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Biggest Hits in World Rugby Last Weekend: Currie Cup Crashes Back into View

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

The 2014 edition of South Africa's premier club rugby competition got underway this weekend as the Currie Cup boomed back onto the domestic scene in more ways than one. 

The first round's most generous fixture in terms of hits on display came from the Golden Lions and the Blue Bulls, each of whom brought a wealth of Super Rugby experience to the onslaught.

There, it was the hosting Lions who got a better look-in with their thuds, undoubtedly part of the reason that they walked out as 41-13 victors.

However, this week's biggest hit came from Nelspruit, and even though the Free State Cheetahs were unable to take more than a losing bonus point away from the Pumas, Rayno Benjamin left his mark on the opposition.

JP du Plessis also left the Pumas with something to remember him by of the legal variety, the same of which can't be said of Jonathan Francke, who was sent off early in Griquas' meeting against the Sharks.

The home side's flanker tipped SP Marais illegally, leaving his side to go the vast majority of the match with only 14 men.

This week's only non-Currie Cup contribution comes from the Women's Rugby World Cup, and in the third round, Australia's Colbie-Jane Morgan was left with a lasting memory of what it's like to take on her French counterparts.

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