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Watch: Former Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli's colossal hit in Japan League One

By Sam Smith
(Source/J Sports)

Former Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa’auli delivered a colossal hit while playing for Toshiba Brave Lupus in his side’s clash with the Osaka Red Hurricanes in the second round of Japan Rugby League One.


The 26-year-old put the 119kg No 8 Lui Naeata, one of the most powerful runners in the league, on his backside when the two collided during a lineout play that sent Naeata up for a midfield crash.

Tongan-born Naeata, a member of the Japanese national squad last year, had been a try-scoring revelation for the Kobelco Steelers in recent seasons before joining the Red Hurricanes this year.

Fa’auli’s rush defence met Naeata with full force, but earned him a red card after his tackle was deemed to be dangerous with no arms. In a double-carding, Fa’auli’s teammate Warner Dearns was yellow-carded for a similar tackle on the very next phase.

Dearns took out a Red Hurricanes player after a pass with another no-arms tackle.

Fa’auli, who made 17 appearances for the Chiefs between 2017 and 2018, was caught up in similar circumstances during his time in Super Rugby. He famously put a similar tackle on Reds No 8 Caleb Timu but escaped on-field sanction for the tackle.

The Toshiba Brave Lupus were already in control of the game at the time of their double-carding, ahead by 32-16, and went on to win the match comfortably 35-16 in a disrupted round of League One which saw multiple games postponed.


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Soi 909 days ago

Why are most Tongans (and Samoans) so reckless and dangerous in their tackles? Not long before they critically injure an opposition player.

TJ 911 days ago

A collosal hit is relatively easy if you don't use your arms...

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Jon 5 hours ago
British & Irish Lions free agent open to Super Rugby switch

There are a couple of teams who could use a stop gap experienced head. Blues - I’m not sure the Blues have signed a replacement for Caleb Tangitau (if he hasn’t been let go to make room for Barrett) yet, or whether Reiko is going on sabbatical and/or will remain in the squad. With exciting young French player Xavi Taele looking destined for higher honors in black, talented breakthrough rookie Cory Evan’s, and a couple of utilities, in AJ Lam and Bryce Heem(even Clarke?), all trying to learn the midfield trade, Williams could be a great aid. The Blues signed key English center Joe Marchant before he was raised to that level, and were possibly in the hunt to bring back the dependable Tele’a from the Highlanders. Possible the main squeeze which would put to bed any signing here would be the battle at 10 with Beauden’s return, and the forcing of Plummer back into the midfield. Hurricanes - Jordie Barrett is off to Leinster for a sabbatical next year but the more likely signing would be Billy’s brother back in the team. The Hurricanes are light on the outside with the loss of Salesi Rayasi to the Top 14 and if no quality is found to back up Kini Naholo, the midfield of Sullivan or Proctors could find themselves on the wing and space for a leader to show the Hurricanes three All Black midfield hopefuls (Higgins, Proctor, Umaga-Jensen) how its done. Highlanders - Rotation is high as usual at the Highlanders and versatility remains a strength with a lot of the squad. With compatriot Rhys Patchell signing a move to the JRLO, the passing of outside back Connor Garden-Bachop, and confirmed departure of Argentine wing Martin Bogado, the versatility of many of the young backups in the squad could see a veteran 12 like Williams being a strong partner for the robust Tele’a. With hope that the other Umaga-Jensen brother can force him out of the starting lineup, and shifting the sides general Sam Gilbert back into 10, the off-contract midfielder might seen as the perfect option for a squad still looking to fill one back spot.

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