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Monday, September 17, 2007

Gareth Thomas late hit on Berrick Barnes

Young Berrick Barnes made only his second appearance for the Wallabies against Wales on the weekend. In a game that the Aussies won comfortably in the end, Barnes played well, with some decisive breaks and good distribution.

After one of this excellent breaks and a great dummy, he offloaded to Matt Giteau and received a welcome to test rugby from Welsh captain Gareth Thomas. Late and hard, this hit should have resulted in a yellow card.

Totally uncalled for and I think the fact that Thomas got away with it has something to do with him being captain. For some reason the refs always take this into account when making decisions.

Horrible hit for the youngster Barnes after such a good break, but luckily for him and the Aussies he got up and carried on playing showing no ill effects.

Not great by Thomas though, and as you'll see, Australia got revenge.

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  • What is with this new breed of rugby player who insists on preceding a try with a giant swan dive? They look like muppets, and it's bound to go wrong at some point.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2007 8:30 am  

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    By Blogger Rugbydump Admin, at September 18, 2007 8:49 am  

  • has he been cited for it yet??

    By Anonymous Craus_100, at September 18, 2007 6:50 pm  

  • I don't think it looks that late, you can see him go for the hit before the pass, especially in the slow mo through the posts. The pass could have easily been a dummy before the hit was lined up - in that situation I would've taken my man also instead of being another person he's just run around!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2007 6:53 pm  

  • I agree that its not late, defintely a shoulder charge though. Keep in mind I'm Australian.

    It seems as though any time a guy gets hit after passing or kicking people think its late. What are the players supposed to do? If someone looks as though they are about to pass they should go "oh, better not touch him then"? Then the guy dummies and doesn't actually pass..

    Barnes' pass was nicely timed, but he should have got hit.
    Just not with the shoulder and no arms.

    By Anonymous James, at September 19, 2007 3:09 am  

  • This was and old crusty trying to put the hard-man act on the new fella.... but Mr.Thomas spent the rest of the game watching from the sideline after one of the Wallabies gave him the same treatment three minutes later.

    By Blogger petroshernandez, at September 19, 2007 6:17 am  

  • Definately not late. Anyone who has ever played knows you have to hit your man in case they throw a dummy. I agree that it was a shoulder charge though.

    I agree with comments about the swan dive... looks silly and could easily end someone's tournament with an injury.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 21, 2007 3:56 pm  

  • Swan dives are the most stupidest things I have ever seen! You wouldn't try that crap on an Australian field, you'd end up pushing your nuts through your blow hole as well as breaking both your elbows and knees in the process. Giteau uses it as a trademark type thing, loser! As for the hit, it was a definate shoulder charge, and I ask again for the consistency of the World Cup referees to be taken into account!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 12, 2007 2:22 am  

  • It wasn't that late but he didn't try and tackle as his arms weren't outstretched. You can't just throw your should into someone slightly late just because he cut through your defence with no effort

    By Anonymous DK, at October 14, 2007 7:32 pm  

  • Definite yellow card

    By Anonymous geraint, at December 13, 2007 11:36 pm  

  • "What is with this new breed of rugby player who insists on preceding a try with a giant swan dive? They look like muppets, and it's bound to go wrong at some point."

    Leguizamond (sp?)

    By Anonymous hamish m, at December 24, 2007 1:55 pm  

  • Gareth Thomas did what every decent full back would do - if he hadn't hit barnes then it would've looked like he'd done nothing. He took into consideration that barnes might've tried to dummy him and he made the necessary hit.

    By Anonymous stuie, at February 02, 2008 4:53 am  

  • It doesn't seem that late....its just that he gave Barnes a "rugby league" tackle...no arms

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 22, 2008 2:53 am  

  • was barnes playing centre, because Larkham is playing.

    By Anonymous angus, at March 28, 2008 11:34 pm  

  • thats what you get if you are a cheesey idiot

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 01, 2008 5:57 pm  

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