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Monday, June 17, 2013

Brutal covering hit from New Zealand schoolboys rugby game

This brutal tackle comes from a recent New Zealand schools rugby game between Wanganui Collegiate and St. Pauls Collegiate. It's been doing the rounds so if you haven't seen it yet, get ready to squirm in your seat.

St. Paul's Kip Fawcett made a great run as he split the defence in two then offloaded for a try-scoring pass. Unfortuntely in the process Ruslan Casey lined him up and smashed him.

It might be considered a late tackle but Casey seemed fully committed to it, with the hit producing a crunching (cracking?) sound that was heard around the ground, and brilliantly captured on camera.

Fawcett, who created the try from first phase possession from a scrum, got up somehow although he did look a fair bit shaken, but that's to be understood after one of the biggest hits of the season.

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Credit: Ben Sutherland

Posted at 12:08 pm | 25 comments

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rememberthemer June 17, 2013 2:45 pm

Big hit. Might have been better to tackle the guy with the ball though.

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Bradders June 17, 2013 2:51 pm

Tackler's head went down with the shoulder when the 10 still had the ball - Great hit and probably meant he was hesitant to take the ball to the line for the rest of the game.

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Guy June 17, 2013 3:02 pm

Boooommmmmm!!!! Whiplash & concussion!

(PS Lot's of respect for the player making the hit & the player getting up after that).

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macmurchu June 20, 2013 9:50 am

The victim you mean!

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Gonzoman June 17, 2013 3:20 pm

That is a fine display from both players: the tackler for obvious reasons, and the ball-carrier to make the off-load despite the missile in white hurtling towards him!

Full marks to both for commitment!

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You my boy Blue June 17, 2013 3:29 pm

That tackle made my screen shake.

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DrG June 17, 2013 3:36 pm

Bloody hell, that was brilliant/brutal!

Definitely looked committed, and totally agree with Bradders, I reckon that 10 might have been a bit discouraged from then onwards!!!

...and he was ginger!!! (does that mean extra points for a tackle like that?)

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DanKnapp June 17, 2013 4:03 pm

I feel a little bit sick. Awesome hit, even better for the lad to get up from it. Well done to both.

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Wimpossible June 17, 2013 4:04 pm

Of course he got back up he's a St Pauls boy, we always get back up

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Stix June 17, 2013 4:06 pm

BAM!!! What a hit! That is one of the biggest hits I've ever seen! Incredible tackle!

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BenjaJ June 17, 2013 4:20 pm

Ouch !!! Awesome hit !

Too bad the 15 white didn't take advantage of that tackle.

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Tom June 17, 2013 6:18 pm

Excellent play from both of them. The carrier held to ensure the tackler was fully committed to him and got smashed, but gave the offload perfectly. If only the No. 15 tackled that we'll, bit of a soft attempt by him to stop the try.

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DrG June 17, 2013 7:36 pm

I'm trying to see where the tackler starts off, is he the left wing? I thought maybe one of the back row but then he seems to deep as he runs across to have come from the scrum...

I forgot to say it was a great run by the fly half, really did well, shameful tackling (or lack of) by the other players in white.

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Ben June 18, 2013 12:37 am

He was on the wing, great ground covered

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Moo June 17, 2013 8:12 pm

Good outside break, nice support line, great (legal) tackle and a well-taken score. It was great to see the lad get straight up afterwards, helped by his mates. This is why we all play / watch the game; it's the mixture of class, brutality and camaraderie that keeps us all hooked.

(That scrum looked a bit of a dogs breakfast though!)

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Mark June 18, 2013 12:00 am

Fair play but still... I hope the team revenged that tackle by winning big time.

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Gomer June 18, 2013 3:58 am

Awesome try, unbelievable hit, and the boy gets straight back up. A lot of men wouldnt get up after that hit, and would stay down and go off. They sure breed them tough in NZ, you kinda get an idea of why their AB's are the best. Respect to both boys.

Still waiting for the princesses to find a reason why its illegal (shoulder charge/late hit/red card...yawn), or moan about something unimportant going on somewhere else in the vid.

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DrG June 18, 2013 11:51 am

He clearly attempted to wrap and succeeded... no need for any punishment... ;)

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irishcal June 18, 2013 10:41 pm

As an Irishman I can now see why we have never beaten NZ! If the kids tackle like this, the grown-ups must be cannibals. Oh yes mauris were! Fair play all round, especially to the 10.

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Canadian content June 19, 2013 12:15 am

Antiquated, a bit racist and dumb irishcal.

Great commitment, showed that a big tackle can be made legally and WRAP!

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DrG June 19, 2013 2:11 am

....hardly... Antiquated would be right, but racist? Well documented accounts of Maori's and cannibalism, so hardly racist...

Although the fact this was a pasty ginger kid, I'd agree again with the dumb part...

But he does make a point..massive tackles like this as kids, no wonder the big boys are immense!

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Guest June 19, 2013 2:15 am

What a tackle that is!! Obviously the frustration from being the only player in white to tackle has been building. Pathetic attempts by the 12 and the 15 (in particular the 15)

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Quacksam June 19, 2013 2:18 am

If it was an islander guy that tackle that guy, i dont think he would be able to stand up agan...

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Ringy June 19, 2013 8:54 am

Ringies! Nice hit, but they still scored! DrG go do some more home work... it's well documented and a fact that the one of the most recent account of cannibalism is actually by Caucasians. If your last name is Gibson you'd wish it wasn't as he did it out of curiosity sick aye!

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DrG June 19, 2013 9:23 pm

Mate, I'm not saying all Kiwi's or Maori's are cannibals, I'm talking about history.

Spelling aside: "grown-ups must be cannibals. Oh yes mauris were!" with WERE being the central word in the argument.

Embrace the heritage...Obviously hasn't done any of today's Maori's any harm... in fact looking at their playing, it could be argued they're "possessed" when they play!

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