Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mathieu Bastareaud's physical impact on the 2015 Six Nations so far

There is no doubt that when you're 6ft tall and weigh 18 stone, you are going to make an impression on the midfield. French centre Mathieu Bastareaud has done just that during this year's Championship, so here is a quick look at some of his best moments. MORE »

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

There was some outstanding tackling taking place in the Six Nations over the weekend. Here is a look at six of the best, as put together by the official RBS 6 Nations youtube channel. Note that the music, while taste is subjective, is pretty horrific, so you might want to mute it. MORE »

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

It has been an eventful few days for Kiwi forwards, as three were suspended following striking and punching incidents in round two of Super Rugby. Owen Franks, Kane Hames and Hayden Triggs will all be out of action for a few weeks. MORE »

Monday, February 23, 2015

Rynard Landman red carded for elbow to face against Connacht

Newport Gwent Dragon's skipper Rynard Landman is likely to receive a heavy ban after being red carded and cited for elbowing an opponent during his side's 30-25 Guinness Pro12 defeat to Connacht. Landman will face a disciplinary hearing this week. MORE »

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis made two ferocious tackles as his side bounced back from opening round defeat to beat the Rebels 38-28 in Melbourne on Friday night. Hits below, plus you can also see the blooper that resulted in a League convert being yellow carded. MORE »

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

Jamie Heaslip has accepted the apology offered to him by Pascal Pape on Twitter last night. The French lock faces a disciplinary hearing today to judge whether he will be banned or not for the knee to the back that has possibly ended the tournament for both. MORE »

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

Our beloved big tackles series was quietly and unofficially retired after the last world cup. With so many compilations out there, we didn't think it was necessary. Well, we've changed our minds. Try Savers and Rib Breakers is back and here to stay. MORE »

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Last week we looked at Six of the Best Tries scored in the 2014 Six Nations Championship, so today we've got this clip of the Six of the Best Biggest Hits and Tackles from last year's tournament. There are a few in there that you'll remember well, and some perhaps not as much. They're all worth checking out, and should get you in the mood for the much anticipated kick off this Friday. MORE »

Monday, February 02, 2015

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

La Rochelle upset Clermont 16-12 in the Top 14 on Saturday thanks to a late try by Mali Hingano. Earlier in the game there was a bit of an ugly incident however, with Kiwi Jason Eaton unleashing on French international Julien Bonnaire. MORE »

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jarrad Hoeata banned for 6 weeks after red card high shot on Rob Kearney

Cardiff Blues lock Jarrad Hoeata was red carded for a dangerous high tackle on Leinster's Rob Kearney last weekend in the Guinness Pro 12. New Zealander Hoeata has since been suspended for 6 weeks, meaning he'll miss a few European rugby clashes. MORE »

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Sam Burgess had a solid run out against Wasps this past weekend, scoring his first ever league try as well as making these two big tackles. He's fast becoming a fan favourite and with play like this, you can understand why. Bath won the game 39-26. MORE »

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Aviva Premiership Biggest Hits of 2014

As we head into the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup year, here is a quick recap of some of the biggest and baddest tackles made in the Aviva Premiership in England in 2014. If you're a regular visitor you will have seen some of these before, but here they are as the best of the season. MORE »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Samu Manoa's huge blindside shot on Leicester's Julian Salvi

Northampton lock Samu Manoa made another bone crunching hit in the Aviva Premiership this past weekend, this time on Julian Salvi. The blindside shot took the flanker by surprise, but anyone who has watched the USA Eagles star over the years will have seen it coming. MORE »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Romulo Acosta banned following Edinburgh vs Treviso brawl at Murrayfield

Treviso prop Romulo Acosta faced a disciplinary hearing today after he was red carded for his part in an ugly brawl during Edinburgh's 48-0 bonus point win over Treviso at Murrayfield. Two other players were also cited following the weekend's action. MORE »

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dylan Hartley facing hefty ban after red card for elbowing Matt Smith

Dylan Hartley will find out on Tuesday if his England career is in doubt following a straight red card he received in Northampton Saints' 23-19 win over Leicester Tigers this past weekend. Hartley struck Matt Smith with his elbow for his second red card in 18 months. MORE »

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Sam Burgess throws his body around in the Montpellier mud

Sam Burgess played just 28 minutes in his second outing for Bath, a 30-5 Champions Cup pool stage win over Montpellier. He came off the bench and got stuck in as only he can, throwing his considerable weight around, but almost landing in hot water. MORE »

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Donncha O'Callaghan banned for two weeks for kick to head

Poor Stuart Olding. His head must look similar to a rugby ball, because for the second time this season his attractive cranium has been roughed up by a boot. This time it was Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan who did it, and has been suspended. MORE »

Monday, December 01, 2014

Bloodied Brad Barritt happy to put body on the line in win over Wallabies

Brad Barritt left the field in a awful state as England ended their Autumn Internationals on a high with a 26-17 victory over the Wallabies. The centre took a number of knocks, but said post match that he is fine and it was all part of playing for his adopted country. MORE »

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alesana Tuilagi makes trademark crunching tackle against Bath

Powerhouse winger Alesana Tuilagi has made another crunching hit, this time against Bath and poor Ollie Devoto. The Samoan powerhouse has been playing his rugby in Japan but recently returned to the Aviva Premiership, keen to make his mark. MORE »

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

The USA's 74-6 defeat to New Zealand was emphatic to say the least, and while early on in the match they appeared to match them physically, it was men against boys by the end. Never was it more apparent than when Augustine Pulu smashed the USA hooker. MORE »

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