Thursday, January 15, 2009
We have another two big this for you from the weekend, and this time they're coming once again, from the Top 14.
As we all know, the Top 14 is littered with foreign players these days. From Kiwis to English, Samoans to South Africans, it's what makes the league so interesting to watch, and adds a new dimension to what would have been possibly a different style of play.
The physically of the south sea islanders in particular is often on show, as it is here when we see this huge hit from Bayonne's Filimone Bolavucu on Montaubans's flyhalf Cdric Rosalen. Watch as Bolavucu reads the long, floated pass, timing the tackle perfectly and flying in to hit him hard.
It looked pretty spectacular, but there is a question over the legality, despite him seemingly looking to wrap his arms. Tackles like this will always be up for discussion, with opinions varied. It wasn't high, but the impact was huge as the shoulder made contact with the frame of the much smaller Rosalen.
The second hit in this clip comes from the incident packed Perpignan and Bourgoin game again, with Karena Wihongi putting in a solid, textbook looking hit on Perpignan flanker Jean-Pierre Perez.
Well timed, rocking him back, it was great commitment and timing from the big front ranker. It's always good to see the big boys throwing themselves around the pass, so this tackle in particular was a pleasure to watch.