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VIDEO: Mathieu Bastareaud levels Talebula after hospital pass

Fresh from giving Leinster a battering in the Heineken Cup, the France centre smashed the Bordeaux wing.

Source: Alexandre GRELET/YouTube

THERE ARE FEW things worse in rugby than getting a hospital pass from a teammate that opens up your ribs to be smashed in a tackle.

That’s exactly the fate the superb Bordeaux wing Metuisela Talebula suffered against Toulon last weekend, when centre Julien Rey floated a wobbly pass over the Fijian’s head.

The hugely in-form Mathieu Bastareaud didn’t need a second invitation and crunched into the Bordeaux man to spark a turnover of possession. Toulon went on to record a crucial 22-20 to maintain second place in the league.

The hit looks sorer every time you watch it…

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