Toomua gets just desserts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Mar 2013 at 10:27
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Referee Jonathan Kaplan had a pretty eventful evening at Kings Park on Saturday, when it came to ignoring Brumbies infringements and getting swept up in the general euphoria that tends to affect “the rest of the country” when the Sharks are getting pasted. One of his worse misses, though, has been picked up and actioned, although admittedly far too late to do the Sharks much good.

In the build-up to Ryan Kankowski’s second-half try, Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua attempted to decapitate Pat Lambie with a swinging arm clothesline tackle, reminiscent of the glory days of professional wrestling. Kaplan can’t pretend to have not seen the indiscretion, since he indicated advantage to the Sharks, but because a try was duly scored at the end of the movement, then seemingly forgot that a Brumbies player had committed a clearly card-worthy offence in the play leading up to the try.

Let’s just make sure we’re clear here; you can waive a penalty if you feel that an acceptable advantage has accrued (in this case, it was – a try was scored) but a cardable offence is just that. A reckless high tackle, of the sort that has seen South African players shown a straight red when playing in Australia or New Zealand, warrants a card regardless of what happens in the play following the offence.

Toomua was duly issued an off-field yellow card on review, which is about as useful to the Sharks as being handed a condom on your kid’s first birthday.


  • lol Classic!

    BTW, what does a off field yellow actually do?

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.13 10:40:24 by Uli Reply
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    Uli Boelie
  • “Toomua was duly issued an off-field yellow card on review, which is about as useful to the Sharks as being handed a condom on your kid’s first birthday.” 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.13 10:45:03 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : After two or three yellows in a tournament, a player gets an automatic one or two week suspension. (Don’t know the exact numbers, only the principle, so apologies for the lack of specifics)

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.13 10:46:24 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • @King Shark (Comment 3) : that’s pretty pointless.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.13 11:07:58 by Uli Reply
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    Uli Boelie
  • That has to get line of the year :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.13 11:16:56 by ChrisS Reply
  • What a frustrating game to watch! Kaplan should just retire, he had a bad game in the Sharks Stormers match too. He is long past his sell by date!

    Look I doubt whether a different ref would have resulted in a different outcome to this match. The Brumbies where on fire and we looked lethargic and clueless on attack!

    Hopefully Plum and the Boys can turn this around and smash the Rebels to get the confidence up and our attacking game going

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.13 11:22:26 by MikeVS Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 6) : don’t get me wrong… I’m not blaming the ref for the defeat. We were outclassed, pure and simple.

    But this annoying tendency for a ref to pick sides has to stop. It happened against the Kings and happened again last week.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.13 11:36:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I agree.

    I also think we haven’t made a big enough fuss over the blatant forward pass that led to the Brumbies 4th try. Also not saying it would necessarily have made a difference but trailing by 16 at half time is a lot better than trailing by 23.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.13 12:37:03 by Orelando_G Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : At least he wasn’t as bad as Steve Walsh was in the 6 Nations match between England and Wales. That was Bryce Lawrence-esque. How that man is allowed to referee at an international level is beyond me. He has the WORST positioning sense of any “elite” referee, conspiring to slow down attacking ball worse than any of the loosies (that he seems to choose not to see) getting away with murder on the deck.

    I maintain that if we have to put up with Walsh in an Aussie guise, he should be breathalysed before every match…

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.13 12:45:08 by MerckZ Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I agree with you 100% All I want is a fair contest, yes refs do make mistakes – they are human (well some of them are) but then you get Kaklan! He just is so inconsistent!

    @MerckZ (Comment 9) : Unfortunately didn’t get to see the game so I can’t comment there…

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.13 13:40:39 by MikeVS Reply


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