Schalk Burger is the four-time reigning champion for his tackle on Fourie du Preez, but can he keep his place against one of rugby’s most notorious hitmen, Henry Tuilagi?
Burger has fended off all of Courtney Lawes, Bismarck du Plessis, Brian Lima and Bakkies Botha to remain king of the tackle. Last week, Burger claimed a narrow victory over Lawes’ hit on France flyhalf Jules Plisson.
Now, he faces a challenge from feared Samoan international, Henry Tuilagi.
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English side Northampton Saints took on French team Perpignan in a European Cup clash in 2009. Perpignan went into half time leading 20-8.
With about 25 minutes left, Saints fullback Ben Foden received the ball in his own half and launched a counter-attack before he was rocked by Tuilagi. The loose forward put all of his 125kg into a hit to stop Foden in his tracks.
Perpignan went on to win the match 29-13.
Western Province hosted the Blue Bulls in the 2009 Currie Cup semi-final and Schalk Burger obliterated Springbok teammate Fourie du Preez with a hit that brought the Newlands faithful to their feet.