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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ryan Kankowski suspended following stamp against the Lions

Springbok Ryan Kankowski of the Sharks has been suspended for a week after he was found guilty of stamping a Lions player in their tense Currie Cup match in Johannesburg on Saturday. It looked out of character so there’s been a few of you asking to see the clip.

The dynamic number eight seemingly lashed out at Lions loose forward Trevor Hall while Hall hung after clearing Kankowski out of the ruck.

Up and coming referee Jason Jhafta was advised by his touch judge, resulting in the yellow card. Kankowski was later cited for stamping an opponent under law 10.4 (b) following a Saru judicial hearing that took place via conference call.

He pleaded not guilty with his defence arguing that he was in the process of falling backwards off balance, which forced him to lift the one leg to regain it, then accidentally stepping on Hall’s midriff.

After considering relevant facts and video evidence, the disciplinary officer recommended a suspension of two weeks, but later reduced it to just one week, ruling that Kankowskis offence was not reckless, or malicious, but was done impulsively as a reaction.

He will miss the Sharks meeting with the Leopards this weekend.

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  • looks like he knew what he was doing, there was quite a bit of downward force in the stamp.

    not many players who wouldn't do it though, whatever the level if being held onto like that.

    By Anonymous Bradders, at September 30, 2010 5:43 pm  

  • I can't stand to see rugby players with their hands up calling for a penalty... Play to the whistle. This is not a sport for whining.

    By Anonymous Jake, at September 30, 2010 5:44 pm  

  • Deserved, he knew what he was doing

    By Anonymous Flooz, at September 30, 2010 5:53 pm  

  • Totally agree with ye Jake.
    How old is this ref btw, 12?

    By Anonymous Cmon, at September 30, 2010 6:03 pm  

  • I haven't watched it but will voice my generic opinions anyway:

    From this clip you can see... That was nothing, rugby is turning into soccer / The referees aren't consistent / He should be banned for life / Richie McCaw is the man / PDV should be fired / South Africans are whiners / The northern hemisphere sucks / Wayne Barnes is a plonker.

    Pick which ever you'd like to support / argue against.

    By Anonymous olwakachangchang, at September 30, 2010 6:52 pm  

  • You people make me laugh. Downard pressure? There wouldn't even be mark with that.

    That's not a stamp, that's placing your foot on someones chest.

    By Anonymous Chris, at September 30, 2010 7:00 pm  

  • rugby is really turning quite gay

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 30, 2010 7:01 pm  

  • I wonder if he got the extra week for pleading not guilty...

    I mean it was clearly a stamp, not a bad one, but it was petulant and he can't complain about the yellow.

    A yellow though really should have been sufficient punishment, I guess next time just admit you messed up and move on.

    By Anonymous edbok, at September 30, 2010 7:35 pm  

  • I thought we'd established that to get suspended your offence has to be worthy of a red?

    Or is that for internationals only or what? Remember how Cooper & JDV got suspended because their spears were considered red card offences.

    So confusing

    By Anonymous Hmm, at September 30, 2010 8:17 pm  

  • Only a week, so he can't be too upset with the ruling, but still I don't think he deserved it at all. Yellow would've been enough, and I don't even really think a card was needed either, but whatever.

    It seems like officials are now almost rewarding players for being little shits. The refs don't see it, so they don't penalize it, and if a player takes offense does something minor such as this, he gets suspended.

    By Anonymous isaac, at September 30, 2010 10:01 pm  

  • Some downward pressure initially, but I don't think it was a stamp, maybe just aggression. Yellow would have been sufficiant.

    By Anonymous William, at September 30, 2010 10:20 pm  

  • if im totally honest im not one of these 'rugby is turning gay' sort of comment leaving person...(unless it comes to raking the sh*t out of someone on the wrong side. removing that rule is gay!!)

    But seriously, this is gay...

    I'd be pissed to be banned for a week for that....he blatantly didnt get his money's worth with that...

    from the first angle it looks bad...the second angle just looks weak...

    In reply to someone commenting on players appealing to penalties, i thought the same initially, but then the guy on the floor could have thought the flag was against him for holding onto kankowski...(but i could be wrong then...)

    Anyway, this was a weak stamp and the fact he got a ban for it is just sad...

    p.s I wonder if he'd have got a ban if it had happened earlier in the match...where he'd have had a full 10 mins in the bin :-/

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at October 01, 2010 12:38 am  

  • Hoenstly, didn't look intentional to me at all.
    If you losing your balance, you'll put your foot down pretty fast to regain it.
    That's what it looked like to me, don't think there was anything in it really.

    By Anonymous Bill, at October 01, 2010 1:45 am  

  • Just as a comparison, in the Northampton-Saracens match the other day, Northampton's no.9 - Lee Dickson - catapulted himself onto a Saracens player (can't remember who), and was penalized (no card, which is good...I guess) by Dave Pearson. Even though I disagree with that kind of behavior, and wouldn't have disapproved of a yellow card, Pearson handled the situation well.

    As far as I know, Dickson hasn't been cited or anything. Kankowski's act was a slap on the wrist to Hall compared to what Dickson did, and here he is getting sidelined for a week.

    ...dunno why.

    By Anonymous facepalm, at October 01, 2010 2:26 am  

  • Just to clarify, by "catapulted himself onto", I mean he jumped up and came down studs a-blazin'.....he stamped him...

    By Anonymous facepalm, at October 01, 2010 2:27 am  

  • Can RD get us a clip of this "catapult"? I'm fairly interested now.
    Also, I'll assume that the sharks still came away with the win if Kankowski still got cited for that. And furthermore, I thought this was supposed to be a sport with balls. What the fuck ever happened to that? They're citing anyone and everyone for absolutely anything these days. You'd think they got paid by the citation or something.

    By Anonymous BrickFight, at October 01, 2010 5:25 am  

  • Nothing in it, who cares, on with the game. Kanko is hardly a dirty player!

    By Anonymous JJamie, at October 01, 2010 5:39 am  

  • The ref calls the 2nd advantage incorrectly (for the stamp) since the stamp happened before the 1st penalty.

    By Anonymous Andymo, at October 01, 2010 9:48 am  

  • Any chance we can chill on the gay bashing on here?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 01, 2010 11:47 am  

  • Lions rant doing to bad this yeah in the curry cup. Who the black fella at 1st 5 watch a couple games he seems like a attacking 1st 5 bit of a change for saffa traditional 1st 5 is he gunna be the goods in the future?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 01, 2010 2:32 pm  

  • I kinda of agree with Bill about the incident . I think he didn't realise that the player was there .


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 01, 2010 3:12 pm  

  • It may be a bit harsh on Kanko, but overall a great message from SA Rugby.

    SA Rugby needs to crack down on foul play at the domestic level.

    The reason being is that players need to get it out of their systems.

    The citing commissions and referees in the international comps don't put up with the argy-bargy the Saffas like.

    If you allow it in the Currie Cup, then the players don't know how to turn it off when they play Super Rugby or Test matches.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at October 01, 2010 6:45 pm  

  • Yellow card was deserved for the stomp, though I'm not sure about the extra week.

    I personally think the guy on the ground should get sited as well, because it looks like the guy standing was reacting to some work being done at knee level.

    I had this exact same thing happen to me a few weeks ago.... guy at the side of a ruck had me ankle below the knee, and tried to twist and push on my knee. I looked down and his head was right by my other boot.... if it had been anything other than his head, I would have given him a lovely 8-stud tattoo.

    People would flop less if the restrictions on boots were reduced.

    By Anonymous Chris, at October 01, 2010 7:12 pm  

  • I hate saying it but I'm not opposed to the yellow, was a dumb thing to do. I can understand his frustration of being held though and the tackling player's left hand is in a suspicious area..I'd stamp to.

    By Anonymous farz, at October 01, 2010 10:44 pm  

  • Cheyanqui dude, you must be a ref.

    Everytime there is a soft foul you seem to defend the lame call.

    In this case the guy on the ground is not playing rugby and is interfering with a player trying to do so. This isn't a foul, a card, or a penalty.

    By Anonymous Letguysplayrugby, at October 02, 2010 3:31 am  

  • BrickFight: you said a mouthful! Referees seem to be blowing the whistle more than ever.

    I hate referees that want to put their stamp on a game and bring an agenda.

    By Anonymous TB, at October 02, 2010 3:34 am  

  • Not sure if its my bad eye sight or not, but it looked like the Lions guy held onto the Kowski's foot and he was just shaking him off - Might of been a little stamp in the process but yellow should of been it

    By Anonymous BigBucks, at October 03, 2010 10:43 am  

  • that was a weak yellow, he didn't even do much. Dam rugby is becoming soft. So taclking will be illegal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 04, 2010 1:02 am  

  • How old was that referee , are they sure a ball boy didn`t rob the referees jersey and chance his arm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 04, 2010 2:59 pm  

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