Monday May 26, 2014

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final
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There were a lot of big tackles that took place over the weekend, but perhaps the most talked about was this by great shot by Toulon hooker Craig Burden against Saracens. There were some questions about it’s legitimacy, but you be the judge.

Powerful hooker Burden came to prominence at the Sharks before heading to Europe after finding himself behind the likes of Bismarck Du Plessis and John Smit at both domestic and Test level.

He’s been excellent for Toulon, and in the first half on Saturday he got them on the front foot by knocking back one of Saracens’ most potent forces, another South African hooker, Schalk Brits.

Brits loves to take the ball at first receiver as he’s an unbelievable playmaker, but in the 18th minute Burden shot out the line and knocked him into next week. Unlike Burden, Brits has played for the Springboks so whether there was extra bite in it because of that or not, a bit of competitive rivalry makes for a good story.

Brits stayed down for a while, but play continued before the Saracens hooker got back up, carried the ball once, and even had time for a neat flick between his legs.

Less than two minutes after the initial hit, he got the ball again. Predator Burden, who made his provincial debut as a wing, pounced again with another solid shot on Brits. The second hit wasn’t as big but it was a thrilling few minutes.

Replays showed that the main tackle was similar to Bismarck Du Plessis’ huge hit on Dan Carter last year, with the tacklers arms both being wrapped around the hapless victim.

The similarities don’t end there, as obviously both players are South African and Du Plessis was also accused of being offside. In this case it looks as though Burden wasn’t either, as the ball appeared to be out of the ruck (stand to be corrected) so he didn’t need to be behind the last man’s feet.

Whether you think it was legal or not (wrapped, offside line etc), it’s no doubt one of the biggest hits of the season, from one of the strongest, most mobile and underated hookers in world rugby.

There were a few more great hits in this match too, so we’ll get a compilation up soon. Also, you can see some of Burden’s best tries for the Sharks in the Related Posts below the video.

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  •  4lc4tr4z
    4lc4tr4z

    Did I ? Well I use to miss a lot of things as english is only my 3rd language.

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp

    You've also got to credit Burden. The rest of the Toulon defensive line was back behind the last foot - he was the only man who was in the correct place. That shows intelligence as well as foot speed and brawn. A lovely bit of play.

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp

    Thank God that joke missed you! It whistled right past your head!

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  •  flanker2712
    flanker2712

    Unless Alain Rolland has eyes on the back of his head, he was not aware of Burden's position, so even though I think great refereeing should always be praised, I agree with Jools that in this case it was "accidental" brilliant refereeing.

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  •  matt
    matt

    No

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  •  4lc4tr4z
    4lc4tr4z

    You have to be english. Or seriously be disgusted to speak the language of a foreign people.

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  •  reality
    reality

    Wow, that Frenchman must have been motivated by his dislike for Englishmen. Oh wait...

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  •  mattyj
    mattyj

    @rugbydump. please just put the whole match up so I can watch it all

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  •  macmurchu
    macmurchu

    To be fair it is Stuart Barnes you're up against!

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  •  finedisregard
    finedisregard

    I wonder how this Toulon team would against a test team? They have about 700 caps on the field. It's like a Barbarians side but they train together.

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  •  finedisregard
    finedisregard

    Played provincial ball on the wing? Pretty impressive in these days of specialization. South Africa and NZ are just so deep with great rugby players.

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  •  foxtrot
    foxtrot

    Always loved Burden. Pity he has been lost to SA but I don't think he would have made it in the test arena. Always a pleasure watching him gas backline players.

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  • Not sure what the point in drawing that offside line in during the analysis but was, it was completely wrong. It was drawn from the wrong back foot?! How do they get that wrong?

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