I recently played my first playoff game in Fiji, against Navoci village. The other team thought it was amusing to target every kickoff at me, and then send their largest player barrelling at me full speed as a way to "kaivulagi" (foreigner). On one occasion, I caught the kick with my arms up but without jumping, leaving myself in a vulnerable position. I took one of the hardest hits I've ever felt right in the low end of my back, as I turned to dump the pass to our scrum half. I hopped up quickly and did my best to hobble as fast as I could so the other team wouldn't have the pleasure of thinking they had hurt me.
I continued to play, albeit slowed with significant tailbone pain. I hung in there until someone punched me in the ruck. I continued to hit the next ruck while I noticed something was pouring out of my head. I was forced to leave the game by the ref to get stitched up, but as I left I made sure to let the other team know that they hadn't gotten rid of me, and that I was going to return soon.
I got my head fixed up at just about half time. I shouted a taunt to the opposing sideline and went to join my team for the break. Normally, to my disappointment, I get pulled at the second half, and this was one time I was looking forward to it- tailbone woes, a bloody head and a bit dizzy from how tightly the nurse had taped my head. The coach asked how I felt and for some foolish reason I said "great", at which point I was informed that I was headed back in for the second half.