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Alesana Tuilagi crunches big winger in thrilling Samoa and Fiji draw

Alesana Tuilagi crunches big winger in thrilling Samoa and Fiji draw
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Samoa and Fiji played out an extremely entertaining 30-30 draw in their Pacific Nations Cup clash in Sacramento, California at the weekend. There were plenty of big collisions, but none more enjoyable than this trademark Alesana Tuilagi tackle.

It was another fascinating round of Pacific Nations Cup rugby, as the USA upset Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B opponents Japan 23-18, while Tonga beat hosts Canada 28-18 in Burnaby.

The battle for Pacific pride went the full 80 minutes as Samoa and Fiji couldn’t be seperated, despite a some great bits of running rugby. A late 78th minute penalty by Samoan replacement Patrick Fa’apale ended up cancelling out Fiji’s earlier 76th minute kick.

A feature of the match was not only the high tempo, but the brutal clashes between some giant players. And there is no bigger than Alesana Tuilagi, who put a monster hit in on Waisea Nayacalevu, who at 6ft5 and over 100kg’s, is far from the smallest wing in world rugby himself.

The crowd loved it, as did former US players Dallen Stanford and Dan Power, who both came out with a number of rugbyisms in commentary to keep the viewers entertained.

“The biggest hit in Sacramento since the Beatles rolled through in the sixties!”

Tuilagi’s younger brother, Vavae, actually made his debut for Samoa recently and was involved in number of highlights, including a big charge that sent USA back Thretton Palamo flying.

The PNC pool stages conclude on Wednesday in Toronto when USA tackle Tonga, Pool B leaders Fiji face Japan and Canada meet Pool A leaders Samoa. The final rankings will then determine who faces who on the finals day in Vancouver on 3 August.

View the big tackle below, and official highlights on page two

12 Comments

  • stroudos
    10:15 AM 04/08/2015

    Ha, yes! I stand by that suggestion too. Never did get a reply from World Rugby when I wrote into them, might give them a chase.

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  • drg
    12:19 PM 31/07/2015

    It's the "hows your father" part that makes me cringe... Although it did bring back memories of fits of laughter regarding one of your posts in the video: http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/05/3734/jean-deysel-suspended-for-three-weeks-for-stamp-against-crusaders "Sounds like a very effective policy to me. Get caught with your hands in the ruck -> get sodomised in the middle of the pitch -> Never use your hands in the ruck ever again." That one in particular...

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  • drg
    12:10 PM 31/07/2015

    As Stroudos said, only needs one foot. Danger with requesting 2 feet touch the ground is you open up a can of worms with technicalities... can you imagine all the painful examples of play acting we'd see :(

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  • drg
    12:07 PM 31/07/2015

    I'll give you that one...Barnes is painful...

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  • 10stonenumber10
    10:48 AM 30/07/2015

    I'm glad rugby doesn't follow NFL in big hit celebrations. Sure, let them know they have been smashed, but all the hype and verbals is disrespectful. Remember the battle between Manu Tuilagi and JDV? Still not sure who 'won', after all the heavy hits I don't think they are too sure either. Leuluai vs Fa'asavalu was an absolute cracker too, savage hit from one of the smaller players on the field.

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  • jimmy23
    4:40 PM 28/07/2015

    The commentator has probably been waiting years to drop the "biggest hit in Sacramento since The Beatles rolled through in the 60s" line.

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  • stroudos
    4:03 PM 28/07/2015

    DrG, come on, don't take the jam out of my doughnut! Sure, they're no Jed Thian, but I'd rather listen to these two than Barnes and Harrison, that's for sure.

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  • stroudos
    4:00 PM 28/07/2015

    I assume this is a joke?

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  • stroudos
    3:57 PM 28/07/2015

    I'm pretty sure only one foot needs to be in contact with the ground. But that's a moot point here, because if you pause at 0:33 you'll see that in fact the second foot touches the ground and *then* BOSH, the tackle lands. I mean it really is quite a skill to get the timing that precise when you're travelling at such speed in hitting with such force.

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  • cheyanqui
    1:51 PM 28/07/2015

    the important thing was that we got two accents to do it, so at least it commanded more respect within the us rugby community

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  • drg
    11:51 AM 28/07/2015

    I thought the commentary was shite... but there we go..

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  • stroudos
    11:15 AM 28/07/2015

    Wow, that is hilarious! Absolutely loving the commentary, it was like a clip from Dodgeball! On the tackle, maybe a bit of a sitting duck but it's always lovely to watch a bloke getting scythed in half like that. Great timing by Tuilagi.

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