Sunday, September 19, 2010

James Downey's solid hit on Shontayne Hape from Franklins Gardens

James Downey's solid hit on Shontayne Hape from Franklins Gardens

Northampton Saints put in a convincing display against Bath on Friday night as they won 31-10 at Franklins Gardens, giving them their third win in three matches to take them clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Last week they beat Harlequins, with James Downey showing his presence on defence, and against Saints we saw much of the same as early on the big centre made this impressive hit on opposite number, England international Shontayne Hape.

Phil Dowson scored, with lethal winger Chris Ashton scoring twice, and Joe Ansbro also crossing for a try in the second half as they got their bonus point win.

Bath coach Steve Meehan was understandably upset at the big loss. "That was nowhere near the standards we set ourselves and, as a result, it was a wake-up call very early in the season for us," he said.

"We had a good warm-up and everyone felt good. So to go out and lose the physical battle - particularly at the breakdown - was disappointing. We have the next two weeks now where we have to turn it around. We talk about player empowerment and responsibility and this is when they need to take it," Meehan added.

This was one of the better hits on the night, with league convert Hape stopped dead in his tracks.

Time: 0:51

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:38 pm | View Comments (10)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 3:25 pm

1st :-)

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Cleckheaton kiwi September 19, 2010 4:02 pm

Gay ^^
good covering hit

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 4:47 pm

in french top 14 this tackle is sin bin (some referees will be ble to sent off the player)

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 5:30 pm

Downey should be playing for ireland!

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 7:30 pm

In England French opinions aren't welcome.

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Chris September 19, 2010 7:34 pm

"In England French opinions aren't welcome."

It's a good job we're on the WORLD WIDE WEB and not in England then

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 8:08 pm

Nice Hit but he made no attempt to release the tackled player and should therefore have been penalised. Poor reffing, or does this player have ties to the all-blacks?

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Anonymous September 19, 2010 8:52 pm

The guy stating 'in england....etc' does not speak for us all.

Nasty first vid...i know the feeling!!!

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NiWiTa September 20, 2010 11:53 am

nice hit - although agree with anon 1008 that he did not release him after the hit....

Still nice to see a welcome to the game knock though......

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 9:06 am

Downey made 2 crushing hits in the game against Harlequins, 1 on Monye and the other on Turner-Hall. If those could be found and put up please!

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