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Monday, March 11, 2013

Julian Savea smashes Israel Dagg, Robbie Fruean, and a few others

The Hurricanes beat the Crusaders 29-28 in a Super Rugby thriller on Friday night. Wing Julian Savea had a large part to play in the home side's performance as he physically dominated and scored a try that was reminiscent of Jonah Lomu vs Mike Catt in 1995.  

Dan Carter had a chance to snatch the win for the Crusaders late in the game, but a drop goal attempt sailed wide, allowing the Hurricanes to get back on track after two successive losses.

Savea was sensational on the night as he bumped hapless tacklers out the way, smashed others, and showed a deftness of touch that has seldom been seen in such brutal runners.

Comparisons to the great Lomu were hard to avoid, but what Savea perhaps lacks in size (when compared with the All Black legend), he makes up for in other areas of his game, clearly having worked on his kicking, passing, and option taking.

He made a statement early on with a big charge through All Black Israel Dagg, then smashed Crusaders powerhouse Robbie Fruean, leaving him on the floor wincing in pain.

In the second half and with the Hurricanes trailing, Savea lit things up as he beat one man, then lined up last defender Dagg and literally bumped him out the way for the second time in the game.

It wasn't quite at the same brutality level of Lomu vs Catt, but it was right up there and the impact he made on the night will live long in the memory as a defining moment in his young career.

Below is a clip showing the bumps, the try, and that big tackle on Fruean

Hurricanes vs Crusaders highlights

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:39 am | View Comments (17)

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Canadian content March 11, 2013 2:59 pm

Most impressed by the tackle on freuan. Like Marshall said, never seen that before! Robbie must go about 110, 115 kg? Smashing men of the same size is very impressive.

I know I'm gonna take some stick here but did anyone else notice all three players who got bumped ducks their heads? Perhaps poor technique but I also think trying to tackle that train with a traditional rugby tackle is the best option

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yessir March 11, 2013 4:50 pm

Canadian content, I noticed that as well...

Savea is an absolute beast, so I don't want to discredit him at all. However both Dagg's body position seemed all wrong when trying to tackle the big man. Probably just couldn't get into a good position to stick the tackle.

Anyway, monster guy! I'm sure Keith Earls was somewhere in Ireland twitching when he saw that...

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dave March 12, 2013 6:29 am

I would argue that the best tackle on a guy like savea would be taking a page out of sam warbuton's book with the try saving tackle on manu tuilagi last six nations at twickenham, just make sure you dont let go of the legs

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Canadian content March 11, 2013 2:59 pm

Sorry not the best option

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dave March 12, 2013 6:38 am

well I guess you know everything then because trying to tackle 230 lb plus rugby players at the hip that can power clean 300lbs + and run so fast you cant set up into "a traditional rugby tackle " is obviously a cake walk for most rugby players as evidenced in this video let alone yourself

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dave March 14, 2013 6:21 am

There you go
apparently Jonathan Davies disagrees with you on how to tackle a player like tuilagi or savea

"Tuilagi and Brad Barritt are a strong pairing but Sam Warburton [the Wales flanker and recent captain] showed at Twickenham last year how you tackle Tuilagi. He took him low, around the ankles, and it was an effective approach

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Jeroo March 11, 2013 4:04 pm

good grief! monstrous! Which island is he from?

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maddernhead March 11, 2013 10:08 pm

He's Born and raised in Wellington, and like many of Samoan descent he calls NZ home.

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Guy March 12, 2013 9:38 am

Since he's from Wellington 'the North Island' would also be a correct answer for trolls like Jeroo.

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Jb March 11, 2013 4:29 pm

From Savea Island!

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DaiCanada March 11, 2013 7:02 pm

Not got a Welsh grandparent, has he?

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Wayno March 11, 2013 9:58 pm

Dagg's not small either 90kgs+, he would normally get away with that technique on less powerful players but Savea just smashed him. You could see the look on his face in the slo he'd be run over by a bus

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dave March 12, 2013 6:26 am

I remember reading about how george st pierre the mma fighter said that it's not that he lifts so much weight that makes him seem so much stronger then his build but that his fast twitch fibre recruitment was as peak as he could make it and thinking about that makes me think the same sort of thing about julian savea, he isn't really built much different then other rugby players but when they try to tackle him it looks like they're trying to tackle a guy that's 50 lbs heavier then he apears

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Jeri March 12, 2013 8:11 am

Holy crap, how many other players in the competitition can make both Robbie Fruean and Israel Dagg eat dirt like that?

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Kyle March 12, 2013 2:50 pm

Frank Halai can! Made Savea look foolish, too scared to tackle the Blues flyer...

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Stubby March 13, 2013 2:41 pm

shades of Lomu.

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