Thursday, January 02, 2014

Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

Stade Francais beat Perpignan 19-12 in the Top 14 on Sunday afternoon after all their points, other than a penalty try, were scored by Jerome Fillol. Flanker Antoine Burban was outstanding for the Parisians on the day, making turnovers and tackles all over the park.

This incredible covering tackle was one that he made on Fijian centre Watisoni Votu, who beat the first tackler as Perignan attacked, but was absolutely smashed by Burban as he stepped inside.

Let's hope we see more great tackles throughout 2014. On that note, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. It's been a good festive season and we'll be back in the full swing of things soon.

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:27 pm | View Comments (22)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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WelshOsprey January 02, 2014 9:23 pm

Oh come on, why is this even noteworthy?

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JackP9 January 02, 2014 9:34 pm

Yeh i bet you make hits like that all the time!

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stepper January 02, 2014 9:38 pm

touche, he was at the right place at the right time

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cheyanqui January 02, 2014 9:52 pm

Winger caught off his feet in a tackle by a blindside flanker?


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BW January 02, 2014 10:58 pm

Great tackle (larger effect created by being hit whilst both feet are off the ground) and momentum, but greater reaction and instinct by the Winger to recover from the hit by placing the ball nicely for the halfback to continue the phase!

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matt January 03, 2014 5:18 pm

I'm most impressed by the no 6 getting there in the first place, great work rate!

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TV January 02, 2014 11:30 pm

Oh wooo hoooo!! A tackle with a player off his feet! Stupid music at the end as well....... Moving on with 2014 now.

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Number11 January 03, 2014 1:19 am

with not much rugby content to cover at the moment, this is more appreciated than nothing. and try and muster up a sense of humour for the music at the end. not meant to be top quality music... just a bit of fun

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DrG Top Comment | January 03, 2014 12:32 am

Yeh well done FREE Rugbydump for posting something that NOT EVERYONE agrees on and enjoys!

How about you take note as to what all us NON FEE-PAYERS want from the site that we pay to run....

...or on second note, keep posting RUGBY topics and the rest of us fans of the game and this website will be grateful that you continue to keep us informed of what is happening outside of our own rugby bubble...

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DrG January 03, 2014 12:33 am

Oh and p.s you miserable bunch, it was a fantastic covering tackle... If the 6 misses that tackle it's a try!

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Guy January 03, 2014 8:17 am

Great tackle. It will probably make the next TS&RB. Nice bit of obstruction in midfield too, somewhere at 0.08/0.09.

Thanks for posting this RD. And best wishes for 2014!

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matt January 03, 2014 5:21 pm

I just had a look back, and it looks to me like the Stade player was the one trying to block the perpignan man

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Guy January 04, 2014 11:15 am

Hard to see intentions from that far away. Would have loved to see it in cloe up.

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Colombes January 03, 2014 12:12 pm

Reading some comments, u can see that people are used to appreciate illegal branded tip-tackles, thinking their are regulars.

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DrG January 03, 2014 6:20 pm

Sorry Colombes, I don't understand what you mean. Your English is normally much clearer than that post, are you saying this was a tip-tackle?

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Colombes January 06, 2014 5:20 pm

sorry if u misread me.
rusty new year ;)
i say the exact contrary. i'm annoyed by people describing this kind of tackle as "unimpressive" when it's textbook!
it will be my 2014 line: be brutal and legal, rather to try illegal "impressive" charges

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Pierre January 03, 2014 12:36 pm

Big hit, but his head is in totally the wrong position - could have come off a lot worse!

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mise January 03, 2014 6:51 pm

solid, spectacular lookingif _fairly_ routine tackle for that level, crowd responded to its impact in the stadium and that's not insignificant - and that was quite a funny ending - apt considering the vista....

DrG: my understanding of what Columbes said, is that people expect to see tip tackles here on RD, almost as the norm now- he's not saying that tackle was a tip tackle. He's perhaps decrying the fact that the illegal is more sought after by viewers than the solid legal tackle, though I could be misunderstanding Columbes....

Eitherways, its noteworthy but hardly suprising that visitors are that way...

remember the old newspaper saying: "if it bleeds it leads"

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Colombes January 06, 2014 5:26 pm

nop, you got it.
i prefer that kind of classic tackle than rugbyleague inspired tackles

but people will always prefer to debate on "whether it's legal or not"
rather to appreciate classic stuff.
in that way, hardmen like betsen or jason white are my heroes

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DrG January 07, 2014 2:18 am

Ah, ok, I get it now Colombes. I'm definitely a fan of Jason White and Betson.

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mise January 03, 2014 6:53 pm

Here's a tune for the next try savers and rib breakers outa leftfield...

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browner January 04, 2014 2:29 pm

The funniest thing is the straddling position they end up in, Not only did the tackler not release, but he then gets a facefull of 'tackle' ! munch munch ...

Almost as erotic as the Exeter Chiefs knob-squeezers !!!

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