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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dean Mumm's huge hand-off on the Sharks' Marcel Coetzee

The Waratahs came from behind to beat the Sharks 34-30 in Sydney on Saturday in one of many close finishes in Super Rugby this weekend. One of the more memorable moments of the game was this huge fend from Dean Mumm late in the second half.

Last weekend promising Sharks flanker Marcel Coetzee was on the other side of a Digby Ioane tip tackle in Durban, the result of which was actually a five week suspension for the Wallaby winger. This time Coetzee was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end yet again.

With only about seven minutes left in the game and trailing 30-27, lock Dean Mumm's big charge proved the difference between the sides as he set off down field, given the home side the impetus needed to create a late winning try for winger Tom Kingston.

"If you look at all the other games in the Super Rugby, it's been won in the last 10 minutes. We knew that and the Tahs snatched it at the death," said Sharks prop Jannie Du Plessis.

"We tried our best, it was a great rugby game, unfortunately we couldn't pull it off."

Mumm's fend on Coetzee will go down as a thing of legend, purely for the spectacular nature of it, and of course the fact that it led up to the winning try. Coetzee went way to high on a tall man, but the acceleration and balance of the big second rower was probably the most impressive factor.

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:03 pm | View Comments (29)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play, See it to Believe it

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sdre March 25, 2012 4:14 pm

huge strength

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Javier Xavier March 25, 2012 4:17 pm

I expect Dean Mumm to get five weeks off for that one as he clearly tossed the other player in the air way past 90 degrees, with malicious intent, and onto his neck. IRB please take a stand!

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gustyguest March 25, 2012 4:34 pm

i was just thinking the exact same thing

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Pretzel March 25, 2012 9:59 pm

HAH, you have to be kidding right?!?!?!? 5 weeks for that???
Purchase a pair of spectacles, that should be at least a 5 month ban!

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Ando March 25, 2012 5:37 pm

Brilliant! Had a good laugh at this one. Classic when Coetzee gets his face buried into the turf.

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RamRugby10 March 25, 2012 5:51 pm

Digby Ioane: "Yesssssssssss!"

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Fettsack March 25, 2012 6:00 pm

Absolutely unbelievable!

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Guy March 25, 2012 7:14 pm

NOW Coetzee has a reason to stay down and act like he is hurt... That's called justice.

Why the hell does he jump into Mumm in the tackle anyway?

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stroudos March 25, 2012 8:17 pm

Jesus, that is the biggest hand-off I have ever seen, by a margin.
Mumm's pretty mobile for a lock too isn't he!? Cracking run.

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Edoardo Bandieri March 25, 2012 8:18 pm

ahahahah I call that justice,coetzee act like a ballerina against Ioane,and Mumm let him dance!

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Gingerlion March 25, 2012 8:59 pm

The is the first "tip handoff" i've ever seen! Love it!

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The Green Mafia March 25, 2012 10:19 pm

Have to agree with stroudos. Almost as impressive as the handoff is the fact that Mumm really can move!

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The Green Mafia March 25, 2012 10:22 pm

Also, and sorry for the double-posting, LOVE the pumped up fattie in the background after the handoff

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Corbin March 26, 2012 12:09 am



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Matt March 26, 2012 8:33 am

Much as I am a Sharks supporter and disappointed at the loss, that was absolutely huge. And Marcel's bemused expression is priceless.

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Jeri March 26, 2012 9:12 am

Lol at Coetzee on the floor, scratching his head.

"Dafuq just happened?"

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Battering Ram March 26, 2012 11:01 am

"Oh look, a penny!"

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Jwall March 26, 2012 11:43 am

Haha, Coetzee's in the wars! That's gotta be some justice for his dive when Ioane tackled him.
Crazy hand off, great stuff from mumm. Mumm has always been a mobile, running second rower, it's just a shame that he's not quite big enough to be a top international player. But that was some strength.
It'd be cool if RD put up highlights from the game, it was a cracker.
Also, what happened to trys of the week? i miss those.

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bnations March 26, 2012 4:38 pm

By the end of Mumm's run, the Sharks were actually short two players: Coetzee and Du Plessis. If you watch, Mumm landed on Du Plessis who promptly rolled over and played dead. With a 15-13 advantage, a try was almost a surety.

What a brutally effective individual effort.

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nicoasm March 26, 2012 10:44 pm

Very true.

In Du Plessis' defense however, his landing was pretty brutal, and justifies his being dazed.

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Jwall March 26, 2012 11:41 pm

Yeah and he had a great game as well. He scored a great try off a maul, just shrugged off Wycliffe Palu, who is a beast himself.

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bnations March 27, 2012 12:50 am

Tis true, tis true. Having a lump the size of Mumm land on your stomach was no doubt unpleasant. And funny ... ;-)

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Nathan March 28, 2012 11:47 am

I was running through the rugby pitch
With a ball, trying to get points for my team
When a guy runs to me to get me down
Man, I'm not gonna let you tackle me,
I threw him on the GROUNDDDDDDD!!!!!

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Hendogo March 28, 2012 5:20 pm

Haha, Damn I never seen someone get B slapped like that before in a game. He should of just went home after that, hung up his boots, and started his new hobby fishing.

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Ed March 29, 2012 12:13 pm

....and kids that is why you don't go high on a big guy....

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TripSe7777ens April 21, 2012 6:26 pm

Spectacular hand-off. If you watch Coetzee's legs, her actually jumps into the tackle - so he is off his feet attempting to tackle Mumm (which is illegal) so he got what he deserved really. I think his momentum, and the fact that he jumped made it look a lot worse than it actually was.

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red-love32 May 06, 2012 7:02 am

hand of of the century of any ball running game. PERIOD.

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