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

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Montage of HUGE hits and brilliant tries...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Just Jonny Wilkinson smashing people

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand Rugby Brawl



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Stormers Number Eight Evan Roos See's Yellow For Silly Incident

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Controversial Etzebeth Incident Still Being Debated

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Juan Imhoff Takes Full Power Frans Steyn Kick To The Face

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Springbok Fans Left Reeling At Officiating Despite Convincing Win

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Bundee Aki Shown Red Following Ludicrous Challenge

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Harlequins fans furious at refereeing decision that gives Exeter the win

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Worcester name 41-year-old academy coach in tonight's premiership cup clash

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy refereeing decision leads to All Blacks win

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Speculation rife after apparent handshake snub in All Blacks coaching box

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Rassie Erasmus Makes His Return To Rugby Stadiums

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Blue Bulls Chris Smit Knocks Himself Out Whilst Scoring

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    John Smit Shares Epic Bakkies Botha Story Highlighting Why Opponents Feared Him

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Heart-warming drop goal competition between Foster and Reece goes viral

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Streaker Tries To Distract Sharp Shooting Goal Kicker

View All

Amateur

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    England winger returns from injury to make premiership debut for Leicester

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Bundee Aki faces huge ban following sending off

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Joe Simmonds addresses lack of form in honest interview

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby great Eddie Butler sadly passes away

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Graham Rowntree reacts to missing out on 2003 world cup in fascinating video

View All