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VIDEO: Skelton's amazing act of kindness after brutal collision

WATCH as Stade Rochelais’ giant lock Will Skelton shows an extraordinary act of kindness amid a brutal battle.


The French giants fought back from 0-16 down (after 45 minutes) at half-time to defeat the Stormers 22-21 in an extraordinary Champions Cup Round of 16 match in Cape Town at the weekend.

It saw Stade Rochelais advance to the quarterfinal, as they continue their search for a third straight title.

They will face Leinster – the team they beat in the last two finals – in a quarterfinal face-off in Dublin this coming Saturday.

However, the home team in Cape Town at the weekend paid a dear price for their heroics against two-time defending European Cup champions, Stade Rochelais.

Two key players suffered knee injuries and three others suffered concussion.

Utility forward Deon Fourie suffered a “serious” knee injury.


He was taken from the field on a mobile stretcher in the 39th minute – with his replacement, Marcel Theunissen, yellow-carded in the 59th minute.

Wing Leolin Zas also has a ‘reasonably serious’ knee injury, but still has to go for a scan.

The three concussion cases – utility forward Ben-Jason Dixon, lock and captain Salmaan Moerat, as well as replacement loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani – included a rather brutal collision between Moerat and the giant Australian, Skelton.

Moerat got an attempted front-on tackle badly wrong and was knocked out cold.


While play was continuing, Skelton – realising Moerat was in distress – covered his Stormers rival to avoid further damage.

It showed what the sport is truly about – great sportsmanship.



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