If you watched the weekend’s rugby, you would have seen the incidents in question, but somehow, the judicial system got it wrong once again, as Aussie lock Rob Simmons got an eight week ban for a tip tackle while All Black flank Adam Thomson got one week for stamping.
Simmons was cited by South African Freek Burger, who judged his tackle on Yannick Nyanga to be dangerous, yet never received a red card during play as a result of the officials not being able to identify the player.
Thomson, whose boot made contact with Alasdair Strokosch’s head, was given a yellow card (who many feel was a light sentencing) and was subsequently given a one week ban, as it was on the lower end of the scale of IRB sanctions.
Surely a stamping and an extremely dangerous tip tackle need to be close together on this scale of IRB sanctions? How is it possible that one player can walk away with a single week ban and another with a two month ban?Tweet