Paddy sorry for “reckless clean”

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Sharks, Super 14 on 7 Apr 2008 at 08:23
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A remorseful Epi Taione has apologised to his Sharks team-mates for a costly rush of blood to the head during the 13 -13 draw with the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

The massive Tongan had been making a telling second-half impact as a substitute, having come on for flank Keegan Daniel when, at a ruck, he lunged head-first into substitute lock Jeremy Thrush in front of referee Paul Marks, who wasted no time in reaching for his red card write Mike Greenaway on IOL.

The Sharks played the last 14 minutes of the match with 14 men, and in the end were fortunate to hold on for the draw.

Taione will almost surely be suspended when he faces a disciplinary hearing in Christchurch on Monday, with the same panel hearing the case against Lions prop Ross Geldenhuys, who was cited for “use of the knee” during his team’s loss to the Highlanders, who are the Sharks’ opponents on Friday.

Sharks captain Johann Muller said the sincerely repentant Taione had asked to speak to the team during their post-match kontiki (the traditional post mortem-social).

“He is not a happy fellow,” Muller said. “He said he could not imagine a worse scenario than being sent off when he had only just joined us.”

On Sunday, a crestfallen Taione said: “I just got carried away. I was trying too hard. The coach had said at half-time that we had to start cleaning out the Hurricanes guys, who were coming over the top of the rucks to slow our ball down. And when I saw exactly that happening, I wanted to get the guy out of the way.

“The idea was not to harm the player, but the execution was reckless – I don’t deny that.”

Taione, a major Sharks off-season signing, joined the team late into the Super 14 because of commitments to his former Japanese club.

The explosive power of the 28-year-old is key to the Sharks’ plans, and they will be hoping that he will still have a role to play later in their five-match tour.

Taione will argue that he and the Sharks had already been punished by the sending-off, which probably cost them a win.


  • Should have thought about that BEFORE you did it, they say – jammer kom altyd te laat…its gonna take a bit more of just “sorry” for me to 4-give him..The Wrath if Ice is on you… 😈

    Why could he not use his hands to get the guy out of the way…what the F?? Sorry-ass excuse. πŸ˜•

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.08 08:31:14 by Ice Reply
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  • If I used my head to clean like he does, I’d concuss myself every time I tidy up the kitchen πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.08 08:39:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Or break all the crockery… πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.08 08:41:35 by Ice Reply
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  • i dont know, maybe we are being a bit hard on him,i mean no-one wrote off AJ,akkers or keagen for making stupid mistakes, aj head butted the crap out of fleck but we still love him, but still wasnt cool to let down his mates…….

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.08 10:25:41 by willa Reply

  • willa thats true, but i think it not that he did it its why and when he did it thats the problem.
    and AJ Ackkers are our own, Epi must become one of us first, its one hellava impresion he made

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.08 10:28:35 by barend Reply

  • Willa – i agree to an extend..Dirty play to me is a sign of no respect …no respect to your coach, teammates and your fans…but the boys seem to have got the tempers quite under control THIS year and this far…

    He’s temper let down ALL of the team, management, coaching staff and FANS!

    I for one condemn AJ’s ‘heated” play and has said on many occasions he should not be captain and or playing if he cannot control himself. I was furious with Ackers for his card in the game against the Bulls last year, but again – its the current year I am refering to – and I believe the Sharks discipline records this year has contributed highly to us not losing a game so far. πŸ˜›

    **touches head** Touch wood!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.08 10:33:38 by Ice Reply
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  • poor bloke, moment of madness, but i think they’re going to fry him.
    am afraid to say i think this is just the sort of player the sharks need in thrit loose-trio to give them some go-forward too. i was coming around to the daniel and botes dual-fetcher approach until this game showed daniel brushed aside by masoe and the sharks not getting the go-forward monetum needed for a backline to play off.
    One thing to win the breakdown contest, which they did not do, but its quite another if not getting that go-forward.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.08 10:35:38 by cab Reply

  • By the way – can anyone tell me how Sykes played? ❓

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.08 10:40:42 by Ice Reply
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  • am afraid to say i think this is just the sort of player the sharks need in thrit loose-trio to give them some go-forward too.
    07.04.08 10:35:38 – cab

    Just lose the “momemts of madness” him not being ON the field for most of the game, is not gonna do much now, is it? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.08 10:42:13 by Ice Reply
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  • Yep…I was really starting to like him…and now this…

    I’m not writing him off as a player…( I still like Zidane 😈 ) but I think this edition of the Super 14 is over for him… πŸ™

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.08 10:43:45 by blackshark Reply

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  • Hey BS – how did Sykes play? Wanted to see if he was getting some momemtum from where he left off last year – but had loadshedding so could not watch! πŸ™

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.08 10:45:32 by Ice Reply
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  • Sykes did not convince me one bit… I certainly hope AJ’s ‘crash conditioning course’ is done!

    IMO we are seriously weak at lock this season…

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.08 10:50:04 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Muller is good… that’s it… AVDB gets manhandled by the likes of 19yr old waif Quade Cooper, Sykes is average and AJ seems to be already retired designing white 3 piece suits for the Umhlanga brigade!

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.08 10:52:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Ice…all the forwards had decent games…we certainly held our own in the scrums…

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.08 10:53:52 by blackshark Reply

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  • Who’s Paddy?

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.08 10:55:40 by Dawn Reply

  • Paddy is Epi, Taione is Power.

    Well at least that WAS the case during the RWC.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.04.08 11:02:18 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Bryce…yep…we’re thin at lock and we can’t say we didn’t see that one coming.

    Sykes is in his early 20’s so he deserves a chance…

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.04.08 11:08:40 by blackshark Reply

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  • Paddy Power?

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.04.08 11:12:27 by Dawn Reply

  • still confused Dawn?

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.04.08 11:32:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • Only the Bad Boys who doesn’t have work to do?

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.04.08 11:41:44 by Cru-El Reply

  • Totally confused.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.04.08 11:46:58 by Dawn Reply

  • Hurricanes vs Sharks

    Penalties conceded

    Hurricanes: 6
    Sharks: 10


    Hurricanes: 16 (2 lost, 2 skew, 1 quick)
    Sharks: 17 (1 lost, 1 skew, i quick, 1 free kick)


    Hurricanes: 9 (2 resets, 3 collapses, 1 lost, 1 penalty)
    Sharks: 9 (1 reset, 1 wheel)

    Free kicks conceded

    Hurricanes: 3 (2 tackles, 1 scrum)
    Sharks: 7 (5 tackles, 1 line-out, 1 scrum)


    Hurricanes: 6
    Sharks: 3

    Stoppages: 84

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.04.08 11:50:21 by blackshark Reply

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  • man with athletic finger make broad jump

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.04.08 11:50:57 by Cru-El Reply

  • Dawn…

    “Tongan rugby player Epi Taione, playing at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, changed his name by deed poll to Paddy Power for the duration of the tournament in response to the bookmaker’s sponsorship of the Tongan team.”

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.04.08 11:53:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • Any idea why the video was removed from youtube?

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.04.08 12:03:12 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Which video?

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.04.08 12:04:39 by blackshark Reply

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  • of the headbutt

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.04.08 12:11:08 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • PJLD – just searched for Epi Taione on YT and found it…so try again…

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.04.08 12:22:51 by blackshark Reply

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  • quite a few S14 video’s have been removed from Youtube lately.

    Maybe Sanzar or one of the owners of the media rights have complained.

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.04.08 12:23:47 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • The Taione vid is stll there just watching it now.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.04.08 12:26:15 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Actually, watching it now on Youtube, it definitely deserved the card but I don’t think it was as ugly as Latham’s elbow on Brad’s face a couple of weeks back. No citing there?

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.04.08 12:35:34 by Waz Reply

  • Judicial findings deferred a day
    Monday, 07 April 2008

    The findings from today’s Sanzar rugby judicial hearings for Lions player Ross Geldenhuys and Sharks’ Epi Taione have been deferred until Tuesday.

    Geldenhuys was cited for kneeing Highlanders prop Jamie Mackintosh in Friday night’s Super 14 match in Dunedin.

    Taione faced an automatic judicial hearing after he was red-carded for using his head to strike a Hurricanes player in the 64th minute of their match in Wellington on Saturday.

    Judicial officer Nick Davidson QC said as a result of extensive evidence and submissions at the hearings, the findings would be deferred until Tuesday. – NZPA

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.04.08 12:41:24 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • aaaaallrightey then

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.04.08 12:50:34 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • interesting

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.04.08 13:17:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • The other type of Sharks (the type with the wigs and batman cloaks) are winning on that for sure

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.04.08 13:27:18 by Ollie Reply

  • Hey KSA.

    I thought you’d appreciate this comment i found on Voldy:



    As PissAnt says, to avoid becoming a very bleak rangerman, give Dick a tap on his shoulder and tell him β€œplay Steyn at 12…. and nothing else”

    Your world will blossom, I guarantee you

    Comment by Bod : April 7, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.04.08 13:52:15 by wpw Reply
  • What’s the strongest version of a “tap”?

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.04.08 14:06:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • Ollie πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.04.08 14:07:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Blackshark, I think it’s called a PK.

    Which is what Dick Muir gave me when I told him who to play where. Well, the verbal equivalent, but it still hurt.

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.04.08 14:11:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Klap?

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.04.08 14:12:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • πŸ˜† @ Rob…

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.04.08 14:14:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • P0Β£sKlap πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.04.08 14:22:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • 07.04.08 14:22:51 – robdylan

    😯 😯 Rob – co :mrgreen: me now – where did you learn to spel?? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.04.08 14:28:13 by Ice Reply
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  • Eish – where did I learn to spell??? 😳

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.04.08 14:32:30 by Ice Reply
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  • πŸ™‚

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.04.08 14:47:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • 07.04.08 10:52:45 – bryce_in_oz
    yes, i see it that way too brycie, but your frontrow is pretty special and with muller’s workrate and the muir/plumtree coaching is what is keeping the sharks ticking over. Perhaps Sykes deserves a chance still, big fellow, but needs to step up at no 4, but i’d still play AJ even if its for the first half only and he has half-an-eye on his colonel saunders suit collection.

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.04.08 16:51:22 by cab Reply

  • poor old Epi, the oke just wanted to show his committment, looked alot worse on replay, but i suppose he’s in deep shit.

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.04.08 16:54:38 by cab Reply

  • Hi everyone.
    This is totally off any topic and I’m not sure where to post it.

    Myself and Milissa (from the Sharks blog) came up with an idea and we wondered if maybe someone can make it a reality. The Lions has two calenders out this year. One with action photo’s from Lions games and One with their dancers.

    Now we were wondering can’t the Sharks do something similar. Only we want a calender of shirtless smiling rugby playing Sharks and a calender for the guys with all the Shark girls. Maybe a % of sales can go to charity or maybe towards Cedric’s fund. There will definitely be a marked for the calenders. So maybe someone out there know who to talk to and drop the idea. I think the Lions ask around R250 for a calender and the more you order once off the better the price.

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.04.08 16:58:47 by Nita Reply

  • Hi
    Just read Epi Taione has been banned for 6 weeks for his idiotic head but. Ross Geldenhuys cleared of his knee strike. How come only SA players sited?? I saw the Highlanders Prop take out a Lions player with the elbow during their game. John Smit was banned for a similar offence against France a few years ago.Once again I am disturbed with these hometown decisions. Epi deserves his punishment don’t get me wrong, however how come a blind eye was taken in other offences this past weekend.

  • Comment 49, posted at 08.04.08 03:13:58 by Dynamite Reply


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