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Rory Arnold walks after attempting to take Elton Jantjies' head off

Rory Arnold walks after attempting to take Elton Jantjies' head off
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Brumbies lock Rory Arnold has been suspended following his red card for a dangerous tackle against the Lions on Saturday. Arnold had already been yellow carded so knew that any on field sanction would lead to a sending off, so he walked before waiting for the referee. 

Giant second rower Arnold, 2.08m, flew into Lions number ten Jantjies in what appeared to be a badly aimed attempt at a dominant tackle. Unfortunately for him, it caught the Springbok straight in the jaw, leaving the referee and TMO in agreement that red was the outcome. 

Arnold had been yellow carded in the first half for illegally bringing down a maul, so another yellow card would have meant red. So, in something seldom seen on a rugby field before, he walked off before the referee could show him the card. 

Whether it was an attempt at an ‘HIA’ or a substitution, that isn’t clear, but it appears that he simply knew the outcome so took it upon himself to leave, in a similar vein to cricketers ‘walking’.

The referee initially tried to call him back but with Arnold already have way up the lengthy Ellis Park tunnel, he simply showed the card and allowed the players to get on the with the game. 

The Brumbies had led 24-12 at the time but after losing Arnold, then Sam Carter shortly afterwards, the Lions put in a big shift in the final twenty minutes, ending up convincing 42-24 victors. 

In the subsequent disciplinary hearing, Arnold pleaded guilty to contravening Law 9.13: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

He was suspended from all forms of the game for 3 weeks, up to and including Saturday 9 June. 

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  •  dancarter
    dancarter

    I think the England football team follow a similar thought process for penalties.

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  •  10stonenumber10
    10stonenumber10

    Of course he's tough. "If the hit was 6" lower it would be perfect." Jantjies is a fellow short fly half, we are 6" lower, every hit is high. You get used to it. The only difficult bit is spending 58 seconds of the 1 minute penalty kick allowance trying to remember where you are and why you are taking a penalty

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  •  drg
    drg

    I don't disagree with the first couple paragraphs.. it was hard to write my point and sort of explain what I mean because it's all based on a feeling as opposed to anything particularly tangible... Players as you rightly said left the field without any argument...so he sort of did what he was always going to have to do... I suppose it's just due process, but so much credit is given to the hearing process, I think purely giving the referee the respect of hearing him out might be just one of those unwritten things that I guess makes it less footballery..

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  •  thefrontrow
    thefrontrow

    Jantjies is a tough lad, clearly takes a lot more than that to knock the stuffing out of him.

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  •  katman
    katman

    Terrible hit. To Jantjies's credit, he was up again right away and showed no ill effects. This was his hundredth game for the Lions and I suspect he's pretty happy with how it went.

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  •  drg
    drg

    I totally agree with you. I can't describe it, but theres something a bit more, I dunno, acknowledging of the referees ruling by walking up to him, hearing him out and taking the punishment... I know it all comes to the same thing in the end.. he walked off the pitch, but I don't know, maybe it's a role model case for showing the referee at least a bit of respect to his part in the game.. To be honest I really don't know exactly what I'm on about, as you said, this is better than arguing and at the end of the day he left the pitch as he was going to have to anyway... but it just doesn't sit right, sort of makes me think about a past instance when a player started walking off because they assumed they'd get a yellow, only to be called back and just given a talking to.. Maybe give the referee the courtesy of hearing him out?? I don't know...

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  •  im1
    im1

    I think its fair to say we would all rather they walk off like this instead of staying on the pitch and arguing. Perhaps he should have waited on the side. It will be interesting to see how the citing panel sees it 6 inches lower and it would have been an awesome hit.

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  •  drg
    drg

    I think something should be added to the punishments of players that walk off like this.. I know it doesn't make much difference but standing up and facing the punishment... Idk, just seems a bit more accepting of the process than just a "ah fuck it, I'm off"..

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