NRL is in total disbelief at Felise Kaufusi’s brilliant tackle against Canberra Raiders’ young Hudson

Dolphins killer Felise Kaufusi sent shockwaves through the league with a bone-crushing tackle.

Canberra’s Hudson Young was the latest casualty on Saturday after getting in the way of the thundering Kaufusi move during the Raiders’ clash with the Dolphins.

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Kaufusi has now made two of the tackles of the year in as many weeks after cleaning up Brandon Smith last week.

But he took it to another level on Saturday and Young was the unfortunate victim to be rumbled.

Just 12 minutes into the game, Young was looking for a pass while running the ball up the left flank in the final tackle when Kaufusi hit him with brute force.

And if you couldn’t see it, you could hear it.

“Oh what a shot, he did it again,” Dan Ginnane said in comment.

“Felise Kaufusi has set an example. Oh, he’s a sniper. That was a great tackle. Right in the ribs.

Felise Kaufusi ground Hudson Young with a massive tackle. Credit: Fox sports

“It’s a beautiful thing to watch. That got the crowd going.”

Corey Parked said Kaufusi is one such weapon in this situation.

“He can really scare anyone who wants to get the ball deep in the line,” Parker said.

“It just puts playmakers in a split second’s mind – they’re going to come and tie up defenders, you’re going to carry a shot. And what a shot that was.”

It set the tone for the game as the Dolphins continued their remarkable start to NRL life with star Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow as the Redcliffe side braved the conditions, a controversial sin and a 12-point deficit to beat Canberra by 20. 14

After blitzing the Roosters on their NRL debut on a dry track at Suncorp Stadium, Wayne Bennett’s men showed they could pull it off on a sopping wet Saturday at Redcliffe.

Jeremy Marshall-King and Felise Kaufusi lead the Dolphins against Canberra. Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

They prevailed despite being down 12-0 when hooker Jeremy Marshall-King was struck by sin late in the second half.

However, Tabuia-Fidow jumped on a loose ball to score before the break, then the Dolphins gritted their teeth and defended a gripping 25 minutes.

Finally, Tom Gilbert afforded a try after jostling with Matthew Timoko to level the scores with 18 minutes to go.

Tabuia-Fidow then deftly ran away from the dummy half and drew a professional foul from Young.

The Backrower was sinning for the rest of the game and the Dolphins were up two points.

But Dolphins halfback Sean O’Sullivan soon joined Young on the bench when he was penalized for a controversial hit that Corey Harawira-Naera believed was late and high.

But the Dolphins had the last word as Isaiya Katoa, a 5/8-year-old teenager, switched to Tabuai-Fidow for his second attempt to wow the soaked 10,000 crowd.

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow celebrates a try. Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

They became only the third team, after Brisbane and Melbourne, to win their first two NRL games.

Canberra’s Jack Wighton was everywhere in the opening 25 minutes, touching the ball 14 times and also jumping to take the ball from Jamayne Isaako as he lunged for a corner.

The Raiders fifth-eighth had already crossed, wandered to the right edge and charged over to break the Dolphins’ defense after sustained pressure.

That came after an early turning point when Kaufusi produced the bell-ringing tackle that flattened Young.

The ball flowed freely and Isaako stepped forward and recovered, getting within 10m of his tryline.

But the game was called off for an offside by Kaufusi, Wighton’s try coming three sets later.

The Raiders found space on the right 15 minutes later, Nick Cotric’s converted try making it 10-0.

Marshall-King was then reported for a hip drop tackle on Corey Horsburgh.

But the Dolphins scored while a man was down to breathe life into the competition. Sebastian Kris fumbled a Sean O’Sullivan cultivator kick, allowing Tabuai-Fidow to plant the seeds of her incredible comeback.

With AAP

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