Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Wales' tight victory over Scotland in Cardiff in the 6 Nations was arguably the pick of the action from the weekend. It was also a brutally physical encounter, and one which took its toll on a number of players. MORE »

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ken Pisi blindsides Tito Tebaldi with brutal crunching tackle

Samoa's Pisi family made history at the Rugby World Cup when three brothers took to the field at the same time, and while George probably has the reputation as the hardest hitter of all, brother Ken has shown that he too can be lethal on defence. MORE »

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

Last week Chris Ashton was banned for 10 weeks following an incident that involved him pulling Ulster back Luke Marshall down by the face, and in the process making contact with his eyes. Ashton appealed, but had it rejected, meaning he will miss the entire Six Nations. MORE »

Monday, February 08, 2016

Carlin Isles unhappy after being caught and hit hard by Augustine Pulu

He might be the quickest rugby player on the planet, but Carlin Isles is not immune from being tackled, and nuggety All Black Augustine Pulu showed us exactly how it can be done at the Sydney Sevens this past weekend. MORE »

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Lock Tom Savage's huge hit on opposite number Dom Barrow

The Leicester Tigers beat Gloucester 19-18 away at Kingsholm on Saturday, but this passage of play will be one that the home crowd will have enjoyed in particular, despite it being all about defence. MORE »

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Regan Ware's huge hit on Seabelo Senatla stops South Africa dead in their tracks

New Zealand pulled off a miraculous escape in the Cup Final of the Wellington 7s, thanks in part to this crucial big tackle made by Regan Ware. The hit not only resulted in an end to the attack, but also gave the All Blacks Sevens team a shot at victory. MORE »

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Rodrigo Capo Ortega's sneaky push in the face, with his fist

Castres forward Rodrigo Capó Ortega wasn't too pleased with being tackled heavily after the whistle, so reacted with this short jab to the face of Bordeaux Begles lock Jan Andre Marais. MORE »

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jacques Burger lines up and nails Luke McAlister with textbook tackle

While we all love to see big, spectacular hits, there is something special about seeing a beautifully executed, technically perfect tackle. And while Jacques Burger is not often known for his finesse, this tackle is right up there as one of the best we've seen this season. MORE »

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Maurie Fa'asavalu makes a punishing big hit on Ian Humphreys

Oyonnax loose forward Maurie Fa'asavalu made this crunching hit on Ulster's Ian Humphreys on the weekend, further adding to his reputation as one of the hardest hitting players in the game today. Humphreys was visibly shaken and had to leave the field due to the impact. MORE »

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Another mass brawl in France leaves referee with no option

This crazy fight took place in France on the weekend, as chaos broke out following a little push at a scrum. Federale 1 is two leagues below the main Top 14, and as we've seen in the not too distant past, it's no surprise to see the occasional mass brawl kicking off. MORE »

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ashley Johnson's huge hit on Bryan Habana at the Stade Mayol

Ashley Johnson made this great hit late in Toulon's dramatic home victory over Wasps on Sunday evening. Fellow South African Bryan Habana broke from his own tryline but after collecting a cheeky chip and chase, converted hooker Johnson was there to demolish him. MORE »

Monday, January 18, 2016

Chris Ashton penalised for dragging Luke Marshall down by the face

Following the heavy suspension of Fijian Josaia Raisuqe last week for an alleged eyegouge when making contact with the face of an opposition player, Saracens winger Chris Ashton may count himself lucky to have only been penalised for this incident against Ulster MORE »

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili shoves referee Wayne Barnes

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili can count himself lucky after receiving just a warning for pushing referee Wayne Barnes in last night's 21-13 Champions Cup loss to the Ospreys. The Georgian shoved Barnes out of the way and was only spoken to and penalised. MORE »

Friday, January 15, 2016

Josaia Raisuqe red carded and heavily banned for eye gouge in Stade Francais win

Stade Français' impressive 27-7 European Champions Cup victory over Munster last weekend was marred by an ugly eye gouging incident which saw the French side's Fijian back Josaia Raisuqe sent off. On Wednesday he received a hefty ban. MORE »

Monday, January 11, 2016

Renaldo Bothma crunching collision in Japan's Top League

Here is a quick clip from the Japan Top League match against Toshiba Brave Lupus, where he made a barnstorming run then collided with flyhalf Yoshikazu Morita's shoulder. MORE »

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Manu Tuilagi returns from injury to make big tackle on lock Courtney Lawes

Manu Tuilagi made his long awaited return to action following a lengthy injury spell. He made this thumping tackle during Leicester Tiger's 30-27 victory over Northampton Saints. MORE »

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Prop Naama Leleimalefaga makes a crunching tackle on fellow front rower Joe Marler

You don't often see props being smashed backwards, so when it happened to Harlequins loosehead Joe Marler it was no surprise that it was another huge man that dished it out, Worcester Warriors powerhouse Naama Leleimalefaga. MORE »

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Number eight Nathan Hughes bumps off flyhalf George Ford with big carry

Hard running Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes sat down George Ford with this great carry recently. While it was only a diminutive flyhalf in the path of the Premiership Player of the Month for November, it was still good to see a big man doing exactly... MORE »

Friday, December 18, 2015

Crunching tackle plants fullback into the ground in Florida, USA

This short clip was brought to our attention via our Facebook page and features a spectacular looking tackle from the recent Boca Raton vs Naples match in the Florida Rugby Mens second division in Boca Raton, Florida. MORE »

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Young Lolo Fakaosilea's huge hit against Samoa at the World Rugby U20 Championship

As we near the end of another great year for rugby, here is a look at a monstrous hit that occurred back in June during the World Rugby U20 Championship, when Australian Lolo Fakaosilea lined up Jonathan Faauli and absolutely smashed the Samoan centre. MORE »

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