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Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

Asaeli Tikoirotuma's huge hit on Tom Homer in the Premiership

Asaeli Tikoirotuma's huge hit on Tom Homer in the Premiership
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London Irish and Fiji flyer Asaeli Tikoirotuma made this crunching hit on Bath fullback Tom Homer during the Exiles’ 45-14 loss in the Aviva Premiership at the weekend.

While it wasn’t a hospital pass, new Bath playmaker Rhys Priestland didn’t do Homer too many favours, as Tikoirotuma read it well to come in and smash him.

Some questions may have been asked about the legality of the contact, but the officials felt that the former Chiefs winger had made enough of an effort to wrap his arms when making the tackle.

Despite a bit of a turbulent week for Bath, with the disruption of Sam Burgess leaving to go back to play Rugby League in Australia, they managed to score six tries during the convincing win, with debutant Priestland crossing himself. You can view highlights from the match just below.

View more crunching tackles in our big hits section

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  • 11:38 PM 12/11/2015

    Way to keep racism alive!

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  • drg
    5:11 PM 12/11/2015

    ^ Wimps...

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  • stroudos
    7:52 AM 12/11/2015

    I'm with you. Much as I enjoy a good offload, shit ones where there's a better alternative are frustrating to watch. If you're Sonny Bill and your other hand's tied up fending off three defenders, that is the time and place to do it. In fact it often seems to me, (although I don't think this applies in your examples), that the deliberate/unnecessary backhand offload is done when people can't pass properly off their "wrong" hand...

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  • reality
    9:45 PM 11/11/2015

    One of the most obvious shoulder charges I've ever seen. It's quite difficult to wrap your right arm when you stick it into the other player's chest during impact.

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  • brit50
    4:38 PM 11/11/2015

    That was all shoulder barge. I see no attempt to wrap. Islanders are known for this.

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  • 2:14 PM 11/11/2015

    Btw watched the highlights is the deliberate/ unnecessary backhand offload starting to annoy anyone else? Look I think it can be effective when necessary but sometimes players look for it too much when they could get a second hand on the ball and make a more effective pass. Case in point rwc semifinal. Cordero makes a break, makes a TWO handed offload to Hernandez who gets held in the tackle, has plenty of time on the ball and rather than get two hands on the ball, makes a wild backhand pass which doesn't go to hand. Result try goes wanting, momentum lost, game changer? Rant over, for now

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  • 2:07 PM 11/11/2015

    A) nothing wrong with that tackle B) nothing wrong with that pass, receiver had plenty of time on the ball to do something rather than fiddle and make himself a target. Poorly drawn up move maybe?

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  • stroudos
    11:48 AM 11/11/2015

    "Didn't look as though there were a lot of arms in that tackle" is grammatically and factually inaccurate. There were four arms in total and two of them were making as legitimate an "attempt to grasp" the ball-carrier as you will see.

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