Dixon gets off

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Oct 2012 at 09:42
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According to report, Sharks hooker Pieter Dixon escaped last night’s disciplinary hearing with no further sanction after his red card against the Bulls on Friday night.

Dixon was sent from the field after a clearly accidental contact with the face of Arno Botha, causing much indignation from all watching. Botha’s bruised ego has duly been rewarded with a Springboks call=up, but the good news for the Sharks, at least, is that Dixon is free to play against the Cheetahs this weekend if selected.

Coach John Plumtree will need to decide which two hookers to take to Bloemfontein; he has Dixon, Kyle Cooper and Monde Hadebe all available to him.


  • Kyle Cooper to start with Hadebe on the bench.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.10.12 10:02:34 by KingRiaan Reply
  • They could hardly have made any other decision after deciding not to punish blatant punching by the WP players.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.10.12 10:04:23 by rhineshark Reply
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  • About time a call goes our way. Cooper & Dixon must go, let dixon play i feel he is a better scrumager than hadebe and let cooper come on later.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.10.12 10:27:55 by Dunx Reply

  • All good and well, but now what if the Sharks lost the game cause of a bad call?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.10.12 10:31:12 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @rhineshark (Comment 2) : That’s a problem though isn’t it. Players almost know that short of actually murdering someone they’ll be able to get away with most foul play. This time the roll of the dice benefited the Sharks but it sends a wrong message to everyone involved.

    Was it intentional? I don’t know. I’d like to hear what his motivations were from him exactly. I’m a little torn to be honest. His shocked expression when he got the red card shows it came as a surprise. But if it was just a matter of him losing his footing (as was the excuse by the commentators) – why hasn’t it happened more often?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.10.12 10:48:46 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) : Re the losing of his footing and why it hasnt happened before – given the same circumstances ie the rain deluge and the same body positioning and actions Im sure it could happen regularly.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.10.12 11:17:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) : Agree. One of the great things in rugby used to be the rucking of players lying on the wrong side.

    Now, players who are “guilty” of putting their foot near some opponent lying there, being cyncial and slowing the ball (and the game) down, is punished more heavily than blatant punching or kicking.

    My views on Dixon´s kick is that it wasn´t an accidental act in the “losing of his footing”. I´ve never, ever seen someone kick out like that in order to “regain his balance”. He was almost on the turf when he kicked out at Stander.

    His shocked expression doesn´t fool me. I show the same one when my wife asks me what happened to the last Peppermint Crisp in the drawer.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.10.12 11:30:21 by rhineshark Reply
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  • So you believe that Dixon, while in the process of falling to the ground, consciously took aim at, loaded, and kicked at Bothas head?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.10.12 11:43:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 7) : @Salmonoid (Comment 8) :

    I missed the incident when the game was played but saw it last night during highlights and I’m not convinced either way. If I was a Bulls supporter I would be fuming but as a Sharks supporter I’m willing to believe it wasn’t intentional.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.10.12 11:48:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) :
    Why are you asking if a freak accident has ever happened before. Isnt that the very definition of freak accident?

    And I can tell you that it has happened before. Plenty.

    They only issue here was that the TMO saw it whilst looking at something else entirely and decided to make an emotional judgement call.

    What happens if the Sharks lost the game because they were playing with 14 men for 10 mins? Terrible decision by the TMO.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.10.12 11:57:03 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : Yes. How much thinking needs to go into a kick when you´re falling over? How much pre-planning and thinking goes on in a player´s head when he sticks his foot out to trip someone? It happens in a split second.

    Have a look again if you recorded it. He was looking at the area where he landed his kick until the last moment. When he actually kicked, he had just hit the ground and couldn´t see the exact spot anymore, but he knew where his kick was going to land.

    I just can´t see this issue being debated pro the kicker if the boot had been on the other (Bulls ) foot. 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.10.12 12:47:34 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Why would a player who is not guilty go to the extremes that Dixon did?

    What extremes?

    After the replay had been shown on the bigscreen over and over and over. Dixon had the cheek to ask “What did I do?” when he was red carded.

    Now IMO a player who was not guilty would have seen all this on the screen and said something closer to “you can see I was falling over” or “that was not on purpose” after seeing it all rather than feign COMPLETE ignorance.

    From the footage I would have said he was not guilty, but from his question afterwards I would have said his intentions were less than pure.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.10.12 12:58:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ” just can´t see this issue being debated pro the kicker if the boot had been on the other (Bulls ) foot.”

    Thats an interesting point of view, cosidering the vast majority of people across all spectrums and obviously the disciplinary commissioner have seen it as a slip – maybe we see what we want to see.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.10.12 13:24:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I did’nt see any shots of Dixon watching the replays on the big screen. I had the impression that neither he nor Keegan knesw that he was under review.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.10.12 13:27:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Have you seen how small that screen at Kings Park is? 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.10.12 13:32:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Just read on Rugby 15 that Elton Jantjies will be playing for the Stormers next year. Actually happy he will not join the Sharks as we need to keep Pat from seeking employment overseas.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.10.12 15:19:31 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 16) : Aaawwwwwwwww PLEASE LET IT BE!!!!!!!!

    Sure hope that info is correct

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.10.12 15:41:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • At 1st glance I thought Dixon was guilty, then the commentators made me unsure. Glad I didnt have to make that call.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.10.12 15:47:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Longtime no see uncle :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.10.12 15:48:04 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) : I’m with you on that one. My first thought was “WTF is he stupid?”

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.10.12 16:25:27 by Butchie34 Reply
  • 😈 Just another example of our sub-standard TMO decisions! Eugene Daniels’ TMO’s screwing up the CC! But why are there no Watson and SARU getting involved to better this?

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.10.12 18:31:04 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Off Topic I know:

    With JP returning to full fitness here`s my stab at our probable backline for the clash in Bloem.

    15 Ludik
    14 Odwa
    13 JP
    12 Whitehead
    10 Bosman
    11 Jordaan
    9 Reinach

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.10.12 08:02:34 by Original Pierre Reply
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