Sunday, November 11, 2012

Two big hits from Ireland vs Springboks - Mike McCarthy and Marcel Coetzee

The Springboks fought back in the second half to leave Dublin 16-12 winners over Ireland, despite trailing 12-3 at the halftime break. While the match lacked precision, there was plenty of physical stuff on display, including these two huge tackles.

Ireland started the better of the two sides as the visitors looked totally out of sorts and gave away numerous kickable penalties, which Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton eagerly slotted.

One always felt that the Springboks would come back at some stage, and they did so after the break when Ulster based Ruan Pienaar snatched a typically well taken try beneath the posts.

"I can't tell you my message at half time," said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

"There were a few harsh words, it was really unacceptable. We gave up too many penalties, we couldn't get going, it was very hard work. But (now) I'm very happy with my team. At 12-3 down they showed lots of character and I'm proud of them.

"They learned a lot today and it's a step forward," he added. The win wasn't pretty but scoring 13 unanswered points in the second half did the job.

Here is a quick look at two of the bigger tackles in the game, one from each side, as Mike McCarthy smashed big Eben Etzebeth early in the second half, then Marcel Coetzee contributed to an early exit for former countryman Richardt Strauss.

Unfortunately the host broadcaster didn't show replays, despite there being lengthy injury breaks directly after each hit. Here are two short clips anyway, as they're both worth another look.

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The Coetzee hit on Strauss is on page two of this post

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Posted by Rugbydump at 3:37 pm | View Comments (5)

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Toby November 11, 2012 9:28 pm

Huge hit, great to see such eagerness in international rugby!

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BestHookerInTown November 12, 2012 1:24 pm

Poor game, poor selection policy (on Ireland's behalf) and no real attacking flair. Hopefully Kidney might start playing younger players who have been playing well for the province's. Still don't think this will happen any day soon though.

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Michael November 13, 2012 1:53 pm

Living in England with a limited opportunity to watch full game footage of the RaboDirect and so basing my opinion primarily on this game, McCarthy impressed me all game with his physicality. Given O'Connells slightly overrated form, I felt he more than deputised for him. The power of that hit has to be taken in the context of the size of the player he rattled when travelling at a fair lick.

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RuggerBugger November 13, 2012 11:46 pm

Two great tackles! However, it seems that these days there are fewer and fewer replays of the bigger tackles shown whilst the game is on (for example Coetzee's can only be watched from a distance it wasn't replayed). Do the camera men genuinely miss them or are they advised not to show them in slow motion?!! Countless times, it seems, fantastic tackles are never re visited. Brad Barritt was wiped out against Fiji and nothing was reviewed, we can only hope RD brings it to us!

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