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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Soteria Pulumu suspended from Women's World Cup for Spear Tackle

There were two suspensions that followed the opening day's play at the Women's Rugby World Cup in France. Mandisa Williams of South Africa was banned for punching, while Samoa's Soteria Pulumu received a 5 week ban for a tackle. Here is a look at the latter.

Samoan fullback Soteria Pulumu appeared before independent Judicial Officer Jeremy Summers in Paris on Saturday, after having received a red card for an act of Foul Play contrary to Law 10.4(j), namely lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground.

She admitted to the foul play. Having heard all the evidence, the Summers determined the player's actions were reckless and warranted a mid-range sanction, which has an entry point of 8 weeks.

The sanction was aggravated by one week to take into account the need for a deterrent for so-called "tip tackles".  The Judicial Officer took into account various mitigating factors including the player's remorse, conduct at the hearing, early admission and her clean disciplinary record. 

The sanction was reduced by four weeks to a final sanction of 5 weeks.

In the context of the tournament, Pulumu will miss the remaining matches at the tournament and is further suspended from 18 August to midnight on 24 August 2014. She has the right to appeal, but after seeing the footage (below), there is probably not much of a case to be made.

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10stonenumber10 August 05, 2014 12:55 pm

Heather Fisher. Rugby player, GB bobsledder, runs a gym, and did a lot of publicity for alopecia. All with a full time job too.

Compared to the 'boys', Women's rugby takes commitment to a whole new level.

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10stonenumber10 August 05, 2014 12:47 pm

Bloody hell. I thought the Commonwealth Judo was last week?

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Citing Commissioner August 05, 2014 6:10 pm

Is it a different disciplinary panel to the men's rugby, 5 weeks? If this happened in a Test Match or the RWC we'd be hearing about a 3000 year ban for the offending player.

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DrG August 05, 2014 7:30 pm

Oh come on, it's not as simple as that... the offending man has to be French as well...

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Jack16 August 05, 2014 6:12 pm

I think it's a little harsh, it doesn't look purposeful to me. I think the English players momentum took her and made it look much worse.

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WelshOsprey August 05, 2014 6:37 pm

lol you delete my kitchen comments every time RD

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kling_klang_bed August 06, 2014 9:12 am

Doesn't look like a tackle so much as a Tazz-plex!

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krip August 06, 2014 12:30 pm

I was waiting for this video to pop-up here and comment. From the look of Palumu`s face after/when she is banned you can clearly say she enjoyed it. She was totally looking for it. This "tackle" is made with 100% intention to me. "Lets smaash ssom blond bichas Uhh.. uh!" So ignorant and violent...

The ban is deserved and even not long enough. It`s not something new and will never go off no matter what the rules are and what the penalties are, no matter men, women or kids are playing. Let`s face it - as long as there are ignorant players with low IQ such stuff will happen. And this will be till the end of the world... cause you cannot educate everybody.

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10stonenumber10 August 06, 2014 4:48 pm

When she was shown the card, she looked almost proud of herself... like that one annoying kid putting on a performance when being sent to the headmaster.

It is one way to get into the record books though, I think that is the first red card to be shown in the Women's XV a side World Cup, probably in 7s also. I don't condone it, but she wanted to put in a horrendous hit, and succeeded.

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Hadron August 07, 2014 9:16 am

Mate, where do you get off making characterization of someone you know nothing of? Then follow up with implying that the player has a low IQ? Perhaps that last statement is more befitting of a chap such as yourself, try to be a little bit more high-minded man.

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10stonenumber10 August 07, 2014 2:32 pm

Where did i attack her intelligence? Read what I said. 90% of my comments throw comparisons back to age grade, because you rarely see such madness in the topflight, and where enthusiasm sometimes overtakes skill.

She may have shown remorse after, but being shown the card and throwing your eyebrows up looking surprised isn't a remorseful reaction for such a hit. Like I always say, I'm just going by the footage shown. I'd say the exact same thing if this was Mealamu on Youngs in the mens game.

It was a cheap hit. You only get dumped on your head if someone puts you in a position to be upended. The tackler was far bigger than the england player, the only momentum in that hit was to lift, not hit the attacker.

I have the utmost respect for players who play the game hard and legally, men, women, 7s, mixed, touch, league, 10s, whatever the code.

As for the record books jibe, it is a sarcastic Kangaroo Court comment throwing back to the old adage of "if you can't beat them, beat them." If you've ever played a 3rd half, you would understand.

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DrG August 07, 2014 2:56 pm

Don't think he was replying to your comment. He specifically mentioned the words low IQ and the original comment by krip included this sentence:

"Let`s face it - as long as there are ignorant players with low IQ such stuff will happen."

...so yeh..not at you :D

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Eddie-g August 06, 2014 2:03 pm

So every time my coach said "Don't tackle like a girl", he meant don't do this.

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