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Adding insult to insult

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 16 Sep 2013 at 10:30
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I must say, I got pretty hot and bothered yesterday in learning that Bismarck du Plessis will need to attend a SANZAR disciplinary hearing this week, after his travesty of a sending off against the All Black this weekend.

For any of you who’ve been under a rock for the last few days, French referee Romain Poite (the same oke who made such a balls up of the midyear test against Scotland in Nelspruit) saw fit to ignore the TMO protocol and yellow card du Plessis for what turned out to be a perfectly legal hit on All Black flyhalf Dan Carter. A further indiscretion in the second half (arguably worthy of a yellow card at worst) saw the combative hooker – who up until that point had been the best Bok on the field by quite some margin – dismissed from the contest altogether.

The IRB have since issued a statement admitting Poite’s error in the case of the first card – cold comfort to the Boks and Bismarck, since this “admission”, which is certainly nothing resembling an apology, is the best they’re going to get from the untouchables who run this game.

Heading back to SANZAR, though, CEO Greg Peter has confirmed that Bismarck’s hearing is simply a matter of protocol and that he hopes “sanity will prevail” and the whole thing will be called off.

While we’re hot under the collar for Bismarck, though, let’s not forget to add in a bit of indignant rage on behalf of Willem Alberts, who was himself forced to watch the last half-hour of the game. While this whole red card system is flawed in itself, it is particularly unfair for the unlucky player – typically a flanker – who is forced from the field as collateral damage when a front ranker is carded. Somehow it’s always the front rankers too….


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