Rupeni Caucau try and nice assist


Random great tries from 2008


Visser penalised for preventing lineout


Schalk Brits runs into Wayne Barness


Isa Nacewa tackle on Gareth Owen


Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud


Henry Tuilagi swats Zee Ngwenya away


Carlos Spencer & Stephen Larkham fight


Buck Shelford tribute

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Danny Care brilliant inside flick sets up Matt Hopper try vs Clermont

Harlequins lost 16-13 to Clermont in the Heineken Cup on Saturday but one of the moments of the match came from Quins scrumhalf Danny Care, who produced a piece of magic for Matt Hopper's try. Care unfortunately limped off later with an ankle injury.

Care set up Hopper's try with a superb piece of skill after a Chris Robshaw kick ahead, but later in the game he injured his ankle and now faces a race for fitness ahead of the Six Nations. Coach Conor O'Shea praised his attacking instinct that gave Quins a 13-3 lead.

"We didn't start particularly well but then a piece of absolute genius from Danny changed the energy our way and we were pretty much on top for the rest of the first half," said O'Shea.

"Danny's piece of skill was quite exceptional. You can't practice that. He gave us a bit of momentum and he's a game changer."

Clermont came back with a try to Napolioni Nalaga, and then fellow Fijian Sitiveni Sivivatu scored to level things at 13-13 before Brock James slotted an easy penalty late in the game.

As a result Clermont have reached the last eight, while Harlequins are now effectively out the running. This excellent try, that included a chip ahead by a forward, will live long in the memory.

Posted at 10:47 am | 30 comments

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Funnies - Sebastien Chabal as a fairy in new TV ad

You probably wouldn't say it to his face, but Sebastien Chabal is a fairy. The man once known as the Caveman, who was recently suspended for knocking out a player, has taken part in a TV ad that is sure to go viral, for the sheer bizarreness of it if nothing else.

Chabal, who plays for Lyon in the French second division, was banned for 3 weeks after he punched Agen's Marc Giraud with one punch recently. The 36-year-old former France star lashed out at Giraud after he held onto his shirt at the breakdown. Chabal knocked him out with one punch.

He publicly apolologised for the incident but was given the three-week suspension after being leniently dealt with (yellow card) at the time. The incident clearly hasn't affected his popularity though, and if anything it probably added to his fearsome reputation.

He made headlines again today for a slightly different reason though, as this currency conversion company TV advert sees him dressed up as a fairly... a currency fairy. The ad airs on UK TV soon and is sure to make rugby fans snigger whenever they see it. Your thoughts?

Update: You can now view some outtakes from the ad on page two

View more of the best and worst of Chabal in the Related Posts below

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Posted at 8:16 pm | 6 comments

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

Benson Stanley made arguably the biggest hit of the new year when he smashed Yoann Huget with a great tackle at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday. Toulouse went on to beat the Top 14 leaders 19-12 as they maintained their excellent home record.

Toulouse have won all nine home games this season but have a poor away record, losing all of their seven matches on the road. They are up to fourth on the overall log now, while Clermont remain top with their losing bonus point.

"It's good to beat the leaders Clermont during this period where we weren't playing very good rugby," said Toulouse captain Thierry Dusautoir.

"That gives us a boost before the visit of Saracens (in the Heineken Cup this coming weekend)."

Benson Stanley, who forged a reputation for himself as a big hitter when still playing in New Zealand, made another trademark crunching tackle as he smashed Huget, who in fairness received the ball on a hiding to nothing.

Stanley is the smaller of the two players so as with Sam Tuitupou's hit in the previous post, it was nice to see good tackling technique prevail. It was also good to see no TMO intervention, as has become the norm these days when a dominant tackle is made.

You can view more great hits from (and on) Stanley in the Related Posts below

Credit: rencontresaxv

Posted at 2:49 pm | 31 comments

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Sam Tuitupou's big tackle on Eamonn Sherridan

Here's a short clip of a big tackle that Sale Sharks centre Sam Tuitupou made on 6ft4 London Irish centre Eamonn Sheridan when the two sides met in the Aviva Premiership recently.

Sheridan had kicked the ball ahead so possibly wasn't expecting the contact, but Tuitupou commited himself and smashed the bigger man to the floor with a perfect tackle.

Great hit and even though it's a short clip, it has been added to the RD Big Hits archive.

Posted at 6:11 am | 2 comments

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Joe Marler smashes big wing George North at Franklin's Gardens

Prop Joe Marler made a huge tackle on big Northampton Saints, Wales and Lions wing George North during Harlequins meeting with the Saints this weekend. Here is a quick look at the hit as well as highlights from the match.

Saints won the match 23-9 and North scored a well taken try after bumping off a far smaller challenge in the form of Charlie Walker, but when up against Marler he came off second best.

"Young Charlie Walker is a talented player but when you're one on one with George, you have to make sure you make a good tackle," said Jim Mallinder of the impressive North try. "We needed that from George, it was fantastic to see him score in the corner."

George Pisi also made a huge hit, but his was of the illegal vareity and he was sinbinned. View highlights of the match, including North's try and Pisi's hit, on page two of this post.

View more big tackles from over the years in our Big Hits section

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Posted at 2:01 pm | 34 comments

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Stuart Hogg's swallow dive after game gets called off due to rain

Wednesday night's 1872 Cup game between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch after heavy rains at Scotstoun. The players stood around aimlessly for a while before Stuart Hogg decided to pose for one of the best photo opportunities of the new year.

The game was called off less than 90 minutes before kick-off after the heavy downpour. Officials gave it as long as possible to try and play the match, but it wasn't possible.

Young flyer Hogg, who had a fantastic 2013 that included a spot on the British & Irish Lions tour, decided to put a smile on some of the loyal supporters' faces with this great swallow dive.

"Disappointed that the game was called off y'day. Had to make some fun of it though" Hogg tweeted.

Posted at 8:37 am | 6 comments

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

Stade Francais beat Perpignan 19-12 in the Top 14 on Sunday afternoon after all their points, other than a penalty try, were scored by Jerome Fillol. Flanker Antoine Burban was outstanding for the Parisians on the day, making turnovers and tackles all over the park.

This incredible covering tackle was one that he made on Fijian centre Watisoni Votu, who beat the first tackler as Perignan attacked, but was absolutely smashed by Burban as he stepped inside.

Let's hope we see more great tackles throughout 2014. On that note, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. It's been a good festive season and we'll be back in the full swing of things soon.

Posted at 6:27 pm | 22 comments

 
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