Chiefs winger Sitiveni Sivivatu received a sending off on the weekend for this spectacular ‘tackle’ on Cheetahs center JW Jonker. Spectacular only for the fact that Jonker got about as high as a Matfield lineout jump.
Recently there was quite a bit of discussion on here after the dangers of this type of flip tackle after I posted the Ross Rennie hit on Brian O’Driscoll . Some felt it wasn’t really dangerous to toss a player over your shoulder whereas others agreed it’s not part of the game.
What this tackle shows though is that once again, if you’re not bringing the player back down to ground safely, there’s going to be yellow cards, citings, and of course, injuries.
In this case, Jonker wasn’t injured luckily and Sivivatu’s yellow should be sufficient, with no citing needed I’d say. Some may think otherwise though, particularly if Jonker had been badly injured, which could so easily have happened.