Leicester centre Matt Toomua put in a bone-shaking hit on Gloucester’s Henry Trinder during the Tigers’ 24-10 home win over the Cherry and Whites on Saturday.
Receiving a pass from fellow midfielder Matt Scott near his 22 after a Leicester kick and chase, Trinder looks to try and step the oncoming Toomua.
But before he is able to get moving, Australia international Toomua having lined him up, absolutely clatters him, the force of the hit driving a shell-shocked Trinder back.
Leicester pile in and the former Brumbies star’s brutal tackle earns them a penalty after the crunching hit.
— Channel 5 Sport (@Channel5Sport) September 17, 2017
The hit brought back memories of England legend Jonny Wilkinson’s huge tackle on French great Emile N’tmack way back in 2000.
And it wasn’t the only big hit the 27-year-old put in yesterday afternoon, as the versatile back, made a series of crunching tackles as Matt O’Connor’s men picked up their first win of the season in an error-strewn match.
Two tries from scrum-half Ben Youngs and winger Nick Malouf with nine points from the boot of England pivot George Ford, ensured that Leicester’s 2017 vintage avoided the ignominy of becoming the first Tigers team to lose their first three Premiership matches of the season.
For Gloucester, prop Josh Hohneck scored a try and former England back Billy Twelvetrees kicked a conversion and penalty.
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena
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