I used to be enthralled within the Brumbies versus Reds Tremendous Rugby match and was getting extra confused with the present guidelines of head contact and the usage of yellow and crimson playing cards. 

My challenge just isn’t with head contact. As medical science has established, it must be stamped out.

Nonetheless, the problem at hand is about deliberate intent.

Rob Valetini was yellow carded because of shifting not more than two metres to attempt to cease a participant from executing an attacking transfer that will have, and may have, resulted in factors had he not acted.

The information as offered by the referees have been thus: there may be clearly head contact, there aren’t any mitigating circumstances, and a yellow will suffice. 

Right here is the problem. Anybody watching this realised a six-foot-two individual tried to sort out a five-foot-nine individual.

The tackler clearly ricocheted off the ball earlier than making contact.

Rob Valetini of the Brumbies

(Photograph by Mark Kolbe/Getty Photos)

I perceive World Rugby are underneath immense strain from a category motion, which can have been justified previously.

This has now become one thing completely different. Subsequently, I ask World Rugby for an alternate.

Final week Justin Harrison, a former Wallaby, put ahead a really measured case towards tackling decrease in gentle of the Tom Banks incident.

These factors are legitimate and we’re confronted with strong conversations from the remainder of the Stan Sport staff. It was educated and nicely thought out.

So if that’s the case – go decrease – what do you do inside two metres of a ruck or maul?

Rugby union is a sport for all sizes, so if a two-metre participant is encountering a 1.6-metre participant, please give an alternate.

If World Rugby is severe, cease saying what you may’t do and inform the general public what you are able to do.

I’m personally uncertain what Rob Valetini might have achieved. I’m additionally sure the referees had no possibility primarily based on the foundations.

So, World Rugby and each different contact sport on the earth, how about guidelines about what you are able to do in these conditions to clear it up.

I’m fairly positive you gained’t, since you don’t know both.


Author: Londonlad

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