Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play

Monday, December 07, 2015

Awful spear tackle sparks huge brawl in French third division

On Saturday night in France this brawl kicked off following a really bad looking tip, or spear, tackle in France's Federale 1 division, the third division of rugby in the country. The game was between Nevers and Lombez-Samatan and the fight actually resulted in only two red cards. MORE »

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Elvis Taione sends Nick Evans flying before receiving yellow card

Elvis Taione had a mixed game for Exeter Chiefs against Harlequins recently, bumping Nick Evans to the ground before receiving a yellow card for a dangerous no-arms tackle. MORE »

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Jonah Lomu Smashed 'Em Bro Top 7 Special

Last week we lost a legend and while there have already been plenty of videos of the great Jonah Lomu shared online, this is another one that is worth watching, as it features some excellent footage you might not have seen yet, but will probably enjoy watching again anyway. MORE »

Thursday, November 26, 2015

George Pisi demolishes opposite number Mark Bennett with huge hit

Northampton Saints centre George Pisi is building a reputation as being one of the hardest hitting centres in the game, and he's done it again, most recently against Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup. It's probably the biggest hit of the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bernard Le Roux shown straight red card for petulant stamp

Racing 92 flanker Bernard Le Roux was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Scarlets prop Phil John at the weekend. Today he faces a disciplinary hearing, along with Matthew Rees, who was cited for the same offence, although both incidents are decidedly different. MORE »

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will face a disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow (Wednesday 25 November) following the straight red card he received for stamping on the face of Harlequins number eight Nick Easter in round two of the European Challenge Cup. MORE »

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brendan McKibbin banned for 3 weeks after red card for stamping

London Irish scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin was suspended for three weeks for a nasty looking stamp on Bath's Henry Thomas during the fourth round of the Aviva Premiership. The 30-year-old Scotsman was sent off during the 45-14 loss to Bath. MORE »

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Asaeli Tikoirotuma's huge hit on Tom Homer in the Premiership

London Irish and Fiji flyer Asaeli Tikoirotuma made this crunching hit on Bath fullback Tom Homer during the Exiles' 45-14 loss in the Aviva Premiership at the weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

David Halaifonua red carded for high swinging arm hit on Bradley Davies

Gloucester's David Halaifonua received a straight red card for this high and dangerous tackle during their 23-3 loss to Wasps in the Aviva Premiership at the weekend. It wasn't the only red card of the match... MORE »

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wallaby great George Smith welcomed to the Premiership by huge Harlequins double hit

Wallaby legend George Smith made his debut for new club Wasps on Friday night, after earlier this year signing from Lyon in France. The 111 Test veteran was part of a losing cause against Harlequins, and got his bell rung with this massive double tackle from the 'Quins forwards. MORE »

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sean O'Brien cited for punching Pascal Pape in opening minute of Cardiff clash

While injuries are a concern for Ireland, it could get worse as flanker Sean O'Brien has now been cited. The punch happened just seconds into the clash with France, a game that Ireland won 24-9, topping the pool and setting up a meeting with Argentina in the quarter finals. MORE »

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A look at the Burgess tackle that was overlooked as Farrell smashed Giteau

In the last week emotions have run high, mainly regarding foul play and how it has been dealt with by the powers that be. There have been some strange decisions made, both on and off the field. Here is a look at one that puzzled and annoyed some fans. MORE »

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Alesana Tuilagi banned for 5 weeks for 'kneeing' Japanese tackler

Alesana Tuilagi has been banned for five weeks for what has been called an act of foul play, contrary to Law 10.4(a). The incident occurred in the second minute of play against Japan, when tackler Harumichi Tatekawa unfortunately made contact with Tuilagi's knee. MORE »

Monday, October 05, 2015

Michael Hooper cited for this dangerous cleanout on Mike Brown

Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper has been cited following their 33-13 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday. Hooper charged into a ruck shortly before halftime, and while referee Romain Poite and his officials felt there was no need for anything more than a penalty, he has since been cited and will face a disciplinary hearing. MORE »

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Jamie Mackintosh elbow earns him red and a one week ban

Southland Stags prop Jamie Mackintosh was shown a straight red card in an ITM Cup match against Otago on Saturday. The burly prop was cited and has since pleaded guilty to contravening law 10.4(a) Punching or Striking, and has been banned for a week. MORE »

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nemani Nadolo banned for dangerous David Pocock clean out

Fiji's giant winger Nemani Nadolo has been banned for a week for an incident that occurred during their 28-13 loss to Australia in their second Pool A match. Asaeli Tikoirotuma has since been called up for the match against Wales in Cardiff. MORE »

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Josh Valentine knocked out by brutal upright tackle from Taiasina Tuifua

Former Wallaby Josh Valentine received this brutal knock in a Pro D2 game when he was hit head-on by Taiasina Tuifua. The big Samoan did something similar to Nicky Robinson in 2012, leading with his head in an upright tackling fashion that is clearly dangerous. MORE »

Monday, September 07, 2015

Brad Thorn tackle breaks ribs of reality TV star in charity match

Amongst all the excitement of World Cup warm up matches, on Friday night a mixed celebrity and players England XV took on a mixed World XV in the inaugural Rugby Aid fixture. The match was to benefit the Rugby Aid charity, people who work alongside returning servicemen and women to help adjust back to civilian life after conflict. MORE »

Friday, September 04, 2015

Zac Guildford suspended for four weeks for bad lifting tackle

Zac Guildford has pleaded guilty after he was cited for a dangerous tackle in an ITM Cup match against Counties Manukau last Friday. Guildford picked up and dropped the opposition player, but it wasn't actually spotted by officials at the time. MORE »

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mass Brawl between Perpignan and Carcassonne in French second division

Midway through the first half of Friday's Pro D2 second round match a little push and shove ensued between Perpignan and Carcassonne. It all looked fairly innocuous, but when something was said in close quarters, David Marty took things to another level. MORE »

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