Kwas get Arnold back

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 10 Sep 2013 at 09:41
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It seems justice has been served in the case of Griquas’ mammoth Aussie lock import, Rory Arnold.

Arnold was served a 7-match ban last week, on the flimsiest of evidence, after being red carded for a supposed bite to the forearm of Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke. Watching the replay of what happened, it appeared to all the world as though Reyneke had swung his forearm at the face of the charging Arnold as the latter surged over the tryline to score his maiden Currie Cup points; Arnold had his mouth open at the time and one would have thought that any right-minded fool would have concluded that any “bite mark” would have been the consequence of of the inevitable downward pressure applied on the forearm as Arnold crashed over the line.

Alas, that was not the finding of the match TMO, who confidently pronounced “there was definitely a bite”, despite a lack of any video evidence to confirm this view. Nor did the first judicial hearing come to that sensible conclusion, opting rather to ban the player on “the balance of probability”, thus tacitly admitting zero evidence to substantiate the finding. I find it amusing that, at no point, did anyone question whether Reynekce’s swinging forearm to Arnold’s mouth might, just perhaps, have been considered a high tackle…

Arnold duly missed Griquas’ weekend defeat against the Lions – and couldn’t they just have used a 2.08m monster in the middle of that creaky lineout – only to be amazingly exonerated of all charges during yesterday’s appeal. The one thing that is, of course, sorely lacking is any hint of an apology, or even an admission from the match referee, TMO, citing commissioner, or judicial panel that they got this one horribly wrong and did Arnold a massive disservice.

We wait on, more in hope than real expectation.


  • At least some form of justice. That was in no way a bite and the griquas must be pissed at the TMO and the first hearing. They should make some noise about this to the referees because that ridiculous calls cost them two games.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.09.13 09:45:04 by PTAShark Reply
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  • TMO’s are pointless today as no one actually knows the rules and have no common sense of whats going on, on the field. I am amazed by both S15 and CC level how badly these guys get it wrong. Its become a double lottery with the refs, and then them referring it to the TMO’s.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.13 09:57:36 by Uli Reply
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  • And what happened to the incident in which a Free Stater was bitten on the forearm in the WP game? Never heard a word about it again.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.13 10:10:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 2) : They get so much wrong that hardly gets mentioned and when they get it right (as Willie Roos did) everyone bitches and moans that he got it wrong. Even the self centred Breyton Paulse, on TV last night, basically said he does not care what Mark Lawrence and a plethora of other refs say, but HE knows that Roos got it wrong.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.09.13 10:14:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I read somewhere that Deon Fourie has been cited for making contact with Keegan Daniel’s eyes / face area.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.09.13 10:15:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Well this might sound stupid and I apologise beforehand. When did this guy join the Griquas? Really funny seeing an Aussie player making a move to play in SA as suppose to the other way around. Although I’m sure he is not the first (Sure I could have missed someone else thou. 🙄 )

    Is he any good, or is he trying to toughen up on the hard Kimberly pitch?

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.09.13 13:28:55 by Farlington Reply

  • O yes, and it totally makes sense that there was no apology. Admission of guilt or wrong doing will not be in the best interest of the refereeing panel. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.09.13 13:30:59 by Farlington Reply

  • Do no players wear gum guards anymore? How do u bite someone with one them in?

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.09.13 15:16:17 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 8) : Even with a gum guard, the bottom teeth are still exposed. Unless these guys use different gum guards to the ones I’m familiar with.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.09.13 21:50:28 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Could`ve had a field day with this one . . .

    ” Big Dog back to face K Dog ” maybe ? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.09.13 09:40:55 by Original Pierre Reply
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