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Monday, September 27, 2010

Fritz Lee sees red as he almost takes Luke Hamilton's head off

Fritz Lee sees red as he almost takes Luke Hamilton's head off

Counties Manukau loose forward Fritz Lee faces a possible lengthy suspension after he was sent from the field during his sides 40-24 win over Northland in the ITM Cup on Sunday. Lee's high tackle is one of the worst looking hits you'll see for some time.

Northland looked set to score after a great counter attack set up replacement scrumhalf Luke Hamilton, but he was cut down to size by the trailing left arm of Lee, who nearly decapitated him.

"It was hard to tackle him because he was a little bugger. I knew he was going to step back so I put my arm out there," said Lee after the game. "I was pretty shocked. I was hoping for a yellow. That's the first time I've got a red. Hopefully it won't finish my season, he added.

Tana Umaga has said he feels that Lee is close to All Blacks selection and hopes that the tackle, which didnt have malice in his opinion, doesnt affect his chances.

"It was definitely reactionary but we don't know how the judiciary is going to see it or what happens from there. He'll be a big loss for us," Umaga said.

"Obviously there's a lot of good loose forwards going around but he'd have to be on everyone's lips and he might be in the thinking for the end of year tour. He's the physical presence, he's fit, he's over the ball at the breakdown, he runs with the ball and he's very skilful as well," he added.

Referee Chris Pollock had no option but to show Lee the straight red, the first of the ITM Cup, but Northland coach Bryce Woodward was livid that a penalty try was not awarded.

"He deserved to go and we should have got a penalty try," Woodward said.

"It was a poor decision. He probably didn't get any help from the assistant referees. Clearly if that tackle hadn't have been made he would have scored under the posts. He said he was unsighted about the defenders coming back so he made the decision accordingly but it was a poor one."

Lee will head to Wellington for a disciplinary hearing where hell hope his good record will work in his favour. "The best case is guilty and I'll probably get two or three weeks off and hopefully I'll be back for our last game," he said.

Time: 02:19

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:17 am | View Comments (44)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 7:53 am

That is INSANE!!!! seeing that live was even better coz you didnt see it coming!

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Can YouSmeeeeellllll September 27, 2010 7:57 am

Thats the WWF Rock bottom! LOL

Deserved a red though, it was his only chance of stopping the guy...

...sad thing is it would've been a 7-pointer for sure as he was the last defender and had been beaten by the step/swerve hence the last ditch high shot...

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Craig September 27, 2010 8:02 am

I don't know what was more surprising, the huge head high tackle or the fact Luke Hamilton was looking for the off load and getting to his feet after he hit the dirt

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 8:07 am

lol owned like a little bitch haha

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 8:15 am

you cant get much higher than that

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 8:17 am

how is he still alive ?? quite impressive that he's tries to get back on his feet immediatly after hitting the ground. tough guy.

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Laz September 27, 2010 8:25 am

F*ck me that a nasty hit!

Penalty try maybe, although still some way to go. Big suspension I reckon?

Nuggety number nine.

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Nick September 27, 2010 8:28 am

I thought the ref was awesome 'yes thats tred, see ya!' genius.

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Tikoala September 27, 2010 9:26 am

Nice OOONNEEE !!!!

I totaly didn't see it coming, big laught

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eric September 27, 2010 9:26 am

I guess we wont hear from this guy for quite some time... that just looks nasty...

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dr September 27, 2010 9:39 am

nice to see a ref not afraid to use a red.

A simalar (though not a bad) thing happened to me on sat.

I went on the outside of a big fijian centre and he just swung a huge desperate arm straight around my neck... ref didnt even give him a yellow.

But he blew straight away for it and gave a penatly... apparently I should have stayed down for a while and the physio should have run on straight away ... that is key! lol

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 10:20 am

That was gold. Deserved a red but I'd hate to see him cop a big suspension after the blinding season he's had. These things happen, now let the man atone.

Also, that mid-air horizontal slo-mo is going to be on every big hits youtube clip for the next decade.

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Phil September 27, 2010 11:33 am

Unbelievable tackle, I've never seen a worse clothes-line than that. Big ban worthy in my opinion.

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stoojay September 27, 2010 11:43 am

How tough is that Luke Hamilton though - tries to get up and play the ball and is back in the thick of the action shorty afterwards!?!

Don't think there was intent in the high tackle though - just piss-poor technique.

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bryce_in_oz September 27, 2010 11:49 am

"Tana Umaga has said he feels that Lee is close to All Blacks selection and hopes that the tackle, which didnt have malice in his opinion,"


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Bob September 27, 2010 1:12 pm

The scrumhalf could have been hurt in about a 100 different ways by that tackle - impressive that he carried on!

Saw an AFL player rip his hamstring off the bone by landing on his back with his legs going towards his body like in this tackle.

It is really bad, deserves a red and a suspension, but I think it was clumsy and reckless rather than malicious.

The guy was the last defender, was going the wrong way, was stepped, and stuck an arm out. Big, lumbering blindside on a little, nippy scrumhalf. The commentators said Lee was injured also, hence the clumsy tackle.

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 2:27 pm

Luke Hamilton just earned the status of major badass.

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 5:56 pm

Umaga: "It was definitely reactionary".

Lee: "I knew he was going to step back so I put my arm out there".

As I said in the last debate about this, you can blame it on instinct or habit but at the end of the day, you really are aware of what you are doing, as Lee just admitted, even though Umaga tried to play the "instinct card".


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Anonymous September 27, 2010 7:09 pm

i think this finally puts the myth about islanders being dangerous tacklers to bed.

oh wait...

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 7:26 pm

Was a high tackle yes. and it was a bad one. I hope he dosn't get too long though, the way Lee has been playing he's definitely a star on his way up. Maybe not an end of year tour player yet but will definitely play super rugby next year.....beware Oz and SA-this is coming your way lol.

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 7:49 pm

i think this finally puts the myth about islanders being dangerous tacklers to bed.

oh wait...

He fouled, he was penalised, he was red carded and he will be punished further. Stop whining.

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Dan September 27, 2010 10:55 pm

I guess he didn't smell what The Rock was cook'n...

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 11:15 pm

Thought there would of been a fight after this hit...

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Jono September 27, 2010 11:28 pm

"i think this finally puts the myth about islanders being dangerous tacklers to bed."

You're a racist, you don't even realise it.

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Jono September 27, 2010 11:29 pm

Sure a ban for a few weeks is fine.
It wasn't intentional though, reckless yes, careless and irresponsible.
But he did not intend to head high him. Players almost never do.

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el September 28, 2010 12:58 am

No, Jono, I think he realizes it; however, I don't think he realizes that most think people who say things like that are idiots. Or, maybe he does realize that and that's why he posted as "Anonymous".

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Juggernauter September 28, 2010 3:21 am

Straight red and lengthy ban... Sorry mate, that's the way it goes.

Hamilton is now officially a badass.

Please RD get Seru Rabeni's red card tackle on Francois Trihn-Duc in the top 14 match between Montpellier and L Rochelle! It was big too!


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I'mgonnaletitshine September 28, 2010 8:38 am

That is the most spectacular clothsline ever!

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Irish Ref September 28, 2010 11:05 am

so because he's having a blinding season, the suspension should be less than if he was having a shocker......

can't see the logic in that. I think he'll get 3 months minimum for this shocking challenge

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Anonymous September 28, 2010 7:22 pm

Luckily I think the sentence has nothing to do with the IRB so Irish refs have nothing to do with it :)

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Ngakawau rugby club September 29, 2010 2:24 am


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Simon7 September 29, 2010 6:55 am

Fritz Lee got 3 weeks

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Bill September 29, 2010 7:34 am

Irish Ref, exagerate much?
Jesus, calm down, 3 weeks is fine for that, it wasn't intentional.
And it's not a 'challenge', this isn't soccer.
It's a head high.

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NiWiTa September 29, 2010 12:19 pm

@Bill - but defo a red fella...perhaps a penalty try too in my opinion

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H September 29, 2010 12:35 pm

bloomin' heck! Bad lookin tackle that!

Defo a red card, but as he was the last defender it should defo be a penalty try. That way guys (last defenders) might be put off makin uncontrolled last ditch tackles cos they'll know that if they don't get it right they'll lose the try anyway.

Another thing... Lee's poster before the tackle is crap! he isnt low enough to the ground and he closed the space down too quickly so he's off blalance and moving too quickly in one direction at the tackle area, hence his wild lunge.

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cheyanqui September 29, 2010 5:50 pm

terrible non penalty try call.

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Bill September 30, 2010 4:19 am

Niwtwa, I agree a red for that seems fair, considering he stopped the try being scored.
I don't really blame the ref for not giving a penalty try considering how far out from the line he was though.

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davey September 30, 2010 10:40 am

ref: ''see ya''


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Biggsy November 22, 2010 8:20 am

This is the great thing about rugby, as compared to footballers (soccer players for you SH guys).

The guy nearly gets his head taken off and he lays the ball back as if nothing has happenned!

Nasty tackle but respect to Hamilton.

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Jamie April 18, 2011 10:43 pm

Why do ref's have to be such smug wankers?

It was clearly a reaction, Fritz Lee is not a dirty player.

The ref could have said "I know it was just a reaction, but I still have to give you a red, sorry mate"

Instead "there's that, see ya"

What a faggot, almost as childish as Steve Walsh trying to bait the Brumbies captain into fighting him.

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browner March 01, 2013 2:10 pm

not all ref's are SW

What ref should have said was,

1] "IMO that was clearly very dangerous, so i'm issuing a RC, please leave the field"

& then .......

2] IMO a try would probably have been scored, so I'm awarding a Penalty Try.

he'd get more respect.

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alasdairduncan3 March 07, 2013 12:52 am

Referees don't give penalty tries enough. There was no doubt that this would have been a try if the hit was not made.

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