Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Munster captain Doug Howlett chops Schalk Brits in two

Munster captain Doug Howlett chops Schalk Brits in two
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Round three of the Heineken Cup took place at the weekend, with one of the biggest match-ups being the clash between Munster and Saracens at Thomond Park. It didn’t disappoint, and served up this absolute beauty from Doug Howlett.

It wasn’t the highest scoring game we’ll see but it was a great contest, with Munster taking the spoils 15-9 through five Ronan O’Gara penalties. There was plenty to talk about – including Owen Farrell’s four missed penalties – but one of the moments of the match was this sensational tackle from the great former All Black, Doug Howlett.

In the last few weeks, for whatever reason, there have been a number of incidents involving dirty play, citings, and the subsequent suspensions and derision from all sides of the planet.

With that comes a sizeable element of negativity and it feels like almost every day RD posts stories about players getting in trouble (this week is no exception). Williams red card | Hartley citing

Whether the game is becoming dirtier or the laws are making it tough to play, it’s taking away from the game we love and in many ways, can also give this website a bit of a bad look.

So when Howlett made this solid, legal, bone-crunching hit on the always dynamic Schalk Brits, it brought with it a strange sense of joy. Not only did a winger absolutely lay into a forward, but the tackle was perfectly legal, and the officials stayed out of it despite Brits landing a bit awkwardly.

The two sides meet again in Round 4 when Saracens host Munster at Vicarage Road on Sunday

37 Comments

  •  wow-jiffy-lube
    wow-jiffy-lube

    He has moved his family to Cork, bought a house, his kids are in school here, he has stakes in several local businesses and he's stated that he wants to retire once he stops playing for Munster. Obviously it's not quite a contract, but it's pretty close and I don't see the management getting rid of him any time soon.

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  •  browner
    browner

    Stroudos, 2] ......Nah.....whilst buying time & delayed presentation are coached and are both 'cute practices ' if you can get away with it However LAW is crystal clear 15.5 THE TACKLED PLAYER (a) A tackled player must not lie on, over, or near the ball to prevent opponents from gaining possession of it, and must try to make the ball available immediately so that play can continue. Sanction: Penalty kick ........with x2 RED Jackallers on feet contesting for possession then it's a clear PK in my mind, A pint says YC if the player was near his own try line ! ALL Elite referees are encouraged to allow a fair contest for possession..... presentation procrastination when isolated should've been ping'd ps... I'd do it also, but be praying for a indecisive ref !

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  •  browner
    browner

    Pret me old mucker.... Yes of course I went to school, it was a legal requirement, and had I not attended then mumsie would've been put imprisoned ! Or maybe you'd intended to ask a more specific question? be specific next time sweetie

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  •  reality
    reality

    Yeah, I don't think it can be considered a spear-type tackle. I'm not sure of the exact wording, but I think that law states that you're not allowed to lift the player and turn him beyond the horizontal. Here though Howlett doesn't lift him; he just goes into the air from the impact.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Decent points there Browner. I differ slightly on 2 and 3 though. 2 - You're allowed a reasonable amount of time to present the ball before being pinged for holding on. I think Brits got the ball back quickly enough, no way is that a penalty. Sensible play and good technique to squeezeball it under the belly, specifically to prevent the jackals getting to the ball. Certainly I try to do this every time I find myself isolated at all, for example after making a searing break with my team-mates unable to keep up with the sheer pace...... ah, sorry, daydreaming.... 3) Yes, I agree. But the flipside is breakdowns without at least a couple of guys from each team contesting result in big lumps clogging up the backline and filling the space where that broken play running is meant to be happening.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Ha ha, nice one, I know the feeling...

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    +1 from me sir. Seems I misunderstood your earlier post a bit, (think I've got some previous for this too). I thought you were saying you didn't want the big hits.....

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  •  kadova
    kadova

    LOL, stop your paranoia, darling...

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  •  donkeyballs4000
    donkeyballs4000

    Howlett makes more appearances for Munster each season than his Irish international teammates due to the IRFU's imposed limits. It makes sense to have the captain on the pitch every week.

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  •  donkeyballs4000
    donkeyballs4000

    I don't think he was suggesting that RD remove the big hits etc. They could do more to supplement the site with their own, less negative content. Like you said, the Trysavers and Rib Breakers series seems lacking recently and I would love to see RD compile a Top 5 Plays of the Week for example.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Not that my post made much sense afterwards >.< .....

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Browner you do realise that: "this is the daftest post i've seen since Pretzel was a teenager !" makes absolutely no sense at all... Comprehension my dear fellow, did you go to school?

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  •  browner
    browner

    1] Nice pressure, definately stopped the move, but poor tackle coz lacked a contest for possession 2] PK. Penalty should have gone to Reds, tackled player tucked ball under his body to prevent x2 on feet jackalers from winning possession. 3] Quicker releases by Ball Carriers create more turnovers = disorganised defences = broken play running = more exciting game. comments chaps ?

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  •  browner
    browner

    You what ??? ...................... ince when did a captain decide whether to take a quick tap ? or.... be too far away to say 'posts please sir' or..... or to say 'when asked scrum or line out] , .... take a scrum lads this is the daftest post i've seen since Pretzel was a teenager !

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    @ UpandAway, Thanks for the feedback.

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  •  suntzu
    suntzu

    Are you guys watching the video or listening to the commentators? It's an impressive collision but not a great tackle... Brits just goes over the shoulder which creates the impression of a big hit with Howlett accompanying him as best he can. The tackler does not stop the forward motion of the attacking player merely trips him with his body and tries to lift him and hold on to his legs. It's fun to watch but I'm not impressed despite being a fan of good hard hits and an admirer Howlett for all his accomplishments and his physical presence.

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    @DutchCelt Howlett by no means take, nor attempt to take Brits beyond the horizontal. Not all tackles that result in the player going head first into the ground with the legs going beyond horizontal are spear/tip/dump tackles. In this case Howlett executes a perfect textbook tackle of Brits, hit the larger man low and drive through him. The body position of Brits and his momentum lead him to going 'arse over head'.

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  •  cheyanqui
    cheyanqui

    Howlett is clearly the best leader on that squad that will not get called away or poached. Thanks for the clarification. Makes sense in that context.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    w-j-l, thanks for the reply regarding the reasons behind Howletts captaincy. Actually makes a lot of sense when viewed that way. Out of interest how has he "committed to Munster"? Is this just a word of mouth thing or has he actually signed a ridiculously long contract? He seems very happy committed from what I see on RD and he has been producing scorching performances (again from what I see) so it is understandable that he'd stay with them, I was just wondering if there was something else...

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  •  wow-jiffy-lube
    wow-jiffy-lube

    Dougie was made captain because the management wanted somebody who (a) wouldn't be called up for international duty and (b) wouldn't transfer to another club next season or so. Howlett has obviously retired from the All Blacks and more importantly has committed to Munster for the rest of his playing career. This means that unlike is previous years, Munster now has a year-round captain. There is also possibly the consideration that the coach is a kiwi. As for "Duggy" vs "Doogy" most people do pronounce it as "duggy" but this particular commentator is Northern Irish so it's just his accent makes it sound weird.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    (cheyanqui's, that is)

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    I wish there was a "dislike" button on here for comments like this.

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  •  yupyupgup
    yupyupgup

    surprised he wasn't given a red card and a nice ban with the way the game's going...

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    I would rather post less of this and focus more on match highlights or creating compilations of best tries of the week form all over the rugby planet. Keep moving like that RD, I will support you as before.I totally disagree with this. Match highlights and tries of the week are welcome additions, but it would be a massive shame, in my opinion, if Rugbydump were to become just another anonymous repository of match highlights. The big hits are what sets Rugbydump apart from other sites. They are its lifeblood, its DNA, its USP, etc... Speaking of which, it must be time for a new Trysavers & Rib Breakers compilation, isn't it? I'm sure this is what the real RD fan heartland wants!! Keep resisting the urge to move towards a generic, homogenous highlights repository RD, and I will support you as before...

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  •  benny
    benny

    Sounded like he wanted to say Doogie Howser, MD but to his credit, did correct himself later in the clip

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  •  benny
    benny

    I think he may actually be half Tongan. Maybe the ref didn't know that though

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  •  cheyanqui
    cheyanqui

    Two mitigating factors support not giving Howlett a card: 1. He is not playing for a French side and 2. He is not from Tonga or Samoa

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  •  cheyanqui
    cheyanqui

    and tactically, having a winger as your captain is generally a no-no -- too far away to make quick choices (PK, quick tap, scrum, etc.), or to influence the referee. a few #13s get away with it (i.e. Brian O'Driscoll). But other than that, your captains should come from the 1-10.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    I don't like the tone of this post. How much do you pay for this awesome repository of rugby moments? Nothing? That's right. "I'm waiting......." - well don't wait, go and search the internet for something better. Come to think of it I don't like the content of this post either! Rugbydump's awesome reputation was built on bringing real rugby fans the big hits and tackles. The match highlights have been a welcome recent addition but I'd be saddened if RD moved too far from its traditional big hits roots...

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    Hi Fester, you can see it here http://www.rugbydump.com/2012/12/2938/hooker-dylan-hartley-cited-for-striking-ulsters-rory-best

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  •  guy
    guy

    +1-ed you on the last sentence, made me smile.

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  •  katman
    katman

    Great tackle. And no different to the Hala'ufia tackle that got carded, banned (and successfully appealed) a week ago.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Seems a bit sad that the Munster captain is not an Irishman... Unless Howlett is a temporary captain? I'm not saying he doesn't have what it takes, I just thought that Munster was a massive Irish team and huge contributor to the International side, therefore having an Irish captain would be a good thing? no? Never thought of him as a Dooogy Howlett haha, always been a Duggy, I wonder if the commentator was thinking "Dougie Hall" or something, he is the only player I think I've heard called "Dooogy". The tackle, very strong from a winger on a hooker, excellent demonstration on why it can be better to go low, it did however, look a little uncomfortable, sort of head on the wrong side type of hit. AND, not trying to be too pinickity(?) but upper body hit the ground first and legs were all up in the air, only difference was Howlett didn't appear to "lift"... but surely the old "well, if it was a couple inches more, Brits could have landed on his neck and died" brigade could jump onto this?

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  •  technomouse
    technomouse

    Classic Howlett.

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  •  guy
    guy

    Seems to get his head in a kind of awkward position, but my goodness I love to see this guy tackle. By now it must be possible to fill a 'Try Savers & Rib Brakers Dougie Special'.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Bosh. What a beauty. Pretty impressive how Brits adjusts and retains possession too... @RD - nice write-up! Excellent, in fact. :)

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp

    Great hit. That's what we love to see.

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