, 2012 2:22 pm

Btw RD, fantastic site :)

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Hry March 06, 2012 4:09 pm

I've never understood why he isn't a fixture in the All Black starting line-up.

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DAS March 06, 2012 5:27 pm

Always have rated Gear -- world class finisher, and always has had good physicality for a winger. An absolute freight train when he's at full speed

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Pretzel March 06, 2012 10:29 pm

Second tackle was nearly the new Brian Lima v Derick Hougaard!! :)

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ApoloXV March 06, 2012 11:03 pm

another Hurricanes player making other teams look good as always!!

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muhaa March 07, 2012 6:57 pm

Duznt perform at times but should have definately playd more at the rwc,gud decision 2 move from cannes too.

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FatProp April 07, 2012 11:49 am

I wish England could produce wingers like this ! Great runner and could not knock down a brick wall

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