Thursday Mar 22, 2018

Castres hooker in trouble after strike is met with theatrical dive

Castres hooker in trouble after strike is met with theatrical dive
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Castres’ Marc-Antoine Rallier received a yellow card for striking fellow hooker Francois da Ros during his side’s 37-28 victory over Brive last weekend. The reaction, however, was dubious as it looked like Da Ros milked it for all it’s worth.

With the home side leading 20-11 at the time following tries from Florian Vialelle and Rory Kockott, Rallier’s sin-binning could have had serious ramifications had Brive been able to capitalise.

He was struck, but there seems to have been more play-acting on the part of Da Ros, who dramatically fell to the ground clutching his face after a seemingly innocuous hit.

While former French U20 player Rallier did strike his opponent with some degree of force (in retaliation after being held), it did not appear it was of enough force to land such a damaging blow to the Briviste.

Rallier’s immediate reaction to da Ros falling to deck was of protestation and certainly the 29-year-old, in his second stint at Castres following a season with Colomiers in Pro D2, did not show much in the way of sympathy.

Castres bounced back from Rallier’s yellow card almost immediately, with Benjamin Urdapilleta slotting a penalty to extend the hosts’ lead. Two more tries, from Yohan Domenech and Alex Tulou were sandwiched by another two yellow cards, while Brive also had Félix Le Bourhis off for 10 minutes in a slightly fractious affair.

The loss for Brive continues a run of bad form at the start of 2018, meaning they lie in one of the two relegation spots in 14th, three points behind fellow stragglers Oyonnax

11 Comments

  •  andinov
    andinov

    I think unfortunately this comes with the professionalisation of the sport and the ever increasing competitiveness to win 'at all costs'. A big part of the sports reputation is that it won't tolerate this so hopefully they'll come down hard on this.

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  •  finedisregard
    finedisregard

    Straight to hell.

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  •  tanarkif
    tanarkif

    This is not soccer

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  •  katman
    katman

    But hey, if the ICC saw it fit to dock Kagiso Rabada three demerit points for his "shoulder contact" on Steve Smith (and thank god sanity prevailed and it was overturned), then this shot here could probably be considered life threatening.

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  •  katman
    katman

    When one dirty hooker goes down on another...

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  •  thefrontrow
    thefrontrow

    Well you'll never see this crap in Southern Hemisphere rugby. Cough cough... http://www.rugbydump.com/2018/03/6234/toughest-player-on-the-field-reacts-to-being-dropped-by-sneaky-punch

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  •  drg
    drg

    Pint and a pie at the end of the day for the Castres hooker and a swift kick in the arse for the Brive hooker and his front row card revoked for 3 weeks. He also has to wear a pink tutu to all training sessions, club house meetings and basically anytime he goes anywhere near anything rugby related. The above is compulsory I believe. An additional punishment of having a badly drawn cock tattooed onto his chest may also be required.

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  •  rdump0
    rdump0

    whatever the rules are, there should be consistency in their application. Is it intentional? Yes (he looks at the opponent before hitting) was it to the face? Yes what is the rule in that case?

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  •  tb8
    tb8

    That's two incidences in the same week where a player has retaliated against the opposition illegal holding on to him, preventing them from getting into the defensive line. Both times were fair to be penalized/acknowledged; however, the provocation from the opposition has been ignored. Let's hope this is addressed or we might see this happen more frequently on a tactical level.

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  •  filthypete
    filthypete

    It seems that he was being held before striking. Surely consideration should be given to the first act of foul play. In regards the previous post with du plessis maybe direction should be given to refs about cynical holding being a yellow card offence. It creates/negates try scoring opportunities and so why not treat it as a "professional" foul in line with killing ball at breakdown or an early tackle/obstruction. Its not a million miles away from it

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  •  drg
    drg

    I hate diving and I hate that these sorts of theatrics are creeping in more and more, however 2 points: 1. The game has done this to itself. In the past, seeing 2 front rowers knocking lumps out of each other was a fairly frequent sight. or at least having a tussle - this has been so policed now with TMO, cameras and even the citing and banning bunch after the game, why not "dominate" your opponent by hitting the deck and drawing attention to the incident. No longer can you physically dominate/impose yourself on an opponent, it's all down to 'clever tactics' and this, however low and slimy, is actually clever. 2. How can we say that didn't 'really hurt'.... I mean, I'm sure they go through more, but maybe, just maybe, that was a bit more painful - I doubt it, but can referees make calls over players pain thresholds?

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