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Wednesday Mar 25, 2015

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 6 of Super Rugby

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 6 of Super Rugby
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Fox Sports have put together another segment of the Shortball, that gives fans a round-up of all the Super Rugby highlights from this past weekend. It was an eventful week in the Southern Hemisphere, with 26 tries in total, some great hits and even a few red cards to boot.

The Hurricanes ran out on top of the Highlanders in a hard fought game in Dunedin, with All Black centre Ma’a Nonu putting in a few trademark tackles. This has put the Hurricanes into top spot, their best start to Super Rugby for quite some time.

The Lions also had a taste of success, turning over the Rebels in Melbourne. Had the Rebels kicked their penalties the scoreline may have been different, but the Lions capitalised on second half mistakes, scored a late try and picked up their first win in Australia for some time.

The Crusaders demolished the Cheetahs in a clinical second half display, scoring 8 tries in total. Dan Carter picked up a brace, Nemani Nadolo had the pick of the bunch though. The Giant Fijian winger kicked through without breaking stride, a sublime first touch, gathered and dotted down for 5 points.

The major talking point of the weekend was in the Sharks vs Chiefs game, where 3 red cards were shown during the first 30 minutes. Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn and Chiefs hooker Hika Elliott were all given their marching orders for various offences, Du Plessis’s being the most shocking.

He has since been banned for 4 weeks, reduced from eight. Frans Steyn’s red card was rescinded after he was proven not guilty to a tip tackle offence, whilst Elliott’s no arms dangerous charge earned him a week on the sidelines.

Chiefs captain Liam Messam was quick to defend the trio, claiming they ‘aren’t dirty players’, though he too was later cited for actions ‘contrary to good sportsmanship.’

The footage of Du Plessis is clear as day, do you think 4 weeks is the right penalty?

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  • 11:10 PM 25/03/2015

    Everything is getting silly, time and again we see players banned for just as long for competing for a catch and someone accidentally landing awkwardly. Now we have a deliberate kick to the head getting a lesser punishment. Where has the sanity gone?!?!

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  • 10stonenumber10
    10:46 PM 25/03/2015

    Taofifenua was handed a 3 week ban for an accidental boot to head contact. 1 week more for trying to kick someone's head off their shoulders? If Leitch stayed down, there would have been hell to pay. No further comment.

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  • drg
    9:52 PM 25/03/2015

    RD, you ask if we think 4 weeks is the appropriate penalty (punishment?). For me, the answer is no, based on recent bans for other players. There is obviously a big list that the ban bunch have to go through before they make their decision, one of those things on the list is; I assume, is the on field punishment.. I think this is near BS personally... I think a red is the correct decision, however I don't believe any player should be 'rewarded' for a referee doing his job properly... Take into consideration Pape's recent ban... 10 weeks (no?).. now I believe there was some sort of mention of an extension because he only received a yellow (when it should have been red...) again, I dislike this idea. To be clear, both Pape's incident and Du Plessis' should result in a red card, however what I'm getting at is that neither should be punished, nor rewarded for the referee doing a crap job (in Papes case). HOWEVER, this is the part where I offer any French fans on RD an apology for past comments about 'tin hat theories' regarding how they're unfairly persecuted. I don't see an awful lot of difference here (cynically speaking) on what Pape did and what Du Plessis did... Both were blindingly obvious, dangerous, pointless and stupid.

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