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Vasikali Mudu made the hit.

Fans take to Twitter after the promotion of "dangerous" tackle at the Las Vegas Sevens

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A huge and contentious tackle took centre stage in the final moments of Fiji vs Russia at the Las Vegas Sevens earlier in the week, as the Fijians strolled to a 38-0 win against Russia.

Russian player Ilya Babaev was the unfortunate party, receiving a hit from Fiji's Vasikali Mudu to compound the heavy defeat.

On initial viewing, the tackle did seem a fair one, however, when replayed, the Fijian's head dangerously makes initial contact with the chin of Babaev.

Fox Sports commentator Sean Maloney was a fan of the tackle, tweeting the video with the tagline “Can’t remember a bigger shot. This is next level."

It was unclear what Mudu’s intentions were as he didn’t aim high with his shoulders, and only the Fijian will know if he intended to make contact with the head.

Regardless, many on Twitter were quick to criticise Maloney for promoting and celebrating what appeared to be a dangerous and illegal tackle.

"It’s head to chin. Why the living hell are you glorifying taking someone out with a head to the chin?"

While fans of rugby love to see big tackles as part and parcel of the game, blows to the head are certainly a hot topic in the sport at the moment, with many of the effects of repeated strikes to the head and suffering concussions not being fully understood.

You can watch the tackle for yourself below.

And you can also see how fans reacted to the tackle, but it must be said, it seems like they were eventually split right down the middle whether it was an illegal tackle or not.

One fan was quick to point out, however, it was a legitimate tackle.

The sport has certainly come on a long way as scientific understanding has developed, demonstrated by the reaction of fans online.

The tackle unfortunately wasn’t enough to help Fiji to the title, as they eventually lost to hosts USA in the Semi Finals before beating South Africa in the Bronze Medal game.

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