The Fiji Times

‘The big hit is gone’

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RUGBY great Brian O’Driscoll fears “the big hit is gone” from the game as the crackdown on dangerous tackles continues at the World Cup in Japan.

O’Driscoll was a TV pundit for Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa that confirmed Joe Schmidt’s team for the quarter-finals.

Ireland’s win came at a price with Bundee Aki red-carded for a dangerous hit that will surely take him out of the playoffs.

Samoa weren’t angels either with hooker Seilala Lam yellow-carded for a challenge on Jacob Stockdale in a busy night for Australian referee Nic Berry.

O’Driscoll, the former Irish skipper who loved a midfield confrontat­ion, lamented: “The only thing you can say for the future is the big hit is gone - that big collision.

“It’s going to be all about leg tackling. The big shot is going to be ruled out of our game.” O’Driscoll was commenting on Lam’s yellow card in particular, sensing an injustice there.

“Samoa will feel they have been hard done by in this World Cup. It’s their fifth yellow card. And I have to say with this one I don’t know what the tackler is meant to do if a player dips that low,” O’Driscoll pointed out in his analysis for ITV.

 ?? Picture: NZHERALD ?? Brian O’Driscoll.
Picture: NZHERALD Brian O’Driscoll.

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