Biggest Hits in World Rugby Last Weekend: Michael Hooper Leads Waratahs Charge

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The Waratahs and the Crusaders clinched their places in the 2014 Super Rugby final with victories over the Brumbies and Sharks on Saturday, respectively, but neither win came without its scrapes.

The match in New South Wales was particularly physical, and while the Crusaders' 38-6 mauling saw them control a lot of the tempo, the Brumbies put up more of a fight in their semi-final.

That being, each side traded their share of high-speed collisions as Joe Tomane and Henry Speight both got their digs in on the hosts, albeit ultimately coming to little as they were seen out of the competition.

Substitute Will Skelton came on to make a terrifying impact for the Waratahs and set Bernard Foley up for a magnificent try as the towering, young Wallaby trod his way down the pitch, fending as he went before unleashing his fly-half for a last-gasp score.

The No. 1 spot this week is reserved for captain Michael Hooper, though, another young talent never afraid to throw his weight around, and this week it was Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg who encountered the flanker at his most terrifying.

We also have a late mention for a hit that actually occurred in last week's Shute Shield action between Eastwood and the Southern Districts, where Mick Snowden defied the laws of physics to land an illegal tackle on Kieran Black.

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