Boks play ‘thugby’

September 23, 2013
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Our good friend Spiro Zavos is at it again with his view on Bismarck and the way the Springboks play the game

By:Sport24

An Australian rugby writer has criticised Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis after he received two yellow cards in their Test against the All Blacks in Auckland earlier this month.

French referee Romain Poite showed Du Plessis a yellow card in the 16th minute of the Test for a perfectly legal tackle on All Black flyhalf Dan Carter.

He then showed him a second yellow – and a subsequent red card – for leading with an elbow which connected with All Black flank Liam Messam’s throat.

The All Blacks went on to win the game 29-15 – a result which led to heavy criticism against the Frenchman, so much so that the International Rugby Board (IRB) even issued a statement admitting Poite had made a mistake.

However, Spiro Zavos – a rugby writer for the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper – says Du Plessis’s tackle on Dan Carter was made from an offside position and it was right for Poite to punish the Bok hooker.

“A tackle from an offside position is automatically illegal. When a player commits an illegality, which Du Plessis did, and a player is injured or liable to be injured because of the dangerous nature of the tackle, it is virtually automatic a yellow card is handed out,” Zavos wrote in his column.

Zavos also quoted Maurice Heemro, a Cape Town player in the 1960s who was made an honorary Springbok in 2001, as saying: “Bismarck is a bully and, regardless of whether he used his arms or not, he went into that tackle from an offside position, with the intention of injuring him. It speaks of a cynical and a dirty style of play the Springboks have espoused for a long time.”

Zavos also – as mentioned by All Black coach Steve Hansen – wrote that Du Plessis’ second yellow card could easily have been a straight red.

The Boks tackle the Wallabies at Newlands this weekend, with another French referee, Jérôme Garcès, named to handle the match, and Zavos believes the referee faces a tough task in front of a partisan home crowd.

“He faces the dreadful prospect of trying to ensure that the Bismarckian method of ‘blood and iron’ is kept within the laws of the game.

“He will be under enormous pressure not to do this from partisan local supporters. Garcès knows, too, that he might not get much support from the IRB and SANZAR if he insists, as he has in the past, that foul play is appropriately punished.

“The Springboks have the highest number of yellow cards and second-highest number of red cards in the 10 years of the card system. It’s time for them to give away the thugby that diminishes their legacy.”

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12 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 9:52 am

    ““A tackle from an offside position is automatically illegal. When a player commits an illegality, which Du Plessis did, and a player is injured or liable to be injured because of the dangerous nature of the tackle, it is virtually automatic a yellow card is handed out,” Zavos wrote in his column”

    Is this guy for real???

    Everyone even the NZ commentators said the Bismarck was not off site and that the tackle was legal. I saw this Aussies picture for the first time toady and now understand why he talk so much shit. He should have been retired long time ago

  2. avatar Aggie Agenbag says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Poor sod !

  3. avatar biltongbek says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Spiro is getting a lot of flack for his stance on this article, even from New Zealanders.

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I too in fact the whole fracas was from him being ‘off-side’ I still think he was… that said ‘every’ big hit put in has intent… nothing new and nothing overly malicious if it is below the shoulders and with arms… it’s rugby ffs!

    Zavos is simply continuing his old ‘one good article forward three shite articles back’ syndrome… he’s about as objective as a Cape Crusader ‘nutjob’… in fact this nutjob… the very one he quoted!

    http://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/cup-competitions/sa-fan-worried-about-all-blacks-safety-1.1579995#.UkAWyYZmiSo

  5. avatar biltongbek says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    @bryce_in_oz:

    Bryce, here is SAreferees, take on the “offsides”

    http://www.sareferees.com/News/when-is-a-player-offside/2829994/

  6. avatar Timeo says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    @bryce_in_oz:

    There was no off-side.

    No ruck. The ball came back to the AB side after a kick and the last player to touch it was an AB.

    I think it was explained in the article regarding the IRB statement.

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    @biltongbek: @Timeo:

    Yep… however at the time I’d have been less surprised had he stated ‘offsides’ than what did transpire… the rest of what I said on Spiro’s quip stands…

  8. avatar Morné says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hey it’s tough to sell rugby related stories in Australia at the moment, Spiro had to come up with something.

  9. avatar Sasori says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    http://www.youtubedotcom/watch?v=JeoOidN15bI

    Bismarck get a yellow(and then red) for a legal tackle and a elbow that was to high…who remembers the punch from the above video that barely gets a mention…..love the double standards!

  10. avatar Duiwel says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Wtf does he know…
    Aussie wanker.

  11. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Spiro who…95% of Australians would say Spiro who, Bismarck who…

    So lay off the aussies for less than 1% they are pretty good bunch even for wannabe Americans.

    There is a very small group of aussies, mainly Sydney and rugby union followers who are Jaapie bashers. You open your mouth and the bigoted racist attitude comes forth. Its that little cowardice small minded idiots. You know the ones that point fingers at apartheid but practice it themselves.

    Not seen it any where else and only private school boy rugby types. League, AFL, football, cricket in fact every state and town besides Sydney do you meet this trash.

    …hey Jaapie you know what the difference is between South Africa and Australia is we killed all our black…

    Yes folks I heard that line more than once in a private box of course when no black fellas are around.

    But if you strip away the emotion he is right in a way, we used play the player and not the ball which is what makes Ritchie so effective(except when he deliberately kneed the French fly half in the head RWC to take him out of the game).

    In the AB game, early in the piece, players were lining up the big shots and were missing the tackles.

    Get the bloody ball not the body.

    Still what is a journo’s story without getting noticed with gimmicky headlines?

  12. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 5:53 am

    If I remember correctly he also said we would struggle with the new scrum laws.

    Every country has at least one.

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