The Biggest Hits in World Rugby This Week, Rupeni Caucau Back with a Boom
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With less than a week left until the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro12 seasons kick off, this week's roundup of the world's biggest hits deals exclusively with the best of the southern hemisphere.
In a fairly concentrated edition, we have just three games from which our collisions come from and, as the title suggest, Fijian great Rupeni Caucaunibuca features after returning to New Zealand rugby.
The ITM and Currie Cup contributions from this weekend are soon to face some strong competition from their rivals north of the equator, but are doing a fine job of battering one another for now at least.
5. Waylon Murray Obstructed by Louis Ludik
With a one-man advantage running in their favour, it still wasn't enough for the Sharks to score in legitimate circumstances this weekend.
Waylon Murray was the only hope the Blue Bulls had of stopping a relentless Sharks assault in their own territory, which Odwa Ndungane proceeded to score, thanks to the help of some questionable positioning from Louis Ludik.
Instead of simply obstructing Murray, though, Ludik's barge is rather less conspicuous than that and, while not the biggest of hits, is among the more comical.
Unsurprisingly, the try was ruled out.
4. Derek Carpenter Laid out by Nafi Tuitavake
In a thrilling 33-33 draw between Northland and North Harbour, there was a heady sample of big hits, leaving big bruises on even bigger bruisers.
One of those who will undoubtedly have felt the effects of the match the morning after is Derek Carpenter, who was unfortunate enough to have fallen victim to a big Nafi Tuitavake tackle.
In the famous words of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the North Harbour fullback "layeth the smacketh down" on his opposite man, but Carpenter was tough enough to get up and carry on with things pretty swiftly.
3. Paul Willemse Late Hit on Lwasi Mvovo
Sometimes, there are those hits that make the entire crowd in attendance stop and gasp in unison.
One such hit was on show in Durban this weekend when Lwasi Mvovo was left crumpled in a heap thanks to the late challenge of Blue Bulls forward Paul Willemse.
The shock wave of motion that utters out of Mvovo's body on his way to the ground is plain evidence of just how little he was expecting such a hit, which left him needing treatment for the minutes following.
2. Rupeni Caucau Knocks Francis Saili off the Pitch
Rupeni "Caucau" Caucaunibuca hasn't been back in southern hemisphere for too long, but he's already showing just what audiences were missing while he was on his French escapades in the Top 14.
While his ventures in attack were great, it's this horrific effort in defence that gets the nod as this week's No. 2, which left Francis Saili aware of exactly just which Fiji legend he was up against.
Caucau's immediate reaction is to ensure that the North Harbour centre is okay, showing that he's not just a heavy hitter, but quite possibly a nice one at that.
1. Ardie Savea Shows Willie Paia'aua How to Truck
It would appear that strong carrying and fierce will to beat the opposing defender into a pulp is a trait that runs strong in the Savea bloodline.
That was proven by Wellington's Ardie Savea, younger brother to New Zealand's Julian, this weekend. The back-rower may be just 19 years of age but was kind enough to give Willie Paia'aua a quick masterclass on just how one should take the ball into contact.
Safe to say that Savea is a "hands-on" style teacher, just like big bro.