Red card, yellow card… how about following football’s lead? BOOK THEM!!
Right so yet another three yellow cards and one red this week-end and I am thinking to myself as a spectator, who has paid a lot of money, is it right that a player is removed from the field and the game reduced to a farce? Is it not time to follow Footballs example and book players and ban them after the game, I am just tired of seeing, what could have been a good game, reduced to a farce because a referee, in an instant, has to make a decision, on what he saw or what he thought he saw and lets face it, these guys are under extreme pressure, no doubt about it. So why not book a player and if he is innocent, as I believe Danie Rossouw was, then he will have right of appeal after the game, but to send a player off for 10 minutes and reduce the game to a farce is nothing short of ridiculous!!
This however, then opens another can of worms, because now players will perform professional fouls, in certain instances, were they know the worst thing that can happen, is they are booked and in the mean time they have slowed the ball down to such an extent, that the other side loose a try scoring opportunity. This is still countered, to a certain extent, by two yellow bookings becoming a red card offence and then they are removed from the field, but at least the game has not been influenced by a player being sent from the field and the other team scoring a couple of tries and the game is gone as a contest. For example, the first two games of the Tri Nations and don’t get me wrong I don’t think we would have won those games anyway, so I am not looking for an excuse for the Boks. I do however believe that the games would have been more competitive, and the poor bloke who forked out R17,000 to support the Boks would have at least got his moneys worth, as far as a contest was concerned. He may still have had a problem with the result!!
Now I hear you, when you say yes but if the player had been disciplined in the first place this would not have happened, but in the case of Drew Mitchell, was it really necessary for him to be removed from the field, for throwing the ball away? In terms of the Laws, yes, it is a requirement, Craig Joubert clearly warned them!! But for the poor spectator, it is just not fair, that it becomes such a one sided affair and the game is gone as a contest. In the Tri Nations, it also affects the non playing side, as yesterday saw the All Blacks get a bonus point and don’t get me wrong I think they would have anyway, but the question is still there, what if a 15 man outfit had managed to stop the All Blacks scoring the Bonus point? The Tri Nations would still be up for grabs, but this is all hypothetical anyway.
In this case, my suggestion would not have worked, as it was his second yellow card and he would have been red carded anyway and the All Blacks will tell you if you are disciplined, it is not an issue!!
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