ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday May 31, 2023

No sanction handed down by SANZAAR for tackle that left Reds player with a fractured neck

Queensland Reds second-row Connor Vest was involved in a scary incident over the past weekend as his team went down 35 – 30 against the Highlanders.

ADVERTISEMENT

Carrying the ball into contact in the 28th minute, making the tackle, Highlander’s duo hooker Andrew Makalio and loose forward Shannon Frizell hit the secondrow high and low.

Whilst Makalio chopped the big secondrow low, Frizell’s shoulder made contact with the head of Vest.

The incident led to outrage in the Reds camp, with number eight Harry Wilson accusing Kiwi referee Brendon Pickerill of rushing Vest of the neck.

Speaking about the incident, Wilson said: “Rugby has been really big on player welfare the past few years. For us, there wasn’t much player welfare there with a no-arms tackle on his legs and a shoulder, with no arms, to the head,

ADVERTISEMENT

“That’s not ideal. Vesty broke his neck. For me, that’s pretty ridiculous. As a playing group, we were very frustrated with the referee trying to rush him off the field.

“We thought it was pretty disrespectful to a player who was found to have a broken neck. He was being told to get off the field as if he was wasting time.

“As a playing group, we weren’t too happy. He was lying down for quite a while, and they (the medical staff) had him in all the positions.

“There seemed to be a lot of external pressures to get him off the field, and he walked off. You don’t know what extra damage that can do.”

ADVERTISEMENT

In the same game, Reds utility back James O’Connor copped a hard hit from Highlanders flyhalf Freddie Burns.

That incident was reminiscent of the one in which Glasgow Warriors’ flyhalf Tom Jordan was shown a red card for his tackle on Munster scrumhalf Conor Murray in the URC quarterfinals.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 47 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Cheslin Kolbe Dominates Sebastian...

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    Ben Curry's World Cup hopes dashed as he...

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    Australian rugby player banned for 5 years...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 25 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban following elbow attack

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal stuns fans

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he gets too close to the action

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Christian Wade proves he still has the X-factor with 50 metre mazy finish for Racing 92

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Magical sevens try leaves defender stuck in the mud

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    George Ford falls victim to the kickers curse

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome scenes as Blitzbok fan throws down at the HSBC SVNS

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

View All

Amateur

  • 66 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 66 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 14 HOURS AGO

    Kyle Rowe’s remarkable journey from an Amazon warehouse to the international stage

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    Bath Rugby bolster squad with another young signing

  • 1 DAY AGO

    How Jordie Barrett could fit into the Leinster system

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Statement: Ken Owens forced to retire with immediate effect

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Statement: Finn Russell injury update

View All