VIDEO: Forearm to McCaw's face
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:01p.m.
The New Zealand All Blacks beat the South Africa Springboks 21-11 in Dunedin tonight in the Rugby Championship, but the talking point of the match will have many All Blacks’ fans seeing Red – the same colour Boks replacement Dean Greyling probably should have seen.
Instead, the prop was only given a yellow card for what looked like an intentional forearm to the nose of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in the 63rd minute of the match.
McCaw, often described as the best flanker in the world, has been a target for players for a number of years, but the latest incident appeared to be so blatant a red card needed to be produced.
What are your thoughts? Watch the video for the incident.
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17/09/2012 2:23:13 a.m.
Our All Blacks showed great character and professionalism by not retaliating to what happened. Great composure All Blacks, you make me proud.
16/09/2012 3:11:20 p.m.
Ian Huggins wrote:
He had Richie in his sights from a few paces out, it was a blatant attempt to take him out, if he had used a fist he would have been off, forearm can still do similar damage, definitely not in the spirit of the game and he should have been sent off.
16/09/2012 12:49:01 p.m.
Funny, McCaw looked trapped after going for the ball (illegal or not) and he was fairly cleaned out by the Boks number 8. No reason for the second clean out. You can see Habana realising that Greyling was gonna get sinbinned for that cheap shot.
Mind you, the Springboks were probably frustrated for not leading the scores when they should have been.
Just love how the ABs turned it up a notch in retaliation.
16/09/2012 8:59:13 a.m.
there was also a moment just before the forearm which was questionable.
the boks will never change their spots. same old story if you ask me
16/09/2012 1:46:19 a.m.
In this case I do not think a red card was necessary. I certainly think that the yellow card was issued correctly. The disciplinary hearing will sort out whether or not a suspension is warranted.
16/09/2012 12:19:57 a.m.
Richie is the consumate hardman and so often the physical punching bag of his opponents. The red card should have been brought out this time. Blatantly flagrant foul.
16/09/2012 12:19:18 a.m.
K Doc wrote:
The hit on Mckaw deserves not only a red card but a one match ban for such blatant foul play.
15/09/2012 10:39:35 p.m.
Adele Jones wrote:
I hope Richie is OK. I hope he has someone to give him a hug. :-)
But at least he has the satisfaction of winning!
Whatever he does in the game, it's probably in some way a strategy thing, and on the level of just playing the game - no way does it deserve such a reaction. It's not in the same context.
The Springboks are big men but, hmm, I came across a quote that read:
"If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?"
(Sidney J. Harris)
Haha, maybe they are just little guys?
15/09/2012 10:29:30 p.m.
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