ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Jun 27, 2016

Willie le Roux gets one week ban after another midair contest goes wrong

Springbok fullback Willie le Roux pleaded guilty to breaching Law 10.4 (i) – tackling a player in the air – after he was cited following his yellow card during the South Africa vs Ireland third Test in Port Elizabeth. Here is another look at it, PLUS some other similar incidents.

The Springboks hung on for a 19-13 victory, but early in the series decider Le Roux challenged for a high ball but came up short as he missed the ball and collided with Tiernan O’Halloran.

O’Halloran got up extremely high so the contact caused him to flip and land dangerously upside down, thankfully and luckily not causing any serious injury.

Glen Jackson referred to his TMO and they concluded that Le Roux was not in a position to catch the ball, and O’Halloran landed on his upper back/shoulders, so yellow card.

Irish fans were fuming with just the yellow, as they felt this deserved a red card.

The Springbok fullback was later cited by James Absaloms of Kenya, before judicial officer Terry Willis (Australia) heard the case in PE on Sunday. He found that the relevant entry point for the offence was at the lower end and felt that a one week suspension was appropriate.

As the Test series has now concluded, Le Roux will miss the Super Rugby match between his team, the Sharks, and the Lions on this coming Saturday, 2 July.

THE LAW

Law 10.4 (i), for which Le Roux was charged states the following:
Tackling the jumper in the air. A player must not tackle nor tap, push or pull the foot or feet of an opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play.

OPINION

This is an area that World Rugby needs to thoroughly address as both players and fans, and often referees, seem to be unclear on exactly what the outcome should be in any given situation. The contrasting opinions on Saturday, and indeed in recent weeks, have been quite incredible to see.

In this case both players were contesting for the ball – leaving the ground with near identicial timing – and one could say that they were both equally at risk of injury.

There was one clear winner though, and unfortunately he landed horribly. Luckily for both parties he didn’t land directly on his head, which is what helped Le Roux on the day.

Perhaps the main takeaway from this particular incident is that if you’re going to challenge for a high ball, make sure you get it, otherwise there is a good chance that you will be either red carded or suspended if you make any contact at all with the opposition.

Scroll to the very bottom for a full video, but below we’ve looked at some similar incidents, giving you a chance to peruse and compare the on-field and disciplinary hearing sanctions.

SIMILAR MID-AIR INCIDENTS (may take some time to load)

CJ Stander vs Patrick Lambie

Fans and media immediately drew comparisons to the controversial Stander red card from the first Test, when he was sent off for knocking out Pat Lambie as part of an attempted charge down.
DISCIPLINARY: Red card and one week ban

Jason Emery vs Willie le Roux

Le Roux was actually on the receiving end of a very dangerous challenge himself earlier this year when he landed horrifically after Jason Emery flew into him.
DISCIPLINARY: Red card and four week suspension

Jared Payne vs Alex Goode

Two years ago Ireland fullback Jared Payne was shown a straight red card just four minutes into a Heineken Cup Quarter Final, after he collided with Alex Goode. His eyes were firmly on the ball but referee Jerome Garces was firm in his decision.
DISCIPLINARY: Red card and two week ban

Waisake Naholo vs Liam Williams

We also recently saw plenty of discussion surrounding the Waisake Naholo and Liam Williams midair collision, where many Welsh fans felt that Naholo should have been at least yellow carded.
DISCIPLINARY: Penalty, no card or ban

Leolin Zas vs Bernard Foley

In May this year Leolin Zas was also shown a straight red card when he slipped just before competing for a high ball, causing Waratahs number ten Bernard Foley to land awfully.
DISCIPLINARY: Red card and two week ban

Anthony Watson vs Alex Goode

Anthony Watson was the subject of controversy in another high ball incident with Alex Goode, after he was sent off after clumsily clashing into the Saracens fullback in April.
DISCIPLINARY: Red card and two match ban (also to do with verbal abuse)

There are one or two more in the Related Posts too, so have a look and let us know your thoughts

Full video of the Le Roux/O’Halloran incident (with South African commentary)

credit: supersport

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 33 WEEKS AGO

    Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing...

  • 34 WEEKS AGO

    The 'double ruffle' splits opinion with fans...

  • 34 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    No other player has mastered intercepts like Bryan Habana could

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: French flair lights up Brisbane with EPIC coast-to-coast try

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Watch how Marcus Smith lit up Twickenham on England debut vs USA

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Extended highlights show why Josh Adams could be a Lions Test starter

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Aphelele Fassi: The debut Springbok that could change Warren Gatland's Lions selection

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Outspoken de Villiers gives his unique verdict on laws in Kolbe card debate

  • 1 DAY AGO

    This collection of brutal bump offs will remind you why you stopped playing rugby

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Kyle Sinckler biting citing dismissed due to lack of clear evidence

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    The Kyle Sinckler bite that will put him on the next plane home

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Kolbe's clumsy head-on-head with Tom Curry which angered fans

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Rugby Australia condemn Erasmus public 'attack', back their referee

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    RWC winning coach launches unbelievable one hour rant at officials

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    New Rassie video targets foul play, confirming fake twitter account was his

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Critics hit out at Rassie Erasmus for fake twitter and 'comical' behaviour

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome Daly kicking montage shows just how deadly his left boot really is

View All

Funnies

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Five minutes of rugby comedy gold in one hilarious video

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Unimpressed Vunipola loses patience with Cheslin Kolbe in Cape Town

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    New compilation of rare Nigel Owens footage is comedy gold

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The moment Ellis Genge soaks Ugo Monye live on TV is simply priceless

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Inside the Quins changing rooms after winning AWESOME Prem final

View All

Amateur

  • 39 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 29 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 30 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 36 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All