Coincidentally, today we have another clip with Stade Francais flyhalf Lionel Beauxis. Sadly for him though, it’s not a clip showing his superb skill, but rather him almost having his head taken off by the Samoan monster that is Henry Tuilagi.
Stade Francais and Perpignan met in the Top 14 at the Stade de France on Saturday. Many expected the hosts to beat last years champions based on their recent form, but it was Perpignan who won the match 20-14.
Tuilagi, who recently got away without as much as a talking to for his huge hit on Ben Foden, wasn’t so lucky this time as he smashed the unfortunate Beauxis.
This is another one that could be up for debate, as Beauxis did go down pretty low into the tackle, with Tuilagi going for his trademark hit that’s normally aimed around chest height.
Should the tackler adjust according to the movement of the attacking player, or is it fair to penalise and yellow card a guy when he’s already committed to the hit? High is high some will say.
I’d say in the case of Henry Tuilagi though, his reputation precedes him, so the referee didn’t waste any time in showing him the way to the sideline.