Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017

Nick Abendanon sin-bin puts inconsistency in the spotlight yet again

Nick Abendanon sin-bin puts inconsistency in the spotlight yet again

A late Scott Spedding penalty helped Clermont Auvergne grind out a narrow 24-21 European Champions Cup victory over Saracens, but the officiating was somewhat of a talking point, as inconsistency reared it’s ugly head again. 

A dizzying final quarter produced a yellow card for each side, with Saracens’ Juan Figallo following Clermont’s Nick Abendanon into the bin, setting up a nail-biting finale to the game.

Abendanon was sanctioned for taking out George Kruis in the air at the restart following Owen Farrell’s penalty which had brought Saracens to within two points of Clermont.

It was a fairly clear-cut penalty, with Abendanon getting his timing all wrong in the challenge for the ball. But while a similar incident with Saracens’ Sean Maitland in the first half resulted in a simple straight-arm penalty, TMO Simon McDowall had other ideas.

Referee Andrew Brace seemed to have made his mind up and cited the similarities between the two incidents. However, McDowell overruled Brace and recommended a yellow card, much to the dismay of the Clermont supporters.

It has once more opened the debate as to whether the referee or the TMO should ultimately have the final decision on cases of suspected foul play.

Abendanon himself was a bit bemused with Brace’s decision but chose not to dwell on it too much in light of the result.

Speaking to BT Sport post-match, Abendanon said: “Well I thought it was pretty similar to Maitland’s one in the first minute of the game. If anything, I think his was probably worse than mine.”

World Rugby Law 10.4 (i) states: “Tackling the jumper in the air. A player must not tackle nor tap, push or pull the foot or feet of an opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play. Sanction: Penalty kick”.

Referees or TMOs are able to escalate the ultimate sanction to a yellow card or worse if the player lands on his head or neck. However, in this case, it is the consistency in the decisions which has angered some.

Maitland first half penalty

Abendanon’s yellow card incident

Abendanon post-match interview

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Huge brawl blows up in dugouts during 1999 Wales Test in Buenos Aires

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Liam Williams suspended despite on field protestations

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Kyle Sinkler banned for going full John McEnroe at referee

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 12 HOURS AGO

    Fijian winger cops heavy ban after that referee lifting incident that went viral and blew up his phone

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Highlights and reaction to Saracens shock defeat to Championship regulars Ealing

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Zebo slams Folau over potential return to rugby union

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Nick Abendanon sin-bin puts inconsistency in the spotlight yet again | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos