?>
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

French Second Row flattens referee with hefty tackle but gets away with just a warning

BY Stephen Brunsdon  ·  Tuesday Apr 23, 2019

There’s something about players colliding with the the referee that usually makes most rugby fans allow themselves a chuckle or two, but Colomiers second-row Maxime Granouillet’s perfect tackle on referee François Bouzac versus Bayonne was perhaps a little too good to enjoy.

ADVERTISEMENT

His side were up against it in the dying minutes of a match in which Bayonne were firmly in charge of, but there was a sense that maybe Granouillet could have been taking his anger out on exactly the wrong person.

As it was however, referee Bouzac gave Granouillet a simple warning when many might have awarded a penalty or even dished out a yellow card in similar circumstances.

Clermont’s Flip van der Merwe was banned for 4 weeks last year for pushing a referee out of the way.

In his defence, Granouillet was responding to a quick line-out taken by Bayonne replacement hooker Gregory Arganese. The intended target, Ugo Boniface, was very slightly hidden by Bouzac and in the heat of the moment, he seemed to just tackle whatever was in front of him.

Bouzac quipped to Granouillet afterwards: “Be careful, I think the green is a bit different than the white!”

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s not the first time a referee has taken a tumble, and no doubt won’t be the last. Here are just a few other occasions the man in the middle has hit the turf during a match.

Rugby HQ’s Top 5 referee bloopers

ADVERTISEMENT

credit: rugbyA1/foxsportsaustralia/devinza

Related Articles

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face...

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal...

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 23 HOURS AGO

    Wallabies star Filipo Daugunu commites daylight robbery for superb try against Wales

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Wallabies score incredible end-to-end try under immense pressure from Wales

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Beauden Barrett sets up EXCEPTIONAL All Blacks try to take the lead against England

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Smith and Freeman combine to put England in front in Auckland

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Two incredible tries in the space of two minutes as All Blacks and England come out swinging

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 18 HOURS AGO

    Magnificent Frawley drop goal seals Irish victory in Durban as Kolbe accused of 'diving'

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Northampton fans dismayed as 'dismal' new badge revealed

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Fans bemused as France make use of 'attacking' new rule for defensive purpsoes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Crazy end to France vs All Blacks match as TMO involved in final kick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby 25 early access given shock release

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Wild changing room scenes as Toulouse begin their Top 14 victory celebrations

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Footage emerges of Handre Pollard before his famous RWC semi penalty

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't think I've found a front rower that is normal' - Joe Marler

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus's underrated mental warfare ahead of Ireland series

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

View All

Amateur

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Ringrose in for Aki as Farrell names Ireland squad to face Springboks

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Match preview: All Blacks vs England

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Japanese club confirms three big name overseas signings

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Semi-finalists decided after torrential rain disrupts final round of pool matches

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Ireland to face most capped starting XV in Springbok history

View All