Anyone who has seen a game of women’s Rugby or League will attest it is no less physical or brutal than the men’s versions – and that reputation has been confirmed by a couple of savage incidents and lengthy bans that have punctuated the early stages of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, currently being staged in France.
South African captain Mandisa Williams has been suspended for a whopping 16 weeks after being found guilty of eye-gouging during her side’s tournament-opening loss to Australia.
Meanwhile, Samoa’s Soteria Pulumu was sent off for a shocking spear tackle on England halfback Natasha Hunt – seen graphically in the video below – and was subsequently handed a nine-week ban, which was reduced to five on appeal on account of Pulumu’s remorse over the ugly tackle. Incredibly, Hunt recovered to play out the match, which England won 65-3.
Australia has started the tournament strongly, backing up its victory over South Africa with a convincing defeat of Wales, managing to not concede a try in either game.
Ireland scored one of the great upsets in Women’s Rugby history, defeating reigning champs and hot favourites New Zealand 17-14 in a pool stage boilover. The 12-nation tournament features teams from most of the usual men’s Rugby strongholds, along with notable exception Kazakhstan – who were pummelled by the Black Ferns to the tune of 79-5 in their opening game.
— Menzi Kulati™ (@menzikulati) August 4, 2014
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