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A closer look at all the angles of the Chris Ashton vs Rory Kockott incident

A closer look at all the angles of the Chris Ashton vs Rory Kockott incident
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Chris Ashton’s sending off made headlines this week, initially thought to be for a punch, but yesterday was confirmed as a dangerous tip-tackle by the RFU. Here, we’ve mashed together different angles of the incident, giving you a closer look at what happened.

Playing fullback for Sale Sharks in a pre-season fixture against Castres, Ashton took a Rory Kockott high ball before being sacked and taken to ground. With pressure on him, he turned the wrong way and Castres forwards, along with Kockott, went in to get the turnover.

As the penalty was awarded to Castres, Ashton held on to the ball, causing fiery South African-France scrumhalf Kockott to try to get it free so he could take it quickly. Ashton wouldn’t give it up, and something else might have gone on that wasn’t visible on camera, angering Ashton.

A dangerous tipping of Kockott followed, and then both players were red carded, much to the shock of Kockott, who pleaded his innocence.

As it was a pre-season friendly, the footage was not of the highest quality and referee Romain Poite was not mic’d up, so we don’t know what was said.

Ashton will appear before an independent disciplinary panel charged with contravening law 9.18.

The former England winger faces at least 6 weeks out of the game if it’s deemed a low-end offence, with a mid-range offence resulting in 10 weeks out.

In the same match, Alexandru Tarus was also shown a red card for dangerous play in a ruck, as he dived in head first, contrary to law 9.20.

Both disciplinary hearings will take place in London on Thursday this week.

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10 Comments

  •  drg
    drg

    Edginess? Wtf is that? Yeh, I'm with you, it's embarrassing alright

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    And according to another article Kockott got 1 week for "edginess". I personally feel more and more embarrassed about how these incidents are dealt with in rugby nowadays. Slowly heading towards a football attitude, with letter of the law zero tolerance stuff, ignoring the principle of proportionality and common sense. Sad.

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    Here we go, 7 weeks for Ashton according to this article: https://www.rugbypass.com/news/breaking-rfu-hand-chris-ashton-massive-ban-red-card-incident-friendly

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  •  katman
    katman

    Yeah, I think he was miming "you didn't get him quite as well as Manu Tuilagi did".

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  •  drg
    drg

    From about 1:10 it's Poite giving a card, simply "red for.you, red for you, both of you sod off"... Looks like protestations as he walks them to the touchline then about 1:20, looks like Poite turns to Ashton, does a tipping gesture, then he points at Kockott and does what looks like a punch or an uppercut gesture... Either that or he was telling Ashton his swing low career is in jeapordy and then telling Kockott that he'll give him something that will really hurt if he feigns injury again!

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  •  katman
    katman

    What exactly was Kockott sent off for? At the very least Poite owes him a brief explanation.

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  •  im1
    im1

    Does anyone know if Kockott is facing a disciplinary panel in France?

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  •  drg
    drg

    Letter of the law blah blah. Although, it seems like Kockott was carded for a punch, I didn't see that... But.it did look like he feigned an injury from the tackle, so with that in mind I'm glad he got carded also..

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  • Mais oui.

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  •  spencah
    spencah

    a whole lotta nothing - just Mr Poite once again living up to his reputation of dishing out cards like confetti

    Reply

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