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Friday, November 23, 2007

That Brendan Cannon punch on Kevin Mealamu

That Brendan Cannon punch on Kevin Mealamu

Hookers are generally loved or hated characters on the rugby field. There aren't many international number two's that go unnoticed for whatever reason. Perhaps it's the fact that they're squashed between two smelly gorilla's and have five massive guys pushing them from behind.

It's a high pressure position, and in the game between the Wallabies and the All Blacks in the classic 2004 Tri Nations series, the two front rowers exploded.

Brendan Cannon was the main culprit, unleashing a devastating right cross that cracked opposite number Kevin Mealamu square in the nose.

In all honesty from the video it's hard to see exactly what triggered the outlash, except that Mealamu 'pushed' Cannon on the side of the head with his closed fist. Hardly worth retaliating like he did.

What followed was an attack that saw the likes of Carlos Spencer and Justin Marshall throwing wild punches at Cannon, and more than likely hitting their own player most of the time. Both players were lucky to get away with no further punishment.

Big Justin Harrison tried to dish out his own form of justice too, but idiotic touch judge Shaun Veldsman got in the middle of it and stopped it, possibly risking his own safety by trying to hold back the pumped up players - something that in my opinion officials should never try do.

Wallaby Brendan Cannon received a two week suspension for his punch. The All Blacks were penalised for retaliation though and both hookers were yellow carded.

So, were the other players lucky to get away with their actions, or should they have been forgiven for losing their cool, as they were?

Posted by Rugbydump at 1:48 am | View Comments (36)

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 4:08 pm

nothing compared to what Mealamu and Umaga did to O'Driscoll

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 4:33 pm

Mealamu is a guy people like to hit, and bit. 100% agree: nothing compared to what him and Tana did to the Lions skipper.On the other hand, Australia front rowers must start thinking of getting to another level. To shitty players, has I've seen against England, in Marseille.This Cannon guy... what a loser.

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 4:40 pm

Red for Cannon, what a tw@t. Harrison yellow because all he was doing was getting involved to try and look aggressive. Possibly a yellow to Spencer/Marshall.

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 5:07 pm

hope he got pulled up for that after the game.would love to see when martin johnson square up to Justin Harrison. he didnt seem so keen when it wasnt a scrum half

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Hackney Griffin November 23, 2007 5:43 pm

Can't agree with the idea that Harrison gets a yellow. Marshall and Spencer take cheap shots on Cannon. Throwing a punch at a player engaged with another is pretty cowardly and IMO these guys deserved to be carded or penalised afterwards. Harrison does what they should have done and what I would expect anyone to do if their team mates in that position - he defends his team mate and takes the guy away. Obviously Cannon should get a red. And a ban.

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coolfordy November 23, 2007 6:47 pm

The Aussie definately deserved a punch, wether he deserved a punch from the whole All Black team I don't know! They did deserve that 10 mins though!!!

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 6:51 pm

Thats nice to see in some respect, I play for an under 15 side and even at our age we're told by our captain that if one of our team get in a fight every one sticks up for each other.By the way what year was this?

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 8:55 pm

wat a punc, but there are betters

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 9:14 pm

massive punch. pretty cheap though. not the right thing to do.

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 9:38 pm

Spencer and Marshall...cowards. They should have been sent to the bin as well...

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Cheyanqu November 23, 2007 11:08 pm

Throwing the haymakers on a guy with his head down and engaged with another player is cheap.Too bad the Aussies didn't come in and send the hair gel and highlight boyz into next week.And agree about the Oz front rows. With the likes of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (Dunning) and Cannon, they are as useless as Scaramanga's third nipple.

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Anonymous November 24, 2007 12:09 am

A punch worth seeing in slow-motion... quite cheap anyway...

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Anonymous November 24, 2007 6:27 am

Red, Cannon ought to have had a f**kin seriously.

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Anonymous November 24, 2007 2:15 pm

that punch shouldve knocked him out...wouldve done to most ha ha. mealamu - hard nutz, just shrugged it off and decided to give some back to the aussie poof LOL. Cannon who? LOL

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Anonymous November 24, 2007 6:50 pm

Personally don't think mealamu deserved a yellow. cannon definately a yellow not a red. but Mealamu cannot be blamed for retaliation, in the heat of the moment anyone who plays rugby will see the red mist......well almost anyone!

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Chris November 24, 2007 10:18 pm

when u watch it u see mealamu with the "push" to the head, which to me looks exactly liek a light punch, kinda saying, i could if i wanted to, little love tapin that position if i was cannon i'd swing for the fences as welland nobody but those 2 deserved cards, coming to the aide of a fellow player is never worthy of a card in my eyes(if it was i'd have more yellow cards in my days than i have fingers and toes by a long shot)good to see the hookers going at it, that is my position, best one in my opinion(dont comment on that, everyone has opinions) so seeing hookers and a punch up, fantastic videoPS neither deserve a red, i dont count a punch as an attempt to injure or otherwise, and 10 minutes to cool down served well in preventing further actions, if they were sent off for the remainder of the match than they would have settled it in the next game likley, which isnt what many want (i wouldnt mind seeing it though haha)

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Jez November 24, 2007 10:50 pm

No place for that...Cannon started it with smacking(???i dont know what you call that) Mealamu and then retaliated when Mealamu gave him a slight tap. Mealamu was just defending himself, Cannon deserved a red. As for the huge battle afterwards...What the hell? Be men and fight it out one on one if you are going to fight! IMO theres no place for punch ups, its a game and the rules don't include punching other players. Of course there will be high emotions but you are representing your country and your family. Pathetic display, honestly!

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Anonymous November 24, 2007 11:44 pm

i play of hooker

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BRFC November 25, 2007 1:00 am

no red! Cannon started that, with the knock to mealamu. mealamu then pushed him away...defo not a punch, then as you all saw cannon gave him a dap....i suppose its easy when you watch it in slow-mo a couple times to pass judgement, rather than doing it on the spot as the ref did.Flanker or Lock is by faaaaaar the superior of positions...although in school boy rugby i was a i grew....

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ant November 25, 2007 3:00 pm

given that cannon played in a forward pack that never got a good hit on in the scrum, he decided to try getting a good hit in other areas. mealamu, admittedly has a face only a mother could love, so no harm done.

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Pedro Olavo November 25, 2007 9:52 pm

"In all honesty from the video it's hard to see exactly what triggered the outlash, except that Mealamu 'pushed' Cannon on the side of the head with his closed fist. Hardly worth retaliating like he did."Are you joking? You can see clearly Mealamu shoving and punching Cannon at the breakdown of the last phase.

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 5:00 am

Think its ok on all accounts, cannon did a stupid punch- yellow ( it wasnt a bad one ala mendez and ackford) people that jumped in were doing whats natural. In the nature of the game im sure all shook hands after.Gotta feel a bit sorry for mealamu was just pushing and shoving as any forward does- gets a smack then gets binned. lol

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 6:37 am

i remember this game. mealamu copped a big punch. but u see the all blacks grab cannon and just lay into him. at the press conerence the next day with brendan cannon he had lots of bruises, a swollen face and a black eye hahaha

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 9:36 am

Harrison is a dirty fecker, he recently bit Shane Horgan on the arm at the end of the Leinster -Ulster match in Dublin, pur thug...makes Grewcock look like an angel. harrison is a plank.

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 3:47 pm

Is that the genious Carlos Spencer throwing some punches as well? LOL

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Tanora November 28, 2007 1:47 pm

I'm not sure how unwarranted Cannon's punch was. Mealamu popped a closed fist off the side of his head which sounds like a punch to me, and once punched I think you're within your rights to punch back just as hard as you like.It's the extra NZ guys who come in with their sneaky little rabbit punches when it's one Aussie versus many Kiwis that p1ss me off.

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 9:32 pm

woah, carlos spencer was kicking ass there! i love the way mealamu gets hit in the face and doesn't even fall over.

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Chris P January 19, 2008 2:06 pm

anyone else realize how the aussie forwards are about to help cannon, but dont want to go offside, than as soon as the whistle goes, they charge over, who cares about going offside when one of your mates is being pasted in the face by 5 or 6 guys

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Anonymous March 09, 2008 7:16 am

Why does everyone say Mealamu starts it, when if you watch closely, Cannon gives him a kind of slap before Mealamus little fake-punch-thing?

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Anonymous March 13, 2008 9:24 am

good on the hookers lol nt a bad 1 4rm cannon altough sightly dissapointed as his pack didnt decide to help him until da ref blew da whistle

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Anonymous July 24, 2008 6:52 am

I love it how Harrison waited untill the wistle and then ran in ahah. Good decipline :P

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Anonymous September 15, 2008 8:58 pm

Cannon should have seen a red for that. Harrisson should have got a stern talking to. No more cards aside for Cannon

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Macbok September 16, 2008 2:20 pm

Cheap shot from Cannon without a doubt! Mealamu should think about becoming a boxer, because with a chin like that he'll never get knocked out. Just wish Harrison could grow a pair, he always runs in after the whistle blows and then starts pushing and shoving, someone should tell him that he's built like a twig, what a twat.

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Anonymous September 18, 2008 7:27 am

Cheap shot from Cannon man, you'd expect with a clean shot like that mealamu would of went down. Mealamu over Connon any day. Red card Cannon, yellow to Mealamu. Aswel the aussie commentators talk soooooooo much bullcrap man.

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Graham September 26, 2008 7:05 am

Ive seen a clip from another angle. Mealamu gave a few good ones back! you should have seen cannons face the next day! Filthy Aussie hehe

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Ed September 10, 2010 4:24 am

haha they were just having a bit of fun.
The funny thing is that when they both went to the sinbin on the sideline Canno turned to Kevin and asked "so hows the family?"

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