To Card or not to card?

April 15, 2014
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During the 50th minute of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Brumbies at the Suncorp Stadium In Brisbane on Friday, a strange thing happened.

Source: SuperSport

Reds scrumhalf Wil Genia dived over the Brumbies try line and was stopped by a very good tackle by the Brumbies cover defence.

Naturally a ruck happened and, as part of the cleanout, flanker Ed Quirk was part of the cleaners. The cleanout was successful but Quirk mischievously held onto Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore, who was standing next to the ruck.

Moore naturally tried release himself from the clutches of Quirk by slapping his arm away. It’s his secondary action that caused most of the rugby world to call for at least a yellow card. Moore proceeded to punch Quirk in the midriff.

Despite this being reviewed by the TMO, referee Steve Walsh decided to keep Moore on the field and award a penalty for an earlier infringement to the Reds.

Over the last few weeks many of you have cried foul over what you perceived to be bad management of critical situations by the referee. The Brumbies lost this game by three points. One wonders how the Brumbies would have coped in the absence of Stephen Moore for any amount of time?

Here is what the laws of the game says about incidents like these:
10.4 Dangerous play and misconduct

(a) Punching or striking. A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).

l) Retaliation. A player must not retaliate. Even if an opponent is infringing the Laws, a player must not do anything that is dangerous to the opponent.

What would be the appropriate action in the aftermath of this incident?

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2 Comments

  1. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    They should change the rules. If a guy is holding onto you and you are not involved in play you should be able to punch his lights out, with out fear of sanctions.

    Bloody All Blacks started this crap and now everybody is doing it.

    Cheers

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Anyone watch the Gloucester- Bath game… just another shocker game thanks to poor reffing well that and poor rugby too…

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