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Monday, May 07, 2012

Aironi's Simone Favaro smashes Ospreys replacement Tom Isaacs

Italian side Aironi hosted the Ospreys in the final round of RaboDirect Pro12 group stages this weekend, with the visitors grinding out a hard fought 18-11 win. With five minutes left and the win secured, we saw the hit of the match.

The Ospreys chose an experimental side as they'd already earned a final four placing, but the win was valuable nonetheless as it means that they'll have a home semi final, against Munster.

Late in the game poor Tom Isaacs ended up on the end of a stray George Stowers pass, who ironically usually dishes out these types of hits. Instead his hospital pass set up Aironi flanker Simone Favaro, who smashed the replacement back in a perfectly legal tackle.

Isaacs tweeted about the tackle after the game. "That horrific feeling when you're winded and you honestly think you're going to die!!! Anyone seen my ribs?!? #lungslikecrisppackets"

If you listen carefully after the hit you can actually hear Ospreys number ten Dan Biggar come in and give Stowers an absolute mouthful for the pass. It was also nice to hear the referee having a bit of a chat with one of the players, saying that it was a 'cracking tackle'.

Update: After seeing this post on the site, Isaacs tweeted the following:

He later said "Yes I certainly hope I won't be on the receiving end of a hit like that again!! Keep up the good work, great website!" You can follow Tom on Twitter @Tommy_Isaacs.

This clip was pointed out by a RD visitor, and might have been missed out if he hadn't taken the time to mention it. If you saw something this weekend that you feel should be shared with others, please get in touch via the site contact page, Twitter, or Facebook.

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:23 pm | View Comments (11)

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TeamDuck May 07, 2012 10:24 pm

Hospital indeed. Silly pass too, Biggar sums it it up really, "what the f**k are you doing?!"

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Reality May 07, 2012 11:04 pm

Ahah, I love the referee at 0.55, "Oh no, absolutely crackin' tackle!". It's nice to see that he enjoys what he does.

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thunor May 07, 2012 11:38 pm

Very well heard! I hadn't picked up on that initially.

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MattyP May 08, 2012 5:42 pm

Don't forget that as a rule, most refs do so because they are fans of the game. I coach, have a broken body so can't play (much) anymore, but still have a run around as a ref because it gets me, as a fan, the best seat in the house. I don't know any high-level refs, but I'm sure it's the same for them.

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GWD80 May 07, 2012 11:08 pm

I wish Stowers had given that pass to Biggar instead. See what he said then the useless tw@t. Or just punched him in the face for being insolent to him in this clip.

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GCMars May 07, 2012 11:47 pm

Great hit! We in Italy need for more tackles like this in test matches! :)
Anyway, please tell to the BBC commentator that the correct pronunciation is "Fàvaro" haha.

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WelshOsprey May 08, 2012 6:27 am

Stowers is dead weight for the ospreys, real bad signing

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Jimmyjanga May 08, 2012 6:08 pm

Some of the biggest hits you'll see are with the tacklers head the wrong side, with all their body force transmitting in the impact. Of course, it can also lead to massive injuries to the tackler instead! In this case a hospital probably made the difference.... Cheers mate

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Osprey May 09, 2012 10:24 am

Anyone who throws a pass as bad as that deserves to be shouted at, Isaacs could've been injured for weeks with cracked ribs due to such an awful pass, good on Biggar for giving Stowers some stick.

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