Rugby Player Almost Decapitates Opponent With Clothesline Tackle

Although primarily a fighting website, we do love a big of rugby league too, especially the big hits and occasional brawls that are part and parcel of the game.

Sure, hits and brawls are less common nowadays compared to the halcyon decades of the 70’s and 80’s but, every now and again, something mental happens that leaves one’s jaw on the floor.

Check this clip out for example; in it, English club Salford are leading 24-18 after 54 minutes and are threatening down the right wing through playmaker Gareth O’Brien.

The full-back attempts to set winger Kris Welham up in the corner but his pass is a shocker and goes straight into touch.

Rugby League has been responsible for some of the best hits we’ve seen in sport!

Moments after flinging his wayward pass, however, O’Brien is caught by Leigh winger Adam Higson in an absolutely horrific late clothesline tackle that sends his body crashing to the earth.

Referee James Child immediately gives Higson his marching orders, showing him a red card that leaves Leigh flailing about with only 12 men on the field.

The incident would ultimately cost the Manchester club: they conceded a try just 30 seconds after this incident and went on to lose the match 36-22.

In the aftermath, Higson has been charged with a grade E high tackle by the UK Super League’s review panel as they deemed the hit to be intentional.

The punishment for such an offence is a four-to-eight-week ban and I’d be surprised if he copped anything less than the maximum.

For those of you who don’t follow it, rugby league is a bloody great game: it’s a high paced, 80-minute arm wrestle that takes incredible skill and can change in the blink of an eye.

Lightening fast decisions need to be made and reacted to and occasionally players fu*k up. When they do, the results are often spectacular, as is the case here.




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