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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sam Warburton's big tackle for Cardiff Blues against Racing Metro

Sam Warburton made his return to rugby following a controversial red card and suspension he got from a tip tackle in the Rugby World Cup semi final. He made another big hit against Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup, but there were no cards to be seen.

Warburton was outstanding for Wales in the RWC, leading from the front and showing that while he's still a youngster, he has the leadership abilities to go on to be a fantastic captain for many years to come. Unfortunately for Wales he was sent off by referee Alain Rolland in the semi final.

While the his home nation directed their anger at Rolland and the IRB, Warburton recently said that upon second viewing, it was actually uglier than he'd initially thought. Rolland himself has said that if he had the chance to do things over again, he would have made the exact same decision.

"The important part for referees is to take the emotion out of it We can only officiate on the action itself and what he did merited what happened next because it was dangerous. We don't officiate on intention, we officiate on the action itself," said Rolland, referring to Warburton's lack of malice.

He was pleased to hear that the Welsh captain acknowledged that the correct decision was made.

"To be fair to Sam, I think it is a true measure of the man he is. I don't think he had to come out to say anything and I didn't really care one way or the other because what happened, happened," added Rolland.

Against Racing Metro this past weekend Warburton put in another solid hit, this time on replacement Eddy Ben Arous. The hit was made as Arous jumped to catch the ball, so maybe some refs would penalise that but not on this occasion. It's good to see Warburton back in action either way.

Posted at 5:12 pm | 15 comments

Sam Warburton red card in RWC Semi Final

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yupyupgup November 15, 2011 7:35 pm

this clip sorta defines the term "hospital pass"..

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RedYeti November 15, 2011 7:35 pm

Technically he hit him in the air *trollface*

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Just Call Me Ehtch November 15, 2011 7:52 pm

Get right in the ribs and fuck him and plant him, like a fucking rose.

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Stefan November 15, 2011 8:29 pm

Am very much enjoying the regular updates on the big legal hits flying around at the moment. Keep 'em coming.

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BuzzKillington November 15, 2011 9:43 pm

How can you "acknowledge" that a "correct" decision has been made when punishment for the tackle in question is completely subjective? At best he could "acknowledge" that he broke the rules, but he can't "acknowledge" a subjective decision is correct, he can only give his personal opinion.

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Full Back November 25, 2011 9:25 pm

not when the punishment for a spear tackle is a straight red, nothing subjective about it. It had been outlined to the teams before the RWC started in a meeting with the refs, so no real excuse either.

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Hry November 16, 2011 12:38 am

Not the best pass considering the situation. Still, he didn't have to jump for the ball - it's not like he was contesting a kick - so was clearly fair game. In fact, watching the slomo, Arous wouldn't have got smashed hard had he kept his feet on the ground, Warburton doesn't have much forward momentum and it's Arous' jump into him that results in him getting minced.

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bnations November 16, 2011 1:19 am

Jumping allowed him to catch the ball with his arms down and still protecting his torso somewhat. Had he kept his feet on the ground and reached for the highish pass, then the first point of contact would have been to his ribs rather than his elbows. It's likely that would have hurt much worse.

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WelshOsprey November 16, 2011 2:27 am

Idiot jumped into the tackle, no wonder he ended up on his back.

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Cardiff Blues Fan November 16, 2011 9:52 am

Particularly good hit when you realise it was against a prop.

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Colombes November 16, 2011 11:47 am

in fact, it's a winger, but a fidgian one ;)
good to see warburton tackle fair and strong

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The Green Mafia November 16, 2011 12:47 pm

Thanks, RD, I've been meaning to explain what a hospital pass is to a friend of mine new to rugby. Now I can say a hospital pass is the one that send the receiver to the hospital and show him this, Cheers

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Rolland is a French November 22, 2011 8:54 pm

The french 'Rolland's' comments are as comical as his farce cheating reffing... of course it was easy to take the emotion out of your decision and of course in the same circumstances you would make the same decision again over as I'm sure you would in any french game because your French remember. YOU SHOULD NOT BE REFFING AND CHEATING AT SCHOOLBOY LEVEL let alone THE RUGBY WORLD CUP! Shame on you 'Alain Colm Pierre Rolland'.... a VERY Irish name that. It's just a shame the IRB spoilt the WC by letting you cheat!!!!

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