Biggest Hits in World Rugby Last Weekend: Women's Rugby World Cup Slams Feature

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

The Waratahs' Super Rugby championship triumph over the Crusaders took headline credentials in the rugby world this weekend, with the New South Wales giants claiming their maiden title.

However, the Women's Rugby World Cup contributed the majority of this week's highlight hits, with the elite of the sport's female community showing that they can throw their weight about on a par with their male counterparts.

Samoa's Soteria Pulumu was shown a straight red just 12 minutes into her group-stage encounter with England, cited for a tip tackle that sent Natasha Hunt cartwheeling through the air.

New Zealand's 79-5 win over Kazakhstan was a thumping on the scoreboard, but there were more than a few collisions of the more physical nature down on the pitch, too.

Black Ferns bruiser Aleisha Nelson landed a particularly brutal knock on Yelena Muradova that got the commentators out of their seats, with a host of more minor impacts featured throughout.

The clash between Australia and South Africa was also a fixture of brawling proportions, and both sides traded blows en route to a 26-3 drubbing in favour of the Wallaroos.

Israel Dagg was the subject of a massive thud from Adam Ashley-Cooper in our only entry from the final at ANZ Stadium. The Waratahs centre timed his hit slightly late, however, as Nemani Nadolo was unleashed down the wing, but his mark was made nevertheless.