There’s been so much talk about the strength of the New Zealand midfield of late that certain players can get slightly overlooked. One of those guys stuck his hand up on the weekend, or rather his shoulders, in an attempt to get back on the radar.
This was one of those eventful matches where lots happened and plenty could be posted from it here on RD. You already saw the nice piece of sportsmanship from Corey Flynn earlier in the week, and there was a bit of a fight too, but for now we’ll take a look at two big tackles.
While Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu are more than likely first choice All Blacks based on past exploits, the form of Sonny Bill Williams and Robbie Fruean could mean that they are the heirs apparent. It’s easy to forget that there are also other massive talents waiting in the wings too, namely Luke McAlister of the Blues, and Richard Kahui of the Chiefs.
Kahui, who has been hampered by his bad run of injuries, was up against Williams and Fruean on the weekend. He matched them for physicality, letting everyone know that he’s still around and very much fighting for a World Cup spot, whether in midfield or even on the wing.
While the first hit in this clip is possibly a bit questionable, it came out of nowhere so looked great. He then followed it up directly afterwards with a great tackle on flanker George Whitelock. Two big hits that added to the intensity of the game, and are well worth seeing.