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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Julian White floors Andrew Sheridan with one punch

Farmer Julian White was red carded yesterday as the Leicester Tigers roared back to the top of the Guinness Premiership with a 37-31 win over Sale.

White, 35 years old and owning 250 sheep and a heard of cows on his Leicester farm, now faces a ban for his haymaker on England team mate Andrew Sheridan.

He will more than likely miss their crunch Heineken Cup quarter-final meeting with Bath next weekend because of his moment of madness.

Coming up from their fierce scrum battle, Sheridan and White came to blows, with the younger man throwing the first punch, a short left jab. White barely blinked though before decking the Sale powerhouse.

White was sent from the field with no hesitation by referee Wayne Barnes, with the Tigers being left with 14 men for the majority of this pulsating match. For them to come out victors is a true indication of the spirit in the camp right now.

The bonus point victory hoists Leicester to the top of the Guinness Premiership. They could be without White for some time though, which will be decided in a disciplinary hearing in the next few days.

Time: 01:01



  • Julian White is an awful rugby player

    By Anonymous Rob, at April 05, 2009 3:19 pm  

  • In fairness Sheridan threw the first two punches. White had every right to deck him. At maximum yellow card both and get on with the game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 3:33 pm  

  • true, sheridan threw the first punch..

    By Anonymous Cheis, at April 05, 2009 3:36 pm  

  • Silly english

    By Anonymous hater, at April 05, 2009 4:14 pm  

  • awesome.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 4:21 pm  

  • So because whites punch was bigger he gets the card? they both hit eachother in the face so why not a card each?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 4:26 pm  

  • white even tries to hit the flanker. aweful~!!

    By Anonymous adrian, at April 05, 2009 5:04 pm  

  • You can see the shock on Geordan Murphy's face when he sees the red but it is a fair call. Sheridan should have gotten something for it.

    How long has Murphy been captain??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 5:29 pm  

  • Neither of them should have thrown any punches but Sheridan takes a cheap shot at White when they are coming up from the scrum then has a second go at him before White does anything therefore it seems a bit unfair that White should be punished and Sheridan not at all.
    Also, it should have only been a yellow card, not a red. Terrible decision making from the officials.

    By Anonymous Dave, at April 05, 2009 5:31 pm  

  • Makes the durability of O'Kelly all the more impressive - he took four Julian White punches that were all far bigger than that and hardly budged.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 5:37 pm  

  • julian white has always had a hot head. if was a huge punch tho. i agree with anon 3. and murphy was only captain cuz corry and mauger where indjured (anon 4)

    By Anonymous jonno, at April 05, 2009 5:47 pm  

  • can we get highlights from the whole game. it was an o=awesome match

    By Anonymous sam, at April 05, 2009 5:48 pm  

  • Pretty interesting call. It seems that White put a cheeky shove on after the whistle, sheridan than pushed his shirt and threw a jab that missed, with White landing the haymaker.

    The problem comes in the interpretation of the laws - "Punching or striking. A player must not strike an opponent
    with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or

    I can only assume Barnes saw the fact that sheridans punch did not connect and acted to the letter of the rules. Should have been at least a yellow.

    By Anonymous Fred.D, at April 05, 2009 6:26 pm  

  • Great punch. Respect your elders Andy.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at April 05, 2009 6:46 pm  

  • Dont you know they always catch the retaliator, not the instigator? They both were pushing and shoving, but how White connected with Sheridan is he had a hold of Sheridans jersey and pulled him close enough to wack him. Take a look at his left hand pulling Sheridan in to clock him. You see it alot in hockey. The card was right for White, Sheridan should have got a yellow.

    By Anonymous David C, at April 05, 2009 6:54 pm  

  • Yeah you are meant to go for punching, don't really see it because it will spoil the game. Glad to see it didn't happen this time, great game, would love to see the full highlights.

    Couldn't believe Sheridan got floored though, he was absolute irate for the rest of the game though. He needs a bit more fire in him to be honest.

    By Blogger cp85, at April 05, 2009 6:55 pm  

  • I personally hate most of the English frontrowers, so this was amazing for me.
    Sheridan put on his arse, and White getting sent off.
    Fair play to White though, Some hit!

    Glad to see referee's acting accordingly for cheap shots, just a pity neither he nor the touchjudge spotted Sheridans antics.

    By Anonymous wer'afoa, at April 05, 2009 7:15 pm  

  • It actually looked like white dodged sheridans punch before landing his very solidly while sheridan was slightly off balance and moving backwards.

    Still, handbags...shouldnt have been a red but those are the rules.

    Its what i always say after a forward punches me, they are just trying to compensate for having such small "firemen" lol

    By Anonymous dr, at April 05, 2009 8:04 pm  

  • White is a terrific scrummager and he does that job better than anyone else bar Carl Hayman.

    The linesman (sorry, assistant referee) should have brought Sheridan's first punch to the referee's attention.

    By Blogger Unknown, at April 05, 2009 8:07 pm  

  • julian white is a legend i like the fact that jason white backed off when julian clenched his fist at him devon all the way i say

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 8:17 pm  

  • Just another case of players being punished on the result of their actions... Rather than the intent.

    Hooray for Rugby Law.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 8:32 pm  

  • "jason white backed off when julian clenched his fist at him"

    Jason White is rarely involved in fights because he is not that sort of player.

    Some players jump at the chance for a opportunity to fight, others just think "im here to play rugby mate, piss off!"

    Jason White is the later, and that is one of the reasons he is so highly respected as a player and a person.

    p.s. Julian White seems like a twat on the park at least, wonder what he is like off it.

    By Anonymous dr, at April 05, 2009 8:41 pm  

  • maybe if julian white learnt to scrummage better he wouldnt get so upset when he get bitched in the scrum, cos thats what the whole fight was about.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 8:45 pm  

  • jason white is a good rugby player whereas julian white is shit. Any questions?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 8:49 pm  

  • haha murphys face when he gets sent off

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 9:09 pm  

  • I can't believe White's nose

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 9:09 pm  

  • Jason white dose not jump back!! He moves his head back so if Julian White tried to hit him he would miss!!

    Julian White also thought about hitting Jason White then seen that it was him and that he would get floored by Jason!!

    By Anonymous sax, at April 05, 2009 9:52 pm  

  • Clearly alot of you no nothing of rugby firstly for whoever said julian cant scrum he is one of if not the best scrummager in the world i would have in as my tight head everytime in the scrum

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 10:07 pm  

  • "Julian White also thought about hitting Jason White then seen that it was him and that he would get floored by Jason!!"

    Pfff! he went for him and Jason White flinched, thats it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2009 10:41 pm  

  • It's the heineken cup QF RD, not semi!

    By Anonymous Brennie, at April 05, 2009 11:44 pm  

  • jason whites arc in the punch would be too big for julian it would have been over in 3 or 4 hits and julian white wouldnt be causing any more trouble on field he should be taught a lesson that guy

    By Anonymous number7, at April 05, 2009 11:52 pm  

  • IS it me or julian white does nothing for rugby except throw the odd punch. Watch white for the tigers, lions and england. He's always spoiling for a fight, always wanting to get in a punch whether or not there's a need for it. There's a place in rugby for physicality and if that means shoves and punches then its a heat of the moment incident, but julian white does shit like this everygame and i think he needs a ban.

    By Anonymous Jeff, at April 06, 2009 12:14 am  

  • Steve tandy the ospreys flanker got a 3 week suspension for aggressive rucking (with the feet)
    imo this deserves a lot longer but i doubt it will

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 1:06 am  

  • White beats sheridan in the scrum

    Sheridan throws an uppercut

    Sheridan throws a jab

    White knocks on Sheridan's nose like a door

    Sheridan stumbles over

    Touch judge is a fucking fool. Sheridan should have got a yellow for that, and at a stretch you'd give one to White as well for retaliation. Absolutley shocking decision to red White. And I'm no leicester fan btw.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 1:08 am  

  • Pffft, you lot are so soft in the north. That'd be a yellow at worst in the south, probably just a penalty.
    Red card, just for a little punch.
    It's a part of the game, one most rugby fans enjoy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 1:27 am  

  • Retaliation always gets punished harshly.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at April 06, 2009 1:35 am  

  • would have been a yellow if he hadnt thrown the secound one .

    By Anonymous jacobo, at April 06, 2009 2:20 am  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 2:47 am  

  • Straight to the jaw, down goes sheridan... I expected more from such a big guy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 3:55 am  

  • "Pffft, you lot are so soft in the north. That'd be a yellow at worst in the south, probably just a penalty."

    Sheridan is from London and White is from Devon. Last time I checked they were both fairly southern

    By Anonymous Gaz, at April 06, 2009 4:11 am  

  • Yellow at most for White, mind you, I have seen some brutal injuries from guy's getting decked. Sheridan should not escape without punishment though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 4:22 am  

  • Julian White started the whole thing with the leg lift after the whistle. Any time a prop tries to lift an opponents leg he should have his head taken off. It is really very dangerous and some of the old school crap that they took out of the game for a reason.

    Sheridan should have hit him harder (or at all- what a soft punch) and taught him a lesson

    By Anonymous ned2or3, at April 06, 2009 4:29 am  

  • I think the North South guy meant Southern hemisphere and he is wrong he would 6-8 weeks in the S14

    By Anonymous ned2or3, at April 06, 2009 4:31 am  

  • Sheridan was off balance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 5:28 am  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 7:16 am  

  • price of sheep and grain must be really bad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 10:52 am  

  • "Julian White started the whole thing with the leg lift after the whistle."

    If you watch it again you'll see that sheridan pops his head up and slips his bind with his left hand. What he then does with his left hand under the scrum is classic frount row wind up play. Julian reacts by driving into him and lifting his leg then it all kicks off. Sheridan, like any experienced prop was wanting that reaction from white. Stupidly he reacted. but didn't bargin on getting floored in the process. for a 21st meat head like sheridan that's embarrasing!!! both deserved to be punished equally for the incedent wheather red, yellow or no cards.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 12:12 pm  

  • both are idiots, sheridan should have been carded as well, the ref might as well have said "you thre a couple andy but missed so its ok" sheridan is getting good at throwing and missing, anyone remember him trying to take one of maori players head of on the last Lions tour?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 12:26 pm  

  • sheridan takes a punch like a girl, if that had of been the same punch white planted mal o'kelly a few years ago.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 06, 2009 12:42 pm  

  • What a bullshit decision. Sheridan threw the first punch - yellow card.
    White reacted - Reverse the penalty but no card.

    This wasn't dangerous whatsoever, and was a fair one-on-one exchange. That ref needs to man the fuck up.

    By Anonymous HamishM, at April 06, 2009 1:24 pm  

  • After White was sent off, Castrogiovanni came on and the next scrum ended as well with a bit of a Front-Row "discussion", well great stuff how Sheridan left the pitch, after he was substituted later in that game.

    Why should Sheridan be carded? Normally the front-row stuff is hard to spot for a referee, he simply didn´t get it so no card there. Stupid retaliation of White in front of the Match Officials.

    By Anonymous Jochen, at April 06, 2009 1:34 pm  

  • Around 0:48 you can see that Sheridan dropped his binding with the hooker and probably slapped White in the face, seems that was the reason White got upset with Sheridan

    By Anonymous Jochen, at April 06, 2009 1:40 pm  

  • Unfair red card! What if Sheridan had connected?? silly silly

    By Blogger ruggabugga, at April 06, 2009 2:23 pm  

  • Sheridan strikes me as the kind of guy that you could smack round the head with a spade and his brain wouldn't even register it.

    I can imagine Julian White having a very hard punch though.

    To those people saying he's shit and can't do anything, he's not great around the park but he's one of the best scrummagers in the world. If you play and know your rugby you should know how valuable a solid scrum is.

    By Anonymous Andy, at April 06, 2009 3:10 pm  

  • @ Andy:
    "If you play and know your rugby you should know how valuable a solid scrum is."

    At least an important penalty try in the other Top Game of the Premiership this weekend.

    By Anonymous Jochen, at April 06, 2009 4:25 pm  

  • Andrew Sheridan is absolutely shit. He never reaches anywhere near his potential in the loose and he's pathetic in the scrum. He's still riding on the wave of destroying a frankly pathetic Australian pack 2 years ago while in fact he gets schooled in the scrum on an almost weekly basis - just like White was doing there. Can't really blame White for punching him after whatever Sheridan was up to in the scrum and after he tried to hit him to. Sweet punch it was as well. Footage of Sheridan getting abused by the tigers fans would be great - apparently it was epic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 07, 2009 12:20 pm  

  • Sheridan is shit and overrated and white is just shit. Sheridan bench press 300kg my arse, he gets put on his arse by a sissy punch.

    Pair of fat retards if you ask me.........

    Julian (Cleary)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 07, 2009 1:45 pm  

  • The red card was right as the IRB has been pretty clear about sending off players for offenses like that. This is the norm now.

    But I do agree Sheridan deserved a yellow even though he's a poor boxer

    By Anonymous Pedro Fleury, at April 07, 2009 7:40 pm  

  • Classic to see Sheridan land on his arse like that! red card was an over reaction though. Yellow for retaliation would have been suffice.
    Banning him from the next game would be pretty pathetic though. This isn't football.

    By Anonymous Just a Fan, at April 08, 2009 11:26 am  

  • Sheridan was askin for it ....good job

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 08, 2009 3:32 pm  

  • White should indeed get equal or incremental punishment for connecting and for retaliating.

    However to not give Sheridan anything is shameful from Barnes.

    Fred D. -- you make the distinction of striking -- fair enough -- connecting means a card under that Law point. And I respect Barnes's "no option" statement.

    However, even if Sheridan didn't connect, referee has the latitude to penalize under "acts contrary to good sportsmanship".

    So IMHO, Barnes clearly has the Law to do as he wishes with Sheridan -- and to do nothing, whilst redding White is wrong.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at April 08, 2009 6:42 pm  

  • to be fair, sheridans 'punch' was pretty much an already extended arm, most games own a fair few of them, its the intention to harm that white needed to be punished for

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2009 1:37 pm  

  • wat a punch!!! haha did you see geordan murphys face when he saw the card? classic

    By Anonymous Paddy, at April 09, 2009 4:23 pm  

  • julian white is simply a thug and should retire for his own good because we all hate him. besides euan murray would dick both of them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2009 2:10 am  

  • lovely punch sign him up ricky son

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 14, 2009 2:24 am  

  • both yellows would have been fair but hes still a scumbag

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2009 12:18 pm  

  • Julian White is my neighbour and you couldnt meet a nicer chap. Sheridan threw first, missed, got decked and they say white is dirty.....Well done Mal o Kelly though. Tough as nails taking punishment from white and not hitting the deck like a trawlerman at open season like Sheridan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 12, 2009 4:14 pm  

  • What I don't get is why the referee don't goes for advise from the video referee. The advise is a red from the TJ. However on video you clearly see who hits first. In case of cards, they should have gotten both the same.

    By Anonymous Antoine, at June 14, 2009 3:09 pm  

  • Sheridan is a wanker

    By Anonymous Pale Rider, at June 15, 2009 10:38 pm  

  • yet the french throw more punches in a game than they throw passes and no cards....... i do understand that a game with each side having 14 men sent off would probably not be overly interesting but consistency has to happen somewhere!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 2:33 am  

  • To be fair Jason White merely moved is head to avoid getting caught flush should Julian wanted to throw - Jason had both arms around Julian so wouldn't have been able to parry any incoming punch! Also, Julian White could've hit him, he was in range, but clearly decided not to. Looked like a crap fight to me anyway - Sheridan wasn't hurt just knocked off balance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 24, 2009 5:21 pm  

  • I'm ashamed to support England when White is in the squad. He's a dirty player and a cheat.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2009 9:53 pm  

  • sheridan would literally destroy white in a fight sheridan must have been caught of balance and fallen but if it was a real fight white would be out in a few seconds sheridan can bench press 33 stone so the force behind his true would probably knock white out cold

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 27, 2009 7:54 pm  

  • dommage, une si belle esquive...

    By Blogger Unknown, at June 30, 2009 12:32 am  

  • sheridan would destroy him he is too strong.

    By Anonymous back line boy, at July 07, 2009 8:33 pm  

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