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Flip van der Merwe slams ban after pushing referee out the way

Laws..

And he didn't whine about a card.. he whined about a ban...

2 Days, 5 Hours ago

Flip van der Merwe slams ban after pushing referee out the way

Instead of thinking "yeh, well,... *

2 Days, 13 Hours ago

Flip van der Merwe slams ban after pushing referee out the way

Looking back at prior incidents I can see I've changed my tune a bit... I made a mention of any punishment for pushing a referee is fine in my books...

I think my issue is that when you see the self destruction of other parts of the game, when this gets lumped in with it, you'd think "yeh, well, serves you right" but I guess when you see red cards and silly bands for minor incidents, rather than this being one of those core golden rules of the game, it gets recognised as another form of OTT punishment...

2 Days, 13 Hours ago

Flip van der Merwe slams ban after pushing referee out the way

Somewhat agree with the above.

Decision was made, bitching about it on twitter isn't going to change it.. you'll more likely make it impossible to change because it'll be seen as backing down to the social media influence.

That being said "what has the game become?".

I feel that the powers that be have tightened their unnecessary grip on so many parts of the game in a way that is far more than required that now little things are bursting out through the cracks and requiring knee jerk reactions. This was far from a violent shove, but a bit more than a brush past... So a talking to from the referee (as there appears to be) is surely sufficient?

We're losing control. The diving is becoming more prevalent and less punished than promised due to (imo) a direct impact from the fact you can't turn round and belt someone for their indescretions, it's now easier and safer to dive to make a point.

The Mujati incident was deserved of a punishment, I think it was a violent shove and it was unnecessary.. this look more like a strong guidance of moving to the side..

2 Days, 14 Hours ago

Wallaby prop suspended after twice testing positive for cocaine use

Wish him all the best.

As im1 said quite a short ban compared to Matt Stevens.. to be honest as much as a ban is due, cocaine isn't particularly a performance enhancement drug and I think to be caught twice in a few months shows he has more of an issue with himself/headspace etc.

3 Days, 16 Hours ago

Jody Jenneker loses his cool and swats Maxime Medard in a ruck

Didn't look like much wrong with his entry... He didn't target a head.. admittedly it wasn't technically great, but penalty at the most of that...

4 Days, 20 Hours ago

James Lowe dominates Simon Zebo for great try en route to win over Munster

Awesome offload by Lowe.

Not entirely sure Zebos ever been known for rock solid defence(?). I don't think he's bad in defence, but I don't know if I've ever heard much about defence as a point he excels in more than standard?

5 Days, 11 Hours ago

Jody Jenneker loses his cool and swats Maxime Medard in a ruck

Looked more like Medard hit him around the back of the ear with a strong palm... Hooker retaliates with a bit of a weak (but albeit probably painful) swing arm...

I can't see it being red personally...

5 Days, 11 Hours ago

Tevita Nabura sees red for shocking flying kick to Cam Clark's face

6 of one I guess... Days gone by this might have gone down as an accident...

Today I don't want holes in my face from someone's studs...

6 Days, 7 Hours ago

Rory Arnold walks after attempting to take Elton Jantjies' head off

I don't disagree with the first couple paragraphs.. it was hard to write my point and sort of explain what I mean because it's all based on a feeling as opposed to anything particularly tangible...

Players as you rightly said left the field without any argument...so he sort of did what he was always going to have to do...

I suppose it's just due process, but so much credit is given to the hearing process, I think purely giving the referee the respect of hearing him out might be just one of those unwritten things that I guess makes it less footballery..

6 Days, 7 Hours ago