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15th May 2015

VINE: New Munster signing Francis Salli lays down humongous, match-winning tackle

Good, bad and the juggly from the Kiwi

Patrick McCarry

VIEWER DISCRETION: If you are a Munster fan, you may want to skip the first clip and go straight to the second.

Auckland Blues stuck it to the Blue Bulls at Eden Park, today, to pump some air into their deflated Super Rugby season.

John Kirwan’s side won only one of their first eight games and are now ravaged by injury but showed some fight against their guests from South Africa.

Their 23-18 win over the Bulls could have ended with the foot off the gas were it not for a butter-fingered knock-on by Munster’s 2015/16 signing Francis Salli.

The All Blacks centre looked set to score a certain try but fumbled the ball 10 metres out.

Typical of the man, Salli refocused and threw himself into a ferocious defensive effort. On 79 minutes, his immense work at the breakdown won a turnover for the Blues which, ultimately, was the winning of the game.

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