Unrepentant Thorn remains a bad sport

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks on 14 Aug 2008 at 09:38
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All Black lock forward Brad Thorn has no remorse about his role in the groin injury that ruined Springbok captain John Smit’s rugby season.

Thorn showed no sympathy for Smit when he was asked here on Wednesday whether he was sorry about his spear tackle during the Tri-Nations Test match in Wellington on July 5, according to Stephen Nell on News24.

“I’m sorry that it cost my team three points and that I was suspended for a week,” said Thorn, who faces the Springboks again in the Tri-Nations Test at Newlands on Saturday.

South Africa lost the Wellington Test 8-19 and Thorn missed the return match in Dunedin the following week, when the Springboks recorded their first Test victory at Carisbrook, winning 30-28.

Thorn upended Smit after referee Stuart Dickinson had already blown his whistle early in the first match. He was later cited and found guilty only of “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

Smit was badly injured and he is likely to return to play only when the Springboks go on tour to the northern hemisphere at the end of the year.

Members of the Springbok camp were upset about the light punishment that Thorn received.

SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins also strongly criticised the apparent lack of consistency when Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis was suspended for three weeks for an incident in the Carisbrook Test.

Thorn, a key player in the All Black pack because of his physical approach, denied on Wednesday that he was a “dirty” player.

“I’ve been a professional sportsman for 14 years and it has been a clean career,” he said.

“Sometimes there is pressure around matches, and much contact. Things happen. One must accept it and move on.

“I spoke to John during the match and immediately afterwards. There were no ill feelings,” he added.

Dickinson, after watching video footage of the incident in Wellington, admitted that he would have shown Thorn a yellow card if he had a good view of what happened.

Thorn has been sent to the sin bin twice this season: during the Super 14 final and when New Zealand lost 19-34 to Australia recently.

If he receives another yellow card during the Tri-Nations series, he will have to face a disciplinary committee for being sent to the cooler three times during a Sanzar season.

Bakkies Botha, South Africa’s best counter to Thorn, is injured and will miss this week’s Test at Newlands.

However, Thorn feels Andries Bekker is up to the task of standing in for Botha.

“Bakkies brings a physical dimension to the game but they have brought in an absolute monster who will be playing on his home ground.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a big moment for Bekker. He has a great deal of talent. He has rather impressed me.”


  • Now what do people expect from Thorn?? To punish himself for something that happened on the spur of the moment??

    A beeeg finger pointing at the officials IMO.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.08 09:46:08 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • toSSer…

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.08 09:51:44 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 2) : blackshark in a black mood on a black Thursday makes for beware All Blacks! 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.08 09:56:22 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • This just add more motivation towards the Bokke in giving the All Blacks a hidiing…History in the making… GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.08 10:10:08 by Charlie Reply
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) : 😈 yeah …

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.08 10:23:13 by blackshark Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : yeeehaaa!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.08 10:36:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • What a ridiculous article.

    He did what he did and got punished for it. Is he supposed to beg for our eternal forgiveness?

    This may sound controversial but Smit was limping before the tackle and getting injured after playing a SH season, a world cup and a NH seaosn can surely not be blamed on one tackle.

    Smit sounded like BOD. It was pathetic.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.08 10:43:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • He’ll pick up another yellow… 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.08 10:51:25 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 8) : 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.08 11:01:02 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : you might like the latest article I wrote 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.08 11:04:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t know, a couple of years ago James Small Jumped into the Air Contesting the Ball and smashed into his opposition. Well somebody dredged up that he had sampled a little Mountain Cabbage in his youth. Well did the Press in NZ and Ausie have a field day. If the Press in SA had any Balls they would have a Poster made with Thorne as a Target with a Price on his head. Like there was a price on George Smith Dreds. Or maybe one of Daniel Carter. These guys need to feel like they have stepped from the frying pan into the fire. Maybe a Zulu Impi doing a Toi toi outside the hotel on Saturday morning wearing above said posters. See if the AB’s reply to that challenge with a Haka??The local Maori get very Sh*tty when a team doesn’t behave as they think they should to the Haka. eg ignoring it completely like the Poms did a few years ago.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.08 02:15:56 by Dynamite Reply

  • I just love the AB’s way of doing things, hence the quote of their backline coach, Wayne Smith, “We’ve had a good week, done a lot of homework, worked hard and the players are now preparing themselves [mentally] to be where they need to do,” he said. “Whatever they do is up to them, but they have the responsibility to get there.”

    Notice how they put the RESPONSIBILITY on the players themselves, and the seriousness these players responds to that are reflected on the field comes playday. Win or lose, it was there.

    Creepers, if I wasn’t such a staunch Bok supporter…..

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.08 07:06:45 by Silver Fox Reply

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