Monday Feb 29, 2016

Tiny Damian McKenzie somehow smashes giant Nemani Nadolo into touch

Tiny Damian McKenzie somehow smashes giant Nemani Nadolo into touch
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The Chiefs got their 2016 Super Rugby campaign off to a great start in Christchurch, beating the Crusaders 27-21 on Saturday night. Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was full of praise for young fullback Damian McKenzie, who made this hugely impressive tackle in the second half.

McKenzie, who you may remember as being a star with the New Zealand U20 side, scored a try and kicked two conversions and a long range penalty, and played a key role in the Chiefs backline.

His tackle on gigantic Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo defied belief, as he lined him up, got low and not only saved a near certain try, but bumped the giant winger into touch with perfect timing. 

While coach Rennie didn’t touch on the tackle, he raved about McKenzie’s overall performance.

“Obviously we are pretty fortunate with Damian at the back,” he said. “He is pretty keen to jump in behind the forwards to play off them, or jump into first receiver.

“I thought he was massive; he was an absolute handful and is just so electric. We were rapt with him. When guys are tiring, too, he is so quick and he is positive. So he found quite a bit of space, when the ball is kicking back. He played a big part in the last couple of tries, so it was great.”

When you consider that McKenzie is listed as weighing around 80kg’s, and Nadolo around 130kg’s, this tackle was mightily impressive, and pretty courageous too.

Perhaps now we know why he has reason to smile when kicking at goal.

15 Comments

  •  jamesste
    jamesste

    If Nadolo tripped it's because the tackle was strong and effective, that is the point of the post

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  •  drg
    drg

    Little bit of a discredit, his initial hit on Nadolos hit certainly shifted Nadolo... and because of his body position which I guess could be said was aimed sort of towards the opposition corner flag (sort of head on), with his feet planted, he forced Nadolos bottom half to go around him... and subsequently into touch...

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Wonderful moment. Proves that even at elite level, this awesome sport still is a game for people of all sizes.

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  •  10stonenumber10
    10stonenumber10

    That is what you do as a little guy. You are only strong in contact if your feet are on the ground, Nadolo's strides are about 8ft long, 8ft of hang time to clip a leg and trip him. Nadolo's centre of gravity was too high to bosh McKenzie, sometimes (but admittedly rarely) being big is a disadvantage!

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  •  10stonenumber10
    10stonenumber10

    "Sugar-Ray slipped!" "I knawwwcked him down and yiouw know it!!!" **general fisticuffs**

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir

    More seriously, after watching this mesmerizing replay, it seems that the initial tackle on Nadolo's hip is relatively ineffective. But as Nadolo tries to walk through McKenzie, the latter slides on Nadolo's right knee, hence ruining his balance. I watched some tributes and McKenzie seems to often tackle by sticking like glue and catching the articulations of his opponent to make him trip (knee, ankle). Looks like tackles Stringer used to be doing sometimes.

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir

    Hope he meets Owen Farrell!

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir

    Hope he meets Owen Farrell!

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23

    Also, that smile is incredibly unnerving.

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23

    Don't ruin the moment for us little guys :(

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  •  iluvyomumma
    iluvyomumma

    I think you'll find that Nadolo tripped over his own feet which probably helped.....

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir

    Talk about moving a giant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvvES47OdmY

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp

    While I continue to sit on my arse in front of the computer screen. #NewtonsFirstLawofMotionForTheWin

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  •  10stonenumber10
    10stonenumber10

    12 month ban. "Acts contrary to Newton's Third Law".

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23

    It would seem that at that moment, the laws of physics decided to take a break.

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