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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Stormers captain Jean De Villiers smashes Chris Noakes out of the way

Jean De Villiers scored twice as the Stormers launched a comeback against the Blues, but ultimately failed to take their chances, going down 18-17 in an exciting game in Auckland. De Villiers led from the front, making this big charge in the first half. MORE »

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Opeti Fonua smashes through Chris Masoe in 2010

After seeing what Tongan born Agen giant Opeti Fonua did to Jonny Wilkinson at the weekend, a follower on Twitter reminded us that a few years ago he did something similar to former All Black Chris Masoe. For some reason we didn't post that on the site at the time, so here it is. MORE »

Monday, May 06, 2013

Jonny Wilkinson absolutely smashed by huge Opeti Fonua

Jonny Wilkinson was on the receiving end of one of the biggest knocks of his career as Toulon beat Agen 43-21 at the Stade Felix Mayol on Saturday. Wilkinson, who wasn't included in the initial Lions squad, didn't suffer any long term effects from the collision. MORE »

Monday, May 06, 2013

Why you should always tackle low - Durham University College 7's

Here is a quick clip that was sent in by a friend of the guy on the receiving end of this brutal knock. It's took place at the Durham University College 7's Tournament, and is a good example of how to get a big hit completely wrong. Tackling low might have been a better option. MORE »

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Richard Kahui makes another good hit, this time on Israel Folau

A week ago we saw Richard Kahui put in a huge tackle on Ben Tapuai of the Reds, which sparked a bit of debate on here over the legalities of it. On Friday he made another big tackle, this time on new Waratahs star Israel Folau. MORE »

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brian O'Driscoll dumped off the ball by Mauro Bergamasco

Leinster are waiting to hear if Zebre's Mauro Bergamasco will be cited or not following an off the ball tackle on Brian O'Driscoll during the RaboDirect Pro12 match at the weekend. So near to the Lions tour of Australia, fans will be pleased to note that he wasn't injured. MORE »

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Josh Matavesi banned for brutal high tackle on Neil De Kock

Worcester centre Josh Matavesi wasn't available for this weekend's Aviva Premiership match against Harlequins as he was banned for four weeks on Wednesday. The suspension came after an awful challenge he made on Neil De Kock last weekend. MORE »

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Richard Kahui's huge hit on Ben Tapuai in Hamilton

Chiefs wing Richard Kahui has made a succesful return to Super Rugby following 10 months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. Against the Reds he showed that the shoulder is strong again, and if he stays fit we may well see him playing for the All Blacks vs France. MORE »

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Force upset the Crusaders with big defence amidst crowd control problems

The Western Force upset the Crusaders with a historic 16-14 victory in Round 9 of Super Rugby in Perth. The Force tackled their way to the win, but the game ended controversially as pitch invaders intervened at a crucial time. MORE »

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Paul O'Connell knocks out Dave Kearney with clumsy kick to the head

Leinster beat Munster 22-16 at a wet Thomond Park thanks to a late match-winning try by Brian O'Driscoll, but it was an ugly incident in the last quarter that had everyone talking, and could mean a few weeks on the sideline for Paul O'Connell. MORE »

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Prop Ben Franks' big hit and unbelievable try-saving tackle on wing Frank Halai

The Blues put on an impressive showing away from home as they beat the Hurricanes 28-6 in a fast paced Super Rugby derby in Wellington. While the win was comfortable in the end, the 'Canes tried their damndest to keep out the lethal Blues outfit. MORE »

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jerome Fillol banned for fourteen weeks for spitting at Peter Stringer

Stade Francais scrumhalf, Jerome Fillol, has been suspended for fourteen weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin today arising from the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Bath Rugby on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bakkies Botha injures Marcos Ayerza with big charge towards tryline

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has criticised Heineken Cup organisors for the lack of punishment for Toulon lock Bakkies Botha after prop Marcos Ayerze broke his collarbone attempting to tackle him on Sunday. MORE »

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

James Downey's huge hit on Mike Brown at The Stoop

The Munster midfield duo of James Downey and Casey Laulala may not be the youngest around, but against Harlequins at the weekend they imposed themselves physically, playing a major role in the 18-12 Heineken Cup Quarter Final victory at The Stoop. MORE »

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol spits in Peter Stringer's face

Bath crashed out of the Amlin Challenge Cup with a 36-20 quarter final loss to Stade Francais at the Rec on Saturday, but it was a shocking spitting incident in the first half that claimed all the headlines. Peter Stringer has since said that he was 'disgusted'. MORE »

Sunday, April 07, 2013

George Moala suspended for knocking out Buxton Popoali'i with big tackle

Blues flyer George Moala has been suspended for a week for the tackle that knocked out opposite number Buxton Popoali'i during the Blues' 29-18 win over the Highlanders on Friday night. Popoali'i left the field on a stretcher with concussion. MORE »

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Ma'a Nonu puts the shoulder into former team mate Piri Weepu

Ma'a Nonu shoulder charge on Piri Weepu - It was a miserable Friday night in Auckland for the Otago Highlanders as they lost yet another match, going down 29-18 to the Blues. MORE »

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Saracens winger Chris Ashton was yellow carded for a dangerous high tackle he made on Harlequins forward Maurie Fa'asavalu in the Aviva Premiership last weekend. A suspension looked likely, but he has been cleared and faces no further punishment. MORE »

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ilai Tinai suspended for five weeks for dangerous tackle against Wales

Fiji came back from 19-0 down to win the Hong Kong Sevens Final 26-19 last weekend, but in fairly controversial circumstances after star Ilai Tinai received a yellow card for what could have been a red. He has since been suspended. MORE »

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Darren Dawidiuk banned for six weeks for tip-tackle on Dave Attwood

Yesterday hooker Darren Dawidiuk received a six week suspension for a tip-tackle that took place during Gloucester's 25-31 defeat to Bath at the beginning of this month. Dawidiuk was red carded at the time, before both he and Lua Lokotui were cited. MORE »

 
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