McCaw slams ‘judicial inconsistencies’

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news on 10 Nov 2010 at 14:26
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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has put the boot into the judicial systems that operates in international rugby, following the four-week ban handed down to All Black teammate Kevin Mealamu.

Mealamu, who is considering an appeal, was handed a reduced ban for his act of stupidly – head-butting England captain Lewis Moody in the Test at Twickenham last Saturday.

Judicial officer Lorne Crerar, ruling on the incident that was clearly visible on television replays, upheld the citing complaint against the All Black hooker for an act contrary to Law 10(4)(a). He determined that it was an intentional act of foul play.

However, he was lenient when handing out punishment – reducing the ‘mid range’ ban of eight weeks to just four, in the absence of aggravating factors together with compelling mitigating factors including the player’s conduct at the hearing and his exemplary disciplinary record.

Mealamu, who has 48 hours to appeal the verdict, will not play again on New Zealand’s year-end tour if the ban stands.

However, McCaw felt strongly about what he term the “inconsistency of rugby’s judicial system” after England hooker Dylan Hartley escaped disciplinary action.

Hartley crashed into McCaw with a forearm challenge in the second half of the All Blacks’ 26-16 victory, but citing commissioner John West decided to take no further action.

“It’s a little surprising. That’s the biggest frustration as a player – the inconsistency,” McCaw told the media.

“I don’t like to be bitching and moaning about it – that’s not the way I am – but all players would like to see a level of consistency.

“With that incident I’m surprised he wasn’t up.

“I don’t know whether the ref saw it or not but I certainly made it known to him that I’d been hit. I don’t like people to take cheap shots – that annoys me.”

All Blacks lock Brad Thorn saw Hartley career into McCaw and shoved the England hooker to the turf, sparking a melee.

“I think you saw my reaction and Brad’s reaction in the field, what we thought about it. You don’t like those things happening – that’s not the game of rugby,” McCaw added.

“You have to put your faith in the people that make those decisions. He’s obviously decided it wasn’t worthy.”

This article is courtesy of rugby365.com


  • From the replays I have watched it looks like Mealamu picks Moody up and then goes in with a headbutt? Perhaps Mealamu fell funny and landed with his head on Moody’s head?? :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.11.10 14:38:42 by lostfish Reply
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  • If there was consistency then Hartley would have been cited too.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.11.10 14:39:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • dont worry Richie, Bismarck and Bakkies will sort him out for you… :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.11.10 14:40:30 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 2) :

    Totally agree. Hartley’s was a coward’s challenge as well. He has “form” on the disciplinary front too so deserved a suspension. Maybe he was trying to prove that he has got over his Kiwi roots??? :shock: :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.11.10 14:41:50 by Villie Reply
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  • O cry me a river. This citing malarkey is a mess.

    Nothing wrong with Mealamu’s citing and sentence.

    Yes Hartley should have been cited, but we all know it’s a bit of a lottery.


  • Comment 5, posted at 10.11.10 14:43:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    That is what McCaw is trying to express, what we all know that the citing procedure is a total mess.

    Mealamu deserved his citing and ban….but Hartley should have joined him. Just seems to be biased towards the home team!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.11.10 14:46:43 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 6) : It is. But after all these years sucking the hind tit of citings when touring Aus/NZ, it’s a bit hard to feel much sympathy for McCaw.

    Where was his bleeding heart “inconsistency of rugby’s judicial system” speeches every time an All Black or Kiwi got away with dirty play or was simply not cited? A bit rich from Rich I reckon. :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.11.10 14:53:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : Indeed… remember Brad Thorn’s “little nudge” of John Smit a few year’s back.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.11.10 15:05:48 by CS Reply

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  • For a second there I thought McCaw wanted Mealamu to get 9 weeks as well? Thats consistency

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.11.10 16:26:47 by Frisbee Reply

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  • As we say in SA. AG SHAME

    Cry me a frikken river!!!!!!!!!!

    Now that your team has left the sanctuary of SANZAR you no longer get special treatment now you are crying.

    Please keep moaning? It will let you feel what SA feels like, Remember Rangers shoulder charge that went unpunished in the 3Ns????????

    Live with it!!!!!!!!!

    We had to.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.11.10 17:45:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 9) :

    When I saw the headline i thought maybe he was coming out in defence of some of the SA guys during the 3N and S14. :razz:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.11.10 17:46:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 9) : He doesn’t have a disciplinary record like Bakkies…

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.11.10 17:52:19 by lostfish Reply
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  • a-ha, there you go richie, suck it up boy…when the likes of rene ranger shoulder charge springbok players and nothing is said, you SHUT UP! Feel it, it is here ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.11.10 18:56:29 by Megatron Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 12) :
    You will find that Bakkies is not the only recipient of inconsistent citing during th 3N.

    Richie doesn’t really want to open this one up.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.11.10 19:23:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Lol you win some you lose some! In his case he usually wins sum!

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.11.10 19:26:56 by Ben Reply
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  • The kiwis are going to appeal.

    Hansen, who formed part of Mealamu’s defence team along with the New Zealand Rugby Union’s UK-based lawyer Owen Eastwood, said they are determined to protect Mealamu’s reputation.

    “We’re defending a guy who’s character has been questioned and it shouldn’t be,” he said.

    “He’s a one-off special person. He hasn’t got a dirty bone in his body.

    “He’s not a dirty player, he never has been. This is a case we’ll go to the death on.”

    Hansen said Mealamu’s teammates shared the 31-year-old’s disappointment when the verdict was conveyed.

    “The guys were gutted because he can’t play and more importantly they were gutted for Kevvy because of the man he is,” Hansen said.

    “Everyone knows it’s not in his nature to do that and everyone knows if Kevvy says he didn’t do it, he didn’t do it.”

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.11.10 19:44:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    “He’s a one-off special person. He hasn’t got a dirty bone in his body.

    Dude you need to brush up on your anatomy. The head has a big bone inside it called the skull. :razz:

    Everyone knows it’s not in his nature to do that and everyone knows if Kevvy says he didn’t do it, he didn’t do it

    He Didn’t!?!?!?!??!?!?!?! Did you SEE the video???? What was that? A neck spasm as he tackled the guy?

    The IRB should do an FIA on them, usually when you appeal an FIA ruling the new ruling is a heavier punishment than the original.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.11.10 19:47:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Despite the indisputable video evidence and his track record – which include the two-man spear tackle that ruled British and Irish Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll out of the 2005 tour – the Kiwi management claim that Mealamu “hasn’t got a dirty bone in his body”.

    I didn’t know Mealamu was part of THAT tackle. :shock: :shock:

    I’m surprised the POMS didn’t take more of a revenge for that in handing down their sentence. ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.11.10 19:51:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • shame … and poor bakkies apologised to whole world after headbutting cowan. perhaps mealamu should do the same.

    if you do the wrong thing you should be punished. so the fact that the other guy did the same is no excuse.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.11.10 20:24:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 2) : yes, he definately should. I just have a feeling that Richie is not worried about Hartley’s citing but more about setting a scene for appeal.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.11.10 20:26:38 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : The 3N citing was a lottery.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.11.10 20:51:45 by lostfish Reply
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  • Matt Giteau getting away with taking Fourie Du Preez out in the air, Brad Thorn spear tackling John Smit in front of the ref….Yes there are loads of inconsistencies Richie! What about the try saving shoulder charge by an All Black (cant remember who) this weekend….thats a cheap shot too!

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.11.10 08:28:11 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Mealamu’s ban gets halved. :shock: :roll:

    An International Rugby Board appeal committee chaired by South Africa’s Peter Ingwersen met in Edinburgh on Friday and determined the incident was not intentional, halving the ban and permitting Mealamu to return to action on Monday, November 22.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.11.10 19:19:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) :

    See the article I posted.. new thread to discus it!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.11.10 19:24:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : Me too. LOL

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.11.10 19:49:52 by klempie Reply

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