Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tai Tuifua's dangerous flying tackle on Nicky Robinson

Newcastle Falcons forward Tai Tuifua was fortunate to escape punishment for a dangerous hit he made on Wasps number ten Nicky Robinson last weekend. The officials at the time felt it was a legal tackle, and he hasn't been cited as of yet. MORE »

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Jim Hamilton and David Paice shown red cards after being sin-binned

Jim Hamilton and David Paice are set to face a disciplinary hearing following the brawl they sparked at the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday. Both players were shown yellow cards, resumed fighting, then were sent off with reds cards. MORE »

Monday, May 07, 2012

Aironi's Simone Favaro smashes Ospreys replacement Tom Isaacs

Italian side Aironi hosted the Ospreys in the final round of RaboDirect Pro12 group stages this weekend, with the visitors grinding out a hard fought 18-11 win. With five minutes left and the win secured, we saw the hit of the match. MORE »

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Fullback Joe Pietersen eaten alive by prop Pek Cowan

Last month we saw Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen set up a fantastic counter-attack that resulted in an amazing try against the Highlanders. Unfortunately when he tried something similar against the Force this past weekend, huge prop Pek Cowan was ready for it. MORE »

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Butch James banned for four weeks for dangerous charge against the Brumbies

Earlier this week Lions flyhalf Butch James was suspended for four weeks for charging into a ruck dangerously against the Brumbies in Johannesburg. He was yellow carded at the time, and put on a white card, referring him to the citing commissioner. MORE »

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

James Haskell banned for punches on Cheetah Justin Downey

England flanker James Haskell was cited and subsequently banned for punching against the Cheetahs following the Highlanders' 36-33 win in Bloemfontein. He was yellow carded at the time, despite the assistant referees recommending a higher sanction. MORE »

Monday, April 30, 2012

Darren Cave & Johan Muller hits plus highlights of first Heineken Cup semi final

Springbok Ruan Pienaar put in a flawless kicking display as Ulster beat Edinburgh 22-19 in the first of the Heineken Cup semi finals on Saturday. Today we've got quick highlights from the game, as well as two of the biggest hits. MORE »

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Toulon host Castres for a big hitting 25-25 Top 14 draw

Toulon and Castres played out a fascinating 25-25 draw on the weekend, a match that featured some lovely tries and a whole lot of physical confrontations. Below are extended highlights, and we also have a quick look at some of the latest player transfers and signings in the Top 14. MORE »

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Juan De Jongh's big hit breaks Ben Tapuai's collarbone

The Reds' nightmare injury toll continued this weekend as they lost another two backs during the 23-13 loss to the travelling Stormers. One of the injuries came from this great hit by Stormers center Juan De Jongh. MORE »

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Try Savers & Rib Breakers 12 - Rugby World Cup 2011 Edition

It's been a long wait but today we're back with the next in our exclusive Try Savers & Rib Breakers series, Try Savers & Rib Breakers 12: RWC 2011 edition. We've also got a unique giveaway for you today, so enter now, and enjoy the video. MORE »

Thursday, April 12, 2012

John Afoa suspended for four weeks for dangerous tackle

Ulster's John Afoa has been suspended for four weeks following a dangerous tip tackle he made on Munster's Felix Jones in the second half of their Heineken Cup quarter final at Thomond Park on Sunday. Here is a look at it, and an explanation of the ruling. MORE »

Monday, April 09, 2012

Front rowers Ben Daley and Dan Palmer square off in Brisbane

Jannie Du Plessis of the Sharks was given an off-field yellow card for striking against the Hurricanes, and two other props have received the same following an altercation in the Reds vs Brumbies Super Rugby game in Brisbane on Saturday. MORE »

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Jannie Du Plessis slapped with off-field yellow card after starting dust-up

Sharks prop Jannie Du Plessis has been issued an off-field yellow card following a slap that sparked an all-in brawl between the Hurricanes and Sharks in New Plymouth on Saturday. The hosts played some great rugby and won the game 42-18. MORE »

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Manu Tuilagi's huge hit on quick hands Dan Bowden

Manu Tuilagi had a solid Six Nations with England and since returning to Leicester Tigers has looked to continue that good run of form. In their recent game against London Irish he timed things perfectly and put in this cracking hit on Dan Bowden. MORE »

Monday, April 02, 2012

Andy Goode red carded for high hit against former team Leicester Tigers

Former England flyhalf and Leicester Tigers stalwart Andy Goode was sent off against his old side after he flew into Tom Croft with a high shoulder. It was his second card of the night, but was officially a straight red card, issued by referee Wayne Barnes. MORE »

Friday, March 30, 2012

Calum Clark banned for 32 weeks for breaking another player's arm

Last night the verdict in the Calum Clark hearing was announced, resulting in the young Northampton Saints loose forward being suspended from the game for 32 weeks. He will miss England's tour to South Africa, and only play again in November. Below is a short report with a reverse angle of the incident. MORE »

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ben Youngs cited for striking London Irish's Jamie Gibson

In what's been a poor week for English rugby, and it looks as though another Aviva Premiership player could be suspended, namely Ben Youngs after he lost his cool against London Irish on Sunday. As of last night, he has officially been cited. MORE »

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dean Mumm's huge hand-off on the Sharks' Marcel Coetzee

The Waratahs came from behind to beat the Sharks 34-30 in Sydney on Saturday in one of many close finishes in Super Rugby this weekend. One of the more memorable moments of the game was this huge fend from Dean Mumm late in the second half. MORE »

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

Northampton Saints forward Calum Clark has been cited following an incident in the LV Cup Final (Anglo-Welsh) at Sixways on the weekend. Leicester Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins left the field with a broken arm after the incident. MORE »

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Digby Ioane suspended for five weeks for tip-tackle on Coetzee

Quensland Reds winger Digby Ioane has been suspended for five weeks following a dangerous tackle he made on flanker Marcel' Coetzee during their 27-22 defeat to the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. His previous record contributed to the hefty ban. MORE »

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