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Josh van der Flier's record breaking 34 tackles against Connacht

Josh van der Flier's record breaking 34 tackles against Connacht
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In case you missed it, Leinster’s Josh van der Flier made a record breaking 34 tackles during their PRO14 clash with Connacht. That’s officially a tournament record, the highest number of tackles made in a PRO14 match since stats began to be tracked by Opta in 2010.

The incredible part of this achievement is that he didn’t miss a tackle either.

You can see each one of those 34 tackles below, aided by the bright red headgear he wore.

The previous record was held jointly by Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Josh Navidi (30) and Edinburgh and Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson (30).

Leinster and Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien has called it a ‘super-human’ effort. 

“Yeah, it was phenomenal so it was. He has a serious engine in fairness to Josh. He works incredibly hard, is a great professional and he puts in big shifts every week he goes out.

“It’s super-human and I don’t think it will be broken for a long time – unless he breaks it himself again,” added O’Brien, whose own record is reportedly just 23, set in 2001.

credit: rugbypass

3 Comments

  •  moqxo
    moqxo

    Great tackles, great technique, respect to that man

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  •  the_osprey
    the_osprey

    Impressive. Lots of leg wrap-arounds and assist tackles from close to ruck which suggests it's more the result of tactics than effort-related. But still impressive.

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  •  dancarter
    dancarter

    4 tackles were made after the 80 minute mark as well, vdF has some engine.

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