Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tonga's Alipate Fatafehi puts in a huge hit on USA Eagle Shalom Suniula

Tongan centre Alipate Fatafehi put in this huge shot against the USA Eagles last week in the Pacific Nations Cup. A turnover ended up being a blessing in disguise for the big centre, who lined up Eagles scrumhalf Shalom Suniula and with a 30kg weight difference, smashed him. MORE »

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mammoth tackle as two giant Polish forwards meet in Cup Final

A few weeks back this huge collision took place in the final of the Ekstraliga, Poland's top league for rugby. You may have come across it but we haven't featured it yet, and it really is a must see hit. It's been described as the 300kg clash, as these two giant men met in midfield. MORE »

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Michael Hooper suspended for one week for striking Nicolas Sanchez

Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper has received a one week suspension for striking Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez during their Rugby Championship match at the weekend. The argument that is was open handed, not a punch, was accepted. MORE »

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Alesana Tuilagi crunches big winger in thrilling Samoa and Fiji draw

Samoa and Fiji played out an extremely entertaining 30-30 draw in their Pacific Nations Cup clash in Sacramento, California at the weekend. There were plenty of big collisions, but none more enjoyable than this trademark Alesana Tuilagi tackle. MORE »

Monday, July 27, 2015

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

Wallaby Michael Hooper has been cited for striking following an off the ball incident during Australia's 34-9 Rugby Championship second round victory over Argentina in Mendoza. Hooper will appear before a SANZAR disciplinary hearing on Wednesday this week. MORE »

Friday, July 03, 2015

Super Rugby Hits of the Season 2015 from Sky Sport NZ

Sky Sport New Zealand have put together this quick compilation featuring some of the biggest tackles of the 2015 Super Rugby season. Most of the big ones were featured here on RD, but they're all worth another look. Enjoy MORE »

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Midweek Madness - The Top 5 Slaps In Rugby

Right or wrong, there comes a time in the course of every rugby player’s life that the actions of an opponent require some sort of negative attention.  The player wants to let his opponent know that he has erred, and to warn him not to continue his unsavory behavior, but does not want to harm his team with a booking. MORE »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

Brumbies winger Henry Speight received a red card in last week's Super Rugby playoff match against the Stormers due to this dangerous tackle/clear out, and has since been suspended for five weeks following a SANZAR disciplinary hearing. MORE »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Today it is exactly 20 years since South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup by famously beating New Zealand 15-12 in a tense Ellis Park final. The win saw the newly democratic country overcome a number of odds, including stopping the imposing figure of a young giant named Jonah Lomu. MORE »

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

Chiefs playmaker Andrew Horrell felt the full impact of Malakai Fekitoa's hit in Saturday's play-off game against the Highlanders. The Highlanders have qualified, so will play the Waratahs in Sydney in their semi final on June 27th. MORE »

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Waisake Naholo did extremely well to outpace Julian Savea when the Highlanders met the Hurricanes two weeks ago... before running into King Julian's brother Ardie. MORE »

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

Young South African backs Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez have both been suspended following dangerous tip-tackles during Saturday's Sharks vs Stormers Super Rugby clash. Both were yellow carded, but citings and fairly lengthy bans have followed. MORE »

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

Chiefs centre Sonny Bill Williams made his return to Super Rugby this weekend following a month off with a nagging back injury. He got right back into the swing of things, and made this massive crunching tackle on All Blacks teammate Conrad Smith in the first half. MORE »

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Special edition of Smashed 'Em Bro featuring Jerry Collins

There's no doubting the fact that Jerry Collins was one of the hardest hitting rugby players of the professional, or perhaps any, era. Often on the borderline of legal, and sometimes stepping over that line, Collins was the All Blacks and Hurricanes 'enforcer' for years. MORE »

Monday, June 01, 2015

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Melbourne Rebels prop Laurie Weeks has been banned for three weeks following a red card for multiple punches on Sharks tighthead Jannie du Plessis at the weekend. While Du Plessis struck first, Weeks' retaliation and flurry of punches is what got him sent off. MORE »

Friday, May 29, 2015

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Yoann Huget could find himself in trouble after footage emerged of what appears to be the Toulouse winger stamping on Bordeaux Begles lock Jan Andre Marais' head/face. MORE »

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dylan Hartley banned for four weeks for headbutt on Jamie George

Dylan Hartley has been suspended from playing for four weeks following a RFU disciplinary hearing at the Coventry Holiday Inn on Wednesday night. The citing arose from an incident that took place in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final against Saracens last weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Dylan Hartley will appear before a RFU Disciplinary panel later today, charged with striking an opponent with the head in the Aviva Premiership semi final between Northampton Saints and Saracens. If found guilty, Hartley could jeopardise his position with England. MORE »

Monday, May 25, 2015

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

Waratahs tight forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu have been suspended for two and four weeks respectively following a lifting tackle against the Crusaders on Saturday. In a repeat of last year's Super Rugby final, the Waratahs won the match 32-22. MORE »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has been suspended for a week for a charge into a ruck that put an end to Chiefs lock Michael Allardice's season. Goodes pleaded guilty to the offence that left Allardice with a ruptured medial ligament in his left knee. MORE »

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