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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Newcastle's Richard Mayhew crunches Harlequins' Sam Smith

This is a very quick clip of a great tackle that happened in Round 9 of the Aviva Premiership, in the game between Newcastle Falcons and Harlequins at Kingston Park. Harlequins came away with a comfortable 35-9 victory.

Quins scored four tries to get the bonus point win but Newcastle made one of the hits of the game, with flanker Mayhew timing things really well to come in and smash winger Sam Smith.

You can see that Smith stayed down for a while, and Mayhew's timely intervention probably prevented a try as Harlequins had a clear overlap out wide. Smith did recover, and scored two tries.

Mayhew also has a very impressive moustache, no doubt part of his Movember effort.

On a side note, this was Newcastle coach Dean Richards' first game back against his old club, from which he was famously banned following Bloodgate in 2009. The irony was that Tom Williams, who was very much involved with that whole controversy, scored the first try of the game.

"I couldn't give a toss who scored the first try," insisted Richards afterwards.

Posted at 11:00 am | 9 comments

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cheyanqui December 05, 2013 1:50 pm

you could hear the clap of the pads....

and by pads I mean spleen

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DanKnapp December 05, 2013 3:33 pm

The mo' makes it even better. I'd love to see a compilation video from November with highlights only of those sporting the mo'.

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stroudos December 06, 2013 1:42 pm

Dean Richards as classy as ever then.

An absolute beauty of a tackle.

But, is the shove and the bigman posturing immediately after the tackle necessary? Looks like he's even giving him some verbal as well. Look mate, you've already made your statement with the awesome tackle, all that BS just makes you look like a wanchor.


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matt December 10, 2013 10:08 am

I find the posturing particularly embarrassing because IMO it was actually a technically pretty poor tackle. He only came out on top because of the weight difference in his favour. Had Smith been the same size or bigger I think Mayhew's back would have folded and he would have been embarrassingly bumped.

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Canadian content December 15, 2013 2:32 am

Agreed too much of this rugby nowadays, very high schoolish as we say over here. One must remember that throughout our career, and life in general, we are sometimes the hammer, but often the nail.

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Matthew December 06, 2013 1:47 pm

Mayhew looked impressive against Saints the week before.

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Sean December 06, 2013 4:12 pm

Nice hit. Out of curiosity though, is that actually a knock on afterwards? In a way he's just blocking a kick?

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Shimmy December 07, 2013 1:28 pm

Had the pleasure of meeting him at a random hospital when I visited Amsterdam last New Years. Top bloke

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