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Wednesday May 31, 2017

Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas

Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas
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Clermont Auvergne made it through to the final of the Top 14 last weekend after an impressive 37-31 victory over defending champions Racing 92 in Marseille.

They scored four tries – including two from Camille Lopez – to Racing’s three during the match, but what was perhaps more impressive, was that Clermont spent the majority of the second half a man down after second-row Flip van der Merwe was sent off.

The Springbok saw red after a reckless high tackle on Racing wing Teddy Thomas. Van der Merwe swung his arm, catching Thomas at chin level, making it a clear sending off offence.

Referee Mathieu Raynal had no other choice but to brandish the red card at a time when Clermont led 19-6.

The sizeable lead Clermont had when van der Merwe was dismissed probably helped Olivier Azam’s side not only hang on to but extend their advantage. Lopez’s second and a final try from Fritz Lee, as well as a further eight points from the boot of Morgan Parra, sealed the win.

Van Der Merwe is suspended pending a disciplinary hearing, which will take place on 7 June, when he will join Pierre Aguillon in front of the LNR (La Ligue Nationale de Rugby).

credit: boucherie ovalie

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  • the_osprey
    11:23 PM 03/06/2017

    Really bad one. Not deliberate, but a red all day long

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  • 3:13 PM 02/06/2017

    Abendanon's reaction says it all.

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  • drg
    9:46 AM 02/06/2017

    Well he's not a true Cudmore... Cudmore would have gotten up then tried to beat the shit out of anyone that was within 2 metres of him...

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