Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


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 »

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

Two very similar incidents occurred during the Europeans Champions Cup over the last two seasons between Saracens and Ulster, but both had different outcomes. After a number of requests to look at both, here's a quick comparison. MORE »

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 »

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