ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday May 4, 2018

Pumped up Jordan Taufua dominates Billy Meakes with thumping midfield hit

The Crusaders put in a typically powerful display to blow the Melbourne Rebels away on Friday, closing things off with a late try to seal the 55-10. There were a number of big collisions throughout, especially in a tight first half, with this the pick of the bunch. 

As the Rebels looked to attack from set piece ball, Billy Meakes ran it up in midfield but was stopped in no uncertain terms by loose forward hitman, Jordan Taufua.

The number eight, playing there due to Kieran Read being out with injury, lined him up and put him on his backside in a commanding tackle. He unfortunately then knocked the ball on, but wasn’t too bothered as he was fired up after the hit.

The 45-point win for the Crusaders was their biggest win on Australian soil, pleasing coach Scott Robertson, who was impressed with the second half in particular. 

“The Rebels were courageous for a good half of the game. At haf time our plan was to hold the ball and put a lot of pressure on them to make tackles and we had the ball a little bit more in the second half and managed to score those tries,” he said.

Rebels coach Dave Wessels also touched on the first half performance, saying he was frustrated.

“I thought in the first half we were in the contest. We made a couple of really key erros which they scored right away from. I can think of three, and they scored 21 points just like that. That’s why they’re the best team in the comp.

“We’ve got to figure out what happened there, and there’s a lot of technical things that we missed.”

Watch Tafua’s big tackle on Meakes

Watch the match highlights

credit: sanzaar

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Montage of HUGE hits and brilliant tries...

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Just Jonny Wilkinson smashing people

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand Rugby Brawl



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Italian Star With A Mind Blowing Finish For Toulouse

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Quick Thinking Etzebeth Scores Thrilling Try To Keep Sharks Alive In London

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Carlin Isles scores cracking tries in return to sevens rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Nasty Stamp During Top 14 Clash Caught Up Close On Camera

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Leicester Tigers And Springbok Number Eight In Hot Water For Sickening Ankle Roll

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Controversy Brewing Following Lack Of TMO intervention In ‘Dangerous’ Toulouse Tackle

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Toulouse demonstrate power with spine tingling hits

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Ugly Club Rugby Incident Caught On Camera

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Almost 35,000 have now signed petition to reverse new grassroots tackle laws

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    RFU introduce maximum of waist high tackling in amateur rugby

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Australian Broadcasters Slammed For ‘Pathetic’ Attack On International Referee

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    “I’m Too Old” Referee Substituted In Bizarre Incident

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Bad day for referee Adam Leal as he takes a battering and then gets called by the wrong name

View All

Amateur

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Sarah Mckenna plays crossbar challenge with cheeky drop goal

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo shows class with 'superman' flying finish

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Slade out and Lions star in as England injuries cause changes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Josh Bassett signs for new premiership team after short stay at Harlequins

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter fly half to depart for France

View All