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Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

That Krockett "flatty" was a beauty and quite well deserved. A flanker imposing himself on the opposition halfback is one thing; taking him out late, judo-throwing him and then trying to prevent him from getting back up - each are bitch moves in isolation, but to do all three together is quite scumbaggy. As embarrassing as being decked by scrumhalf may be, that was some slap by Krockett.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Oliver, Surely one bloke acting like a despicable scumbag was the perfect segue into another bloke acting like a despicable scumbag? I can honestly say on this occasion that Papé's nationality didn't even occur to me!

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of precious Rugbydump time??

I like to read through the comments that are already one before getting involved. On this occasion, by the time I got on here there were 36 to plough through!

I've been so incensed by this prick, every time I think about it my blood boils. Had an argument with a stranger over a minor road courtesy disagreement earlier - haven't done that in years... Every slight irritation now has me gritting my teeth and growling "Paaaapéeee!!!!"

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

I still like to think that Giteau spannered that kick deliberately, by way of an apology.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Jolly good, I'll keep my powder dry then...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

With no clue as to who Lasith "Slinger" Malinga is/was and whether or not it is safe to Google, I'll take your word for it...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Three big bumps in latest edition of Smashed Em Bro!

And then a hero comes along........

:)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Speaking of despicable scumbags who should be banned for a lengthy period of time.......

Has everyone seen Pascal Pape's antics from the weekend??????

I would post a link, but don't want to steal RD's thunder in case there's a post on it forthcoming(?????)

Suffice it to say that it is quite possibly the most heinous, contemptible act I've ever witnessed on a rugby pitch.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

What a delightful metaphor. Bravo!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Am I the only person who thinks this was an unfortunate accident then?

If you assume that O'Brien had remained upright, (a fair assumption from where Hartley was standing, in my opinion), I imagine Hartley would have been able to bind onto him - to either contest for the ball or to initiate a maul - and that the "swinging arm" was a reasonably legitimate attempt to disrupt the ball in the process.

Unfortunately, of course, it didn't work out that way and resulted in a very ugly challenge leading to a bloke being knocked out. In light of the recent World Rugby directive re contact with the heid, a red card was the only sanction realistically available to Rowan Atkinson, I mean Jerome Garces.

In my naive and blinkered view of the world, the red card is sufficient. It was the correct decision, therefore no further action is required. But I don't have a bloody clue about the citing and disciplinary process and I suspect that's not even an option these days.

However, I will make one point, regarding the "It's Dylan Hartley - a recidivist and a compulsive twat - therefore they should throw the book at him" argument. In a court of law (in the UK at least), the jury is prohibited from knowing - where practical - anything about the defendant's previous record, allowing them to judge that case on its own merits without bias or prejudice. Well that's the theory anyway. Only after a guilty verdict do they get into the previous and then it absolutely should influence the sentence.

If Hartley is found guilty of a deliberate cheap shot here, then yes make an example of him, but I do hope that they view all the footage and conduct the hearing without any preconceived notion of "oh yes, it's him, yeah he's known for this sort of thing".

Final point from me - much as I admire BOD, his tweet is wrong. Hartley's reaction - "not a murmur of complaint" - simply means that he respects rugby values, a key one being when you're sent off you leave the pitch without complaint.

1 Month, 1 Week ago