'Tongan Thor' sensational no look pass


Mikaele Mafi's huge hit rocks Auckland


Young 110kg centre demolishes flyhalf


Wales and North beat Ireland


World Rugby's approach to head contact


Fraser McKenzies blocks, gets KO'd


Telusa Veainu's unbelievable feet


Jonathan Davies cruel injury - out of 6N


Baa Baas denied unique up jumper try !

Monday, September 04, 2017

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

Never shy with his use of the shoulder, Ma'a Nonu has once again been shown a yellow card for a late charge, this time in Toulon's loss to Clermont. Perhaps fed up with what he sees as a softening of the game, he lets fly with his own version of "This is not soccer".   

The incident took place just shy of halftime with Toulon nursing a 10-6 lead. Clermont quickly took advantage of the man down and scored the go-ahead try. They never relenquished the lead and won 21-16.

It's difficult to sympathize with Nonu in this particular instance as the hit is high, without arms, and unquestionably late. This should be a card in every intance, as Nonu should know all too well given his penchant for this particular move.

However, that didn't stop him from taking a page from Nigel Owens in voicing his distain for the card. The glaring difference here is that the ref has the power of the card, as the player does not.

More than likely, this kind of reaction will only harm a player's reputation in the future. There are some who feel that the game may be "getting soft". However, it's safe to say the card was more than justified in this instance.

Credit: Offload Media

Don't miss out on rugby's biggest stories and most
popular videos with the new Rugbydump Daily

Posted by DavidHarper at 11:49 pm | View Comments (16)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play, Funnies

No Comments

Viewing {[{ comments.length }]} Comments Refresh

Loading...

{[{c.num_likes}]}b· Reply · Report

Register or Login to share your thoughts as a comment

Register or Login to share your thoughts as a comment