Tuesday Apr 24, 2018 Bulls prop suspended for biting Rebels back rower in the strangest of places

Bulls prop suspended for biting Rebels back rower in the strangest of places
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Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman has been handed a 6-week ban after he was found guilty of biting the stomach of Melbourne Rebels backrower Richard Hardwick at the weekend. He will be out of action until 2 June. 

A SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing found Pierre Schoeman guilty of contravening Law 9.12 – A Player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to Biting. 

The incident occurred after Hardwick cleared out Schoeman at a ruck, and a scuffle ensued. 

Skipper Tom English tried to draw attention to the clear bite mark on Hardwick’s stomach, but footage for the TMO was inconclusive at the time. 

The judicial hearing will have had other angles as well as testimonies from all involved. 

In his finding, Judicial Committee Chairman Adam Casselden SC ruled the following: 

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Attie Heyns, the Judicial Committee accepted the player’s guilty plea and upheld the citing.

“With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 12 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s early guilty plea, his good character, his good disciplinary record and his remorse the Judicial Committee reduced the suspension to a period of six weeks.”

Ahead of the hearing, Bulls coach John Mitchell spoke about the incident and said that he would not be picking Schoeman regardless of the result of the hearing.

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  •  drg
    drg

    I still agree with you generally TFR, I suppose the only argument these days FOR 'throwing a cheeky nibble', is that throwing hands is a 99% chance of a send off these days. I don't condone having a nibble (with exception to my aforementioned scenarios) as much as I don't condone diving, however given the direction the game has gone, it's no wonder certain aspects can become more prevalent.

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  •  thefrontrow
    thefrontrow

    A finger in the mouth... maybe... just thumping him would be better. That specific instance aside a bite is just cowardly. Biting someone on the stomach for example is just dirty. It's one of those things that happen when everyone is caught under a mass of bodies and can't defend themselves. The perpetrator snivels off to hide behind the Number 8. But a hook in the mouth is a fair point, so here is the 1 to 10 scale of acceptable rugby bites: 1) Finger in the mouth: Ok, bite away. Also prepare to throw hands and deliver some justice. 2-10) Any other instance: Leave this gentleman's game and go back to hanging out in the carpark behind the Stockport/Mataura Woolworths.

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  •  moo
    moo

    I remember Danny Grewcock being banned for biting Keven Mealamu's finger after he (allegedly) fishooked him. Fair enough that Grewcock's poor disciplinary record was questioned. But nobody questioned why Mealamu's finger was in his mouth at the time?

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  •  drg
    drg

    Depends on the circumstances, the stomach is a bit of a low blow and I can see any reason...unless someone belly flops your face... But bites have happened on arms when someone is pressing a forearm to someone's face, or gnashing down on someone's finger as they try and fish hook you is another example of an acceptable chomp... ..but all in all, yeh..

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  •  thefrontrow
    thefrontrow

    As an (ex) player I could never respect someone who bites, wonder what Schoeman's teammates think of him after this.

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  •  thefrontrow
    thefrontrow

    Biting is such a shameful thing to do in a game of rugby. Such a filthy and unnecessary bit of foul play.

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