Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Tim Nanai-Williams great try saving tackle on Cobus Reinach

Tim Nanai-Williams scored two tries and a made a superb try saving tackle as the Chiefs beat the Sharks 37-29 in an entertaining Super Rugby clash on Saturday. Francois Steyn was cited for charging into Nanai-Williams, but has since been cleared.

In what was a rematch from last year's final, the Chiefs shot out to an incredible 24-0 lead after just 16 minutes, before the Sharks pulled things back to 24-19 at the break.

Late in the game Cobus Reinach intercepted off the back of a scrum and dashed away for what looked to be a try, but for the intervention of Nanai-Williams, who tracked back and caught the speedy scrumhalf with a great tackle.

The Chiefs centre was penalised in the fight for the ball just before Francois Steyn came flying in to clean him out. Steyn was cited for charging into a ruck or maul without the use of the arms, which according the citing commisioner, met the red card threshold for foul play.

A SANZAR judicial hearing found that video evidence supported Steyn's claims that he was not guilty of foul play. He will be available for the Sharks' next match, against the Highlanders.

Unfortunately young Reinach injured his ankle ligaments in the tackle, and had to fly home.

In the end eight tries were scored, with the Sharks picking up a four try bonus point. They were denied a second point though, due to a Chiefs penalty at the death. The defending champions are now top of the New Zealand conference, and second on the overall log.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:41 am | View Comments (10)

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DrG May 01, 2013 1:12 pm

Awesome intercept, awesome try saving tackle, best of luck to Reinach with his injury.

Thanks for sharing RD

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Guy May 01, 2013 1:37 pm

What's Francois Steyn's current position in the squad? Prop?

PS: citing seems a little harsh, fortunaly he got of scott free.

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FoXtroT May 01, 2013 2:49 pm

Haha you laugh but when he rejoined us from France he weighed 118kg, he is seemingly now down to 110kg and they working to get him to 105kg.

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Guy May 01, 2013 3:23 pm

So he looked like Bastareaud? I genuinly wonder how those things happen. I mean: guys like that train 4-6 hours a day at high intensity. It should be impossible to gain that amount of excess weight in a relatively short time.

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Canadian content May 02, 2013 5:28 am

Agreed pretty tame ruck

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DollsLiving May 01, 2013 2:44 pm

Tim with an All Blacks jersey

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cheyanqui May 01, 2013 3:19 pm

People have been hitting rucks like Napoleon Dynamite did for years.

Seems that to get (or net get) cited for this, you need to be from a certain country, or have a certain reputation.

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browner May 01, 2013 8:09 pm

Repuations come because of actions not because of fantasy !! Bok's giving cheap shots is so prevalent, we wonder at what age it's coached in U7 ?

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FoXtroT May 01, 2013 11:26 pm

Just as prevalent as any other team and Steyn to my knowledge has yet to be found guilty for any dirty play.

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Jon May 02, 2013 8:30 am

Steyn's not a dirty player.
South Africa are not really a dirty team anymore either.
I do think there was a time when they dished out more than their share of cheapshots.
But it cost them, they gave away too many penalties.
Since the Jake White era they've cleaned up their discipline and are hard but mostly fair these days.

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