Brodie Retallick teaches 110kg Wallaby brutal lesson ahead of Rugby Championship
To most people the sight of 110kg Wallabies and Reds No8 Harry Wilson charging at full speed directly at you from a 20 metre run up is enough to make anyone run as fast as they can in the opposite direction. But for All Blacks and Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick it just provided the perfect opportunity to execute a textbook tackle.
If anyone claims that players cannot make massive hits in this day and age, especially tall players, with the law changes, well 2.04 metre Retallick proves everyone wrong yet again. Alongside Chiefs prop and fellow All Black Aidan Ross, the 100-cap international pulled off a brutal hit that any aspiring player should try and emulate. Wilson was hit at waist height and was being smashed onto his back in the blink of an eye. Legal? Yes. Brutal. Oh yes.
This was all part of the Chiefs’ 29-20 win at FMG Stadium Waikato in the Super Rugby Pacific quarter-final. The win extended Retallick’s Chiefs career by at least another week, although the Chiefs will surely be aiming for nothing but the final after the season they had, only losing one game.
“We were made to work extremely hard,” Chiefs skipper Sam Cane said after his side’s win.
“I’m proud of the way we stayed patient and ground it out.”
The next time Wilson and Retallick will meet could well be in gold and black jerseys in the Bledisloe Cup in July, where the No8 will surely want to exact some revenge.
Take a look at the tackle:
Here comes the 💥
— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) June 10, 2023