ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Tuesday Jul 19, 2016

Former League star Timana Tahu judo-throws big Langilangi Haupeakui

On Sunday, the Sacramento Express and the Denver Stampede met in week 14 of the inaugural season for Pro Rugby USA. In the second half we saw this encounter between an up and coming wreckingball, and an experienced former League star.

Sacramento was awarded a scrum with roughly 20 minutes remaining. After getting a pretty decent shove, the ball cycled to Express number 8, Langilangi Haupeakui, who in recent weeks has put in some top performances.

All that stood between him and another barnstorming run was opposing winger and former League star and Wallaby, Timana Tahu, now 35-years-old.

What happened next was a bit of a blur until you see the slower replay. Haupeakui charged at Tahu but suddenly he was on his back, feet facing in the direction he was running. 

Upon further review, Tahu grabbed high and around the neck to deliver a throw that would make any judo instructor proud.

Sometimes when you’re giving up 20 kg to someone with a full head of steam, you get him to the ground by any means necessary. Albeit in this case, in a dangerous and illegal way. Ever the crafty veteran, Tahu tops it off with a perplexed look of innocence.

Tahu was penalised, and spoken to by the referee, who gave him a warning for the high tackle.

As we saw a few weeks ago, Langilangi has been making a name for himself with some serious size and speed. He was slow to get up but thankfully appeared to be none the worse for wear.

Denver would go on to win the match 59-13. View a short clip of the tackle below. Your thoughts?

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Five minutes of brutal Kwagga Smith aggression...

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Unnecessary tackle on Lawes sees yellow...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    These could be rugby's most blatant red card...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Ulster score counter attack try of the season contender in Champions Cup

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Smith provides the goods once again with late Quins comeback in Europe

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    McKenzie impresses for Suntory on league debut in Japan

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Ridiculous dummy-offload sets up last gasp bonus point for Bears

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Length-of-field chase for charge down results in great try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Curry learns not to mess with De Allende

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Worried-looking Marler survives stamp scare during epic Quins win

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Dangerous challenge on Kockott shows how contentious in the air challenges are

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Fijian powerhouse runs straight over Murray and Conway

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: The harsh Umaga red card which has divided the rugby world

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Rugby 22 gameplay footage ahead of January release

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Some of the most controversial red cards in rugby history

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Embarrassing blunder in Japanese Top League is nothing but hilarious

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Smith provides the goods once again with late Quins comeback in Europe

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    McKenzie impresses for Suntory on league debut in Japan

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Embarrassing blunder in Japanese Top League is nothing but hilarious

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The naughty language of Dane Coles which most fans missed during last year's Ireland defeat

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 15 moments of 'sh*thousery' which probably shouldn't be tolerated in the modern game

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    O'Mahony tells Rory Kockott to 'pi$s off' in hilarious interaction in front of referee

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Bizarre scenes as Harry Potter performs disappearing act against Bordeaux

View All

Amateur

  • 64 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 101 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: American cross-over athletes get recruited off the street to try rugby

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    New Tongan Thor montage is five minutes of mesmerising hits and skills

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 54 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

View All