The Biggest Hits in World Rugby This Week

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2013

The Biggest Hits in World Rugby This Week

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    Although the Super Rugby season has just finished, the Currie Cup has arrived to take centre stage on the Southern Hemisphere club scene.

    What's more, with the Rugby Championship kicking off later this week, there's an increasing buildup of smashmouth rugby to look forward to in the coming months.

    North of the equator, the Aviva Premiership has yet to kick off so the J.P. Morgan Sevens has provided the action for British fans to feast on, with plenty of top-quality collisions.

    Read on to find the biggest hits from the world of rugby union from the past week or so, with clubs lining up to deliver some of the biggest knocks you'll see in sport, legal or otherwise.

     

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Rudy Paige Attempts to Decapitate Cheslin Kolbe

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    In an incredibly tense opening weekend of Currie Cup action, it's unsurprising that blood boiled over a little in Cape Town.

    Western Province could only muster a draw against the Blue Bulls in front of their home support, and neither side was able to maintain their claim for victory over the 80 minutes.

    One man involved throughout was Blue Bulls' Rudy Paige who, despite being your more typical terrier-like scrum-half, didn't let size stop him having an impact.

    Nearing the final stages of the game, Paige got caught in an awkward spin while tackling Province winger Cheslin Kolbe. Instead of bailing out, he just decided to roll with it, if you'll pardon the pun.

    Paige was penalised for his actions after clenching Kolbe's head between his thighs, leaving the hosts' back in a heap. While it was decided the hit wasn't malicious, only the Blue Bulls player can answer if that was the correct decision.

Robert De Bruyn vs. Teboho Mohoje

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    Right at the death of their 30-29 loss to the Free State Cheetahs, the Golden Lions were striving to claw back the one-point deficit that separated the two sides in the competition's opening weekend. 

    At the forefront of that effort was Lions centre Robert De Bruyn who, despite being the significantly smaller of the two men, wasn't about to let Teboho Mohoje stand in his path.

    The Cheetahs lock may have had the physical edge on paper, but considering he was on the back foot at the time, it's perhaps a little easier to understand how the 6'4" forward was knocked for six against far dinkier opposition.

Michael Tagicakibau Hit Results in Saracens Try

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    With the score that put Saracens on course for their Group C victory over Wasps last weekend, Michael Tagicakibau continues to prove himself as a malleable talent and one that's well suited to a sevens circuit.

    Equipped with a never-say-die attitude and some pretty essential speed, the Fijian international pounced on some pretty poor Wasps play within their own half, punishing his London rivals for their lapse in concentration. 

    It's one thing to deliver a big hit on the opposition, but another thing entirely to strip possession from your opposite man in the process before running in the try.

Rynhardt Elstadt vs. Willie Wepener

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    Some think Southern Hemisphere rugby has that potential to be just ever so slightly more physical than the rugby played north of the equator.

    Nowhere else is that the case more so than in South Africa, where tension can lead to players steping outside the rules on a pretty frequent basis.

    This weekend, the return of the Currie Cup meant the re-introduction of those "extra-curricular activities," Rynhardt Elstadt this time dishing out his share of the blows.

    Evidently displeased with Willie Wepener's rucking, Elstadt exacted some revenge on his South African rival in a style not too unlike a bully squeezing lunch money out of one of his peers.

    If the cheeky jabs aren't enough to satiate one's need for violence, giant Elstadt then threw the Blue Bulls' hooker to the floor in ragdoll fashion, showing the veteran just who was boss on that occasion.

John Roy Jenkinson Trucking Dylan Des Fountain

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    The evolution of the modern rugby has seen round-bellied forwards become much more versatile athletes, the whole squad becoming more streamlined as a result.

    In that sense, John Roy Jenkinson is a throwback to the olden days, and it's for occasions just like this that the South African continues to see playing time.

    Granted, Dylan des Fountain wasn't helped by the fact that another Free State Cheetah player appeared to obstruct him in the first place, but Jenkinson's massive barge isn't any less entertaining because of it.

Guy Thompson Nearly Pushes Lindsay Hague off the Pitch

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    Poor Ollie Lindsay-Hague never stood a chance.

    The diminutive winger has been an impressive part of Harlequins' sevens efforts over the last fortnight, but he was simply fighting an uphill battle when Guy Thompson rampaged down his flank. Literally.

    Thompson saw that he was being matched for speed by his opposite man, but obviously noticed an area where Lindsay-Hague couldn't hope to compete.

    What followed was one of the most dominant hand-offs the tournament has seen over the last two weeks, so damaging that it actually appeared to have injured the recipient.

    In this David versus Goliath battle, Goliath swatted away his miniature adversary without a second thought.

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