Saturday Feb 25, 2012 Robbie Fruean's huge handoff on Piri Weepu

Robbie Fruean's huge handoff on Piri Weepu

Here’s another look at that incredible handoff from powerhouse center Robbie Fruean during Super Rugby’s opening game between the Blues and the Crusaders at Eden Park yesterday. The Crusaders won the game 19-18.

New Blues scrumhalf Piri Weepu had the opportunity to snatch the win for the hosts with the final kick of the match, but his attempted dropgoal was charged down, giving the Crusaders the win.

Earlier in the game he had come on as a replacement and at one stage he got in the way of the human steamtrain that now sports a bit of a Mr T haircut, Robbie Fruean.

A little off balance and a tiny bit high, Weepu was sent into orbit by the young midfielder, a player who in many ways was unlucky to make the cut for the All Blacks last season.

You might have seen this live, or in the highlights that were posted after the game, but here it is again to add to a few of the other great handoffs included in the archive. It actually brings back memories of Sione Lauaki on both Richie McCaw in 2005, and Adi Jacobs in 2007.

You can see those, and other great clips of Freuan in action, in the related posts below this clip. Remember that if you’re registered, you can add this post to your favourites archive, as well as share it with your mates via Facebook and Twitter, using the Share and Tweet buttons below.


  •  breakaway

    Terrific all-round game by Fruean, making his early-season claims, maybe this will be his year. He got good leverage under Weepu's armpit and it sure looks beautiful in slo-mo. I too liked Piri's response, he got up, dug out the turnover and put in a neat kick followed by a big smile. I thought the comment about the incident being typical of how an American might handle such a tackle must have been by an American, it seemed so strangely specific. However, although I might not agree with his view, I hardly think the comment deserved to be removed. I've read lots of sillier stuff on here, even since the comments section was tightened up. Maybe the poster removed it himself..(shrugs).

  •  mtate

    "I pity the fool!"

  •  jeri

    He pities the fool!

  •  pretzel



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