Ireland great weighs in on RG Snyman’s ‘unsavoury’ tackle which left Craig Casey out cold

Colin Newboult
RG Snyman's tackle on Craig Casey which knocked Ireland scrum-half out, and ex-flanker Alan Quinlan.

RG Snyman's tackle on Craig Casey which knocked Ireland scrum-half out, and ex-flanker Alan Quinlan.

Former Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan believes that RG Snyman could have pulled out of the tackle which resulted in Craig Casey being knocked out.

The scrum-half was stretchered off the field following a hit from the lock that saw his head bounce off the turf and knock him unconscious.

Thankfully, Casey was walking about after the contest, but he has unsurprisingly been ruled out of the second and final Test against the Springboks due to concussion.

There was no malice in the tackle from Snyman, nor was it deemed illegal, but some stated that it lacked a duty of care for the Ireland playmaker.

Size difference

With second-row Snyman being the much bigger player in comparison to the diminutive Casey, Quinlan feels that there is an argument to say that the gargantuan Bok could have done things differently

“He follows through with the tackle,” the ex-Munster back-rower told Off The Ball. “You look back at that again and you review it, the argument is certainly there as to ‘why don’t you stop? You don’t need to keep following through there’.

“It shouldn’t come into it, but it should in one sense. He knows him, he’s played with him and there’s a massive difference in size and physicality. So you’d think he’d have a little bit of sense to say, ‘maybe I won’t keep going here’.

“But look, I can’t blame RG Snyman and say that’s illegal. There is no review of it as regards to foul play. Just a bit unsavoury that he could have pulled back a bit. He doesn’t have to.

“This narrative is driven online that RG Snyman could have pulled back, but he hasn’t done anything there to try and hurt the player. I think he follows through the tackle and I think it’s more awkwardness.”

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Similar incident

Ireland, who succumbed 27-20 in Pretoria, will now be without Casey for the encounter in Durban.

According to Quinlan, Snyman produced a similar hit during the recent United Rugby Championship season on Edinburgh’s Ben Healy, who is another former Munster team-mate.

“He did one on Ben Healy in the URC in Round 17 or 18 over in Edinburgh where he follows through the tackle,” the ex-Ireland flanker added. “Healy reacted to him and Munster ended up getting a penalty out of it five metres out, which was a big call.

“Thankfully he’s (Casey) okay, but he’s not going to be available for the weekend which is another disappointment for Ireland.”

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