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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for tip-tackle against Treviso

Toulouse hooker Christopher Tolofua received a red card and has been cited for a dangerous tackle he made on Treviso's Fabio Semenzato in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. Tolofua made his Test debut for France earlier this year.

The 18 year-old hooker was shown his second yellow card with just five minutes left in the game against Benetton Treviso. As a result, he was sent off by referee Leighton Hodges, and cited by citing commisioner Buster White.

The hearing will take place on Thursday in Dublin. He will not be able to play until the disciplinary process is completed.

The citing falls under Law 10.4 (j) - Lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player's head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the player's feet are off the ground.

Under the new IRB Sanctions for Foul Play that were introduced this season, the entry point for tip tackles has increased 33 per cent. Therefore a Low End recommended sanction would result in a 4 week suspension, however his clean record could play in his favour.

Toulouse came from behind to win the match 33-21.

UPDATE: Tolofua has been suspended for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to the offence.

An ERC statement read:

"The Judicial Officer upheld the citing complaint and found that Tolofua had carried out a dangerous tackle on his opponent. Employing the IRB recommended sanctions for Law 10.4(j), he determined that the offence was at the mid-range entry point of eight (8) weeks.

"In line with the current IRB deterrent regarding dangerous tackles, the Judicial Officer added a further two (2) weeks. He then considered Tolofua’s clean disciplinary record, his youth and inexperience and decided in mitigation to reduce the suspension by four (4) weeks – 50 per cent of the eight (8) week entry point – before imposing a suspension of six (6) weeks."

Posted at 9:18 am | 28 comments

Young Christopher Tolofua demolishes fullback Juan Imoff

Mike Phillips vs Fabio Semenzato - Battle of the nines

Brian O'Driscoll spear tackled in 2005

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lambchop1234 October 24, 2012 11:26 am

Definitely a second yellow and definitely dangerous because of the fact he tipped Semenzato's legs beyond the horizontal. Certainly not intentional but more reckless in my opinion! Given his clean record I think a two or three week suspension would be sufficient!

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browner October 30, 2012 10:42 pm

.Re: " Certainly not intentional " did we watch the same thing ?

CITING COMMISSIONER gets my VOTE ......a huge difference between proper dump tackles & the illegal stuff

CITING COMMISSIONER for IRB Disciplinary panel !!!!

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Citing Commissioner October 24, 2012 12:11 pm

The man is clearly a moron. Even before the ridiculous penalisation of dump-tackles in recent years this would have probably been a red card offence. Not to mention the fact he has already been yellow carded - basically it seems he just wanted to get himself a couple of weeks holiday from the citing committee.

Footnote - @Rugbydump : please stop referring to things like this as tip-tackles, this was a maul and basically an assault. It's the misinterpretation of this as a tip-tackle which I believe is leading to the persecution of the good old dump tackle.

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Rugbydump October 24, 2012 12:53 pm

So the title should have been Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for assault against Treviso?

The laws are clear, so the term (the IRB's, not Rugbydump's) comes from 'Lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player's head and/or upper body into the ground'.

I'd prefer spear tackle (not in this case), but spear is more commonly viewed as the more severe tip-tackle.

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Citing Commissioner October 24, 2012 2:24 pm

The laws are clear Rugbydump:

Law 15 Tackle: Ball Carrier Brought to Ground.
Definitions
A tackle occurs when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and is brought to ground.

Tolofua was not tackling the ball carrier - therefore not a tackle.

The law you reference is Law 10.4 J which explicitly refers to dangerous play and nowhere refers to a tackle.

Perhaps the title for the video should be "Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for dangerous play against Treviso?"

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Rugbydump October 24, 2012 6:26 pm

He has officially been cited under that law though, which is why it has been spoken about as such.

The ERC statement reads: 'Tolofua is alleged to have carried out a dangerous tackle on the Benetton Treviso replacement, Fabio Semenzato (No 22), in contravention of Law 10.4(j)' etc.

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Guy October 24, 2012 1:28 pm

Actually, it is possible to tackle a player in a maul and it is possible to tackle a player without the ball. Besides, he is cited under this law so basicly I believe the termonology is right.

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Neil October 24, 2012 2:25 pm

Given the way he lifted his opponent by the crotch, I believe "atomic wedgie" is the correct term.

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Eggman October 24, 2012 12:32 pm

This was actually kinda similar to the BOD incident at the Lion's I think, though luckily the outcome isn't as bad, and probably not as intentional.
Definately a yellow, probably even a straight red. Maybe 4 weeks ban due to good record..

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Guy October 24, 2012 1:33 pm

That could have ended pretty nasty.

What I don't understand is why he is given a yellow if it meets the red card treshold. It happened right in front of the ref. He allready went for the whistle when the player engaged in the tackle, without knowing what the outcome would be.

Quite a strong fella for an 18 year old, by the way. Hope he learns from this.

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Matt October 24, 2012 2:14 pm

"It happened right in front of the ref. He allready went for the whistle when the player engaged in the tackle, without knowing what the outcome would be."

You are wrong. It was an advantage for Toulouse because Semenzato was clearly offside!

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Guy October 24, 2012 3:30 pm

You might be right about that. Nevertheless: it happens right in front of him! So, why not a straight red?

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Colombes October 24, 2012 1:50 pm

tip-tackle, dump-tackle, whatever the terminology, tackle a player and making him fall on the upper body part is dangerous and deserved a red card. He received a yellow in the 1st half, so logic 2nd yellow decision.
Tolofua will learn to not make his own justice. He's only 18. He've made a stupid choice. Guy Noves will use that to recall him some principes.
Pity cause he'll may miss the autumn tour with France.

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Ottawa Rugger October 24, 2012 3:13 pm

Definitely intentional. You don't grab someone around the legs like that and lift up by accident. Deserved citation, and given it was the second card in the match for him, I wouldn't be surprised if he sees a ban for this. It's right in front of the ref too. Pretty daft if you ask me

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Nattefrost October 24, 2012 4:01 pm

Very well executed te-guruma by Tolofua. Unfortunately he was playing rugby, not judo.

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Stubby October 24, 2012 5:15 pm

LOVE the commentators call : placage cathedral!

Cathedral tackle lolol.

Obviously somebody was stuck in the maul and he used the player as a pry bar to get the poor follow out.

Surprised that there was not a neck injury given the way he was thrust head first in to the pile and then thrown over backwards.

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Ithilsul November 03, 2012 10:50 am

Yep, "plaquage cathédrale" is the french term for spear tackle.

You should also like the comment at 0:11:
"cul par-dessus tĂȘte", which is "ass over the head". ;)

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Juan Cruz October 24, 2012 5:55 pm

For me, it was a red card, because it wasn't even a tackle, it was a deliberate action... Yellow card sounds good but not enough.

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Ronan October 24, 2012 7:35 pm

The Gobshite.....

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cbb October 24, 2012 7:58 pm

no one should get a card because they are strong and the other player is light!!!

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RedYeti October 24, 2012 8:33 pm

If you can be red carded for unintentionally tipping someone beyond horizontal in a high impact tackle situation where you have to take the ballcarriers momentum into account then I can't understand how deliberately just flipping a completely unprepared and defenceless guy onto his head isn't also.

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WARROW October 24, 2012 9:32 pm

it's really a stupid thing because the blue player wasn't in a fault and secondly he took him by the ball ! what's wrong with him ?

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stroudos October 24, 2012 10:28 pm

*This* is the sort of shit that caused the draconian tip tackle law to be brought in in the first place. Like the BOD clear-out in '05, this is not a tackle*, it is an off-the-ball assault. A deliberate attempt to hurt a player.

A shame this bloke has revealed himself to be a dangerous moron. The only other footage I've seen of him was the linked post above where he - legitimately - broke Juan Imhoff. A very exciting player, hope he sticks to dominating the oppo legally from now on.

* RD, that's not another pop about the post description, just a description of the action. ;)

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moddeur October 25, 2012 11:48 am

Here in Toulouse he's reputed to be a somewhat shy teddy bear, so I'm sure this action had more to do with him being young and foolish (moronic, so to speak) than anything else.

You haven't seen the last of him, he's a good ball carrier, strong in the scrum, 18 years old, and part of France's selection for the autumn tests against Australia, Argentina and Samoa.

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Canadian content October 25, 2012 3:24 am

The first thing I thought was, this kid is scary strong and scary dumb too

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Benny October 26, 2012 3:49 pm

That guy clearly attends the Cobra Kai dojo

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Tom October 26, 2012 12:36 pm

What an idiot! One of the stupidest things I've seen on a rugby pitch for some time.

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