Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tom Shanklin try saving tackle on Juan Smith

Tom Shanklin try saving tackle on Juan Smith

In a game the Springboks would like to forget about as soon as possible, the Barbarians put up some tremendous defence and shut out all Springbok attacks showing a passion that made them deserving winners on the day.

A brilliant covering tackle from Welsh center Tom Shanklin on big Juan Smith as he charged for the line epitomised the dedication and spirit of Barbarians rugby. Shanklin got in low to drive the much larger man out with no problem.

Legendary All Black Justin Marshall was on hand to take to inside flick, which if he weren't, would have easily been collected by Bryan Habana. The commentators sing Marshalls praises, but in my opinion the actual tackle is the real try saver.

Well played by both of them though. Juan Smith is a giant of a man and Bryan Habana is a true predator, so Tom Shanklin and Justin Marshall, take a bow.

Posted by Rugbydump at 7:31 am | View Comments (11)

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decepti0n December 04, 2007 2:40 pm

Please tell me im not the only one who thinks Juan Smith looks like Matt Damon

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 4:02 pm

it was a good tackle but with out marshall it would be a try

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 9:30 pm

Not to take away from marshall.... but the inside pass wouldnt have happened without the tackle....without the tackle it would have been a try... definitely the tackle was the try saver here.

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 9:54 pm

hey retard, both of them were try savers

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Anonymous December 04, 2007 10:10 pm

that makes three of us retards commenting. this blogger must be loving their readers.and deceptiOn - i was wondering who Juan reminded me of. you are so not alone.

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Chris P December 05, 2007 12:10 am

good defence all around, a try saver typically is only honoured if it is one hit, but this was a good team effort, not just there but in the whole gamei love the barbarians, and good to see them down south africa, even though they only had 5 guys from the world cup winning side (but then again for the same reasons the baa baa's were short players too)super job on the save either way

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Anonymous April 01, 2008 10:24 pm


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Anonymous April 03, 2008 5:44 pm

matt damon

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David April 08, 2008 10:23 pm

albeit a fucking huge, "Matt Damon on steroids" :D

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Anonymous April 25, 2008 12:55 am

Shanklin's not that much smaller. He's still a big dude.

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Anonymous October 11, 2008 9:06 pm

shanklin is a great player, and puts some nice big hits in.he may lack a bit of speed, but he is kinda huge soo :D

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