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Juan De Jongh's big hit breaks Ben Tapuai's collarbone

Juan De Jongh's big hit breaks Ben Tapuai's collarbone

The Reds’ nightmare injury toll continued this weekend as they lost another two backs during the 23-13 loss to the travelling Stormers. One of the injuries came from this great hit by Stormers center Juan De Jongh.

The Stormers got their season back on track with another win, the first by a South African team in Brisbane for three years. While they themselves were missing Springboks Shalk Burger, Jean De Villiers, and Andries Bekker to injury, it’s the Reds that have been hit hardest this season.

With Quade Cooper still out and a string of backup playmakers injured, the Reds were relying on young Sam Lane, from Cape Town and playing against some old school mates, to steer the ship.

That plan went belly-up in the first few minutes of the game as he badly damaged his knee when attempting a jinking step. He is set to undergo his second knee reconstruction in a year.

“Sam has done his anterior and lateral ligaments. It couldn’t get much worse for a knee,” said Reds caoch Ewen McKenzie. Five minutes later centre Ben Tapuai hobbled off after he was smashed by little Juan De Jongh, owing no favours to the proverbial hospital pass from Radike Samo.

“You lose two backs in the first 10 minutes and it’s a challenge. We fought pretty hard and still had our moments but were not polished enough to take them,” added McKenzie, who said that they’ll have to go looking for players again, something they’ve become accustomed to this season.

The good news is that Digby Ioane, who was out with suspension for a dangerous tackle, will be back next week. Lane however will be out for the rest of the season, and Tapuai out for 10 weeks with a broken collarbone, ruling him out of possible selection for the Wallaby’s midyear Tests.

Highlights of this game, and others, will be archived soon


  •  chamot07

    ehh another one bites the dust lol :(

  •  marpleshark

    Agree with Javier, hardly a brilliant pass but no hospital one. Surprised that broke his collarbone though, normally its the impact with the ground that does that. Some hit!


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  • Not really a hospital pass, is it? To me a hospital pass is one that is so high that the receiving player has to stretch up to get it, exposing his rib cage to the defender. Something like that hit when the AB prop caught the ball high and Stirling Mortlock completely blew him up, knocking himself out of the game in the process. It must be somewhere on this site. THAT was a hospital pass. THIS was a great read, and a bit of that SA toughness, by de Jongh. Great hit. Unlucky Tapuai and Reds.

  •  pretzel

    I expected to see him writhing around in pain but he was back on his feet straight away. Tough guy, tough tackle, nice to see a big tackle not resulting in a red or yellow card!!!


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