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@ sandal & justice_4_all... the BOD so-called spear tackle should also be seen in the context of a TJ calling out "let him go, let him go" while waving his flag around. The audio played on TV3 news the day after the incident but then vanished. I've looked for it on YouTube a few times without success but assume it must still be out there in cyberspace. I believe that had Umaga & Mealamu been cited they'd have defended the charge at least partly on the basis of following the TJ's instructions; I also believe they weren't cited at least partly due to the embarressment such a defence would've caused the IRB, and that a deal was done whereby Umaga & Mealamu avoided being cited & the practice of cleaning out was (rightly if belatedly) demed dangerous play.
Posted 08:04 14th March 2012
Lifetime ban should be enforced here, there is no call for viewer participation, you go to watch a game to cheer your team on, not assault the other teams captain, this is essentially the same as going into someone's office while they're at work and throwing a bottle at their head...unacceptable.
Posted 17:44 13th March 2012
sandal, are you really trying to compare taking someone out off the ball with two players trying to drive someone head first into the ground?
Posted 11:20 13th March 2012
In fairness to Mealamu, the BOD incident has to be considered in context. That year (2005) there was a lot of clearing out well beyond the breakdown. In the Lions-Maori game I was shocked to see the Lions taking out players almost in the manner of American football.
BOD had no objections to that. When he became a victim of the practice -- and it was inevitable that someone would -- it seems that he changed his mind. As did the British and Irish media. At the time they made little of Mealamu's role; their object was to get Umaga, the captain.
Posted 06:46 13th March 2012
my god what a complete moronic twit this guy must be! who in their right mind would confront kev!? pathetic that spectators think they can interact with players like this, there should be a rule if you enter the playing area, the players should have a licence to take matters into their own hands.
Posted 03:58 13th March 2012
Haha that was funny! good thing it wasnt glass coz i wouldnt be laughing then.
Posted 03:30 13th March 2012
Typically what a Bulls supporter would off done...
I do believe that Rene Rangers didn`t do it on purpose (without arms). But I am curious about if there should of been a penalty given to the Bulls on the half line after the conversion. Because then the Bulls might of still won the game. PR what does the rule book tell us?
Posted 22:23 12th March 2012
Sad story. Mealamu is one of the finest and most correct players. It is an act of cowardice.
Posted 16:35 12th March 2012
I'll never condone this, but after seeing that shocking "tackle" from Ranger on Basson I felt like throwing a whole sixpack at him through the tv.
Posted 16:35 12th March 2012
Wasn't a bottle or can of beer thrown at a player once many years ago? And didn't he go on to pick it up, take a swig and throw it back? Brian Moore, perhaps..?
Posted 11:21 12th March 2012
Starledwombat. This was disgraceful but I can recall the Shark's Deon Kayser being assaulted by a fan a few years ago. In Australia.
Posted 10:07 12th March 2012
Rumoured to be a cousin of Pieter van Zyl.
The etiquette in the Australian Conference is that any handbagging is done on the field, between the teams, especially if NSW are playing the Reds. Spectator participation is vicarious only. Clearly the situation is somewhat different in SA.
Posted 09:38 12th March 2012
Lifetime ban from Loftus!
Posted 08:16 12th March 2012