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Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

Edinburgh's Nick De Luca flips Tom Grabham in dangerous tackle

Edinburgh's Nick De Luca flips Tom Grabham in dangerous tackle
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Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca has been banned for 13 weeks following the red card he received for a dangerous tackle late in the game against the Ospreys at the weekend. He attended a disciplinary hearing in Dublin earlier today.

De Luca lifted and flipped Ospreys replacement back Tom Grabham, who we last saw on RD for his incredible ball control at the Glasgow Sevens in June last year.

After a quick chat, the touch judge and referee opted to send De Luca for an early shower just four minutes from time in Edinburgh’s 24-7 defeat to the Ospreys, their tenth loss in a row.

The tackle contravened Law 10.4(j), which states: “Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.”

De Luca returned to action recently following a fractured eye socket that occurred while training in January. He is now back on the sidelines again though, this time with a ban for what was a nasty, albeit clumsy, looking tackle that could have caused a bad injury.

The PRO12 disciplinary committee took into account all the evidence presented, including videos of the incident, and concluded that the tackle was at the top level for this type of offence. The top level ranges from 12 to 52 weeks.

Having taken into account aggravating and mitigating factors, they concluded that 13 weeks was an appropriate suspension for the Scotland international.

The suspension runs until midnight on Sunday 26 May 2013. De Luca has the right to appeal.

NOTE: The video has now been removed by the BBC unfortunately.
You will need to view it on their website here (available to UK users only)
 

23 Comments

  •  drg
    drg
    6:34 PM 02/03/2013

    What donChristo said... plus might have been something that occurred elsewhere that needed dealing with/reverse penalties etc etc.. I don't see anything wrong with conferring so as to be 101% sure..

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  •  browner
    browner
    1:54 PM 01/03/2013

    My Referees society is encouraging the distinction between a legitimate 'drive on to his arse', or onto his back ....tackle & these tip overs

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  •  browner
    browner
    1:50 PM 01/03/2013

    He shouldve got 26 weeks , as part of his 'EDUCATION'

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  •  browner
    browner
    1:48 PM 01/03/2013

    Does anyone know whether banned players still collect their salaries?

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  •  browner
    browner
    1:47 PM 01/03/2013

    Guys, I'm really quiet dissappointed in the referee ........... he does not need to go & speak to the AR ... The ref clearly saw it, his conversation with TJ clearly confirmed he'd already decided it was going to get the maximum penalty of a RC, so why involve the touchjudge [apart from it being annoyingly fashionable] Have the courage .... consult if in doubt, Deal with it if not in doubt

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  •  stubby
    stubby
    5:17 PM 28/02/2013

    Already happened in Canada, a high school player died.

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  •  galwegian
    galwegian
    3:12 PM 28/02/2013

    It is likely that it's only a matter of time before someone in professional rugby breaks their neck and is paralysed. We will respond then with much more severe laws and punishments, but the price paid will be huge for some unfortunate player. If De Luca was faced with the threat of losing 1-2 year's earnings, he would have figured out how to control that tackle. Laws should create appropriate deterrents, clearly the tip tackle law is not a sufficient deterrent at present.

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  •  heavyhooker
    heavyhooker
    6:00 AM 28/02/2013

    As soon as I saw this I thought the same thing. More 13 week bans would sort this out soon enough.

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa
    2:01 AM 28/02/2013

    In my book, any tackle like this where the defender lifts a players legs above the vertical and either drops or drives them head or shoulder first into the turf should get a maximum ban. There have been some really prolific events involving spear and tip tackles in recent years (BOD, Warburton etc) so it is hardly a little known piece of foul play to players, fans, pundits, citing commissioners, officials etc alike. All players know that a red card is the likely end result. If the IRB have any realistic concern for players safety, they should begin escalating these bans until the tackles stop happening. Once players start routinely getting banned for 6 months or more they will stop doing it. The maximum for gouging is 3 years, biting 4 years, and head butting is 2 years. Arguably tackles like this can cause more damage than these, and should receive harsher bans to reflect this.

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  •  gallego
    gallego
    12:53 AM 28/02/2013

    Doing that with five minutes left in the game... I just don't get it.

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  •  chilldoubt
    chilldoubt
    12:29 AM 28/02/2013

    That is total brain fade form De Luca. What on earth was he thinking? His reaction at being sent off could hardly have helped either, very blase and matter-of-fact. 13 weeks is appropriate, should give him plenty of time to 'reflect'.

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp
    11:33 PM 27/02/2013

    Didn't read the article right, he faced a 13 week ban.

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp
    11:30 PM 27/02/2013

    THAT tackle on Brian O'Driscoll was worse, but this is still utterly horrendous. I'm sure he'll face a decent ban.

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  •  welshosprey
    welshosprey
    11:01 PM 27/02/2013

    13 weeks seems about right

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  •  juggernauter
    juggernauter
    10:11 PM 27/02/2013

    Silly technique really... Keep the reds coming for these potential neck breakers and they'll soon be off. Oh and bring back the dump tackles!

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  •  technomouse
    technomouse
    9:16 PM 27/02/2013

    Agree with you johndoe, his expression to me looks to be one of disappointment in himself/disbelief that he'd actually done that. Definitely worthy of the red card though, and suspension seems about right to me as a deterrent.

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  •  gramps88
    gramps88
    7:19 PM 27/02/2013

    Also, why is it that the English boy in the under 20s only got a 7 week ban for something that was equal if not worse?

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  •  gramps88
    gramps88
    7:14 PM 27/02/2013

    13 week ban was a bit harsh for that.

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  •  johndoe
    johndoe
    3:56 PM 27/02/2013

    I think most people here are misreading the situation. It wasn't a malicious tackle. The lower you grab below the waist, the faster the lifted player will rotate due to gravity, not the tackler purposely rotating the player, and the worse it looks. This was a bad tackle and a red card, but it wasn't malicious and it was an easy decision for the referee - textbook red card under the current definition. A simple decision, not brave. As for the tackler disagreeing with the referee, I don't think he's doing that at all. Judging by what I see, the player knows he's made a bad play. He tries to walk away from the situation immediately after the tackle and he doesn't respond when number 15 starts shoving and pulling him. No player lets that go unless they are trying to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Also, the look on his face looks more like frustration at himself, not disagreement with the ref. He doesn't shake his head, just blows at his cheeks and keeps looking down at the ground.

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  • 3:46 PM 27/02/2013

    What a muppet!

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  •  colombes
    colombes
    3:38 PM 27/02/2013

    Atrocious tackle, brave ref decision, red card deserved On a side note, the "disagreement" reaction of nick de luca just shows that some players still don't understand irb rules, the danger and the uselessness of this type of tackle. A consistent and constant red card application could help

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  • 3:28 PM 27/02/2013

    Having acctually met and followed him since he was real young i can say that he really didn't mean it. It was bad cause he did land on his head, but some players do things like this where they try to hurt others, nick just isn't the type of player or guy who does something like that on purpose. Still deserves a ban though.

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  •  eggsandbacon
    eggsandbacon
    3:00 PM 27/02/2013

    Terrible tackle, he knew well what he was doing going into the tackle. Silly stuff, Grabham could have broken his neck. He should get a decent ban for that, despite regretting his actions.

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