Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rory Arnold walks after attempting to take Elton Jantjies' head off

Brumbies lock Rory Arnold has been suspended following his red card for a dangerous tackle against the Lions on Saturday. Arnold had already been yellow carded so knew that any on field sanction would lead to a sending off, so he walked before waiting for the referee. MORE »

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

These monstrous hits between Grenoble and Oyonnax will make you wince

As we saw with Nigel Hunt's big hit, the Top 14 relegation/promotion play-off match between Grenoble and Oyonnax featured a number of brutal tackles. Here is a quick compilation showing the best of them, including that monster from Hunt, and a thumping hit by Lolagi Visinia. MORE »

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Joe Moody elbow that sparked biggest comeback in Super Rugby history

Crusaders front rower Joe Moody was suspended after he was cited for this incident that led up to his try against the Waratahs in the first half of Saturday's Super Rugby clash in Christchurch. Moody pleaded guilty to the charge. MORE »

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nigel Hunt delivers huge hit as Grenoble win playoff to return to Top 14

It was all smiles for Grenoble at the Stade des Alpes on Saturday evening. With their chance of promotion on the line, they smashed Oyonnax in a match characterized by big shots from both sides. MORE »

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fullback runs straight into a brick wall in new US rugby competition

It's just three rounds into the inaugural MLR season and there is already a contender for hit of the season after Glendale Raptors' Number 8 ended a Utah Warrior with a monster tackle. MORE »

Friday, May 04, 2018

Pumped up Jordan Taufua dominates Billy Meakes with thumping midfield hit

The Crusaders put in a typically powerful display to blow the Melbourne Rebels away on Friday, closing things off with a late try to seal the win. There were a number of big collisions throughout, with this the pick of the bunch. MORE »

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Tackler almost hurdled but still sent off for dangerous play

New Zealand U20 Billy Proctor received his marching orders for this tackle in the first quarter of the clash with Fiji U20s in the Oceania Championships on Tuesday. The contentious point was that he was left with little option after the Fijian attacker jumped into the tackle. MORE »

Monday, April 30, 2018

Chance Peni suspended for high shot as Israel Dagg gets injured again

Brumbies winger Chance Peni has been suspended for his dangerous high challenge on Israel Dagg in their Super Rugby clash Saturday night against the Crusaders. Dagg will now spend more time on the sidelines nursing yet another knee injury. MORE »

Monday, April 30, 2018

Unprovoked punch-tackle (?) helps Perpignan's challenge for Top 14 promotion

Perpignan's PRO D2 semi-final win over Mont De Marsan was aided by opposition second-rower Dan Malafosse being sent off for this seemingly unprovoked swinging-arm-punch in the second half. MORE »

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Joe Launchbury smashes Luther Burrell with 'humdinger' of a tackle

Wasps lock Joe Launchbury put in a crunching tackle on Luther Burrell on Sunday, knocking the centre clear off his feet. It was a clean hit and just what Wasps needed to set the tone for victory and an Aviva Premiership play-off berth. MORE »

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Victor Vito takes elbow in the throat as Gillian Galan sees red

Referee Romain Poite red carded Toulouse back rower Gillian Galan for a dangerous fend just a minute from time as Toulouse picked up a 19-14 win over La Rochelle. The win pushed La Rochelle out of a playoff spot. MORE »

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Conor Murray floors Virimi Vakatawa with one "punch"

Things got a little heated for Conor Murray during Sunday's Semi-final Champions Cup matchup between Munster and hosts Racing 92, with the scrum-half having successive altercations with both Marc Andreu and Virimi Vakatawa. MORE »

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bulls prop suspended for biting Rebels back rower in the strangest of places

Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman has been handed a 6-week ban after he was found guilty of biting the stomach of Melbourne Rebels backrower Richard Hardwick at the weekend. He will be out of action until 2 June. MORE »

Friday, March 30, 2018

Little Christian Wade's big carry knocks Jonny May out cold

Jonny May was knocked out cold by Christian Wade last weekend, as he fended with the ball carrying forearm or elbow, getting the best of a brutal collission. May, however, is expected to be okay for their next match against Bath. MORE »

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Malouf high shot on Wade met 'red card threshold' according to panel

Leicester Tigers replacement back Nicholas Malouf has been sanctioned for the high tackle he made on Christian Made during Sunday's Aviva Premiership contest. He was cited then last night received the bad news. MORE »

Monday, March 26, 2018

Taniela Tupou escapes red card for brutal no arms tackle

Reds tighthead prop Taniela Tupou has been cited for this dangerous tackle against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday. Tupou will face a disciplinary hearing to determine how his next few weeks will look. The Reds lost the game 25-19. MORE »

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Castres hooker in trouble after strike is met with theatrical dive

Castres' Marc-Antoine Rallier struck fellow hooker Francois da Ros during his side's 37-28 victory over Brive last weekend. The reaction, however, was dubious.. MORE »

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bismarck du Plessis slaps Florian Fritz repeatedly but stays on the field

Montpellier hooker Bismarck du Plessis made headlines recently when he and a teammate were involved in a fight just before kickoff. This past weekend he caught our attention again, this time against Toulouse, after he.. MORE »

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dan Carter takes forearm shot to the throat in his final Paris derby

Dan Carter was on the receiving end of a nasty forearm shot to the throat from Stade Francais prop Zurabi Zhvania this past weekend. Accordingly, the Georgian international.. MORE »

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bulls prop avoids red card for late shot after referee is talked down by TMO

Bulls prop Conraad van Vurren narrowly avoided a red card when the Chiefs and the Bulls met in Hamilton in the opening game of round 5 of Super Rugby. The Bulls led for large parts but the wheels came off in the second half, as the Chiefs picked up a 41-28 win at home. MORE »

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