But Brooks' bravery took him into the second round when there was a sickening clash of heads with Hide coming off second best
as blood gushed out of a nasty cut over the right eye.
He's testing his boundaries but he's testing them on humans and humans are coming off second best
," the Couriermail quoted marine science expert Professor Mark Orams, as saying.
England were competing feverishly at the breakdown, but despite coming off second best
in some of the forward exchanges, the All Blacks looked lethal every time their backs gained possession.
Carm Q Glam W 33 37 GLAMORGAN WANDERERS proved it is possible to win matches when your forwards are coming off second best
Richards also paid tribute to his front row of Ceri Jones, hooker Gary Botha and Mike Ross, who he credited with turning around the fortunes against Northampton after coming off second best
when Quins lost 23-13 at Franklin's Gardens in December.
So it was no surprise that Roddick had few complaints after coming off second best
And he is aware of the need for England to avoid having to play catch-up in their qualifying group by coming off second best
You have to remember Celtic's budget is far superior to Rangers and they are still coming off second best
Tim Easterby's charge was giving away nearly a stone when coming off second best
by a length and a half over this course and distance last week.
Cohen, despite coming off second best
to Williams and also earning ten minutes in the sin-bin for a high tackle, scored one of Saints' three tries, while scrum-half Ian Vass and number eight Mark Soden also touched down.
He finished strongly when second to the classy Tandem over this course and distance before coming off second best
against Egyptian Warrior.
Another to be stepping down in class after coming off second best
is Fox Trotter, whose trainer Brian Meehan won this in 2005 with Johnny The Fish.
But it wasn't all good news as Killie's Kiltie was stretchered from the field after coming off second best
to a thundering challenge from Wout Faes.
Keith Watson was then forced off with a nasty looking cut to the head after coming off second best
with David Silva.
It's a rare sight to witness the Springboks outmuscled at the breakdown area, but they were coming off second best
as the hosts threw numbers into the contact area, especially in the first hour.