Monday May 14, 2012

Mamuka Gorgodze and Yoann Maestri sent off in Toulouse vs Montpellier battle

Mamuka Gorgodze and Yoann Maestri sent off in Toulouse vs Montpellier battle
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On a day that determined who progresses in the Top 14 play off race, two red cards and a yellow were brandished in a heated game between Toulouse and Montpellier. Both players are likely to face suspensions, ruling them out of the next round.

Toulouse won the match 20-13 and in doing so ended top of the table on 87 points, alongside Clermont, both of whom have securred semi-final places. The next two spots will be contested when Toulon play Racing Metro, and Castres play Montpellier.

Winger Timoci Matanavou scored three tries, but one of the more significant talking points in the game occured in the first half, when referee Frank Marciello sent three players from the field.

A quick tap from Luke McAlister led to a scuffle between a few players, before Mamuka Gorgodze flew in with a punch, to which Yoann Maestri retaliated.

Agustin Creevy was sin-binned, while Gorgodze and Maestri got red cards, a decision that Montpellier’s Fulgence Ouedraogo said irritated him in light of the upcoming games. Both players will face a Ligue Nationale de Rugby disciplinary hearing and face a possible 20 day suspension. 

“Maciello told me he had more punches than the opponent. This is not a sufficient reason. We do not count the punches in a brawl,” said Ouedraogo, before saying that Gorgodze is viewed as a violent player, but in reality he is not worse than any others. He added that his potential loss, ahead of their game against Castres, is a huge shame. 

Gorgodze, who joined Montpellier very early on in his rugby career, was featured on Total Rugby recently. You can view that interview, which includes highlights of Georgia vs Russia, here.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    There appears to be a lot more documented French fights than any other country. Victor Matfield said that when he moved to play in France he had to improve his boxing skills as there is a lot of boxing in French rugby... It isn't so much a negative comment, it is just an opinion based on the evidence we have. I wouldn't say it is "part of French rugby" in the sense that it is totally acceptable and should be allowed, like in ice hockey, however it is something that does not appear to be disgraceful to many French fans (and most other rugby fans enjoy seeing a scrap), and in the past it was not punished as severely as it is these days, so in a way it was just "accepted" as a potential outcome. As I said this does not; in my opinion, make French rugby any less serious or credible.

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  •  frenchie
    frenchie

    @ Thierry : to say that fights are part of French rugby is silly. There are fights in rugby, in every countries and i don't think there are more fights in France than anywhere else. There i think yellow cards would have been enough. I do think though that Gorgodze went for it, Maestri only coming to help his team mate.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Well, Ntamack landed on his upper body/shoulder area, his feet were past the horizontal, and Wilkinson did drive him into the ground... I think if we were to referee games perfectly to the letter of the law then the only dispute would be whether he was lifted and tipped, or turned or whatever the latest word is. I totally agree that in theory this tackle would be very close to the border, I am not 100% convinced that it would be card worthy today, however referees are prone to make mistakes in tackle situations and it could well be misinterpreted. However the way the game is going, and if it continues at it's current rate then another 5 years or so and that Wilkinson tackle will be a few months ban at the least!

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    You could always set up a "upcoming" post and ask people to post clips if you are struggling to find a good amount.. I can think of numerous incidents, a couple involved Lee Byrne, one involving a "headbutt" (pfft rubbish) by a guy called Tom James I believe.. it can all come together!

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  •  themull
    themull

    Look at it this way men... By today's standards and from what I've seen over last two years Johnny Wilkonson's tackle, probably his most famous tackle of all time and one featured on pretty much every tackle compilation anybody makes would have been yellow/red card and ban worthy... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDq2OPXtZso I used to support the bans being brought in for actual spear tackles say Umaga on BOD, or any other incicdent where a player is actually driven head first into the ground..But the penalty given against Ferris against Wales in this year six nations is just one example of how it is ruining the game..Another is Warburton getting a red card for a tackle that was no more dangerous than any standard tackle... I'm all for yellows and reds and bans for guys who legitimately go out to drive a guy head first vertically (or almost so) into the ground, or eye gougers or men like Goorgodze here throwing cheap shots, but a guy coming down just marginally past the horizontal is no more dangerous than a standard hit and I have yet to have seen anybody seriously injured by a hit like Warburtons on Clerc...

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  •  07015678
    07015678

    Let's see it happen RugbyDump! Down with the big sissies in Rigby. Let's set up this section of the site and rinse these disgraceful individuals. Or even a montage at the very least!?!?!?!

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    I third that! I like the title idea Stroudos, has my votes... I totally agree it is embarrassing... I detest football/soccer, however I can in SOME (very slight minuscule) ways, accept their pathetic diving when compared to rugby... I mean you have guys who chase a ball around and are not supposed to make contact, so when contact is made they milk it... (totally unacceptable, but I can see why they can get away with it)... In rugby however you have guys who generally weigh a fair amount, rucking, mauling, tackling, and generally smashing each other around, and seeing ANY player let alone a forward, and for that matter a front row player falling like a fairy at the slightest hint at a love tap is incredibly embarrassing. "Yes I can be a tough as nails nasty front rower, I can smash anyone out the way, I RIGHT in the thick of it, but I can't take a slap"..

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    (My post at 6:32 is in reply to Nick at 11:22.) Also, I second the motion proposed in his next one:Maybe RD could do a montage of pathetic rugby dives and post it just the once?But rather than just the once, I'd like to see a new section, titled "Despicable cheats and diving scum".

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Now you're talking my language!! "Simulation" is the biggest threat to this awesome game. It is despicable and I agree 100% it needs to be stamped out. Make a stand now, otherwise sadly it seems inevitable that it will creep in as the game becomes more "professional". And, by the way, I think it's especially heinous when it's a big front rower like Faure that's rolling around on the floor. Past generations of props would turn in their graves at the mere thought of falling over from a little slap.

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  •  cheyanqui
    cheyanqui

    Gorgodze: great player, but a dog hit.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Totally agree... As I said above somewhere, the punches last week I'd have not given anything for, they were initially given a yellow... This week I'd have given these punches a yellow, but the referee decides on a red.. Sigh.. perhaps there will be a shake up in the future.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    ...Whaddya mean there are plenty of punches that don't get posted?!?!! Slackers! Get back to work and keep posting!..

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    @ cafnc1, I think ESPN has an online pay service for those in the US, and Rugby+ in France might have the same. Otherwise, it's just TV, like the old days.

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    Nick, as Pretzel says, it's about featuring incidents that viewers hear or read about, and then want to see for themselves. Believe me there are plenty of punches/yellow cards that don't get posted on here. When red though or something big, it's worth posting as it's a talking point. On that note, there was a Cheetahs/Stormers fight this weekend that will probably be posted soon. Hope you're looking forward to it ;)

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Whilst I somewhat agree with you, sadly the SH governing body disagrees with the outcomes hence why we have seen; on a few occasions, players being banned after just receiving a yellow card, or no card at all... I totally agree this was overboard, and I agree that in the S15 the REFEREE'S have the right idea, however I think that something needs to be done about the amount of bans players are getting.. I may have a selective memory on this one, however I am sure there were not nearly the same amount of bans in the past as there are these days. (By past I am talking year 2000 at the earliest...) Are players getting dirtier or dare I say, is the game getting "softer"

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  •  oceansnz
    oceansnz

    Hey Ma! Dad and I went to a fight today and a game broke out!

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  •  cafnc1
    cafnc1

    By the way... where can you watch good quality top14 highlights? I can only find them in Aeeriel's (rugbydump) channel on youtube

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Firstly, your comment makes perfect sense. Secondly, I actually had not considered Top14 referees process' before, that is a very nice insight, so thank you very much. I had often wondered in the past how French fans can sometimes get seriously upset when one (french) player is a lot more at fault and gets punished harsher than another (non french) player.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Nick I don't know how long you have frequented RD for, I personally have been here a LONG time, I was under a different nickname before it became compulsory to sign up, I believe Stroudos has also been here a long time... The point I am getting at is that RD has ALWAYS been about "the rugby incidents" whether that be a decent try, or a big hit, or a red card/yellow card/punch up etc.. As much as I agree that punching is "not part of the game" the fact that the law system has catered for punching (striking) is an indication that it is very much an expected outcome of the game... I personally enjoy seeing all incidents, whether they are a good try/average try to a punch up, they are all reflections on what is happening in the game today. Yes we had a punch up last week, but why report on that punch up and not report on this one? or vice versa? What makes one more desirable to post than another. The videos are all showing important parts of the professional game as they highlight characters behaviour so that IF this sort of incident occurs again, you and myself and everyone else will be able to say "ah yes, he has a history of being a bad boy".... For instance Cudmore gets in more fights than Ali did, but the fact that they have been well documented here lets us ALL increase our knowledge of the rugby world and say "yeup, its Cudmore again"... If you are not interested in watching the video, at least take note of the names involved, at least that way you will be furthering your knowledge and you'll become educated further, is that not a reason in itself to appreciate the videos?

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    I agree with Ian!

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    *yawn* I appreciate you bringing this video to us RD but quite frankly I yawn at referee decisions... Last week I felt Jim Hamilton and David Paice shouldn't have been yellow carded in the first place (but didn't have a problem with the red cards seeing as the referees hands were tied after he had already yellow'd them)... this week I'd have said give them a yellow card, and instead there is a red... So it looks like I am a step behind the governing bodies...

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  •  buzzkillington
    buzzkillington

    Great to see all these big hits and fights on RD lately, reminds me of the old days when there wasn't much but the madness. Gorgodze is a lunatic. And to cap it off he has flailing girl punches. Surprised someone hasn't chinned him yet. Shame, because he's a fantastic player, and tough as they come otherwise.

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  •  moddeur
    moddeur

    My point of view: good job by the referee. I never mind a scuffle, or a punch going here or there, but this was not just one punch or two, this was a full-blown exchange that lasted a while. And so, as it turned out that these two grown men (whom I both appreciate btw) didn't actually want to play rugby, well it was fine to have them leave the field. When will players start to understand that they have plenty of time off the field to fight with whoever they see fit? Sonny Bill Williams has figured this out, why can't everyone else?

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  •  kadova
    kadova

    In the Top14, referees usually give the same colour to both players. And it's why some French fans complain sometimes when a non-french referee in an international/european game gives different colours to both players in a similar situation and the french player gets more. (hope that makes sense to you).

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    I thought the same at first, but Luke said that he was actually just helping with his contact lens!

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  •  themull
    themull

    Gorgodze started/escalated all of that and as a result he is the only one who should have been punished...red card deserved for the cheap shots (clear punches to the face while the player was being held by another)... IRB will probably and wrongfully ban both players though

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  •  ithilsul
    ithilsul

    Well noticed ^^ Whereas poor Burgess seems to have received more than deserved.

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    Quick chat with McAlister about the fight here (Twitter)

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