The Biggest Hits in World Rugby This Week, Southern Hemisphere Special
Between two ITM Cup finals, a Currie Cup crescendo and the women's Provincial Championship coming to a close, it's no wonder the Southern Hemisphere was responsible for rugby's biggest collisions this past week.
That being said, there is a sole European entrant included, thanks to a certain Irish expatriate now plying his trade in France.
Without further ado, the biggest hits from around the globe this week.
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8. Jonny Sexton Trucks Julien Dupuy
Since moving to the Top 14, Jonny Sexton has shown a certain physical edge from the fly-half position that lends itself incredibly well to the Irishman's rounded range of talents.
This week, the Racing Metro star led his side well in their 16-13 triumph over Stade Francais, and it was opposing half-back Julien Dupuy who felt his share of Sexton's strength carrying the ball.
7. Ged Robinson Gives a Lesson in Fending
Quite often, it's those briefest glimpses of physical dominance that produce the most exhilarating moments in rugby, which was exactly the case for Ged Robinson this weekend.
The Hawke's Bay substitute featured well from the bench despite watching his side fail to pull off a memorable comeback in the ITM Cup Championship final, but this fend in particular highlighted the brutality of the encounter.
6. Jeff Allen Lined Up by Ben Funnell
He didn't know what hit him.
Jeff Allen was left looking helpless this weekend after he got blindsided in the tackle by Canterbury powerhouse Ben Funnell.
Canterbury would eventually go on to win the ITM Premiership finale, and it was thanks to moments such as this that the Lions ultimately crumbled against hefty opposition.
5. Frae Wilson Plays David vs. Goliath
Big things come in little packages, as the old saying goes.
That would certainly appear to be the case for Frae Wilson at least, as the Wellington half-back dished out this thumping tackle on Tasman's Jimmy Tupou, who isn't a small fry by any means.
4. Tom Marshall Smashed by Richard Buckman
The ITM Cup Championship final was barely one minute in when Richard Buckman set a personal standard in tackling that would carry through for the majority of the hard-fought encounter.
The Hawke's Bay back stepped up out of his line early on to dish this massive hit on Tasman's Tom Marshall, dispossessing his countryman and leading to the game's opening try.
3. Nasi Manu Double-Teamed by Lions
Yet another ITM Cup entry from this weekend came in the Premiership final between Canterbury and Wellington, where Nasi Manu was shown that brawn alone is sometimes useless against numbers.
The Wellington Lions rallied several defenders, knocking the massive Manu back a few yards and evoking a raucous reply from the Westpac Stadium crowd.
2. Demetri Catrakilis Knocked out by Pieter-Steph Du Toit
The Currie Cup is up there with some of the most brutally physical rugby competitions in the world and this weekend's final was no exception as two of South Africa's giants battled out for national honours.
It was Sharks that eventually emerged victorious to offset their bad record against Western Province with a win that was undoubtedly influenced by the absence of Demetri Catrakilis, who got knocked out thanks to a knee in the head from Pieter-Steph du Toit.
On first sight, the challenge looks fairly harmless and actually results in a Natal try, but Bismarck du Plessis' start from an offside position meant the score was scrapped.
1. Johana Su'a Punishes Upright Casey Robertson
A first for B/R's Hits of the Week, this edition gives way to not only its first female entry, but a headline spot at No. 1, no less.
Johana Su'a may not have started this weekend's Provincial Championship final between Auckland and Canterbury, but she certainly finished it, dishing out this savagery to Casey Robertson along the way.
Su'a and her side would eventually go on to lift the trophy after an extremely tight match, of which her towering presence played a big role.
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