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Monday, January 27, 2014

Mouritz Botha crunches Jean Deysel in Saracens vs Sharks friendly

Saracens beat the Sharks 23-15 in Saturday's friendly Super Rugby warmup game for the Currie Cup champions. Both teams were extremely physical at Allianz Park, so here is one of the biggest hits of the game, plus a compilation of some of the others.

It was billed as a friendly but there was no love lost out there as both sides looked like they had something to prove, with cross-hemisphere rivalries coming to the fore, as well as a few old friends getting reaquainted. Saracens do have a decent South African contingent after all.

One of those is big lock Mouritz Botha, who seemed to enjoy the physical tussle with the big Sharks players. His heavyweight clash with wrecking-ball Jean Deysel was brutal, even if Deysel was sold by an unforgiving pass from his scrum half.

"I love it when big lads just run straight at you, and they had some really big, physical guys playing for them. It was just a great day and I really enjoyed myself out of there today," said Botha.

Both sides made impressive big tackles and charges, with Deysel and Willem Alberts particularly prominent. View a compilation of the rough stuff on page two of this post, the match highlights on page three and Botha's thumping tackle on Deysel below.

Should these type of fixtures be played more regularly?

All the big hits and charges from a very physical encounter between the two sides. Look out for Deysel, Alberts, Botha and Jacques Burger all throwing their weight around.

View match highlights of the Saracens vs Sharks from Allianz Park

Posted at 4:16 pm | 15 comments

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DrG January 27, 2014 9:57 pm

I guess Deysel ate the scrum halfs last rolo or something...

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Canadian content January 27, 2014 10:04 pm

Gotta say that this goes to show that you can make a big hit and wrap your arms in the tackle, and not have the ball carrier "bounce off" and not get your arms around in time. Great tackle.

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matt January 28, 2014 8:47 am

I don't think anyone ever said you couldn't. Just because you can, doesn't mean every time someone bounces off you need to ban the tackler.

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guest January 27, 2014 10:23 pm

1,000,000 x yes!
these fixtures should be played more often. Great to see two club sides from across the world squaring off.

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Benga January 27, 2014 10:23 pm

I'm sorry but it doesn't show that at all, all these hits show the tackler moving towards the ball carrier and fully controlling the hit, sometimes the tackler will be stood still and the ball carrier will run into him, bouncing off before the tackler has time to rap and follow through with the tackle because he may notbe in full control, rugby is a fast game and a millisecond cam make a huge difference , and sometimes in that millisecond can mean a no arm tackle. Having said that I'm a 6 and love a cheeky shoulder charge, good hits nonetheless

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Eddie-g January 27, 2014 10:24 pm

"One of those [South Africans] is big lock Mouritz Botha"

Except Mouritz is now officially a Pom. Or does he not like being reminded?

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finedisregard January 27, 2014 11:05 pm

This is the future. Champions League style international club matches.

Would you rather watch Leicester vs Wellington Hurricanes or Italy vs Scotland?

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DrG January 28, 2014 12:54 am

Italy vs Scotland....

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matt January 28, 2014 8:47 am

I'd rather watch the grass being cut than Italy v Scotland

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DrG January 29, 2014 2:09 pm

Opinions are like assholes...

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cheyanqui January 28, 2014 3:34 am

David St. Hubbin from Spinal Tap?

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Sbu January 28, 2014 4:13 am

I'm still waiting for the hits Alberts and Deysel put in on Sar, or as we called it South African Representatives.

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Matt C January 28, 2014 6:45 am

Scrum-half should be dropped and fined.

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Jonners January 29, 2014 6:51 pm

Looks like a man taking out frustration on not getting into or the chance to play for the SA rugby team out in one tackle.

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