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Monday, August 06, 2012

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna cited for dangerous hit on Ryan Kankowski

Following their Super Rugby title win, young Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna was cited for a high tackle he made on Ryan Kankowski early in the second half of the final. The incident was not picked up by the referee or his assistants at the time.

One of the key factors in the Chiefs win over the Sharks was that they took it to the visitors. At times it wasn't legal, but for the most part they got the better of the physical battle against a formidable group of Springbok players.

One of the hits from Tameifuna went a bit high though, connecting with Shark Kankowski's chin. Tameifuna has been cited for foul play as he contravened Law 10.4 (e), Dangerous Tackling.

The Citing Commisioner reviewed the video footage and deemed the incident to have met the red card threshold, leading to further inspection by SANZAR Judicial Office Nicholas Davidson.

Kankowski came away from the tackle unscathed. He is taking up a six-month deal to play rugby in Japan, so was excluded from the 30-man Springbok squad for the Rugby Championship. Coach Heyneke Meyer has said that they are working on a way to include him at a later date.

"It’s a tricky situation for us. I did look at Ryan and I think he is probably playing the best rugby of his life. We spoke to Ryan, and it was just quite difficult for him to be selected right now.

"So he wasn’t selected for this test series (against Argentina), but we spoke this morning and we are still in contact, and hopefully he will be available going forward," Meyer said.

Young tighthead Tameifuna, who usually weighs over 130kg's, trained with the All Blacks for the series against Ireland recently, but has not made their Rugby Championship squad.

Do you think he should be suspended for this tackle? Let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE 07/08/12: Tameifuna has been suspended for one week. He will miss a scheduled pre ITM Cup warm-up match.

Posted at 1:56 pm | 27 comments

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hougiebear August 06, 2012 6:02 pm

This is what I hate about NZ commentators...they call that a collision? that is not a collision

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mr fish August 06, 2012 6:28 pm

then what would you call it....

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Ron_Mexico August 06, 2012 10:12 pm

And when they saw the replay, they labelled it as foul play, so what is the problem here?

A card would have been ok

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Kahuna August 06, 2012 10:41 pm

What is it then? A cuddle? Idiot!

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hougiebear August 07, 2012 10:29 am

A blatantly high tackle/shoulder charge where no effort to wrap the player in a tackle was even made. Poor tackling technqiue at least if not really dangerous play

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Reality August 06, 2012 6:56 pm

I don't know about a red card, but clotheslining a very tall guy running that fast is just too dangerous, and therefore warrants a yellow at least. Regarding a suspension, I could go either way.

Incidentally, has this guy done a lot of these sort of tackles in the last few months? I remember seeing videos of some New Zealand prop smashing people with what looked like quite borderline legality. I can't remember if it's the same guy though.

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Pretzel August 06, 2012 7:10 pm

Yeh, he has done something like that recently... I mentioned how he looked like he got picked out of the queue for hotdogs, but I was shot down by someone telling me this guy was brilliant etc etc etc...

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Jon August 07, 2012 12:54 am

Pretzel, as evidenced by his training with the All Blacks at the age of twenty, he is damn good. He won the U-20 World Cup a couple years ago as the starting tight head and has just won the Super Rugby title as the starting tight head. He almost certainly will play for the All Blacks soon.
He has been picked up for two illegal tackles this season. Both featured on this website.
He has also made many great legal tackles, is strong in the ruck, very good in the scrum and runs the ball well. He has soft hands and good mobility and spped for a guy who is 130kgs.
So yeah, he is kind of brilliant.

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Pretzel August 07, 2012 1:38 pm

....... I never said he wasn't......

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rugby08 August 07, 2012 4:35 am

If Quade Cooper got a one week suspension then this warrants at least 2 if not more

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Pretzel August 06, 2012 7:08 pm

I'm always on the "yellow card should not equal a ban" crusade, but with this I don't know. I can't see it being red card worthy (it's at 90% rating, with 100% being red), but it was reckless and clumsy, and perhaps he needs to get something to think about, but I don't know...

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Yohan August 06, 2012 7:09 pm

This is not the first time I see this prop doing trashplay ... This guy does very high and dangerous tackles !

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Facepalm August 06, 2012 7:20 pm

I'm wondering whether the citing was influenced by the commentator's reactions...

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Hennie August 06, 2012 7:22 pm

They should watch the game again and most off the chiefs would be cited, off the ball, high tackles.Walsh warned them for offside after the third offense and said he's going for yellow cards next time, but my word he forgot what he said it never happened...... Good luck Chiefs I hope Ben Tameifuna gets suspended for six months so it would be a lesson to his brothers in arms..............

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Eggman August 06, 2012 10:57 pm

Should've definately been a yellow card, not sure about a red one though. Maybe should get cited because the ref didnt take any action. No longer than 4-5 weeks though I think.

I think this is one of the cases where the tackler was lucky that the tackled player wasnt injured and didnt pretend to be either. It might look worse for him if Kankowski would've got hurt in the tackle.

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Canadian content August 06, 2012 11:23 pm

It's seems like refs are erring on the side of caution and not awarding penalties and cards for marginal hits, are they scared rugby will look wussy compared to league? Anytime u see a guys head fly back like that u gotta think penalty right away. Touchie really blew that one

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Jon August 07, 2012 12:57 am

It's not that bad, Jesus. It slipped up a little high, Kankowski was falling into it too.
So it's an accidental high tackle.
It's not the end of the bloody world is it?
For mine it would just be a penalty and a warning, but it got missed.
Sh*t happens in rugby.
You don't cry about something as innocuous as an accidental high tackle that gets missed. You just move on and get over it.

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rugby08 August 07, 2012 4:38 am

You're not supposed to tackled like that. He went in fully with his shoulders aiming to smash him with them, i've seen this player do it all the time, it wasn't just about Kankowski slipping. Rugby is supposed to be a game of big hits, but safe hits. Player safety comes first.

This isn't league FFS

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katman August 07, 2012 11:10 am

No one fell into anything here. It was a swinging arm to the head, simple as that. Seriously, an accidental high tackle? Do you anything about this game?

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Jon August 07, 2012 12:59 pm

Have you never hit a guy in the head when tackling? Never been hit in the head? What game were you guys playing?
It happens. Suspend him for a week or two I guess.
And fuck yeah I think it's accidental. They were running a million miles an hour he was trying to stop a break and hit the guy high.
You honestly think he just decided to risk a penalty and go for the head high?
Players rarely ever intentionally hit high. It's almost always an accident.

It happens in rugby. At this level it probably happens less than at the non-professional level, but they hit harder, so it looks worse.

But no matter how much you suspend people and penalize them it's going to occasionally happen. Certainly you try to discourage it. Penalties and suspensions is how it's done.

But if one gets missed there's no need to flip out. Shit happens in rugby. Maybe he gets one week on the sidelines, that's alrite. But it's just an accident, no need to get upset

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rugby08 August 07, 2012 1:46 pm

I think he recklessly went into the tackle. It wasn't an accident but he didn't mean to hit his head either, but he needs to learn to set himself up for the tackle properly instead of going for the big shoulder bosh every time. He won't get away with that at international level

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rugby08 August 07, 2012 1:45 pm

I think he recklessly went into the tackle. It wasn't an accident but he didn't mean to hit his head either, but he needs to learn to set himself up for the tackle properly instead of going for the big shoulder bosh every time. He won't get away with that at international level

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Dylan August 07, 2012 3:48 pm

This is deserved, apart from this incident he also shoulder charged a player later on in the game without being penalised.

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10stoneNumber10 August 07, 2012 5:13 pm

It's a 1 week suspension for an ITM cup warm-up... more or less meaningless on the rugby side of things, but an early example of what won't be tolerated this season. I see this as a "slightly overweight bloke goes a bit late, off balance, and high" rather than a BOOM! HEADSHOT! An extra week of fitness training for him too... haha

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Guest August 11, 2013 7:45 pm

He is too bulky to make a perfect tackle
With his current physic he will always make the same tackle
So definitely he needs to trimm up or leave the game before he kills someone

But what he has been doing has been very entertaining and the ref just need to be aware
So a red, yellow, penalty, is just up to the ref

Anyway, Ben has made rugby the real men's sport
What goes around does come around and he did get a boot in his face
So I am not going to criticize the ref or any of the player

Lets enjoy our drinks with ice while watching all the games

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