Thursday May 31, 2018

The 4 much talked about suspensions from the latest round of Super Rugby

The 4 much talked about suspensions from the latest round of Super Rugby
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Ahead of the weekend, here’s a quick recap of what happened in the last round of Super Rugby, with four much talked about suspensions for various elements of foul play. We’ve thrown them into one video for you, and given a brief recap of the bans handed out.

The Stormers vs Lions game featured a number of interesting calls, the biggest of which was winger Raymond Rhule’s red card for a dangerous challenge on Ruan Combrinck.

Raymond Rhule – 3 week suspension

It looked harsh, as Rhule had jumped up and had to come down. But when it came down to it, he was reckless and his shoulder did make contact with the Lions winger’s chin.

Rhule was cited and later pleaded guilty to contravening Law 9.25: A player must not intentionally charge or obstruct an opponent who has just kicked the ball.

In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following:

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks, especially given that that act resulted in a blow to the opposing player’s head. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s excellent Judicial record, his good character and his early guilty plea at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.”

JJ Engelbrecht – 1 week suspension

In the same match, JJ Engelbrecht received a yellow card for a dangerous, lifting tackle. Later in the match he was penalised for a (maybe two?) dangerous clean out at the breakdown, so was issued a citing commissioner’s warning.

SANZAAR Disciplinary Rule 6.1 states:
“6.1: If a Player has received two Warnings or a combination of a Warning and a Yellow Card during a match, he shall be treated for disciplinary purposes as if he has been sent off.”

Englebrecht has been suspended from all forms of the game for 1 week, up to and including 2 June 2018.

Ruan Botha – 4 week suspension

In the Jaguares vs Sharks game, second rower Ruan Botha was issued a straight red card for a dangerous charge into a ruck. He was cited for contravening Law 9.12: Striking with hand or arm.

Botha has been suspended from all forms of the game for 4 weeks, up to and including 23 June 2018.
 
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid range entry point of 4 weeks due to the contact with the opposing Player’s head.”
 
“The Foul Play Review Committee added 1 week to the initial sanction as aggravation for the fact the Player was suspended for a similar incident less then 12 months prior. However, taking into account the mitigating factor of the Player’s guilty plea at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks,” the hearing ruled.

Folau Faainga’a – 1 week suspension

In the head butting incident that we featured here earlier in the week, Brumbies hooker Folau Faainga’a was red carded for getting up close and personal with Bulls replacement forward Matthys Basson, who was making his Super Rugby debut.

Faainga’a dived ‘into the pool’ then got up and a scuffle ensued, with the Brumbies man getting face to face with Basson, where forehead made contact with nose.

A straight red card was issued, and he was later suspended for one week.

credit: sanzaar

11 Comments

  •  heavyhooker
    heavyhooker

    Has anyone else noticed how many of these replays and others on the RD sight lately are showing passes that are requiring the receiver to reach high and or jump for the ball? Get ready for lots of penalties and suspensions if this continues.

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  •  heavyhooker
    heavyhooker

    Engelbrecht carding and suspension is wrong. The law is not that you cannot tip someone in a tackle, it is how you bring him to the ground. In this instance the player was brought down horizontally and the neck and head were in no way in danger. If this is now a penalty EVERYONE will jumping into tackles. The tackled player is the one who should have received a yellow card for jumping into a tackle.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Sofa me red... rugby me yellow...

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  •  katman
    katman

    The red was simply for where it connected. If the ref deemed the action serious enough to warrant a yellow, but the contact was to the head or face then, as I understand, the instruction is to make it a red. That's why refs always have the discussion with the TMO these days of where the contact was - because head = red.

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  •  drg
    drg

    I agree with that punishments he jumped very late and was not committed to blocking the ball.. but red.. idk..

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    I am not an expert on the laws, but from what I have seen, this actually seems to be fairly unclear to everyone! As you are not allowed to tackle a player in the air, it makes sense that you are not allowed to jump into a tackle either. Otherwise you just jump to avoid being tackled. But I believe there is no actual law against it, but it goes under "unsportsmanlike conduct" or something?! (Happy to be corrected.) So yeah I think jumping into the tackle is basically illegal, but I remember several instances where in the end the tackler was penalised for tackling a player in the air. Chicken-and-egg problem?!

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  •  jmdavies
    jmdavies

    Completely agree. In this instance it looks to me like the 15 jumps into the tackle, which (please correct me if im wrong) is an offence in itself?.

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    I also felt the tackler didn't actually do that much wrong, the ball carrier basically jumped straight into him and was always off balance. But I guess at the end of the day he was tipped over, and that usually results in a card. And I guess you could argue he only did not land on head/neck/shoulder because he got his arm down to prevent that. So once again, are you going to sanction based on outcome or the danger involved? I think maybe the ref got it right after all...

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  •  katman
    katman

    I don't think the Rhule red card was harsh at all. Just because he was airborne doesn't automatically absolve him. Whether you see it in real time or in slow-mo, there was no hope of him ever blocking the kick. He jumped way too late and way too low for that. All he ever intended was to clatter into Combrinck, which he duly did. I suppose he didn't mean to smash the guy in the head, but he did. Red was the right call.

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  •  drg
    drg

    No issue with all those incidents being highlighted as penalties*.. but not sure about red cards.. maybe in this day I guess.. *Thought the yellow card for that tip tackle was harsh.. the player didn't land on head/neck/shoulder...

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  •  anton
    anton

    Everything looks intentional in very slow motion...

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