Monday, September 16, 2013

Nick Wood red carded after 73 seconds for stamp on Jacques Burger

Saracens achieved a comfortable 44-12 victory over Gloucester at Allianz Park on Sunday after prop Nick Wood was sent off for stamping with just 73 seconds on the clock. It was the second fastest sending off in the history of the Premiership.

The home side went top of the table after the game was played with 15 against 14, and Gloucester struggled to cope with what would have been a big challenge even with a full side.

It came about after Wood, eager to get Jacques Burger clear at a ruck, made contact with the Namibian flanker's head, giving referee Wayne Barnes no option but to send him from the park.

It was not only one of the quickest dismissals ever, but one of the fastest decisions, as Barnes had the card out before the players could even react, with a push and shove, to what had happened.

Wood was clearly distraught at what he'd done, going over to apologise to Burger before taking his place on the bench, head in hands thinking about the position he'd put his team in.

"It is very difficult for Nick - he's in bits in the changing-room," said Gloucester's director of rugby Nigel Davies post match. "He's apologised for what happened.

"I saw it on the big screen and it didn't look great. But he is not a dirty player. He's a good technician and a good player. Everyone makes mistakes. He will come back stronger from this."

Wood and Burger could be seen shaking hands and chatting on the field after the match.

Incidentally, the fastest ever Premiership sending off was by Mike Watson of London Scottish in 1999, when he lasted just 42 seconds against Bath. 

With Wood off the field, Saracens went on to score five tries and take a comfortable victory. Following the win, Saracens are now 2/1 with Betfair to win the Premiership.

Note: Perform Group removed the original video. Below are match highlights, including the stamp

UPDATE Wed 18 Sep: Nick Wood has been banned for 8 weeks.

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:21 am | View Comments (19)

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Swing September 16, 2013 10:35 am

'Clumsy'! wtf? Can commentators be cited for being absolute numpties?

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Colombes September 16, 2013 10:49 am

dangerous stuff, red and ban to come

on a sidenote, i'm really sick to continuously hear these Sky pundits forgiving every dirty stuff involving an english player.
it's not the first time that i hear austin healey and others using words like "clumsy" to describe a malicious action such like an eye-gouge, tip-tackle, etc...

in a certain way, i'm more annoyed by these stupid opinions than nick wood stamp

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asdfero September 16, 2013 11:14 am

You are still required to have some sort of decent I.Q. to play at an international level, right?

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why September 16, 2013 11:20 am

It deserves a red but what is Farrall doing charging in, it is not a post night out fight at closing time in wigan. At some point he is going to run in to one of these melees and come of worse leaving his team in a real pickle. For an england player it shows a complete lack of maturity. The sooner he runs in to a Du Plesis or an Eztebeth the better for his long term game.

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dave September 16, 2013 5:52 pm

farrell's a tough bloke, now I don't expect him to best an etzebeth or any forward really but there's a reason he starts at fly half for england other than his kicking, he's a beast in the tackle, he's layed plenty of nice hits on big guys, the french no 8 horndique(whatever the fuck his name is) warburton and north, if he can just start playing flat attacking rugby no one can userp his spot as fly half

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matt September 16, 2013 10:18 pm

Everything you've said is true, but I agree with why; farrell rushing in does nothing but risk a card for himself, and 10 minutes without a fly half is disastrous. Let the back or second row 'enforcer' kick off and draw the refs attention to the foul play.

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Porky September 16, 2013 11:24 am

Boneheaded move by Wood, at least he showed some remorse. We all make mistakes and he has a quite clean record so just has to take the ban like a man, the same way he did the card.

Good job Wayne Barnes too, nice and decisive. I disagree with the above Farrell may not be the best enforcer but it doesnt matter what position you play you react when your teammate and friend has his head stomped on.

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Guy September 16, 2013 11:29 am

Looks nasty but still a lot of positives to be taken from this video:
- quick decisionmaking by Barnes, imo something to be admired (although it can turn out wrong);
- Wood going back to apologize;
- Burger being a good sport in his reaction to Wood.

Well, I guess as long as he can proof he could not see where Burgers head was, he won't get banned (Horwill).

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browner September 16, 2013 12:39 pm

Add in, he was slightly unbalanced and he's got a 'word for word' case !!! Seriously though, either we accept that he saw the head and stood down on it, or it the standing down was aimed somewhere else & missed, or he didn't see what he was standing down on ............. in which case Horwill defence is likely !

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Guy September 16, 2013 12:59 pm

Well, the way I see it Burger made a sudden movement after Wood rucked his back. Which does not make him less quilty off course. Honestly I think 'I could not see where I was putting my foot (or hand/arm/knee/leg/head)' should be accepted as an excuse. Everyone should know better then to take a swing at something he can't see.

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Hugh ONeill September 16, 2013 12:00 pm

They're ESPN commentators in fairness.. Can't blame sky for this one.

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s_conner September 16, 2013 1:08 pm

I love the physicality of rugby but this is just thuggery. I don't buy the whole 'clumsy' line for one second and although he perhaps didn't 100% mean to stamp on his head, you can bet he didn't care what part of Burger's body fell beneath him - he wanted to make an impact regardless.

I suspect the Horwill defence might be deployed, but he should be a man and take a ban.

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45678 September 16, 2013 2:08 pm

I don't quite get the rational for this. It's a different thing altogether if after 60minutes of mismanagement of the tackle area by the referee, you need to make a point. Even if you concede a penalty it's sometimes a point worth making, but not the head!

I think the coaching staff must have given instructions to clear players out. Wood didn't even look like the red mist had descended. Odd

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stroudos September 16, 2013 10:45 pm

Too psyched up perhaps? Couple of "big squeezes" too many in the team huddle just before kick-off?

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dave September 16, 2013 5:47 pm

I don't see what the problem is,
he's just grounding up some beef for his burger
who doesn't need protein after a rugby game?!

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wb September 16, 2013 6:56 pm

What amazes me is that Wood went to Oxford, he is not an idiot. How can someone that intelligent make such a dumb decision (seemingly unprovoked)? Not only letting himself down, but practically instantly losing the game for his team mates and the fans. Wouldn't see that behaviour from a Cambridge man, probably.

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stroudos September 16, 2013 10:44 pm

I think you're trolling the wrong message board with that Oxford v Cambridge bit, but fair play it was worth a go... ;)

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matt September 16, 2013 10:21 pm

That was a second half stomping for Gloucester...

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DrG September 17, 2013 10:17 pm

Totally accidental, if anything looks like he headbutted Wood's boot to get him sent off...

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