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Monday, March 03, 2008

Wycliff Palu scores then gets yellowcard

Big Waratahs number eight Wycliff Palu finished off this nice try from a Highlanders turnover, then got yellow carded for overreacting to a swinging arm by Jimmy Cowan.

Cowan, New Zealand's player of the tournament last year, has always been incredibly competitive and at times, cocky. For a scrum half, he's not the smallest guy, and punches well above his weight.

Here he dives in on the Waratahs tryscorer Palu, I can only think to try dislodge the ball, but Palu takes exception to it, getting up and basically flat hand smacking Cowan in the face.

Palu got his marching orders, and the game actually restarted with a penalty on the halfway line for the Highlanders.

Palu went from hero to zero in a matter of seconds.

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  • Lineout at the start was a bit of a mess. Awesome try though.

    By Anonymous Rawling, at March 04, 2008 9:52 am  

  • haha the criminal element strikes again!

    By Anonymous Bokke2007, at March 04, 2008 11:11 am  

  • I've said it before...
    I'm not convinced that players making this type of tackle are making an honest attempt to prevent the try.

    It often feels more like they are just getting a cheap shot on the try scorer.
    And in this case it's a swinging arm and high, in open play it'd be a penalty, maybe a yellow. So why not as the try is being scored?

    Refs seem totally unwilling to protect the try scorer (yes, players have a right to attempt to prevent the try, but not to get a cheap shot in, it happens loads in 7s and more and more in the full game) and it's only a matter of time before more players react like Palu.

    Would it have been a penalty on the halfway the other way had he not reacted?

    By Anonymous hackneygriffin, at March 04, 2008 12:20 pm  

  • "Bokke2007 said...
    haha the criminal element strikes again!"

    HAHAHA just what i was thinking!!!

    Could argue he was trying to tackle low but palu effectively ducked into it (as he dived to score) i guess could be one of the arguments.....

    Lovely tap tackle, shame he couldn't find his feet for a tackle on palu.

    and unfortunately....nice try...

    By Anonymous JS, at March 04, 2008 12:30 pm  

  • The tackle is defentily around the neck and therefore dangerous. If I were the ref I would have either let it go with a warning for both or if yellow needs to be pulled then for both players. If you want to prevent the try you duck under the player!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 04, 2008 1:46 pm  

  • Agreed with hackneygriffin. Whether or not Palu ducked in for the try (who wouldn't???), the swinging arm was high and unnecessary (and on the wrong side of the body to have any impact on the ball carrying arm). Cheap shots like this should be penalized before things gets out of control. Or "gentle" reactions like Palu's should just deserve a chit-chat with the ref, not a yellow card. As far as I'm concerned, Palu didn't punch anybody.

    By Anonymous nico, at March 04, 2008 1:50 pm  

  • I reckon Palu just saw the guys mullet and did what any normal bloke would do.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 04, 2008 1:59 pm  

  • Gosh, what a lot of fuss and nonsense. The late dive didn't warrant the slap, the slap didn't warrant a yellow card. A simple 'calm down lads' would've done the trick there.

    By Anonymous will, at March 04, 2008 2:00 pm  

  • got to agree with hackneygriffin here.

    Referee should have binned the #9 for the swinging arm. At the very least, he should have been cited for it.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at March 04, 2008 10:10 pm  

  • hey im james and i agree with will entirely

    tackle a bit high, nothing serious...bit of a love tap, nothing serious...players have a bit of a scuffle they all walk away, nothing serious............then that fuckwit of a ref pulls out a yellow card?

    and rugby players wonder why league players rag on us for not being tough enough? lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 04, 2008 10:47 pm  

  • Cheap shot by the scrappy little scrum half, either they both should have got binned or neither, the player inciting violence should always be binned if someone else is (unless it's extreme)

    Nice try but I would have loved to see a follow up fight from Palu and the #9, Palu wouldn't knock seven shades of sh*te outta him


    By Anonymous DK, at March 04, 2008 11:31 pm  

  • i agree, just a warning to both! and carry on...yellow? a bit harsh...

    By Anonymous G-unit, at March 05, 2008 1:34 am  

  • Agree with will.... and yeh the player dived into it....i know he was going for the try, but to be honest if it was in open field it could be argued it was intentional, whereas try situation....going for a simple tackle and it was ducked into...(not saying thats what happened but hey thats one of the arguments id imagine) so yeh....no big deal, everyone survived, no one horrifically injured, great video, keep it up!

    let it go and

    ciao for now!!!

    By Anonymous No.7, at March 05, 2008 2:21 am  

  • yellow was a hard call, a warning would of done the job. Teh ref should keep the focus on yellow cards for players slowing down the play.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 05, 2008 5:05 am  

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