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Monday, May 04, 2009

Rory Kockott red card for flat hand slap on Adam Thomson

Rory Kockott red card for flat hand slap on Adam Thomson

Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been handed a one week suspension after striking Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson during the home sides 23-15 win in the Super 14 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Kockott lashed out at Thomson after he was flung to the ground without the ball, and after the whistle. A fiery character, Kockott lost his nerve and lashed out with a mean flat handed left hook.

Thomson was knocked to the ground, prompting assistant referee Craig Joubert to come on and advise referee Phillip Bosch that anything less than a red card is out of the question.

Kockott appeared at a disciplinary hearing today and pleaded guilty to the charge.
His lawyer had argued that a red card was sufficient punishment, but the SANZAR judicial officer felt that although Kockotts action was a reckless, open handed slap as opposed to a punch, it still deserved a one week suspension.

He will miss the Sharks crucial clash against the Waratahs, which will mean a major reshuffle to their backline.

In the same match, the Highlanders Danie Bowden was yellow carded for a high tackle, and has since received a one week suspension himself.

Time: 02:19

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:46 pm | View Comments (66)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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bigox May 04, 2009 10:16 pm

first i thought thompson was legitamtely falling over because i thought it was a punch...on the replay though, clearly a slap and thompson falls backwards with his hands going to the side of his face, opposite where he was hit.

hollywood stuff. ban thompson for life and arrest him if he goes within 20 metres of a rugby pitch

but seriously, i understand its hefty getting a smack like that but no red card. its a pain in the ass when big guys throw you to the ground after the ball's gone. thompson deserved it

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Anonymous May 04, 2009 10:27 pm

he deserved that slap. the big boy is an actor

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JJM May 04, 2009 10:30 pm

Rules are rules, its a red.

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BC22 May 04, 2009 10:35 pm

The Oscar goes to Adam Thomson.

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Anonymous May 04, 2009 10:42 pm

Cheating kiwis b^^^^^^ ......

should do the same to McCaw.

well deserved slap on the face

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ed May 04, 2009 10:49 pm

agreed. thompson was being a tool. he knew the ball had gone, but wanted to do as much 'legal' damage to 9 as he could. just a shame that: a. thompson got away with it, and b. forced a red out of the other team.

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Boz May 04, 2009 10:55 pm

Great play by the flank. Definate Red.

Really a stupid move by Kockott when they are up 8 with 4 min to go and have the ball.

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Ref May 04, 2009 11:37 pm

Uh, Thompson should have been carded too, if that wussy slap was worth a red!

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Pick a name anonymou May 05, 2009 1:13 am

Even though it's a slap the red card is deserved because that was a cheap shot to the face

If he had done that to Cowan there would definitely be two red cards.

By the way, WHY THE F*** is that cheating?

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 1:36 am

Kockott - reaps what he sows

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Ricol May 05, 2009 3:08 am


Rory seems to have developed the short man sindrome


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Anonymous May 05, 2009 3:32 am

For fucks sake that was nothing!!!

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caucau's no.1 fan May 05, 2009 3:37 am

think about it from the linesmans position though, he sees a swinging hand floor somebody, if you saw that at full speed you would think it was a punch. dont think he should have been banned for it but i can understand giving a red. the shock of being hit is probably what sent thompson down, i doubt he was expecting that kind of reaction. some of you guys should take a surprise bear slap to the face from a professional rugby player see how you react!

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 4:29 am

the slap was well deserved, he shouldn't of slung him to the ground in the first place.
Thomson took a ridiculous dive

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 4:59 am

id do the same thing being rory kockett if i were overplayed like that. adam thompson must have trained under richie mccaw.

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goodNumber10 May 05, 2009 5:07 am

good on the 9,
At least the slap connected properly. Red's a small price to pay for teaching that idiot a lesson.

I hate seeing people thrown like that, especially after the ball has gone, my bro broke his arm in exactly the same way, and i've seen so many injuries from after the ball rubbish like that.

The flanker should have been carded for a late and dangerous challenge.

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Boz May 05, 2009 5:17 am

Is the McCaw talk getting old yet?

Every openside in the world cheats as much as they can get away with (see Hand of Back). Get over it.

P.S. I am not a kiwi.

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 5:41 am

Absolutley, Mccaw is an awesome player and like every openside flanker, he always plays on the edge of the law. It's his job.
Most of what he does is perfectly legitimate as well, people jut get annoyed cuz he's damn good at it.
And I'm not a kiwi either.

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 6:24 am

another player to put on the cheating allblacks team sheet what a dive
next they will be surrounding the ref swearing at him and throwing themselves on the ground when somebody even looks at them the wrong way
im not a kiwi either

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TheTruth May 05, 2009 7:16 am

I like Thompson, but the diving girl deserves atleast a 3 week ban for the dive.

Lets now allow our game to turn like soccer and be over run by faggots. The only way to prevent that happening is to throw punishments at the fairies who dive around like little girls. Ala Thompson

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Shaft May 05, 2009 7:21 am

Enough with the dive/acting comments - lets give Rory some credit for his killer flattie! :D

I love it. Take that buddeh.

Sure it was wrong, and yeah, worthy of a red I guess, but hell, it's good to see a small guy stand up for himself like that. Thomson was clearly in the wrong, and got sorted out in no uncertain terms.

Dont eff with the big Kockott. :P

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bD May 05, 2009 7:28 am

Kockott forgot that touchjudges exist. still power to the scrum halves :)

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Lightsout May 05, 2009 9:11 am

Shame, poor Ricky Hatton

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Nick May 05, 2009 9:47 am

What the...? Red card? Watching all those fights in other occasions...

As a number 9 I have to say: "IN YOUR FACE!" ;)

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Charles May 05, 2009 9:49 am

I wonder where are the SH anonymous toughies now... "The NH are a lot of pussies bla bla Man up bla bla bla..."
Red carded for a slap, not in the NH
Good acting by Thompson btw

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T May 05, 2009 10:22 am

Fair play to the scrummie.

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 10:23 am

Yellow to both men.

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 10:34 am

Poof ball diving and poof ball try celebrations are getting all too common in rugby. That together with soccer style chanting especially in the English leagues.


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Alexander May 05, 2009 10:52 am

Ha that was quite funny...................................................................................................i'm not a kiwi either

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 11:16 am

Hah.... regardless of the card, i think it's funny, and the slap to the face was kind of deserved.

I am a Kiwi.

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 11:33 am

not being funny how many people from all positions get thrown over if someones still got hold of you after the ball, all about getting 'into the head' of the other guy. kockott was just being a small man, feeling hes got something to prove and when the card was shown he acts asif he didnt do anything.

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the Emperor Fabulous May 05, 2009 11:59 am

don't think i'd like to be on the end of a kockett upper-cut slap. yeah, thomson deserved it for the crap tackle, but doubt he dove. i'd expect him to give kockett a closed fist back, rather than fall over.

kiwi status undeclared

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MikeyB May 05, 2009 12:28 pm

Cockott has been taking women's defense classes...

Anyways, whats all the bullsh*t bout that been nothing, I'd say all of you nay sayers would be pretty stunned after receiving that hit. Fools.

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Cheis May 05, 2009 12:28 pm

thompson = c ronaldo

deserved slap!

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Flooz May 05, 2009 1:10 pm

coward from the both

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 1:12 pm

The tackle was v late in the first place, ball was well gone. 6 should have got a yellow, was the linesman blind?

Big Tiddies

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Damien May 05, 2009 1:35 pm

damn thats a big bitch slap =) he got owned cuz he didnt expected it lol =)

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 3:11 pm

Thompson is a poof. I would have waited until I could stamp his effing hand in play to pay him back. That sling shot tackle after the whistle was potentially nasty and he deserved to be smacked like a bitch for it.

Texas hooker

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 3:41 pm

put that lowlife adam thomson to a wall and shoot him

these dives are on the rise and the source of this problem has to be exterminated

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 3:52 pm

diving fairy

great great grandma was a kiwi
so maybe part kiwi

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 4:19 pm

i love the commentator at the start of the clip ''whoops a daisies''

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The White Knight May 05, 2009 5:37 pm

You all take yourselves way too seriously. Every good flanker knows you have to impose yourself anyway you've got to, but within the rules. Marginally late tackle, so what? Kockott needs to get over himself.
And the slap caught him by surprise I personally don't think it was a dive.

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Luke May 05, 2009 6:33 pm

Keep your pimp hand strong Rory!

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 8:08 pm

it wasn't a punch, but the heel of his palm smacked him in the nose when looking the other way, i would have gone down too, its a natural reaction.
he stays down a bit, but it probably hurt
definite, indefensibly red

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ToddTheClutchClever May 05, 2009 8:16 pm

i really hope rory doesnt become a springbok... adam deserved it anyway!

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Anonymous May 05, 2009 11:15 pm

gay slap followed by a footballer reaction, whats the super 14 coming to!

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Anonymous May 06, 2009 12:22 am

free kockett!!!!

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Anonymous May 06, 2009 3:47 am

Another ballerina kiwi

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No.7 May 06, 2009 8:59 am

guys you have no idea what you are talking about.

so what, if that had been a punch he would have fallen to the ground, that "slap" was probably still just as hard, yeh it wouldnt be as bad as a fist but it doesnt mean its nothing, and if you watch the bloody video you see thomson trips over his feet because he is stunned!

'Cock'ott deserved the red, if he thinks he can get away with an open hand then its ridiculous! especially seeing as Thomson was helping him up at the time....

im aware of the fact that Thomson was initially in the wrong, but he did help Kockott up afterwards!

Well deserved red!

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Texas Hooker is a F* May 06, 2009 9:03 am

HAHAHAH you guys all make me laugh. if you want to watch a dive i reccomend you go to a swimming pool because this was obviously not one! just because it was an open hand hit, doesnt mean it didnt hurt or do any damage!

Adam Thomson tripped over his own damn feet!

all you guys saying he was faking, id like to see you take a hit like that and not wobble. especially after you are helping the guy up and not expecting anything!

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Anonymous May 06, 2009 10:48 am

that wasnt fake

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Anonymous May 06, 2009 1:20 pm

Rules are rules i suppose but it was only a slap. I bet he wishes he actually did twat him one. To the linesman it would have looked like a punch so understandable.

What the hell is a number 6 going down like that for?

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no9 May 06, 2009 3:14 pm

thats amazing a scrum half flooring a flanker HaHa

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leinster fan 4 life May 06, 2009 5:00 pm

wasnt really a slap as a hit u can see him try 2 clench his fist thompsons a twat deserved it

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Anonymous May 06, 2009 8:20 pm

should have made it worthwhile and broke his jaw with a closed fist...

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Dan May 07, 2009 10:33 am

I'm a thompson fan, but he deserved the hit, he really catapaulted kockott face first into the ground, miles after he'd passed the ball. quite the wanker thing to do. i disagree that it was a dive. if he'd taken a swing back however kockott wouldn't have been carded, you can be guaranteed that.

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Adam Thompson is my May 07, 2009 8:27 pm

"Adam Thompson tripped over his own feet." Yeah, and he wears that cheesy 70s moustache because it brings all the girls to the yard. His tackle is so late that he is barely seen in the corner of the video as he finishes his poor show of sportsmmanship.

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Anonymous May 07, 2009 11:29 pm

the linesman was facing from the back, and had the view of the 1st camera shot, which did make it look like a punch

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John May 08, 2009 2:26 am

You people have no clue what you're on about. The mere fact that his hand wasn't in a fist has nothing to do with how much damage that hit did.

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Anonymous May 08, 2009 5:17 am

funny stuff, little scrummie has some heart but he got what he deserved. You can't cheap shot someone in the face when their not looking.

Enough about McCaw too, obviously does his job nicely to upset all you saffas so much.

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adam15 May 08, 2009 7:23 am

hey anonymous above, good post - and all this idiotic stuff against McCaw is very boring and ignorant about the way all loosies try and play at the top level - he's just so much better at it than most other guys.

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Anonymous May 08, 2009 10:24 am


Thompson FTW !!!!!!!!!!!

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jonesy May 08, 2009 6:41 pm

not a huge amount in it, but by the letter of the law its red.
but the refs need to make a bigger deal of late hits on scrum halves.

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minstrel boy May 11, 2009 5:51 am

Thompson should also be cited for being both a faggot and an idiot

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cheyanqui May 14, 2009 1:15 pm

at the very least, I hope Adam Thompson faced some serious punishment at the hands of his tour court.

But in this day and age of professionalism, they probably lauded him, instead of lambasting him for the embarassing display.

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cheyanqui May 14, 2009 1:17 pm


You make a great point. There are lots of cynical tactics which incite the carded behavior.

If the referees cracked down on the initial tactic, it would eliminate the escalation.

For example, a guy carried out of bounds intentionally throwing the ball into the crowd to avoid a quick tap. Or this one.

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