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Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

Another horrific call by Barnes. Hardly even touched him! Utter rubbish.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

I think NZ have the opportunity to set an example now. They are in the privileged position that they CAN select another top class hooker without detriment to the team. I'm not saying this will happen, I'm saying it should happen to keep the game clean and safe.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

I understand your viewpoint. It is a profession and points mean prizes. However I think punishments being doled out by the team staff as well as the citing committee may be more effective on clamping down on this behaviour.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

I would not want someone in my team bringing the game down to this level. So short answer to your question: I would not select a player for the foreseeable future after committing an offence like this. Regardless of how talented he may be.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

It is clear to see that Davies got in the way of Hore joining the ruck. This may have been a penalty. Which of course would have been reversed with the red card for Hore.

However that is not the issue here. Hore has taken the player off the ball, from behind, unprovoked with a straight arm. He will be banned, of course he will, but personally I think this sort of behaviour merits more serious sanctions. It is disgusting. If I was the All Black selector, I would find it very difficult to re select Hore after an incident like this. God knows there is a more than plentiful supply of world class hookers playing in NZ and frankly I couldn't see myself playing a player who is a liability.

He didn't get caught so they weren't down to 14 men. Would they have lost if they had been? Possibly. And it would have been down to Andrew Hore being dirty and cowardly.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

 
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