Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Back in 2002, Leicester flanker Neil Back famously tapped the ball into his side of the scrum in the Heineken Cup final against Munster. Last weekend, Alan Quinlan did the same against Ulster, but with less successful results.
When Back did it in 2002 , it caused a huge stir as it happened late in the final, when Munster had one last shot at an attack. It produced the turnover and the match ended with Leicester winning 15-9.
The Munster fans were incensed by Back's actions, labelling him a cheat. Ironically enough, it's a Munster player who's gone and tried the same thing now, albeit at a less high profile match.
Quinlan, who missed the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa after being suspended for eye-gouging , tapped the ball into the scrum in the Magners League match against Ulster last weekend.
He's known to be quite a mischievous character, but got caught out on this occasion as the touch judge spotted it, resulting in referee Alain Roland penalising the Munster man.
Scrumhalf Kevin Putt famously did the same thing for the Sharks many years ago. Have any of you flankers ever gotten away with this, or seen it done in some other high profile match?
Alan Quinlan in doubt for Lions tour after alleged eye-gouge
The infamous Hand of Back incident of 2002