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Monday, May 04, 2009

Rory Kockott red card for flat hand slap on Adam Thomson

Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been handed a one week suspension after striking Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson during the home sides 23-15 win in the Super 14 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Kockott lashed out at Thomson after he was flung to the ground without the ball, and after the whistle. A fiery character, Kockott lost his nerve and lashed out with a mean flat handed left hook.

Thomson was knocked to the ground, prompting assistant referee Craig Joubert to come on and advise referee Phillip Bosch that anything less than a red card is out of the question.

Kockott appeared at a disciplinary hearing today and pleaded guilty to the charge.
His lawyer had argued that a red card was sufficient punishment, but the SANZAR judicial officer felt that although Kockott’s action was a reckless, open handed slap as opposed to a punch, it still deserved a one week suspension.

He will miss the Sharks’ crucial clash against the Waratahs, which will mean a major reshuffle to their backline.

In the same match, the Highlanders Danie Bowden was yellow carded for a high tackle, and has since received a one week suspension himself.

Time: 02:19



  • first i thought thompson was legitamtely falling over because i thought it was a punch...on the replay though, clearly a slap and thompson falls backwards with his hands going to the side of his face, opposite where he was hit.

    hollywood stuff. ban thompson for life and arrest him if he goes within 20 metres of a rugby pitch

    but seriously, i understand its hefty getting a smack like that but no red card. its a pain in the ass when big guys throw you to the ground after the ball's gone. thompson deserved it

    By Anonymous bigox, at May 05, 2009 12:16 am  

  • he deserved that slap. the big boy is an actor

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 12:27 am  

  • Rules are rules, its a red.

    By Anonymous JJM, at May 05, 2009 12:30 am  

  • The Oscar goes to Adam Thomson.

    By Anonymous BC22, at May 05, 2009 12:35 am  

  • Cheating kiwis b^^^^^^ ......

    should do the same to McCaw.

    well deserved slap on the face

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 12:42 am  

  • agreed. thompson was being a tool. he knew the ball had gone, but wanted to do as much 'legal' damage to 9 as he could. just a shame that: a. thompson got away with it, and b. forced a red out of the other team.

    By Anonymous ed, at May 05, 2009 12:49 am  

  • Great play by the flank. Definate Red.

    Really a stupid move by Kockott when they are up 8 with 4 min to go and have the ball.

    By Anonymous Boz, at May 05, 2009 12:55 am  

  • Uh, Thompson should have been carded too, if that wussy slap was worth a red!

    By Anonymous Ref, at May 05, 2009 1:37 am  

  • Even though it's a slap the red card is deserved because that was a cheap shot to the face

    If he had done that to Cowan there would definitely be two red cards.

    By the way, WHY THE F*** is that cheating?

    By Anonymous Pick a name anonymous pricks, at May 05, 2009 3:13 am  

  • Kockott - reaps what he sows

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 3:36 am  


    Rory seems to have developed the short man sindrome


    By Anonymous Ricol, at May 05, 2009 5:08 am  

  • For fucks sake that was nothing!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 5:32 am  

  • think about it from the linesmans position though, he sees a swinging hand floor somebody, if you saw that at full speed you would think it was a punch. dont think he should have been banned for it but i can understand giving a red. the shock of being hit is probably what sent thompson down, i doubt he was expecting that kind of reaction. some of you guys should take a surprise bear slap to the face from a professional rugby player see how you react!

    By Anonymous caucau's no.1 fan, at May 05, 2009 5:37 am  

  • the slap was well deserved, he shouldn't of slung him to the ground in the first place.
    Thomson took a ridiculous dive

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 6:29 am  

  • id do the same thing being rory kockett if i were overplayed like that. adam thompson must have trained under richie mccaw.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 6:59 am  

  • good on the 9,
    At least the slap connected properly. Red's a small price to pay for teaching that idiot a lesson.

    I hate seeing people thrown like that, especially after the ball has gone, my bro broke his arm in exactly the same way, and i've seen so many injuries from after the ball rubbish like that.

    The flanker should have been carded for a late and dangerous challenge.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at May 05, 2009 7:07 am  

  • Is the McCaw talk getting old yet?

    Every openside in the world cheats as much as they can get away with (see Hand of Back). Get over it.

    P.S. I am not a kiwi.

    By Anonymous Boz, at May 05, 2009 7:17 am  

  • Absolutley, Mccaw is an awesome player and like every openside flanker, he always plays on the edge of the law. It's his job.
    Most of what he does is perfectly legitimate as well, people jut get annoyed cuz he's damn good at it.
    And I'm not a kiwi either.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 7:41 am  

  • another player to put on the cheating allblacks team sheet what a dive
    next they will be surrounding the ref swearing at him and throwing themselves on the ground when somebody even looks at them the wrong way
    im not a kiwi either

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 8:24 am  

  • I like Thompson, but the diving girl deserves atleast a 3 week ban for the dive.

    Lets now allow our game to turn like soccer and be over run by faggots. The only way to prevent that happening is to throw punishments at the fairies who dive around like little girls. Ala Thompson

    By Anonymous TheTruth, at May 05, 2009 9:16 am  

  • Enough with the dive/acting comments - lets give Rory some credit for his killer flattie! :D

    I love it. Take that buddeh.

    Sure it was wrong, and yeah, worthy of a red I guess, but hell, it's good to see a small guy stand up for himself like that. Thomson was clearly in the wrong, and got sorted out in no uncertain terms.

    Dont eff with the big Kockott. :P

    By Anonymous Shaft, at May 05, 2009 9:21 am  

  • Kockott forgot that touchjudges exist. still power to the scrum halves :)

    By Anonymous bD, at May 05, 2009 9:28 am  

  • Shame, poor Ricky Hatton

    By Anonymous Lightsout, at May 05, 2009 11:11 am  

  • What the...? Red card? Watching all those fights in other occasions...

    As a number 9 I have to say: "IN YOUR FACE!" ;)

    By Anonymous Nick, at May 05, 2009 11:47 am  

  • I wonder where are the SH anonymous toughies now... "The NH are a lot of pussies bla bla Man up bla bla bla..."
    Red carded for a slap, not in the NH
    Good acting by Thompson btw

    By Anonymous Charles, at May 05, 2009 11:49 am  

  • Fair play to the scrummie.

    By Anonymous T, at May 05, 2009 12:22 pm  

  • Yellow to both men.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 12:23 pm  

  • Poof ball diving and poof ball try celebrations are getting all too common in rugby. That together with soccer style chanting especially in the English leagues.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 12:34 pm  

  • Ha that was quite funny...................................................................................................i'm not a kiwi either

    By Blogger Alexander, at May 05, 2009 12:52 pm  

  • Hah.... regardless of the card, i think it's funny, and the slap to the face was kind of deserved.

    I am a Kiwi.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 1:16 pm  

  • not being funny how many people from all positions get thrown over if someones still got hold of you after the ball, all about getting 'into the head' of the other guy. kockott was just being a small man, feeling hes got something to prove and when the card was shown he acts asif he didnt do anything.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 1:33 pm  

  • don't think i'd like to be on the end of a kockett upper-cut slap. yeah, thomson deserved it for the crap tackle, but doubt he dove. i'd expect him to give kockett a closed fist back, rather than fall over.

    kiwi status undeclared

    By Blogger the Emperor Fabulous, at May 05, 2009 1:59 pm  

  • Cockott has been taking women's defense classes...


    Anyways, whats all the bullsh*t bout that been nothing, I'd say all of you nay sayers would be pretty stunned after receiving that hit. Fools.

    By Blogger MikeyB, at May 05, 2009 2:28 pm  

  • thompson = c ronaldo

    deserved slap!

    By Anonymous Cheis, at May 05, 2009 2:28 pm  

  • coward from the both

    By Blogger Flooz, at May 05, 2009 3:10 pm  

  • The tackle was v late in the first place, ball was well gone. 6 should have got a yellow, was the linesman blind?

    Big Tiddies

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 3:12 pm  

  • damn thats a big bitch slap =) he got owned cuz he didnt expected it lol =)

    By Anonymous Damien, at May 05, 2009 3:35 pm  

  • Thompson is a poof. I would have waited until I could stamp his effing hand in play to pay him back. That sling shot tackle after the whistle was potentially nasty and he deserved to be smacked like a bitch for it.

    Texas hooker

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 5:11 pm  

  • put that lowlife adam thomson to a wall and shoot him

    these dives are on the rise and the source of this problem has to be exterminated

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 5:41 pm  

  • diving fairy

    great great grandma was a kiwi
    so maybe part kiwi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 5:52 pm  

  • i love the commentator at the start of the clip ''whoops a daisies''

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 6:19 pm  

  • You all take yourselves way too seriously. Every good flanker knows you have to impose yourself anyway you've got to, but within the rules. Marginally late tackle, so what? Kockott needs to get over himself.
    And the slap caught him by surprise I personally don't think it was a dive.

    By Anonymous The White Knight, at May 05, 2009 7:37 pm  

  • Keep your pimp hand strong Rory!

    By Anonymous Luke, at May 05, 2009 8:33 pm  

  • it wasn't a punch, but the heel of his palm smacked him in the nose when looking the other way, i would have gone down too, its a natural reaction.
    he stays down a bit, but it probably hurt
    definite, indefensibly red

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 05, 2009 10:08 pm  

  • i really hope rory doesnt become a springbok... adam deserved it anyway!

    By Anonymous ToddTheClutchClever, at May 05, 2009 10:16 pm  

  • gay slap followed by a footballer reaction, whats the super 14 coming to!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 06, 2009 1:15 am  

  • free kockett!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 06, 2009 2:22 am  

  • Another ballerina kiwi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 06, 2009 5:47 am  

  • guys you have no idea what you are talking about.

    so what, if that had been a punch he would have fallen to the ground, that "slap" was probably still just as hard, yeh it wouldnt be as bad as a fist but it doesnt mean its nothing, and if you watch the bloody video you see thomson trips over his feet because he is stunned!

    'Cock'ott deserved the red, if he thinks he can get away with an open hand then its ridiculous! especially seeing as Thomson was helping him up at the time....

    im aware of the fact that Thomson was initially in the wrong, but he did help Kockott up afterwards!

    Well deserved red!

    By Anonymous No.7, at May 06, 2009 10:59 am  

  • HAHAHAH you guys all make me laugh. if you want to watch a dive i reccomend you go to a swimming pool because this was obviously not one! just because it was an open hand hit, doesnt mean it didnt hurt or do any damage!

    Adam Thomson tripped over his own damn feet!

    all you guys saying he was faking, id like to see you take a hit like that and not wobble. especially after you are helping the guy up and not expecting anything!

    By Anonymous Texas Hooker is a F*G, at May 06, 2009 11:03 am  

  • that wasnt fake

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 06, 2009 12:48 pm  

  • Rules are rules i suppose but it was only a slap. I bet he wishes he actually did twat him one. To the linesman it would have looked like a punch so understandable.

    What the hell is a number 6 going down like that for?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 06, 2009 3:20 pm  

  • thats amazing a scrum half flooring a flanker HaHa

    By Anonymous no9, at May 06, 2009 5:14 pm  

  • wasnt really a slap as a hit u can see him try 2 clench his fist thompsons a twat deserved it

    By Anonymous leinster fan 4 life, at May 06, 2009 7:00 pm  

  • should have made it worthwhile and broke his jaw with a closed fist...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 06, 2009 10:20 pm  

  • I'm a thompson fan, but he deserved the hit, he really catapaulted kockott face first into the ground, miles after he'd passed the ball. quite the wanker thing to do. i disagree that it was a dive. if he'd taken a swing back however kockott wouldn't have been carded, you can be guaranteed that.

    By Blogger Dan, at May 07, 2009 12:33 pm  

  • "Adam Thompson tripped over his own feet." Yeah, and he wears that cheesy 70s moustache because it brings all the girls to the yard. His tackle is so late that he is barely seen in the corner of the video as he finishes his poor show of sportsmmanship.

    By Anonymous Adam Thompson is my girlfriend said, at May 07, 2009 10:27 pm  

  • the linesman was facing from the back, and had the view of the 1st camera shot, which did make it look like a punch

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 08, 2009 1:29 am  

  • You people have no clue what you're on about. The mere fact that his hand wasn't in a fist has nothing to do with how much damage that hit did.

    By Anonymous John, at May 08, 2009 4:26 am  

  • funny stuff, little scrummie has some heart but he got what he deserved. You can't cheap shot someone in the face when their not looking.

    Enough about McCaw too, obviously does his job nicely to upset all you saffas so much.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 08, 2009 7:17 am  

  • hey anonymous above, good post - and all this idiotic stuff against McCaw is very boring and ignorant about the way all loosies try and play at the top level - he's just so much better at it than most other guys.

    By Anonymous adam15, at May 08, 2009 9:23 am  

  • Milking It HAHAHAHA

    Thompson FTW !!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 08, 2009 12:24 pm  

  • not a huge amount in it, but by the letter of the law its red.
    but the refs need to make a bigger deal of late hits on scrum halves.

    By Anonymous jonesy, at May 08, 2009 8:41 pm  

  • Thompson should also be cited for being both a faggot and an idiot

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at May 11, 2009 7:51 am  

  • at the very least, I hope Adam Thompson faced some serious punishment at the hands of his tour court.

    But in this day and age of professionalism, they probably lauded him, instead of lambasting him for the embarassing display.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at May 14, 2009 3:15 pm  

  • Jonesy,

    You make a great point. There are lots of cynical tactics which incite the carded behavior.

    If the referees cracked down on the initial tactic, it would eliminate the escalation.

    For example, a guy carried out of bounds intentionally throwing the ball into the crowd to avoid a quick tap. Or this one.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at May 14, 2009 3:17 pm  

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