Ranking the Biggest Hits in World Rugby for Weekend of November 27-29

Danny Coyle@dannyjpcoyleFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2015

Ranking the Biggest Hits in World Rugby for Weekend of November 27-29

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    There was plenty of blood and thunder to go with the mud and guts on a wintry, wet weekend of rugby in Europe's top divisions.

    We've trawled the highlight packages from the Premiership, Pro12 and Top 14 to bring you five thumping tackles that offer a little bit of everything.

    From turnovers to try-saving feats of strength, this week's biggest hits have it all, including a yellow card.


5. Elvis Taione, Exeter vs. Harlequins

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    There must have been a few sighs of relief among Exeter supporters after Elvis Taione's no-arms tackle that spun Mark Lambert into a cartwheel didn’t cost his side the game.

    The Tongan replacement went low on the Harlequins man and stopped him in his tracks, but the lack of arms in his hit was deemed worthy of a yellow card, and Exeter had to survive without him in their 26-25 win.

4. Scott Otten, Ospreys vs. Cardiff

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    One of the most profitable and pleasing ways to down your man is to do so while simultaneously tearing the ball off of him.

    Ospreys replacement hooker Scott Otten pulled off a textbook example of just such a play against Cardiff, smashing into the attacker as one of his colleagues slowed him down and then spinning away from him with the ball ripped away 42 seconds into the highlight reel.

3. Rhodri Jones, Scarlets vs. Zebre

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    Scarlets went rocketing up the Pro12 table into second place with their 20-12 win over Zebre, and they had an impressive try-saving tackle by Rhodri Jones at the try line to thank for it

    Zebre's scrum-half Marcello Violi was bear-hugged and twisted onto his back to prevent him from grounding the ball as Jones got under his man in the soaking wet west Wales weather.

    Check it out at 1:12 in the video above. A clear case of seven points saved.

2. Remi Tales, Racing 92 vs. Toulouse

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    Stopping a rampaging front-rower in his tracks is usually a job best left to an opponent of similar size and weight, which would rule out Racing 92 fly-half Remi Tales from performing such duties.

    The French international ignored that particular unwritten rule at the weekend and threw himself in the way of Toulouse's Cyril Baille as the prop charged onto a short pass just metres from the Racing line at 2:36.

1. Samu Manoa, Clermont Auvergne vs. Toulon

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    It was inevitable that Samu Manoa would crop up sooner rather than later in this season's big-hit compilations.

    The former Northampton Saints man is settling in to his new surroundings at Toulon, and he played a key role in his side's historic first win at Clermont Auvergne at the weekend.

    This smash on Les Jaunards No. 10 Camille Lopez (at 3:44 in the video) was a signature effort from the American back-rower.


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