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Monday, September 23, 2013

Bismarck Du Plessis was not offside but bears no grudges towards ref

Following the controversial sending off of Bismarck Du Plessis in Auckland, the IRB stated that ref Romain Poite was incorrect with his first half decision to sinbin the Springbok. Still, some fans and media insist that Du Plessis was in an offside position.

In this clip taken from New Zealand rugby chat show Reunion, we can see a wider angle of the sequence just before the big tackle happened. This angle wasn't shown during the match, nor was in included as part of any highlights clips at the time.

Hopefully everyone will now be on the same page and realise that it was simply an unfortunate refereeing decision, and sensationalist articles referring to 'Thugby' can now be put to bed.

The Bok hooker has said that the ramifications of what happened have surprised him.

"The reaction of world rugby has been extensive and with so much emotions being part of the game and part of being a rugby spectator it is understandable," he told the Star in South Africa.

"It needs to be mentioned though that I am in no position to criticise anyone. I have no doubt that Mr Poite had no ill intentions towards the Springboks or me.

"It must have been a great occasion for him to have been awarded a Test match viewed as arguably the greatest clash in world rugby.

"The commentary in the media must have an immense impact on him. I feel sorry for him and I do not want him to be banished from the rugby fraternity or to be viewed as a 'villain'. I bear no grudges against him and I have no doubt that he tried his best out there on the field.

"I have no hard feelings and bear no grudges," Du Plessis added.

In this video you can see the tackle from that wider angle that is mentioned above, as well as hear the opinions of the Kiwi panel, who all agreed it was an unfortunate situation

Posted at 6:47 pm | 6 comments

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Jordcollins September 23, 2013 9:02 pm

Very proud of Bismark for not holding grudges and blaming the ref. Very fair and sportsman like of him. Yes, it was awful, but it is time to move on. Here's to hoping the game at Ellis Park is played with 30 men.

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Noogarugger September 24, 2013 5:19 pm

How can any of these analysts speak with any sort of certainty about what the ref was thinking when he asked for the TMO? Yes, it was a great tackle and Du Plessis was unfairly carded, but everyone needs to stop talking about the ref and continue a discussion about proper use of the TMO

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DanKnapp September 27, 2013 6:32 am

Bismark Du Plessis, take a bow. You sir are an utter gentleman. If my son was old enough to read, I'd be showing him this as an example of how a proper rugby player responds to setbacks.

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Eddie-g September 27, 2013 2:46 pm

Huge respect for Bismarck, and it would be nice if the IRB publicly thanked him.

I would add though that even at the time, the Bok team accepted the decision and got on with the game. They did seem a little rattled, and their play a bit ragged, but there was no loss of discipline. This is a team that you feel good supporting.

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David October 03, 2013 9:20 am

Kieran Read is a cheat! Clearly influencing the ref by alerting him to the "no arms" tackle and then supporting him in the head high claim. He should be sanctioned.

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Ocean7 October 08, 2013 9:11 am

Does no one else think that if you have that much time, to line someone up then, you should hit them in the stomach. Any contact close to the head comes with the chance that you will slip high and take a card.

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