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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Two sent off after massive ProD2 brawl

Béziers wrapped up a comfortable 21-8 victory over Perpignan in the latest ProD2 round last weekend, but only after the match ended in violent scenes as both teams engaged in what the French dub, a bagarre générale.

These types of brawls are often seen, but by no means exclusively, in French rugby and this was another display of such a scrap.

The brawl itself was instigated by an awful tackle made by Perpignan's Lifeimi Mafi, who picked up a Béziers player and speared him into the ground. Amazingly, Mafi got away without punishment.

He was provoked into the overreaction after his leg was initially held by Béziers' fly-half Thibauld Suchier, but this did in no way justify the horrible tackle which followed.

The ensuing carnage that followed was reactionary but all the same unnecessary. The brawl split in parts with some players landing blows and others missing.

Of the blows that landed, a player from each side saw red, both for striking an opponent in the head. Perpignan's Sione Tau and Jean-Baptiste Barrere were both sent marching.

Béziers had all but won the match before half-time, having scored two tries - from Touizni Morad and Julien Blanc - and two penalties from former Perpignan man Jérôme Porical and a conversion from Suchier.

Porical added another penalty in the second half after the visitors bagged their only try through Julien Farnoux and a solitary penalty from Jacques Louis Potgieter.

Both sent off players are likely to cop a hefty ban for their part in the late match fracas, but it was Mafi who was counting his lucky stars. There has been no word yet on whether he has been cited.

The video below shows the same incident, but from a wider angle

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