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Toomua gets just desserts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Mar 2013 at 10:27
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Referee Jonathan Kaplan had a pretty eventful evening at Kings Park on Saturday, when it came to ignoring Brumbies infringements and getting swept up in the general euphoria that tends to affect “the rest of the country” when the Sharks are getting pasted. One of his worse misses, though, has been picked up and actioned, although admittedly far too late to do the Sharks much good.

In the build-up to Ryan Kankowski’s second-half try, Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua attempted to decapitate Pat Lambie with a swinging arm clothesline tackle, reminiscent of the glory days of professional wrestling. Kaplan can’t pretend to have not seen the indiscretion, since he indicated advantage to the Sharks, but because a try was duly scored at the end of the movement, then seemingly forgot that a Brumbies player had committed a clearly card-worthy offence in the play leading up to the try.

Let’s just make sure we’re clear here; you can waive a penalty if you feel that an acceptable advantage has accrued (in this case, it was – a try was scored) but a cardable offence is just that. A reckless high tackle, of the sort that has seen South African players shown a straight red when playing in Australia or New Zealand, warrants a card regardless of what happens in the play following the offence.

Toomua was duly issued an off-field yellow card on review, which is about as useful to the Sharks as being handed a condom on your kid’s first birthday.


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