Hore cops five-week ban for 'king hit'
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 5:19a.m.
All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has apologised for the hit that floored Wales forward Bradley Davies, saying he is embarrassed at the incident that has resulted in a five-week rugby ban.
The punch from behind in the opening minute of New Zealand's 33-10 win in Cardiff last weekend left Davies with concussion, ruling him out of Wales' Test against Australia.
Hore pleaded guilty to foul play at a judicial hearing and his suspension means he is out of the All Blacks' tour finale against England at Twickenham.
But because the ban also takes in three pre-season matches next year, the new Highlanders captain will miss just one Super Rugby match - against the Chiefs on February 22.
"Firstly, I want to say how bad I feel and embarrassed for being in this situation," he told journalists in London after the penalty was handed down.
"It's not the All Black way. I've let myself down and the team, and probably the whole country that is pretty proud of what we do."
The 34-year-old Hore, a veteran of 74 Tests, said the All Blacks management, as well as the leadership group he was part of, had been "pretty stern on me" for what had happened.
"Hopefully I can just take what I've got and go back and start building a reputation as a good, clean, hard footy player."
Hore, who has been in regular contact with Davies, said he hoped the lock would be back playing in the Heineken Cup as soon as possible.
Explaining the incident, he said he was trying to do his job of going to clean out a ruck "and made a bad decision, which ended up with me being here".
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said the hearing had been fair and team management accepted the "pretty significant punishment".
"We're satisfied with the process we've just been through," he said.
"It's nice to hear Andrew express remorse for Bradley. From us, too, as an All Black team, we wish him well."
Foster said Hore's character over more than 300 first-class games had been exemplary before the incident, for which he had fronted up and been punished.
A statement issued by Six Nations Rugby, which oversees the disciplinary process for the European Tests, said the judicial officer, Professor Lorne Crerar, ruled that Hore's action was inherently dangerous.
Crerar said it was a deliberate swinging of the arm delivered with significant force, causing serious injury to the victim, who was unsighted.
However, he found that Hore had not intended to make contact with Davies' head.
He began with a starting point of eight weeks, which he reduced for mitigating factors.
Those factors included Hore's guilty plea, his daily contact with Davies, an exemplary disciplinary record and his conduct during the hearing.
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30/11/2012 4:35:01 a.m.
Why do you report it as a king hit and punch. They are a certain type of intentional, boxing type strike done with a closed fist. The judiciary has found that was not the case.
29/11/2012 10:04:37 p.m.
The dirty hoare deserved 14 weeks but as usual the protected species in black jerseys roll on. This continues to damage our game folks.
29/11/2012 12:44:24 p.m.
Good call Andrew Hore has been part of the All Blacks team for years and this is his first trip to the judiciary, that lock was clearly running interferance. Hore should never have made contact like he did but it didnt seem like an intentional blow to the head. We in New Zealand are a bunch of idiots. We have such a thing for cutting people down. Hore admitted his mistake and its been dealt with. To kick him out of the ABs is a ridiculous call. Rugbys a contact sport and mistakes do happen. There is a big difference between kinghitting someone in a punch up and what hore did. Let him do his punishment and carry on.
29/11/2012 9:02:50 a.m.
Why do the undoubted most gifted and talented side to play the game always leave a suspicion of using pre-meditated dirty and cowardly tactics!? O'driscoll was targeted in the lions test - then the incidents on this tour raised the same questions. Hard but fair should be their ethos but they always get off lightly. 10 weeks should have been the minimum for Hoare - either dished out by the citing panel or the All Blacks Management to make an example that these actions won't be tolerated!
29/11/2012 6:10:45 a.m.
What a load of bollocks! "......but accepted the hooker did not intend to strike Davies in the head."
5 weeks and his co-player gets 2 for some foot work that looked to be a tap when he realised what was there. This guy should have got longer and the All Black management should have sent him home in disgrace stripping him of his All Black status. Also, missing pre-season games, well that is also a joke.
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