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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Midweek Madness - Damien Traille takes a dive and gets player sinbinned

The Top 14 is back in full swing and with it comes the many characters that such a diverse league brings. One of those is Damien Traille, who was never far from the action during Biarritz's 22-18 loss to Clermont at the weekend.

Traille and referee Romain Poite had a few disagreements during the match, and at one stage the French center even needed to be pushed away by teammate Dimitri Yachvili after too much protesting in the refs ear.

In the last ten minutes he took things a bit far in his quest to get the ref on his side, and it worked.

A theatrical dive, as seen in certain other sports, might have actually even been penalised by officials, and it looked for a second like Poite considered it, but instead it resulted in a yellow card for Clermont's Julien Bardy.

The flanker was probably in the wrong, but Traille's dive was nothing short of ridiculous.

The commentator says it's part of French rugby, and while some players or teams might do it more regularly, over the years we've seen some shockers from different parts of the world. 

You can view those in the Related Posts below. They're all comical, but also quite sad to see.

Posted at 12:07 pm | 47 comments

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Disco August 21, 2013 2:38 pm

La honte!

I suppose it's funny but only if it remains a rare comic moment rather than becoming the norm as is the case in football.

Traille has always been a good club player who never quite had what it took to make it at the top level. It doesn't surprise me he's ending his career by cheating to make up for the lack of pace that has haunted him since day 1. Seems like a nice bloke, just not quite world class.

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Kettlerugby August 21, 2013 2:38 pm

Traille that was ridiculous...you mug

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erugger August 21, 2013 2:51 pm

Not even funny. Disgraceful is more like it.

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Tom August 21, 2013 2:59 pm

I hope he gets his face stamped good and hard in a ruck for that.

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Matt August 21, 2013 3:05 pm

Dear rugbydump,

instead of showing these shameful events from top 14, cant you show us some highlights from this really interesting championship (which are clearly missing on your website)???

Thank you

A French Fan.

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Jimothy August 21, 2013 6:56 pm

I know! I'd stop paying your monthly subscription fees to RD if I was you!!!!

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DanKnapp August 26, 2013 9:34 am

God, you're so right. Those best tries of the week compilations he puts up are just terrible. And the clips of french flair. C'est fou, non?!

Au revoir, Matt.

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obroersma August 21, 2013 3:18 pm

French Rugby is becoming more and more like the footy game. Such a shame, I hope he gets cited for this un sportive behaviour.

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cheyanqui August 21, 2013 3:28 pm

Would love it if someone took a diver,
placed them in the recovery position, and
then started screaming towards the sidelines for a doctor.

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DrG August 21, 2013 9:39 pm

HAHA Definitely, great idea actually!!!

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wertas August 21, 2013 3:31 pm

Regarding yellow card, (I'm not good at rugby laws) is it mainly because Clermont stopped quick Biaritz attack or during the first 10 meters you can't tackle after quick tap?

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elvis15 August 21, 2013 3:56 pm

A yellow would be a bit harsh unless there had been previous related infringements and they'd been warned about it. I could see that though if it was preventing a sure score or something and seen as cynical. Not sure of the context in this game though, and whether or not it warranted that on the basis of being within the 10 meters.

As far as Traille, disgraceful, and hopefully that's well remembered by any number of teams and he gets a nice hard hit to give him first hand experience of a situation that might warrant the look he had on his face.

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xxxwookie August 21, 2013 5:44 pm

Tap and go, absolutely no attempt to return to an onside position before making a tackle, that's a 10/10 yellow card.

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Bunn August 22, 2013 10:34 pm

Yep, many refs would consider it a professional foul

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MunsterFan August 21, 2013 3:57 pm

Terrible sight!! Typical of the Top14

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robert August 21, 2013 4:03 pm

disgusting , this does not belong on the rugbyfield

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goodNumber10 August 21, 2013 4:18 pm

it's easy to criticise Traille but the whole thing was born from frustration... yeah it was comical and OTT, but it seems more a "oh, come ON!!!!" rather than a footballer dive!

He's still a d*!k thouch.

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Oddjob August 21, 2013 4:20 pm

...all that's starting to become very, very wrong with our great game - not gamesmanship, but just out and out cheating. If Traille wants something to cry about then any number of back-row forwards, please nominate yourselves to give him something to cry about...the big tarte!

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Translator August 21, 2013 4:42 pm

Nobody, not the announcers, nor the Rugbydump staff, nor their precious readers thought about translating M. Poite's call. He sinbinned Bardy because he was not back 10 meters when he tackled Traille, not because of an alleged high tackle.

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Rugbydump August 22, 2013 7:28 am

Isn't that obvious..? I don't see any mention of a high tackle anywhere

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DanKnapp August 26, 2013 9:36 am

Hang on, Translator, what did Rugbydump say here? I don't want to get it wrong.

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DrG August 22, 2013 1:31 pm

Apparently you didn't attempt to translate what RD or anyone else wrote??

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Colombes August 21, 2013 5:02 pm

i didn't like Traille sneaky behaviour

but reading (like often) bullshits such like "typical french", make the discussion even more uninteresting

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DrG August 22, 2013 1:33 pm

...Not all French, it is world wide, however it has been more prevalent in French rugby...

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Facepalm August 21, 2013 5:16 pm

Surely if the card is for not retreating 10 metres he would've been sent off regardless of the pathetic dive?

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xxxwookie August 21, 2013 5:41 pm

He's exaggerated how much he was impeded, but the Clermont defender went for him and should have been yellow carded for a pretty blatant attempt to stop someone from an offside position in a tap and go.

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Jacques August 21, 2013 5:59 pm

Dégueulasse, ce n'est pas rugby ça. Quelle honte, quelle fillette. Absolument dégoûtant.

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sweettrav August 21, 2013 7:02 pm

That dive gets an 8.6 from the Russian judge! I'm pretty sure that I voided my bowels the first time I saw this. On the replay I just put my face in my palms and died a little inside. Disgraceful with no place in rugby.

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07015678 August 21, 2013 7:37 pm

Yellow card them both. Damien Traille- you dick head.

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Reality August 21, 2013 8:21 pm

I don't mean to generalise here, but, as someone mentioned above, I have the impression that this is very much a French thing. Not specifically French players, but French teams. If you look at the related posts, the two play-actors are players playing in France, then there was Mirco Bergamasco for Stade Francais who did his best to get Matt Banahan sent off for a completely legal tackle, then there was Damien Traille again who pulled Bryan Habana's leg into him and then claimed that Habana kicked him, and even got him cited. The only non-French one I can think of was Olivier Azam of Gloucester diving on the ground after Tom James gave him a very light nudge with his head, although Azam is French. Maybe I'm forgetting about all the other non-French examples, but I'm noticing a bit of a trend.

Also, I wonder would a referee be justified to give a yellow card in an example like this for unsporting behaviour, or is there a specific provision in the laws for diving.

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Reality August 21, 2013 8:28 pm

Actually, I just realised there are two completely non-French examples in the related posts. Although Lionel Faure against Leinster is another that comes to mind.

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DrG August 21, 2013 9:46 pm

Seen a couple players hanging onto a lock that have over reacted when swatted; Lee Byrne was one I believe...

POC got a card (red/yellow) for swatting away a cling-on...

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cheyanqui August 21, 2013 9:51 pm

Alessandro Troncon got 30 days for swatting away an Irishman....

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DrG August 22, 2013 1:36 pm

I meant that the examples seemed to show an over the top reaction from the supposed "victim"... I think Troncon on the other hand gave Stringer a hefty clout lol..

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rugbyfangermany August 21, 2013 9:06 pm

"Peinlich" This is more like soccer ... please stop this shit! stand up and play on -_-

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DrG August 21, 2013 9:43 pm

I think it's definitely a yellow more because of not retreating rather than the dive.

The dive was pathetic, and in my opinion not funny... I can see how people could chuckle and how ridiculous it is, however I worry that rugby might head towards soccer...

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Joey August 21, 2013 10:41 pm

Disgraceful, I remember Traille involved on an incident against SA in which I grabbed Habana's leg on a ruck and hit a teammate head with it in a attempt to get Habana sin binned. Habana was indeed cited but then cleared. What an absolute footballer rat

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DrG August 22, 2013 1:42 pm

Wow, I forgot about that incident, that was pretty disgraceful...

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Liam August 22, 2013 3:47 am

You see this all the time with the french, why am i not suprised.

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Stubby August 22, 2013 4:27 am

The dive merits a sportsmanship 1 game ban. And maybe a tattoo of a soccer ball on his forehead.
The yellow for Clermont was valid for deliberately slowing the game from an offside position.

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Corrvus August 22, 2013 5:11 am

Quelle pedale du cul ce Traille !!

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asdfero August 22, 2013 8:34 am

This is shameful.

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Benny August 22, 2013 4:14 pm

I love the total look of anguish on his face as he goes down as if he's just been stabbed in the stomach, rather than barely tackled. A flop to milk the 10m penalty would have been one thing but this next-level actressing takes it into the football realm

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Silky August 22, 2013 11:21 pm

makes me laugh and shake my head when I see players diving in football, seeing it happen in rugby makes my blood boil. he even gave out a girly fuckin scream to go with it. hope he looks at this clip and realises how disgraceful his actions were and that this trend doesn't continue

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Dermot August 24, 2013 11:36 pm

Lets not condemn a fantastic player without a trial. It may be possible that Bardi's thumb was pressing hard into the base of Traille's throat. . . . If you look at the video closely it looks as if Bardi's thumb is pressed hard in between the two bones at the top of the rib cage and into the throat.
I may be wrong as the real time video looks damning against Traille, however it may be worth considering that that he was in considerable pain from a seemingly innocuous tackle.

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