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Midweek Madness - Marlie Packer takes Tyla Nathan-Wong for a ride

Midweek Madness - Marlie Packer takes Tyla Nathan-Wong for a ride
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Remember George North’s formidable show of strength and athleticism for the British & Irish Lions in 2013 when he picked up would be tackler, Israel Folau, and carried him over his shoulder for a few metres? Well check out this video of Marlie Packer from England emulating the Welsh winger at the Canada sevens over the weekend.

With scrappy ball near her own try line, Packer seized possession and wasn’t going to be stopped from gaining yards. New Zealand’s Tyla Nathan-Wong was treated to a fireman’s carry back toward her own try line until teammate, Honey Hireme, arrived to assist and bring Packer to the ground.

England player, and World Cup winner, Kat Merchant voiced her support for the sevens team on Twitter, with particular appreciation for Packer’s lift.

It must be said that Packer’s efforts certainly ended a little better than North’s, as the Lions’ star unfortunately landed on his head when he decided to put Folau back down, and required some quick medical attention before continuing.

Although New Zealand went on to win the war on this occasion 24-14, there’s no doubting that Packer won that particular battle for England.

View more incredible clips in our See it to Believe it archives

credit: World Rugby

6 Comments

  • stroudos
    11:11 PM 26/04/2015

    Agree with most of your analysis but not all of your interpretation.

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  • stroudos
    7:51 AM 25/04/2015

    SDE, that is an interesting point. Can't say I'd ever really considered Folau's role in this, I always just saw North biting off a bit more than he could chew and making a bit of a balls-up of the execution. So let's have another look: http://www.rugbydump.com/2013/06/3280/george-north-picks-up-and-carries-tackler-israel-folau Of course I'm not limited to your 3 areas of argument, but for convenience I will focus on your second point. In my view, Folau did *not* lift North - actually the more I watch it the more preposterous that claim is. The whole thing is just down to momentum. Yes North put Folau's feet down first but he's still pumping his legs and pushing forward, with Folau going over. Folau's adding to the momentum because he's still trying to pull himself down to terra firma. It doesn't look to me like Folau has intentionally tried to lift, flip, tip or any similar action. Just an unfortunate result of the momentum generated by North himself. In this video, perhaps Nathan-Wong is a less reluctant participant and I also think the other tackler helped things by changing the dynamics and shifting the direction of momentum.

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  • 1:10 AM 23/04/2015

    Love the tackle. Great show of strength but better show of team work, NZ the best, bythe2nd defender.

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  • stroudos
    10:23 PM 22/04/2015

    George North, take note. This is how you hod-carry someone without crunching your own neck.

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  • pbc1620
    6:29 PM 22/04/2015

    The women are putting on an awesome show in Canada! Respect!

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  • jeri
    2:03 PM 22/04/2015

    I think I'm in love

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