Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

Dominiko Waqaniburotu suspension upheld for tackle on Pat Lambie

Dominiko Waqaniburotu suspension upheld for tackle on Pat Lambie

Fijian Dominiko Waqaniburotu had an appeal against a three match ban dismissed earlier this week following his suspension for a dangerous tackle against South Africa. His World Cup is effectively over. This is the tackle if you haven’t seen it yet.

As with another of the dangerous tackle that was cited in the tournament, Todd Clever’s, this incident happened late in the game. Waqaniburotu dumped young Pat Lambie during Fiji’s 49-3 loss to the Springboks in Wellington, and despite only being penalised at the time, was later found guilty of commiting a tip-tackle.

Waqaniburotu had initially admitted his guilt and had the suspension dropped from six weeks to just three. Earlier this week he appealed the decision, but an IRB judiciary maintained that it was a fair call. Unfortunately for the flanker and his team, the ban runs until October 10th, the day after the quarter finals, which Fiji won’t be taking part in anyway.

Lambie, who was on the receiving end of it, didn’t say whether he felt it was illegal or not, but did say that it felt like the biggest hit of the world cup so far.

“There were a few. I got late tackled on one occasion. I was relieved I didn’t have too many one-on-ones with those big Fijians, but I really enjoy tackling and I don’t have any issues with it,” said Lambie, who is only 20 years old and still looks like a schoolboy.

“It doesn’t matter if he is my size, or 10 foot taller than me. There’s a lot of timing that’s involved in tackling and a lot of technique, getting your head on the right side when you tackle. To know when you can be dominant in the contact or when you just need to get the guy on the ground,” he added. 

Lambie said before the match that he’s not worried about the Fijians, and remembers that an old school coach once told him that all men have ankles roughly the same size, so go for them.

“When a six-foot-three player who weighs 112kg is running full pace at me, I’m not going to smash him backwards. The physics just don’t make any sense, so that’s when you need to be a little bit sensible, and go for the ankles and drop them to the floor,” he said.

What do you think of the Waqaniburotu suspension, harsh, or spot on?



  •  filth

    Rugby is a contact sport. That tackle deserved no suspension JUST A PENALTY! Wish the IRB would stop being sooks.


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  • Bakkies would have driven him into the ground, this guy let go. Late yes, dangerous? Let's agree to disagree there

  •  juggernauter

    I think this is just unbelievale inconsistency from the IRB and the Citin Comissioner once again...


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  • Agreed - It was a bit of a naughty tackle. Marginally late and the hint of a tip. Penalty, no yellow (slapped wrist) and no ban should have been the outcome.


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  • I agree. I couldn't believe the AB got away with that one. He couldn't help but collide with the player as they were challenging for the ball but then he deliberately wrapped his arms around the Frenchman in mid-air.

  •  natural7

    courtney lawes flaws you argument..

  •  krang

    Yes, I saw that. The french player banged his head as a result. It was definitely a mid-air tackle and dangerous play by the AB. It should have at least been a penalty.

  •  medicaluke

    Dangerous Tackle, yes. Penalty, yes. Yellow card, possibly because of the tackle (which seemed more unfortunate but its still dangerous play) and the lateness of it. 3 matches, very harsh.

  •  beerholder

    Fair decision, but I hate that only the minnow teams get suspensions. We've all seen the high tackle on Beale in the AUS-IRE match or the air collision in the NZ-FRA game but these things go unnoticed. It's a shame and it also creates the idea that if you're playing for a big team you might get away with it...

  •  jackson

    jesus that's harsh. i know the law but take into account precedence... i've seen worse hits been given lesser penalties. it's bad, don't get me wrong, but not three games bad during a world cup... c'mon IRB.

  •  hendogo

    Very harsh. A little late, and kinda speary (not a word), but not a suspension. I think him being and islander might have something to do with it.

  •  jimlesi

    c'mon p'pol everyone makes mistakes....itz r bit 2 harsh!!!

  •  katman

    It was late and he picked him up, tipped him over and dropped him head first. Everything the law says you cannot do. Of course it warrants a citing.

  •  anton

    A little bit harsh but it is late indeed (and the player clearly sees that the ball is far gone), it is also dangerous. Knowing that a single game suspention would have had the same impact for the player (Fidji won't make it to the next round) I reckon the second and third games of suspention are to make an example out of the case, a warning.

  •  jimmybfg

    Harsh, bloody harsh. Typical double standards of the refs in the world cup. Which I must say has been quite poor, especially that kiwi guy Brice whatshisname, nit fit to ref mini's

  •  moddeur

    I agree with Buzz here, at most a yellow card (maybe even just a penalty), but certainly not a suspension.

  •  uhtiger

    Corey Jane was trying to make sure that the French player didint land on his head. He had eyes for the ball only, the french player had jumped much higher and was gonna tip 180 onto his head. Jane grabbed him around the waist to stop that.

  •  buzzkillington

    Nothing in it, no wonder the Kiwis are more excited about the NRL final than this weekends round up of games. Disgraceful from the IRB, once more.


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