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Friday, May 10, 2013

Lolo Lui's huge tackle on James Stannard at the Glasgow Sevens

This weekend the London Sevens takes place at Twickenham after another fascinating round in Glasgow a week ago. Here is a quick look at a big tackle that took place in the Samoa vs Australia game, as Lolo Lui demolished James Stannard.

South Africa won the tournament after beating New Zealand in the final, while Samoa had a series leg that they would rather forget, losing to Canada, narrowly beating Russia and then losing the Bowl semi final to Australia.

In that game there was this stand out moment for the Samoans however, as Lui made a sensational hit, knocking the wind out of Stannard to the point that he had to leave the field.

Samoa are fourth in the standings going into the final leg of the world series, in London. While New Zealand have won this year's series, South Africa and Fiji will be gunning for second place.

Hosts England are in eighth place, but will no doubt be looking for a good showing in front of their home crowd. We'll have official highlights from the IRB as they happen throughout the weekend.

Time: 1:14
Credit: Thanks to the IRB

Posted at 10:00 am | 21 comments

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Dennis May 10, 2013 2:48 pm

Is that an attempted punch after the hit ? bit unnecessary when you've put in hit like that !

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Scotland11 May 10, 2013 3:19 pm

Love it, thanks for putting it up like I suggested!!

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pullmefinger May 10, 2013 3:44 pm

there is no punch he was going into ruck mode. the hand hits the ground

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Rugbydump May 10, 2013 4:31 pm

Agreed. Slowed it down frame by frame and he seemed to have no idea where Stannard's head was. The inside of his forearm does touch the head, but it looks accidental.

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Mitchell May 10, 2013 7:31 pm

I think that's definitely an attempted punch. You don't swing your hand down as hard as you can and twist your shoulders like that to get balance.

It's a crackin' hit though!

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MattyJ May 10, 2013 4:17 pm

casual punch to the back of the head good sportsmanship

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Tui May 10, 2013 10:11 pm

0:32 'pause video' and press 'J' or 'L' to move frame by frame backwards or forwards. It wasn't a? punch.

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Guest May 11, 2013 12:05 am

This is rather a "pull your face to my kneecap" than a punch. Why would he go in ruck mode when he can see the ball flying away, and why would he go so aggressively as if he was punching the ground. Twat.

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Canadian content May 11, 2013 1:21 am

Not a punch, not even worth debating.

Fantastic hit, clean, wrapped up, totally proves that all of the other hits where the tackler supposedly "couldn't" wrap, we're in fact illegal.

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K Slay May 11, 2013 5:05 am

Agreed, you have one of the best hits of the year but these NH Rugby wimps (the majority as seen in this blog - and every other blog I read from RD) choose to ignore it and look for something illegal or something to criticize. SMH my faith in Rugby fans is slowly dwindling. The worst ones I hear are "you NEVER tackle to hurt people, you tackle to bring them down" and "I'd rather watch a good low tackle around the legs than this".

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DrG May 11, 2013 11:44 am

...*yawn* if you say so..

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K Slay May 11, 2013 5:12 am

I disagree with your last statement. Lui's tackle hits in the stomach where it is soft-ish (as you can see the AUS player is winded) so the body (upper and lower) will naturally fold around Lui's shoulder making it a lot easier to "attempt to wrap", which is the rule. Whereas Kahui's tackle's tend to hit the upper body/chest where it is solid and rigid knocking them off balance, therefore making it a lot harder to "attempt to wrap" in most cases.

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Canadian content May 11, 2013 1:22 am

Talking about mainly kahuis

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FelipeG May 11, 2013 6:06 pm

Nice tackle, obvious punch.

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DrG May 11, 2013 11:53 pm

Perhaps it should be compulsory from now on to state your hemisphere when leaving a comment on RD, either NH for Northern Hemisphere, or SH for Southern Hemisphere, that way all the genii/geniuses who enjoy the NH v SH bullshit can get their facts straight.

Cracking tackle, strong, clean, legal, guys gonna have sore guts for a white. The end looked "odd" not sure if it was a way of roughing up the player or just an awkward hand/arm placing when trying to ruck, either way, not a big deal.

NH!

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DrG May 11, 2013 11:53 pm

Perhaps it should be compulsory from now on to state your hemisphere when leaving a comment on RD, either NH for Northern Hemisphere, or SH for Southern Hemisphere, that way all the genii/geniuses who enjoy the NH v SH bullshit can get their facts straight.

Cracking tackle, strong, clean, legal, guys gonna have sore guts for a white. The end looked "odd" not sure if it was a way of roughing up the player or just an awkward hand/arm placing when trying to ruck, either way, not a big deal.

NH!

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Canadian content May 12, 2013 3:08 pm

That may be true, but I also don't like thé height of the tackles either. They get too close to the neck/ head and become too borderline. If you don't care about preventing injuries in rugby, then U don't care about the sport. No one can look at this tackle and debate thé legality. Kahui's had a strong debate.

And who cares what hemisphere your from. Tribal silliness. We are all rugby fans

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DrG May 14, 2013 3:17 pm

@ Canadian content

I see no problem with the height of this tackle, nor the height of Kahui's, any higher on Kahui's and definitely trouble, but I don't believe "rugby" can introduce any more interpretive areas without causing more havoc, e.g. "yes it was not technically a high tackle, but it was getting CLOSE to a high tackle from my view so what we'll do is just sort of award a free kick or something..." ...get my drift...

I do totally agree with you on the "wrap" side of things, but again we have to be careful with wording. Kahui's tackle was by definition NOT illegal, the sort of pathetic swinging motion he made with one of his arms looks to be his way of "attempting to wrap" and that is all the laws ask for; "an attempt". However I can see how law changes etc have caused players to opt more for that Kahuiesque style over a traditional style because if you flatten the guy and you're still on your feet, then you can compete for the ball if he's on the ground. But as I said, to the letter of the law, what Kahui did was perfectly fine.

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dylan May 16, 2013 7:22 am

good work all round from lui.transitions from the hit straight onto his feet and looking to play the ball. obviously not a punch. as soon as he realises the ball is gone hes up and chasing it straight away.you people saying he threw a punch...you need spectacles.do you even play the game?

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