George North piggybacks Israel Folau in amazing Lions moment [VIDEO] [GIFs]

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    An extraordinary moment of play between Australia and the British and Irish Lions saw giant Lions winger George North pick up attempted tackler Israel Folau and carry him forwards on his shoulders like a lumberjack.

    Unfortunately the move ended with Folau managing to pull North down directly onto his head – and North was momentarily grounded.

    He recovered to continue play – but may would say the WWE’s ‘Undertaker’ would have been proud of the ‘Tombstone Piledriver’ from Folau.

    But the moment belonged to man-mountain North – who stands at 105 kgs. Watch below for the video and gifs.

    The move brought huge cheers from the 56,771 supporters – with Etihad Stadium washed in a ‘sea of red’ from Lions supporters who swamped Melbourne.

    The match ended with a cliffhanger moment which has been typical of the match – Lions kicker Leigh Halfpenny missing a mighty 50m attempt for penalty goal for a famous Wallabies win – 16-15 over the Lions.

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    • Roar Rookie

      June 29th 2013 @ 10:01pm
      Fra-Dog said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

      What a show of strength!!!

    • June 29th 2013 @ 10:06pm
      p.Tah said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:06pm | ! Report

      Should be cited for lifting a player off his feet 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      June 29th 2013 @ 10:32pm
      AdamS said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

      While unusual, Izzy should have been done for a spear I think.
      He should have let go.
      By being the fulcrum at the end, he effectively turned and dropped him.

      • June 29th 2013 @ 10:43pm
        Sandy said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

        My head, my head.

      • June 29th 2013 @ 11:28pm
        Minz said | June 29th 2013 @ 11:28pm | ! Report

        I’m going to disagree – once you’re off the ground, you have no control (the only way he could’ve avoided it was to let go, which isn’t something any reasonable rugby player would’ve done)

      • June 29th 2013 @ 11:59pm
        IronAwe said | June 29th 2013 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

        Agreed Minz. This is a ridiculous statement.

    • June 29th 2013 @ 10:37pm
      Steve said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

      North is a freak!

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    • Roar Rookie

      June 29th 2013 @ 10:44pm
      Tim Schuster said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

      Is there a precedent for players with the ball tackling an opponent?. wonder if the laws are any different for cases such as this?

      • Roar Guru

        June 30th 2013 @ 4:58am
        jeznez said | June 30th 2013 @ 4:58am | ! Report

        I recall Tuigamala changing his running line in order to cut Campo in half on his way to the try line. Is that a precedent?

        • June 30th 2013 @ 5:41am
          Andrew C (waikato) said | June 30th 2013 @ 5:41am | ! Report

          Or Lomu steamrolling Rory Underwood on the way to a try in 1995 RWC – ouch !! 🙂

          • Roar Guru

            June 30th 2013 @ 10:14am
            jeznez said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:14am | ! Report

            Mike was the one absolutely destroyed by a runaway Lomu steam roller in that tourney.

            • June 30th 2013 @ 10:18am
              Jerry said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:18am | ! Report

              Tony.

              • Roar Guru

                June 30th 2013 @ 3:40pm
                jeznez said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

                I meant Mike Catt but connection between brain and keyboard was a bit wonky this morning

    • June 29th 2013 @ 10:48pm
      p.Tah said | June 29th 2013 @ 10:48pm | ! Report

      Looking at that twitter photo how is that not reckless? He has picked him up and is holding him past the horizontal. I don’t think he should be cited but interesting nevertheless.

      • June 30th 2013 @ 7:21am
        Jerry said | June 30th 2013 @ 7:21am | ! Report

        How is that actually past horizontal?

        • June 30th 2013 @ 7:36am
          p.Tah said | June 30th 2013 @ 7:36am | ! Report

          Perhaps not in the twitter image but the gifs show his feet very briefly going abie his head IMO.

          • June 30th 2013 @ 8:07am
            Jerry said | June 30th 2013 @ 8:07am | ! Report

            Regardless, I wouldn’t say the way Folau was brought down was particularly dangerous. Picking someone up isn’t illegal, putting them down dangerously is.

      • July 1st 2013 @ 6:42am
        mania said | July 1st 2013 @ 6:42am | ! Report

        i thought u were joking at first. doesnt count as north wasnt a tackler. past the horizontal only applies to tackles.

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