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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shocking spear tackle from Bulls youngster

Shocking spear tackle from Bulls youngster


Young Bulls flanker Dewald Potgieter got himself in a whole lot of hot water against the Crusaders on Friday night in Pretoria. Potgieter has been suspended for a week after an outrageous spear tackle on Casey Laulala.

As if the evening wasn't disastrous enough for the Bulls, who went down 54-19 in the end, Potgieter put a black mark next to his name and is now out for the next week. For some reason the ref and touchjudge didn't consider this bad enough to be a yellow card, but I guess that's what the citing commission is for. I personally thought it would have and could have been a red.

It's a pity for the young Potgieter, who actually made a huge difference to the poor Bulls performance. I'd like to say you'll be hearing that name again in the future, but hopefully for different reasons as to why you're hearing it now.

We've seen some terrible spear tackles in the past, but this is one of the worst, with Laulala actually flipping over so far that he didn't land directly on his head, luckily.
A one week ban in my opinion is extremely lenient, but perhaps the players' disciplinary record and character was taken into account.

Posted at 1:56 pm | 20 comments

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Wasp1 February 28, 2008 3:02 pm

Stupid tackle. Probably deserved at least a yellow.No place for it in the game these days.

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BoBMudd February 28, 2008 3:39 pm

No place for it in the game at any point mate. Looking at it he was extremely lucky to play any further part in the game and not cause a serious injury. I think he realised straight away what he was doing and tried to correct it though.

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Anonymous February 28, 2008 4:34 pm

the only reason he never got booked is that the guy never landed on his head and so he never injured him seriously. well thats what i think anyway.

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doyler8 February 28, 2008 5:04 pm

there was a tackle very similar 2 this in last weeks six nations...cant remember which game but the player got completely flipped over the tacklers shoulder and basically did a front flip in the air and it went completely unpenalised!! i think it was in the irish v scots game

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Lev February 28, 2008 5:22 pm

The victim tried to ride the tackle instead of driving low and had his feet whipped out from underneath him. You could make the case that he intended to hurt him seriously if the guy actually drove him into the ground but he didn't and simply used his arms. This site is far too melodramatic.

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Rob February 28, 2008 5:58 pm

Ok so it was a bad tackle but it looks a lot worse than it is. Firstly he doesn't land badly so there's no harm done from that perspective. But secondly, it was clearly an accident. He goes in for a standard dump tackle but slips and spins him round by mistake.It ended up being a dangerous tackle but rugby is a dangerous sport. Get over it.

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Stevus February 28, 2008 5:59 pm

Doyler8, that was in the Scotland-Ireland game, O'Driscoll got hit low and basically somersalted over the tacklers shoulder.

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Anonymous February 28, 2008 6:38 pm

Great tackle! Hehehehe

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Anonymous February 28, 2008 7:35 pm

just a young one trying too hard to impresshe'll calm down with timebad tackle though

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Don February 28, 2008 7:42 pm

Not as bad as you make it out Rugbydump...I've actually seen worse than this even on ur site...case in point the Olly Barkley tackle

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david February 28, 2008 9:01 pm

It seems that the tackler was concentrating so much on bringing the player down gently, that he, himself, almost ended up headfirst into the ground.

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Swan Catcher February 28, 2008 10:29 pm

Rugbydump could you get some highlights of David Strettle up? I know his main attributes for the country is getting injured but he has had some truly magical moments against Wales this year and against France and Ireland in last year. Cheers.

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Anonymous February 29, 2008 9:24 am

it doesn't matter how good or bad it was, or how ott people are being about it, there's no place for it in this game.you're right, if it was an injury there would be a big uproar, but because there wasn't it's okay. in that sense it is sport, because in some cases stuff like that ends up being nasty (e.g BOD injury).

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browno February 29, 2008 12:10 pm

more to do with the tackled player than the tackler here, he's trying to writhe out of the tackle in mid air which is why the flanker can't dump him properly.

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PZ February 29, 2008 2:07 pm

Look guys, a spear tackle is a spear tackle regardless if he gets a broken neck or not. If you tackle someone and lift the player with them going down head first then it's a straight red. If there is more consistency with spear tackle offences then players will stop doing it. Hopefully before someone does get seriously injured because its bound to happen.You get yellow carded for throwing a punch, regardless if you break the guy's nose or not. How is this any different?

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istya March 01, 2008 2:43 am

It actually looks to me like he didn't intend to spear him at all. It looks a bit like his target started flipping a bit before he even got his arms around him. He might have driven him all the way over specifically NOT to hurt him. He seemed to know what he did afterwards.

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wolonel March 05, 2008 4:08 am

not a spear..confusion down south..are you pretending you don't know what a spear is..we know you do

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Anonymous March 31, 2008 11:32 am

i think the only reason he wasnt carded was because he brought him to ground, he didnt drop him mid air, that is one thing they look out for these days. There should be no link between whether he was injured in the tackle or not and getting carded... still, no excuses

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Anonymous March 31, 2008 3:57 pm

by definition you can't spear by dropping a player, a spear is if you use downward force. You can dump players by dropping them, but you can't dump from beyond the horizontal

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Joshie April 29, 2008 6:07 pm

What a dunce!!!!!

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