Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Stade Francais hooker Dimitri Szarzewski has been cited and will more than likely sit out for a few weeks after he head-butted Toulons Jean-Phillipe Genevois during their eventful meeting on the weekend.
Yesterday you got to see the clip of big Mathieu Bastereaud smashing wing Rory Lamont , a clip which brought up quite a lot of debate regarding not only the legality of the tackle, but whether or not the huge center wouldnt be more suited to the front row.
One front rower who probably wont be playing anywhere anytime soon again is hooker Szarzewski, who nutted Genevois for no apparent reason, other than a few words, some history, and a funny look. There was something very Zidane-Materazzi about the whole incident, particular in the way that Genevois flopped to the floor despite the contact not actually being all that significant.
Play acting seems to becoming more and more prevalent of late, as pointed out by commentator Gonzalo Quesada, former Argentina flyhalf.
That aside, you cant defend the Stade hookers actions and hell no doubt be on the sidelines for a few weeks, missing Frances upcoming internationals when they play Fiji, Argentina, and Australia. Well find out soon what the length of the suspension will be, but it could be anything between a month and two years.
Check out the related posts for a few random links to other headbutts from the archives.
Bakkies Botha suspended for nine weeks after headbutt on Jimmy Cowan
Jerome Schuster cited for headbutt against Munster
Tom James suspended for headbutt on Olivier Azam
Neil de Kock 'headbutt' tackle on Mark Lewis