‘Unlucky’ tackle won’t change Messam

Date published: October 16 2014

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The tackle from Liam Messam that ended with New Zealand losing their second match in three years won’t change the way he plays.

The tackle from Liam Messam that ended with New Zealand losing their second match in three years won’t change the way he plays.

Messam’s high tackle on Schlak Burger at Ellis Park handed Pat Lambie the long-range chance to clinch victory over the All Blacks, his kick sealing an important 27-25 win for South Africa.

The Chiefs captain though has no regrets about the collision, feeling that the impact was unfortunate.

“That’s just footy mate – I would do the same tackle again. It was unlucky he was falling,” Messam told Stuff.

“The slo-mo (slow motion replay) looked pretty bad but you would probably get ten tackles like that in a game and it’s just one of those things that happens in footy.

“There was nothing wrong with my technique. It was just bad luck at the time.”

Now an experienced international with 35 Tests to his name, at the age of 30 Messam has been through enough disappointments to handle the situation.

“I have been through enough disappointments in my career to brush that aside,” added Messam.

“That’s the beauty of this team. It is a brotherhood, they put their arms around me and got my chin up pretty quick.”

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