Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Seabass started at lock on sunday night in the mismatched game between hosts France and Namibia, once again showing his versatility and giving more options to French coach Bernard Laporte.
Chabal is not someone who goes unnoticed on the rugby field though, as he poses a threat whenever he has ball in hand, purely because of his strength, aggresion and as you'll see later, speed.
So when he got the ball in a little space, Namibian eighth man Jacques Nieuwenhuis wasn't taking any chances. He swooped on Chabal and hit him hard and high, resulting in the Frenchman being left in a daze on the floor. Referee Alain Roland promptly issued the straight red, and Namibia had to play the rest of the game with 14 men, which probably contributed to them going down 87-10.
Nieuwenhuis was warned a couple of times before that, but to give him a straight red clearly meant that Roland viewed his intent as deliberate and a direct attack on Chabal. And he was probably right.