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Friday, January 29, 2010

Danny Grewcock suspended for seven weeks for stamping

Ulster flank Stephen Ferris has incredibly been the victim of yet another piece of dirty play, this time from Bath lock Danny Grewcock who stamped on his arm in a Heineken Cup match last weekend.

Not too long ago it was Ferris who was eye-gouged by both Julien Dupuy and David Atoub, resulting in lengthy bans for the Stade Francais players. Following this latest incident, Grewcock received a seven week suspension.

He received a red card from referee Jerome Garces at the time, and was found guilty of a ‘mid-range in the level of seriousness’ stamp following a European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing in Dublin.

The 37 year old has a history of disciplinary problems, which was taken into account by the independent judicial officer as he delivered the punishment.

The standard suspension for a mid-range offence is five weeks but Grewcock was given an extra fortnight, resulting in him being out of the game until March 13.

The 2003 World Cup winner missed the 2007 World Cup as he was suspended for six weeks at the time, and in November last year he was banned for two weeks for striking Neil de Kock of Saracens.

Grewcock has been suspended in the past for stamping, punching, and even biting. But when you’re a brutish forward who’s been in the game for 15 years, there’s a pretty high chance that you’ll have the occasional run in the with law.

He’ll now have a few weeks on the sidelines to reflect on a more than eventful career so far.

Time: 02:29



  • as per usual...

    By Blogger alasdair, at January 29, 2010 7:50 pm  

  • A game without danny grewcock being sent off is not a game of rugby.

    By Blogger alasdair, at January 29, 2010 7:50 pm  

  • first by the way...(first time first as well...) it's not that good really...

    By Blogger alasdair, at January 29, 2010 7:51 pm  

  • 70 weeks for an eventual eye-gouging and only 7 seven weeks for this attempt :/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 29, 2010 8:50 pm  

  • I think this cock-sucker needs to grow a pair and stop stamping on people.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at January 29, 2010 8:52 pm  

  • Stephan Ferris is always in the thick of it. The bad end usually though!

    By Anonymous Nicky07, at January 29, 2010 8:57 pm  

  • In comparison with attoud who took a 70 weeks ban ( how is that possible, only with a photo as a conviction !!!!!) that guy is really lucky.

    I don't want to be pessimist but how can some dudes like him or burger get some shorts bans with this this kind of acts ????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 29, 2010 9:03 pm  

  • well, i think the clue might lie in the fact ferris arm will probably be no worse for wear by next week even if grewcock did a bloody riverdance on it, but the potential to be blinded, (which is not something that can be sorted with a massage and some phsyio) is just that tiny little bit worse.....

    ....ofcourse grewcock deserves something for this, no argument there, just dont start comparing the two incidents!!!

    By Anonymous No.7, at January 29, 2010 9:09 pm  

  • @No.7
    Agreed 100%.
    Incidents are not comparable and Grewcock has once again been plain stupid.
    Ferris in the middle of it again, which really makes me wonder if he is not looking for it sometime. Of course, it certainly doesn't justify whatsoever stamping or, even worse, eye gouging. He just seems to have knack for pissing people off.

    By Anonymous Nico, at January 29, 2010 9:18 pm  

  • Why did Grencock step on him......because Ferris was holding his leg. I me come on. Rugby is becoming so pussified. You can't even ruck anymore without getting pinged. We might as well start playing badminton!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 29, 2010 9:29 pm  

  • thanks nico, and have to agree with you too, ferris plays a tough game and has once again been in the thick of it, he is a world class player (gets in there and causes problems)

    Grewcock, also a world class lock, mean as hell, not to be trifled with, and ofcourse has the oldschool traits of not being too bright in certain decisions!

    he has shown again his ability to lose his cool, obviously ferris was up to something, grewcock got up very quickly with a look on his face, then the stamp.....

    obviously like i said before, grewcock deserves punishment and yes ferris does not deserve that sort of treatment but i do want to find out more about what he gets up to, it seems odd that 2 stade players target him in the match a while back, and now grewcock with the stamp.....he's obviously up to something lol!

    By Anonymous No.7, at January 29, 2010 9:32 pm  

  • ok, just saw ferris holding DG's leg....so this story isnt a mystery.....

    on that note, i dont know many players that wouldnt have done something similar....maybe not so blatent and malicious but certainly step on some skin....

    so i can empathise with him for doing it, but he got caught, so he's gotta pay.....

    .....(apologies for not seeing it sooner...internet is tres slow!)

    By Anonymous No.7, at January 29, 2010 9:37 pm  

  • hes doin wat any good backrower does and bein a pain in the arse and drawin the opposition into bein stupid and gettin themselves sent off and therefor puttin there team at a disadvantage

    By Blogger ulsterman, at January 29, 2010 9:50 pm  

  • 'Why did Grencock step on him......because Ferris was holding his leg. I me come on. Rugby is becoming so pussified. You can't even ruck anymore without getting pinged. We might as well start playing badminton!'

    Massive difference between rucking and stamping. That's a straight red all the way

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 29, 2010 10:16 pm  

  • yeah there's a difference between being a nuisance and spending half your career off the pitch for not being able to handle your aggression better. Remember when he practically kicked peel in the face a few years ago ? He's an idiot.

    A real waste as he's a tough and skillful player

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at January 29, 2010 10:21 pm  

  • "I me come on. Rugby is becoming so pussified. You can't even ruck anymore without getting pinged."

    Honestly, these comments are getting really idiotic. Rugby is pussified because it doesn't allow stamping? Look, if you want to see people punch and kick each other, go watch UFC. This is rugby, and it has laws. You break them, you pay the price.

    By Anonymous istya, at January 29, 2010 10:21 pm  

  • give him a cock and a blue shirt send him across the channel he will fit in perfect there

    By Anonymous j dupuy, at January 29, 2010 10:41 pm  

  • ^^ i see where your coming from but rugby isnt the same without the illegal bits in it puts more spice into the game but i still believe gouging is just sick and deserves 70 weeks but a bit of shoe isnt worth 70 weeks.

    By Anonymous geordie, at January 29, 2010 10:47 pm  

  • Hang on, Grewcock is no saint but if someone is going to hold onto your leg illegally to slow you down around the breakdown you make sure he isn't going to try it again.

    I think most forwards will admit to having a bit of 'afters' because a member of the opposition has tried something like this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 29, 2010 10:47 pm  

  • you may think ferris should expect a punch or a stamp for his infringement but noone expects you to be quite so blatent as to stand one footed right under the ref's nose...

    By Anonymous flwanker, at January 29, 2010 10:55 pm  

  • They both reaped what they sowed. Ferris surely expected to be stamped on (or something of the sort) for grabbing an ankle but simply not that hard.
    I don't know Ulster n°8's name but he looks as if he wanted to do something incredibly stupid: jump on Grewcock (incredibly stupid enough) right after the ref has stopped the game to deal with the stamping. Everbody's cool except him: ridiculous.

    a 7-week ban is fair to me. I agree with No.7 and Nico: you can't compare this with gouging and it's funny how Ferris is always getting some these last weeks. Not too bad a player for a now one-armed blind man.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at January 29, 2010 11:38 pm  

  • Maxiimus said :

    I don't know Ulster n°8's name but he looks as if he wanted to do something incredibly stupid: jump on Grewcock (incredibly stupid enough) right after the ref has stopped the game to deal with the stamping. Everbody's cool except him: ridiculous.

    What's ridiculous is your statement, Chris Henry has been one of if not the best No. 8 in the magners league this year warranting a place in the Irish squad. Did he do anything, bar voice his dissapproval. No. So wtf are you on about?

    By Blogger Darren, at January 30, 2010 12:08 am  

  • Yea, that meanie Ferris locking Grewcock's (what a name, eh?!)leg in place, from such a position of dominance...
    I mean, how else could he possibley free himself from the vice-grip of a man lying on the ground holding a lower leg behind his head....
    Really, Ferris is lucky that he was only stamped on.

    By Anonymous mise, at January 30, 2010 12:59 am  

  • Darren,
    honestly, he could be the very best 8 in the whole galaxy and you can be edgy as you want to be it doesn't change anything. Fact is: I don't know this man, not even his name. That's it.
    I'm happy for him (and for you too since you seem to be particularly emotionally involved here) if he is in the Irish squad, so i'll see him in the 6N. But so far, unknown to me.

    The first thing i know about him is he's the only player who's trying to jump on Grewcock when everything is finished. It lasts 5" but i find them ridiculous because it could have started a brawl if his team mates hadn't stopped him and THEN he voices his disapproval. And yes, you can be a world class player but if your 5" weakness starts a brawl while -for once- the ref is doing his job, i find this ridiculous.

    But that's all there is to it, no more. I never said Chris Henry was the arch rugby moron, I just said while I was watching the stamping the only other thing I saw was him getting all excited when it was over. Had Roncero been in Grewcock's team, they'd still all be fighting because of Chris Henry's impulse. End of story and no personal crusade.

    Mind how many times i typed Chris Henry. It helps me memorize. You can find my statement ridiculous but you can't deny I'm making efforts.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at January 30, 2010 1:11 am  

  • Eh, Maximus, this might sound a bit mad, but I think Grewcock was the one at fault, and Henry was understandably annoyed that the cocksucker had stamped on his teammate's arm. I don't see why Henry is the big idiot here.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at January 30, 2010 2:09 am  

  • "No excuse, no excuse".

    Bullshit! If you don't want to get shitkicked, don't hold onto players when you're on the ground. That wasn't on a joint, head or genitals, so wasn't dangerous. Yellow for Grewcock and a warning for Ferris.

    Also, it almost sounds like RD are accepting biting as part of the game for a hard forward. Punching, stamping etc. I understand, but biting is only marginally less repulsive than gouging. I've been bitten before, and it's horrible. The ref didn't see, so guess who got binned for punching the cunt in the face...

    By Anonymous HM, at January 30, 2010 2:45 am  

  • Looks liek Ferris is specialising in getting opposition players being sent off and banned. Attoub 70 wks + Dupuy 24 + Grewcock 7. Not bad...but naybe if he played rugby instead of being a c*** histeam would be through...

    By Anonymous maji, at January 30, 2010 4:50 am  

  • good job by the ref to pick it up and send a clear message!

    By Blogger sebastian, at January 30, 2010 10:09 am  

  • Grewcock was a world class lock in his time, could have been up there with Englands best but his temperament has always been a factor. I accept some players rough each other up to gain a physical and psychological advantage but what could he gain from this one? plonker

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 10:25 am  

  • Ferris is holding onto his leg AND arm..while Grewcock is covering the side of the ruck close to the try line? Seriously, if I do something similar during a game I know for sure I have to expect at least a stamp. Fine red carding the guy, he's made it too evident, but I don't see the drama we are making out of a stamping..anybody who has played a bit knows this is nothing new and nothing worse than the average stamping. I hope Ferris didn't get injured but, for the rest, I wouldn't have given Grewcock any additional punishment than the card.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 10:34 am  

  • bullshit "covering the side of the ruck" he was right behind the ruck and didnt even look up, good decision by the ref

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 10:41 am  

  • maybe ferris is doing something unseen to all these players to deserve what he gets, we only saw him holding on to grewcocks leg which would annoy me, but maybe he has been doing little things like this to him all match and the anger built up,
    and maybe a similar story in the other cases aswell,
    or maybe he was just playing grewcock, he knows his track record, and he knew where the ref was and turned straight to him when he was stamped on, its easy to piss of grewcock so that what he did, and in doing to gave his team a massive advantage.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 11:10 am  

  • What a stupid wanker grewcock is. Ferris is just an awesome player who has been frustrating the hell out of opponents, that's his job, he's not at fault for other players f''' ups!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 1:07 pm  

  • Idiot.

    By Blogger Stanley, at January 30, 2010 1:08 pm  

  • 'What a stupid wanker grewcock is. Ferris is just an awesome player who has been frustrating the hell out of opponents, that's his job, he's not at fault for other players f''' ups!'

    Well grewcock is mean force not to be messed with, and in all honesty just like no.7 said i dont know many players that would have reacted differently to what grewcock did

    ....perhaps more tactful but i know id have shown his arm some studs!!!

    you watch scrum halfs they forever get hands holding them, and they are forever sticking boots in, its just the way grewcock did it so blatantly which was stupid!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 1:21 pm  

  • This really isn't that big a deal, red card maybe but 7 weeks is really harsh. Just think how often players punch arms to get themselves free, as well as scrum halfs stamping on hands to free the ball. A stamp to the forarm isn't going to cause lasting injury. Maybe the force of the stamp was excessive but Ferris must have expected something when he grabbed Grewcock's leg.

    By Anonymous H, at January 30, 2010 2:16 pm  

  • Grewcock got 7 weeks because of his priors which they take into account when sentencing. If he had a clean record he would have got 1 or 2 weeks.
    Definitely not a red card for most players....but when refs sees it's Grewcock.....well.
    So Grewcock gets a ban just one week less than Burger for eye gouging. Ferris also desrved it.

    By Anonymous JPM, at January 30, 2010 3:51 pm  

  • Ferris should be penalized for interfering with play when he's on the floor. Ferris is the one cheating and playing negative rugby, not Grewcock. Stamping is only a serious offense when it's to the head or balls. Why not get off the ground and play rugby?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 3:53 pm  

  • I hate the argument that the games has to be cleaned up because "otherwise mums wil not let their little Jonnykins play the game".....we have never had a problem with player numbers and kids wanting to play the game.

    Actually the really nasty injuries which involve spinal injuries occur during the ordinary parts of the game: scrum collpase, tackles and rucks. A Welsh player died recently when he was cleared out legally in a ruck. I have never head of anyone being seriously injured by stamping.

    By Anonymous JPM, at January 30, 2010 3:57 pm  

  • Red card was absurd.

    Unfortunately Grewcock's reputation for poor discipline probably didn't help.

    By Anonymous JPM, at January 30, 2010 4:37 pm  

  • Rugby is getting pathetic.....if this had been a head or groin stamp I would completely agree with a red card.

    This should have been a yellow.

    By Anonymous JPM, at January 30, 2010 4:39 pm  

  • thats a total of 100 weeks ferris has had people banned for this season,all of them fully deserving,legend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 4:49 pm  

  • don't be mandling on my peg from the ground you twit! Youz getz da arm stomp and I hope you can't flog your puppy for weeks! Shiite!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 5:22 pm  

  • Ferris smokes pole.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 5:26 pm  

  • Just stamp and gouge that ferris, all what he deserves

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 5:27 pm  

  • Ferris is a cheat and he must be punished

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2010 5:46 pm  

  • I think Ferris is building a bad reputation around him.
    florian fritz (ireland-france 2009), dupuy, attoub, grewcock and few others. It can't be coincidences

    Grewcock stamp is foolish, just in front of the referee... His red card is completly deserved, 7 weeks is a minimum because of his disicipline palmares.

    a flanker has to be mighty but if grewcock is a wanker, ferris attitudes annoy a lot of people.
    Ferris in No7, few 6 nations mauls will be pretty animated i think..

    By Blogger Flooz, at January 30, 2010 6:20 pm  

  • Maji and whoever else think Ferris is only good for inciting dirty play, have you ever seen him play rugby? Tremendous speed, huge tackler and highly influential player on the pitch for ulster and ireland. He would've started on the lions tour had he not been injured and is widely renowned as the world's best number 6 at present!

    grewcock is also a legend of the game

    By Anonymous RossyC, at January 30, 2010 6:33 pm  

  • 'Grewcock was a world class lock in his time, could have been up there with Englands best but his temperament has always been a factor. I accept some players rough each other up to gain a physical and psychological advantage but what could he gain from this one? plonker'

    Great comment! i dont think people should hate grewcock for this... i personally think he is a great player (when he keeps calm) when he gets involved it just ruins it for him.....

    ....but i think it is a shame for a red. Its a Mid-range level of seriousness....in all fairness im not complaining because you have to accept the decisions but it makes me wonder, it didnt really look 'mid level' serious to me....it looked quite low level...but punishable ofcourse....i dont think he should have been given the extra fortnight, i think consideration to ferris grabbing his leg should have kept it at 5 weeks....

    By Anonymous No.7, at January 30, 2010 6:55 pm  

  • anyone else think danny grewcock has really scary eyes?

    By Anonymous Hooker_, at January 30, 2010 8:05 pm  

  • ^^ LoL @Hooker_ !! You mean: mad man's eyes? Would have to agree on that one. :-)

    Back to Grewcock and Ferris. Ferris definitely looking for it... as a good backrow should to a certain extent. And, as commented above several times, anybody who's been in a field fully expect a few studs marks or gently punches. My point is that Grewcock just lost it. This was not rucking. Stamping and putting in the full weight on a player's arm (especially when it's Grewcock doing it...) can cause quite a bit of damage, hence the justified red card.
    Ferris is quality. Looking at the vid, I almost thought that when he got stamped on, he immediately turned his face to the ref which I'd find pretty outrageous and something you'd expect from a n. 9 or a football player. But looking at it again, It just seems coincidental and a reaction to pain.

    Very intrigued by Ferris and looking forward to seeing more of him, hopefully not on the receiving end, though!

    By Anonymous Nico, at January 30, 2010 8:24 pm  

  • maji said...
    Looks liek Ferris is specialising in getting opposition players being sent off and banned. Attoub 70 wks + Dupuy 24 + Grewcock 7. Not bad...but naybe if he played rugby instead of being a c*** histeam would be through...

    Haven't read on so don't know if anyone commented on it. Ferris was actually Man of the Match yet again this season in this game. In little over a year he has become one of the best Blindsides in the game. He was involved in everything good and bad in this game, which was the best game of the round 6 weekend and RD really has to get the Highlights up.


    Chris Henry is also the captain of Ulster until Rory Best returns.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at January 30, 2010 8:52 pm  

  • That is pretty horrific and in no way excused by the fact that Ferris was holding his ankle.

    It is a fact of rugby that players will try to get away with holding players back, obstructions and worse but the IRB should definitely take a stand on all foul play with significant bans.

    By Anonymous John F, at January 31, 2010 12:52 am  

  • my dad played with him at coventry and said even as a youngster he was a brute.

    By Anonymous gary, at January 31, 2010 12:58 am  

  • I thought it was a complete overreaction from Grewcock, until I remembered that it happened meters from the tryline. How many times do you see a scrumhalf or a back row sneak in a try because there was some marginal "blocking" or whatever being done to a player that slowed down the defense. It happens all the time, so I could understand Grewcock's frustration here.

    But what he did was right in front of the referee, so what else could he expect? Ferris, who is an amazing player, still got what he deserved, though.

    It's interesting to see where referees draw the line...a player whose shirt is being held in a ruck or a scrum will swing his arms like he's trying to fell a tree - bashing the forearm of the player doing the holding until he lets go. 99% of the time, refs have no qualms with that what-so-ever. But throw a studded boot into the equation and it goes straight by yellow to a red card. Interesting is all.

    Grewcock seems like a total knob, though.

    By Anonymous buscape, at January 31, 2010 2:27 am  

  • Ferris deserved something... grewcock went too far should hve just nicked him.. red card too harsh and 7 weeks has more to do with priors.

    If I had held a leg in my early days I would have got my head kicked in (& fair enough). If I did it now it would be more likely to see a football type dive in the ground to try and draw the refs attention

    By Anonymous ned2or3, at January 31, 2010 6:15 am  

  • Steven Ferris is an amazing player. I think that the 2 French bans were caused by the stade players targeting Ferris. World class. Also in my opinion Grewcock thinks about his reaction to Ferris' leg grab for a split second too long. You should under no cirumstances stamp a player on the ground. If Grewcock was so concerned about defending his tryline he would have used his obvious possition of strength to move away from ferris hold and defend his pillar. He would not have even warranted Ferris' pointless grab any reaction what so ever.
    37 and still playing. Hats off to him. I suppose all those lengthy bans has assisted in the longevity of his career.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2010 8:18 am  

  • 'Grew-cock' could do with growing a bigger brain, he sucks as a player, always has. And his name..........c'mon ffs lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2010 1:30 pm  

  • There are too many 'young' fans or 'young' players here....

    i use the term losely because i myself am a youngster early 20's.

    but really you guys are so hellbent on rules and 'running rugby' you miss everything that matters.....

    put this aside slightly, as ofcourse Grewcock perhaps went a little too far, what i mean by that is, standing on his arm whilst on one leg......which i think is why the referee acted so harshly i think had he stepped on ferris arm and still been on both feet, it would probably have been nothing or a talking...or yellow....

    but really a lot of you guys hate him....why?....he is the epitome of a bad ass lock....he scares the shit out of people and really he is not someone player will pick a fight with....WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT!!! Martin Johnson had the same characteristics, he had a presence, not just anybody stood up to him....! yes ofcourse grewcock is a tool for letter his reactions cloud his playing ability, which ok is not 'number 1 lock in the world' but it is pretty damn high.

    but it seems to me ferris has game this 'wilkinson, shane williams, BOD' stature in the sense that anyone does anything to him and they are a 'wanker etc etc' the fact of the matter is THIS IS RUGBY, yes you can want to jump in to bed with the nearest *star* player, thats up to you, but people get big tackles, scraps, and ofcourse a good shoeing! and 99% of the time it is just and deserved!

    Ferris deserved it, no doubt about that, just the same as grewcock deserves 'some' punishment for his reaction.

    what a lot of you guys dont realise is that sticking your boot on someone was part of the game, and in my opinion still should be. when i started senior rugby (youngster stuff doesnt count, everyone wants to be nasty then...) you had to be the bad guy or you end up on the receiving end, (as a forward i mean)....i play second row and im not afraid to stand up to people or use the boot, (less so nowadays cos of the laws)

    You lift a leg in a maul and you expect a punch in the face or something, and luckily that stuff isnt picked up on camera otherwise the game would be this dull shit you guys want....

    9 to 10, 10 miss pass to 13, 13 to 11, 11 scores ....yaaay...
    9 to 10, 10 miss pass to 13, 13 to 11, 11 scores ....yaaay...
    9 to 10, 10 miss pass to 13, 13 to 11, 11 scores ....yaaay...
    9 to 10, 10 miss pass to 13, 13 to 11, 11 scores ....yaaay...
    9 to 10, 10 miss pass to 13, 13 to 11, 11 scores ....yaaay...

    wow....sounds like fun to me!

    By Anonymous DC, at January 31, 2010 2:05 pm  

  • Rant much!!! Ferris is doing what the modern 6's are bred to do. Remember folks its only illegal when you are caught. Grewcock was busted. He have could simply punched ferris's arm away. See it all the time. Rolling maul there is always one guy battering the arm of an opposition player for folding. Ref usually ignore these incidents. Grewcock's offense was just too blatant to ignore.

    By Blogger Whitearrow, at January 31, 2010 7:21 pm  

  • ^^^player for holding (wee typo)

    By Blogger Whitearrow, at January 31, 2010 7:22 pm  

  • WTF ???!!!

    clear stamping just in front of the ref's eyes and with clear video evidence!!! result : only a 7 week ban !!!!

    on the other hand, stade francais's david attoub gets 18MONTHS !!! for 'eye-gouging' with no proof but a single photo shot which, with modern technologies, can very easily be modified !!

    Rugby REALLY needs to solve the bans problem for foul play!!!

    By Anonymous luxi, at January 31, 2010 7:57 pm  

  • That was just disgusting... cudos to the ref for giving the red card when the game's played at the Rec.

    I always though that Grewcock was a very good player, but acts like these (and kicking Peel in the face a couple of years ago) make him seem like a right thug.

    I tink Ferris grabbed Grewcock because Danny stepped on Ferris when retreating to his own side. But the stamp is just measured and deliberate.

    By Blogger Sander, at January 31, 2010 10:15 pm  

  • No problem if rugby wants to take this line against stamping, but Grewcock's past history is a big piece of the story here.

    Thought this was a borderline yellow/red situation - yes, it was a blatant stamp and warranted punishment, but it wasn't aimed at a defenceless/innocent person and not at their head. If rugby wants to take a zero tolerance approach to stamping, then this is all fair enough, but many more serious offences in the past have met with lesser punishments.

    By Anonymous Edbok, at February 01, 2010 11:33 am  

  • Actually I thought Ferris might have grabbed his leg because there had been something of a scuffle in that breakdown and he wanted to see who had been having a go at him/who he had been having a go at.

    That said, who cares ?

    How easy would it have been for Grewcock to pull his leg out of Ferris' grasp ?

    Blatant stamp = straightforward decision for the Red Card...I thought 7 weeks a bit harsh on the suspension (perhaps 4 about right) but Grewcock has so much previous he can't really complain.

    People ask why Ferris is involved in these recent incidents ? He's a quick, powerful, massive footballing back-rower who's excellent defensively and going forward...i.e. he's something of a target for other teams (I don't think this applies to this incident but it certainly does to the couple of gouges he got - no accident that they both involved him).

    By Anonymous Eoghan, at February 01, 2010 1:33 pm  

  • hahah silly cock

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 01, 2010 1:49 pm  

  • Grewcock: dumbest dirty player in professional rugby. I will say though that his leg was being grabbed.

    By Blogger Joe, at February 02, 2010 1:00 am  

  • Huh!! the 3rd
    Kearney for tests
    And Darren too, in a way...

    Sorry for the late reply. I just don't want to be misunderstood.
    I never denied any quality to the man as a rugby player. I just never watch the magners league except on RD.
    Chris Henry was MoM, good & apparently deserved. I'll have time to see him during the 6N, good because I'll be able to see the phenomenon myself.

    ... "but", and you'll see how stubborn I can be when I want to, even if of course I understand he's pissed to see his mate Ferris getting some once again (as if the whole NH wanted to hurt him these last days) I still find it stupid to react AFTER the ref's whistle, giving the opportunity to this same ref who is penalizing the opposition to reverse the penalty against you because you jump on someone (even if you have your reasons) while everybody has stopped moving. Even Grewcock.
    To me (again, this is just "me"), there are 5" stupidity. Even if there were 79'55" class.

    Again, that's no big deal and certainly not the most important thing in this video.

    And thank you for giving me A LOT of information about him, I'm really looking forward to seeing him play now. Hope he'll be in good shape.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at February 02, 2010 2:07 am  

  • After watching this video numerous times and reading the one eyed comments that a lot of you placed on here i've decided i'll comment also!

    There is a lot of words going round about grewcock 'dumbest, wanker, cock' so as that language is deemed appropriate, i shall apply it! only this time its to ferris!

    The first time i watched the video i saw ferris holding grewcocks leg and grewcock stamping on him. I felt it was over the top, and a little surprising....

    ....i watched again and noticed grewcock actually pulled his leg away and ferris still maintained a grip on it ('How easy would it have been for Grewcock to pull his leg out of Ferris grasp ?' so in answer to that, not very!!!) , so grewcock stamped, now i felt it was a lot more understanding as to why he did it, and maybe a little over the top.....

    ......after the 3rd time i noticed ferris also has a grip on grewcocks left arm, as well as his leg....so in all honesty, id pat grewcock on the back!

    It was right on the try line, ulster were on the front foot, and ferris was no part of the game at that point!!! Grewcock was in no way posing a threat to ferris (i.e he wasnt nearly standing on ferris, by accident or on purpose) so ferris should had no reason to even touch him!

    so i put this to you, if there is one player in this situation who is the cheat and the wanker, its ferris!

    i appreciate grewcock needed to be punished, but 7 weeks is a harsh punishment considering ferris input towards it!

    now im glad ferris plays for ireland and i truly do appreciate that, aswell as his attributes on the field (im an ire fan) but i cannot wait to see him get the almightiest of pastings on the field for something he gets up to.

    By Anonymous Victor, at February 02, 2010 10:26 am  

  • "This is what you get for letting women into rugby"

    You get idiotic players not using the system administered by the woman and then whining about getting fined for it - despite admitting to wrong doing.

    And then you get idiots on rugby fora claiming that it's a woman's fault and that they shouldn't be in the game.

    Rugby; a great bastion of overt patriarchy.

    Bunch of morons.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 02, 2010 1:34 pm  

  • Above was meant for the Byrne video.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 02, 2010 1:35 pm  

  • This is a disgrace! This is a penalty for Bath. The ref is ridiculous. It is the same thing as when in the ruck scrum-half has to step on someone's arm to release the ball. Interesting how when a boot comes in, the ball is suddenly available as on a plate. Never a penalty for stomping, sometimes refs give penalty to the scrum half for defenders hands in ruck. Same thing here, Ferris holding his arm and leg, preventing him from playing. If you look closely - when he stomps him, suddenly Ferris lets go! Grewcock can play. But no! Ref has seen a stomp and will give a red card. Ridiculous. And sad. When you see refs today overreacting in incidents they didn't see or misinterpreted... And why are the medics there? Is he hurt? No, he is trying to milk it, so the ref would give the card to the player. Sad. A very few capable referees are left. Referees that understand the game, referees that once played the game, know what is fair and what is not. It seems most of these few good refs are french.

    By Blogger Tvrtko, at February 02, 2010 1:43 pm  

  • bring back the boot.....this was a bit over the top but ferris was asking for it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2010 12:51 am  

  • If someone grabs your leg and tries to get you distracted near your try line or simply to get on your nerves times and times again (this Ferris guy seems to receive way too many nasty stamps and gouges for it to be all a coincidence), I don't see any reason to give a 7week ban to the person that lost his calm.

    The guy impedes your game that is, as a forward, based on aggression, what do you expect him to do? I'd say stamp the bastard...

    You're all a bunch of pussies.
    And I'm willing to mitigate my defense of Grewcok here, he's an idiot to do this in front of the referee but rugby will always and should always contain manly reactions such as this one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2010 3:14 pm  

  • Hadn't read the latest reaction and I see some people still have some common sense. Good to see.
    There's no need to comment on all the previous dirty history of Grewcock and to call him a wanker and a cock when all he does here is to stamp on an imbecile that is up to dirty tricks.

    A yellow card to both would have been a fairer solution.
    Grewcock shouldn't lose his calm like that but has a definite defence in the fact that, according to surrounding circumstances (he's on his try line, impeded through grabs on his arm and leg on a few occasions in the space of 10 seconds by someone who's not in the play), his reaction wasn't THAT bad I would say --> yellow card.
    Ferris is definitely being a twat and is deliberately cheating in order to get an advantage (easier try or card if there's a reaction - I HATE those people) --> yellow card.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2010 3:25 pm  

  • ^^^^ good good, seems like the proper comments are shining through after the sensationalist commenters move on to the latest videos to stir up shit!

    By Anonymous No.7, at February 04, 2010 1:15 am  

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