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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Belmont Shore powerhouse demolishes tackler who goes too high

Mafi Malua Seanoa of Belmont Shore in the USA sent us this clip of him absolutely demolishing an attempted tackle recently. We've shared it on our instagram and facebook pages, and there has been a fair bit of debate regarding the legalities of the collision. MORE »

Monday, July 17, 2017

Steam train Tongan Thor runs straight through Lima Sopoaga

Young Taniela Tupou was once again at his rampaging best this past weekend as he easily turned Lima Sopoaga into a speed bump during the Reds loss to the Highlanders on Friday. MORE »

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chance Peni-Ataera suspended for 3 weeks for shoulder shot

Western Force winger Chance Peni-Ataera has been suspended for three weeks after a dangerous tackle agaisnt Melbourne Rebels at the weekend. He accepted a guilty plea aafter it was found that he contravened Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent. MORE »

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Captain calls for referee to review opponent's foul play, gets teammate sent off

The Stormers narrowly beat the Cheetahs 40-34 in a tightly-fought Super Rugby match last weekend in Bloemfontein. It will be the utterly bizarre finish that is perhaps remembered most as Cheetahs captain François Venter inadvertently got his teammate sent off. MORE »

Monday, July 03, 2017

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

Last Saturday's test match between the All Blacks and the Lions has certainly provided a heightened level of drama. Conditions were appalling in Wellington and the Lions came from behind to claim an epic, hard-fought victory to level the series 1-1. Almost from the outset, referee Jerome Garces had a very challenging night. Here is a quick look at the most contentious moments from the match. MORE »

Monday, July 03, 2017

Sonny Bill Williams says he 'let his brothers down' after red card and ban

Sonny Bill Williams has said that he let his brothers down following a red card and subsequent four week suspension after the second Test against the British and Irish Lions. Williams will miss the all important decider this coming weekend, as the series is tied at 1-1. MORE »

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 »

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