Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Thursday, June 22, 2017

David Halaifonua destroys Cory Allen with huge LEGAL hit

David Halaifonua delivered one of the more powerful tackles you're likely to see as he nearly knocked the boots off Cory Allen when Tonga and Wales met in Auckland. While the hit was reviewed, the TMO ruled that it was completely legal and play resumed. MORE »

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Ma'a Nonu's huge work rate and punishing charge in Top 14 final

Despite being on the losing side, Toulon centre Ma'a Nonu played fantastic rugby as he slid in and out of the defence to make several line breaks. He also secured a key interception and made a punishing charge at Clermont lock Arthur Iturria. MORE »

Friday, June 02, 2017

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Northampton flanker Tom Wood has been handed a 6-week suspension for a head stamping incident that left Stade Francais fullback Djibril Camara dazed and bloodied. The incident also provided some extra drama as Wood took exception to Camara's reaction. MORE »

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas

Clermont Auvergne made it through to the final of the Top 14 last weekend after an impressive 37-31 victory over defending champions Racing 92 in Marseille. They did so without Flip van der Merwe in the second half, after he was red carded. MORE »

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pierre Aguillon sees red for nasty tackle on James O'Connor

During the Top 14 semi-final clash between Toulon and La Rochelle, former Wallaby James O'Connor was the recipient of this dangerous tip tackle at the hands of opposing centre Pierre Aguillon. It meant the end of Aguillon's night, and season. MORE »

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Last weekend's Top 14 play-off between Racing 92 and Montpellier was a cracker that went right down to the wire, with Racing eventually coming out on top 22-13 in the south of France. MORE »

Monday, May 22, 2017

Josua Tuisova blasts David Smith into next week

Toulon edged Castres in Top 14 playoff action over the weekend, with one of the biggest talking points from the match being when Toulon winger Josua Tuisova brutally ran over opposing winger David Smith. MORE »

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth was right in the heart of the action as he took on Blues forward Akira Ioane, then Sonny Bill Williams joined in, amongst others. It was a lot of pushing and shoving, that resulted in Etzebeth seeing yellow for his open-handed shove to the face. MORE »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Waisake Naholo and RG Snyman both banned after red cards for shoulders

The Highlanders beat the Bulls 17-10 with a late try at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, but earlier in the match a player from each side was red card for two separate incidents. Both were similar in the fact that they were for dangerous shoulders, however. MORE »

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

This mass brawl took place in France's Federal 2 division clash between Châteaurenard and Vienne a few days back. After it took a long time to calm the players down, the match had to be called off. Even then, referees and officials were not safe as some were attacked when leaving the field. MORE »

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Sam Whitelock forearm 'strike' in retaliation gets him two week ban

Earlier this week Crusaders second rower Sam Whitelock was suspended for 2 weeks, following a SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing that ruled that he had contravened Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the arm, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. MORE »

Monday, May 01, 2017

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

The drama surrounding Stade Francais and Racing 92 took another ugly turn on the weekend as the match between the two rival clubs descended into an a brawl, with two players sent off. MORE »

Monday, May 01, 2017

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi banned for 5 weeks for shoulder shot to head

Sunwolves back Jamie-Jerry Taulagi pleaded guilty to contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent, after he was Red Carded during the Super Rugby match against the Chiefs at the Weekend. Taulagi has been suspended from all forms of the game for 5 weeks, up to and including Saturday 10 June. MORE »

Friday, April 28, 2017

Referee knocked out by disgraceful punch in rugby league game

A referee has been knocked out by a vicious punch in a rugby league match in France. The disgusting incident took place in a French Cup juniors game between Saint-Esteve and Toulouse. The player in question lost his cool after being sent off by referee Benjamin Casty. MORE »

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Andre Esterhuizen red carded and banned for 6 weeks for dump on head

Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen was shown a straight red card for this nasty looking tackle during the dour 9-9 draw with the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday. Esterhuizen has since been suspended for 6 weeks, after it was ruled that he contravened Law 10.4(j). MORE »

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ardie Savea puts in massive hit against the Brumbies

The Hurricanes managed to stay red hot in their round 9 match against the Brumbies, posting a 56-21 win against the visitors in Napier on Friday night. Ardie Savea was at his energetic best, putting in this shot on opposing fly-half Wharenui Hawera. MORE »

Monday, April 03, 2017

Jonathan Faauli suspended for 4 weeks for big tackle

Chiefs centre Jonathan Faauli has pleaded guilty to committing a dangerous tackle during his team's round six Super Rugby match against the Bulls in Hamilton on Saturday. He was cited after appearing to contravene Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent. MORE »

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jordan Taufua beast mode against the Force and Kane Koteka

Friday night's meeting between the Crusaders and Force produced this brutal collision between forwards Jordan Taufua and Kane Koteka. The latter came away the worse of the two, forced from the field with injury as the Crusaders won 45-17. MORE »

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ed Quirk lashes out with elbow and knee after being held off the ball

Sunwolves flanker Ed Quirk was picked up on camera for this off the ball piece of foul play during their Super Rugby round 5 match against the Stormers on Saturday. Former Reds player Quick was held back, so appeared to lose his cool a little bit as he attempted to get up. MORE »

Monday, March 20, 2017

Renaldo Bothma suspended for 4 weeks for swinging arm

Bulls flanker Renaldo Bothma received a red card and four week suspension for this high tackle against the Sunwolves in Super Rugby last weekend. Bothma pleaded guilty to the charge of contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent. MORE »

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