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Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger
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Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been suspended for two weeks for head-butting Montpellier’s Rene Ranger in their Top 14 clash at the weekend. He has only just been called into the France squad, but will miss their next match, against Scotland.  

In what was a strange sequence of play, Parra took a quick tap penalty behind the referees back after Montpellier infringed at a ruck. Ranger, who had his back turned, caught what was happening in the corner of his eye so casually inserted his gumguard, then smashed the fiesty Frenchman.

Ranger clearly wasn’t ten meters away so while Parra had a right to be less than pleased, his way of dealing with it – by charging with his head – is what got him in trouble.

A yellow card for Ranger followed, before a shocked home crowd watched as referee Sébastien Minery showed Parra red, leaving Clermont with just 14 men for the rest of the match.

“I feel deep frustration and anger over the red card for Morgan Parra,” said Clermont’s Kiwi coach, Vern Cotter. “I hope that at the disciplinary hearing there will be reasonable and intelligent people who will see it was not deserved.”

The LNR (Top 14’s governing body) ruled that Parra is suspended for two consecutive matches on the grounds of ‘excitability’. Parra and Clermont have opted not to appeal the decision.

He will miss their match against Bordeaux-Begles, and then France’s clash with Scotland on the 8th March. He will however be available to face Ireland at the Stade De France a week later.

Despite being a man down, Montpellier’s Francois Trinh-Duc was yellow carded shortly before Ranger returned, giving Clermont a lifeline that they duly accepted, and went on to win 42-16. That takes their Stade Marcel Michelin record to 73 matches in a row unbeaten, dating back to 2009.

39 Comments

  • 4lc4tr4z
    8:55 AM 02/03/2014

    The little prank Parra got a white card and can cheat whenever he wants all season long. That's just a silly formal suspension to give some change, the only game he'll miss in the meantime is France vs Scotland when he would had not been called for !

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  • drg
    1:03 AM 01/03/2014

    Don't ever watch the link I posted further up regarding Tom James headbutt then..

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  • drg
    6:59 PM 28/02/2014

    Lol, sorry, I meant who was at fault to start with... I see the tackle coming through slightly after Parra has shifted the ball which looked fine, whether Parra reacted to that or something else is what I meant...

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  • facepalm
    5:57 PM 28/02/2014

    "Silly manners"? If nothing else the thread shows Parra has a worryingly large history of "silly manners" as you call them. Although I think I prefer the terms "right hook", "uppercut" and "overcompensating for something". In much the same way any player comes under criticism so to does Parra. Hardly pathetic is it. Unlike most people I actually feel a bit sorry for Picamoles. Plus he's cost be a bloody transfer on fantasy rugby!

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  • colombes
    3:42 PM 28/02/2014

    Waw. just discovering the "let's abuse parra" comments party. a bit pathetic isn't it? ;) Whatever, Ranger wasn't at 10 meters but Parra reacted with silly manners. So he will swallow it and assume his ban, such like Picamoles will learn to hide his frustration by watching scotland-france on tv.

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  • stroudos
    3:32 PM 28/02/2014

    Hard to see who was at fault with that Parra incidentI'd suggest the feisty little smallman-syndrome sufferer throwing uppercuts at a bloke who's being restrained by three others was at least moderately out of order.

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  • colombes
    3:32 PM 28/02/2014

    Reading the number of people who seemed to like your "quality" comment, it just proves RD blog threads are falling in quality... More seriously, Parra had a stupid reaction and will assume his ban, so will do Picamoles who should learn to hide his frustration

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  • stroudos
    3:30 PM 28/02/2014

    Very odd - didn't earlier... Apologies for the false alarm!

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  • drg
    12:29 PM 28/02/2014

    Hard to see who was at fault with that Parra incident in all fairness... But is Parra the new Cudmore?

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  • drg
    12:23 PM 28/02/2014

    Wait... you sure? Just clicked on it... it's fine... same link below as above...

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  • drg
    12:23 PM 28/02/2014

    Dafuq... two secs, I shall remedy that... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wfXFZXP90

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  • stroudos
    4:16 AM 28/02/2014

    Corrected your middle paragraph for you:Nice work by Ranger controlling Parra all the way to the ground, I think you have a duty to take people to the ground, because this IS a smashing example of how to make a big, lifting tackle but not drive the dude into the ground.

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  • stroudos
    4:10 AM 28/02/2014

    DrG, FYI you've actually posted the link to that Tom James "headbutt" again.

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  • stroudos
    4:03 AM 28/02/2014

    Copyright Sean Maloney / Rugby HQ / Plays of the Week! It's on RD somewhere but can't find at the moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksSI5kpRFHY

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  • 3:02 AM 28/02/2014

    I would like to believe that it was RED for the HEADbutt ... and two weeks for being a dickHEAD.

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  • 2:57 AM 28/02/2014

    .... reaRangerred .... F#@%ing love that. Even if I didn't watch the video, that one word my friend, explains everything.

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  • pipo
    12:51 AM 28/02/2014

    OMG, in that video DrG posted, it pains me to see a rugby player act like if he is freaking Cristiano Ronaldo. Seriously, he should have gotten a red too for acting like that. Disgusting.

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  • eddie-g
    10:54 PM 27/02/2014

    I dunno, a headbutt seems worse to me. Rude and violent trumps simply rude in my book, but to each his own.

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  • 10:43 PM 27/02/2014

    The only thing I wonder about the Ranger tackle was that he dropped him a little bit, not much, and it wasn't quite ten. Maybe in combo with the previous holding on penalty the yellow was assessed, which I like actually. You can't get a penalty, which turns the ball over, then turn around and immediately get another trying to stop the advancement of the ball and expect to stay on the field. too bad he dropped him a little, I think you have a duty to take people to the ground, because this could have been a smashing example of how to make a big, lifting tackle but not drive the dude into the ground. Oh and Parra is a fool, dump cheap shot he'd have never done without all of his buddies there. COuld be just me but he is a really dis likable player.

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  • 10:35 PM 27/02/2014

    Completely agree

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  • 10:34 PM 27/02/2014

    People were saying they would have Parra as French captain. He's not disciplined at all. The French have a discipline problem at the moment, Pape having a go at Bonneval, Picamoles clapping at the ref (what an arrogant wanker) and Parra headbutting for this. Not professionnal. Maybe as Stroudos said, Ranger wasnt quite 10m back but I'm glad he smashed Parra. Eddie-G I dissagree with you saying that "Picamoles had a much less serious indiscretion". Picamoles was representing France at the highlest level (internationnal level) and had a stupid childish non respectfull reaction, fair play to Saint Andre, he had the balls to drop him! Parra was just as bad, headbutting Rene but disrespecting the ref isnt any better.

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  • drg
    10:34 PM 27/02/2014

    For the guys who think this commentary is awful, just watch the French version, don't understand a word of it, but the 'ohhlalalala' is perfect! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wfXFZXP90

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  • drg
    10:29 PM 27/02/2014

    Yeh true I suppose, 2 weeks is not exactly going to be too much of an issue. Brown seemed to claim it was a headbutt and Goode? Although naturally they're probably trying to get one over the old Frenchies.

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  • eddie-g
    10:19 PM 27/02/2014

    I hear you on the red and the ban argument. I was thinking more along he lines of appropriate punishment given current irb directives, but I'd have no problems if the rules said a red was enough. I don't think brown-huget actually was a headbutt, but this one, I think the intent was pretty clear and there was contact. Ranger felt it for sure. Point is, you could relax the rules; but as they are now, parra surely can have no complaints

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  • drg
    9:59 PM 27/02/2014

    Don't disagree with you, it's a typical scrum half move and I am happy with it I suppose, and we can plainly see it was a move to get a penalty further up because; as I said, Parra is rather 'petite' shall we say, and he's not going to run into that cloud of red expecting to get anywhere. - So we agree on that bit.. As for the headbutt, I know it was pathetic, but it was nothing really. Maybe you guys are (and I am not) looking into it deeper than the actual headbutt and more into the principle (which I don't knock for a second btw). I have to keep referring back to this incident for every 'headbutt' we have these days and it is the Tom James incident. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rJrZdhtJQ4 and perhaps more recently the Huget v Brown incident. Maybe I'm looking at it a bit oldschool but I just think giving him a red AND a ban is too black and white. If I squint hard I can see the red and can't complain, but not the ban (I know 2 weeks is very small) I just think it's a bit much over what looked more like a connection of heads than a headbutt...

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  • drg
    9:48 PM 27/02/2014

    Ahem..Laws..Ahem.. Depends on the frequency of the infringement though doesn't it. I didn't see the game so I cannot comment, but if this has happened a few times (which might be why Parra did it because he knew it had?) then the referee might be making an example..

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  • facepalm
    8:12 PM 27/02/2014

    You seriously start to wonder where they find these guys. Not only are the talking nonsense but they do it in a flat, mumbling, monotonous voice. At least with someone like Miles Harrison he sounds interested by his own nonsense.

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  • matt
    7:42 PM 27/02/2014

    If the rules are now to give a yellow every time someone isn't 10 then we should be seeing a lot more players enjoying a break

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  • eddie-g
    6:52 PM 27/02/2014

    @DrG - I'm not sure there's a scrumhalf on the planet who hasn't pulled the old run-at-the-opposition-who-might-not-have-retreated move. So, yes, somewhat dickish by Parra, but I'm pretty much fine with it. However, reacting like he did to someone who spied the sneaky move is totally out of line. It was more than handbags, it deserved a red, and in the context when it happened, basically unprovoked and Parra behaving like an entitled douchebag, that's extra justification for a ban.

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  • drg
    6:35 PM 27/02/2014

    I have to agree with most of y'all here. I personally thought and as Eddie has stated Ranger probably thought that he was 10. As Eddie stated, unless you genuinely believe you're back 10, you're not going to smash someone like that as you're really asking for a card. Agree with Stroudos up there regarding Parra's reasons for that run.. I mean really, a 9 ran into one of the largest clouds of red shirts I've seen since a Wales v Tonga match, he isn't exactly going to get very far, and he knows it! All that being said, red card? yellow card? ban? It's all a bit silly in some respect, I posted on a previous video that I felt that it could be dealt with using the old Nigel Owens precedent of 'You're both acting very immature!'. - As can most things on the pitch. Of course letter of the law Parra can be rightly given a red card and ban..

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  • drg
    6:29 PM 27/02/2014

    I believe the yellow was for not retreating 10.

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  • eddie-g
    6:24 PM 27/02/2014

    Like a few others, I reckon Ranger is just about back 10. And he certainly believed he was back 10 - someone who knows he hasn't retreated pulls a village lazy runner type pose, arms in the air, "hey look ref I'm really not trying to interfere with play". Not here though, he just stood his ground and put Parra flat on his derriere. Other issue surely is that Saint-Andre has recently gone all Javert on French indiscipline, so I wonder how he'll treat Parra. Picamoles just got punished for a much less serious indiscretion.

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  • 5:56 PM 27/02/2014

    ...apart from agreeing with you on the tackle and the proximity to 10mtrs, I'm wondering what the yellow was for? Was it because the legs were deemed above the shoulders on impact? because he'd blown the whistle? Normally tackling within 10mtrs just results in having the ball moved on another 10. Also how calm was Rene after getting his face tickled by Parra?

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  • tx_talonneur
    5:42 PM 27/02/2014

    C'mon now!! How Parra possibly think that little head-butt was going to even the score for him?

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  • stroudos
    5:35 PM 27/02/2014

    @RD - absolutely love this phrase: "Ranger ... casually inserted his gumguard, then smashed the feisty Frenchman". Brilliant!

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  • stroudos
    5:27 PM 27/02/2014

    RE-ARRANGERED!!! Boom! What a belter of a tackle. That's the first thing to establish here. Bugger all wrong with the tackle itself - I think one of the commentators (more on them in a minute) described it as "cynical". Bullshit, it was textbook. If Ranger was not 10m back he must have been at least 990cm. Maybe not from the ref's mark, but certainly from where Parra took it (pretty much on the 22). Parra's an idiot. Taking the tap behind the ref's back, how dopey is that. Just because you get humiliated and emasculated in a tackle, you can't go round headbutitng people! Throroughly deserved red and ban. Finally - those commentators!! Who are these people? They're a disgrace to the art of calling a game and an embarrassment to England. Fucking idiots. Didn't have a clue what was going on, but kept spouting more and more nonsense. As for the cycnical business, the only one being cynical here was Parra - his only intention was trying to catch someone closer than 10m, which I have no problem with if the oppo are 2-3m away and being deliberately lazy in getting back, but this was just fucking stupid and I took an enormous amount of pleasure in seeing him reaRangerred for his trouble.

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  • reality
    5:26 PM 27/02/2014

    Well it's pretty clear that it's an Anglo-Saxon conspiracy and that referees always treat English-speakers nicely and French people harshly.

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  • bunn
    5:02 PM 27/02/2014

    To be fair*

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  • bunn
    5:02 PM 27/02/2014

    I be fair to Ranger he's pretty close to being 10 yards away. Parra's headbutt was plain stupid

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