The Top 14 is back in full swing and with it comes the many characters that such a diverse league brings. One of those is Damien Traille, who was never far from the action during Biarritz’s 22-18 loss to Clermont at the weekend.
Traille and referee Romain Poite had a few disagreements during the match, and at one stage the French center even needed to be pushed away by teammate Dimitri Yachvili after too much protesting in the refs ear.
In the last ten minutes he took things a bit far in his quest to get the ref on his side, and it worked.
A theatrical dive, as seen in certain other sports, might have actually even been penalised by officials, and it looked for a second like Poite considered it, but instead it resulted in a yellow card for Clermont’s Julien Bardy.
The flanker was probably in the wrong, but Traille’s dive was nothing short of ridiculous.
The commentator says it’s part of French rugby, and while some players or teams might do it more regularly, over the years we’ve seen some shockers from different parts of the world.
You can view those in the Related Posts below. They’re all comical, but also quite sad to see.