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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Saia Faingaa's dangerous tackle on Flip van der Merwe

For those of you that missed it or asked to see it again, here is the tackle that resulted in a yellow card and a two week suspension for Wallaby hooker Saia Faingaa during the Tri Nations victory over the Springboks on Saturday.

Faingaa made the dangerous tackle on Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe with just over ten minutes remaining in the game, putting his side in a position that they did well to get out of. Despite him being off the field, they scored a try and took the lead.

The replacement hooker was yellow carded by referee Wayne Barnes, who took his time with the decision, including going across to assess the damage to Van Der Merwe.

Faingaa was cited for an alleged tip-tackle by Sanzar Citing Commissioner Steve Hinds, and on Sunday pleaded guilty before Judicial Officer Nigel Frampton, who deemed the tackle to be reckless rather than intentional.

It was considered on the lower entry-level of sanctions, and considering Faingaa’s guilty plea as well as his track record, the decision was made.

He will be out of all rugby until September 19th, meaning that he will miss the Wallabies clash with the All Blacks in Sydney this coming weekend. Stephen Moore will retain his starting slot, while Huia Edmonds replaces Faingaa on the bench. Match squads below.

Wallabies: Kurtley Beale, James O'Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Lachie Turner, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (capt), Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisholm, Salesi Ma'afu, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Res: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Richard Brown, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Anthony Faingaa.

All Blacks: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Israel Dagg, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Victor Vito, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Res: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Jimmy Cowan, Colin Slade, Rene Ranger.

Time: 01:10



  • Silly tackle. At least the tribunal is consistent with their rulings.

    By Anonymous 2020, at September 09, 2010 12:59 pm  

  • Yeah it was a bad attempt at a tackle. Probable just the excitement of youth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2010 1:02 pm  

  • Why do I need to get involved. On the day the referee had a clear view of it and deemed a yellow card to be sufficient. Now I have a whole load of paperwork to do... grumble, grumble!

    By Anonymous Citing Commissioner, at September 09, 2010 1:03 pm  

  • You should put this tackle side-by-side with Quade Cooper's tip-tackle on Morne Steyn.

    There is no way in hell that these two tackles were deserving of the same punishment. This one on Flip VD Merwe was genuinely dangerous, of the spear variety, and it is utterly nonsensical that it was classed as an entry level offence, the same as Cooper's.

    My old hobby-horse this, I have no real issue with the ref's decision, he only gets one look at the incident. The citing people have no such excuse, this one they got wrong.

    By Anonymous edbok, at September 09, 2010 1:08 pm  

  • edbok, totally agree.
    They need to evaluate each case individually. This was a stupid tackle, he had the guy wrapped and then made the choice to stand, pointless.

    Like Banahans tackle on Berrick Barnes, recently posted, not worthy of a ban either.

    By Anonymous Bradders, at September 09, 2010 1:31 pm  

  • @ Bradders

    This year, to be fair to the citing people, they have been consistently strict on citing tip-tackles. So when Jean de Villiers, and Jacque Fourie and Quade Cooper got bans, that was pretty much in keeping with how these incidents have been dealt with this year.

    But then you get one of these spears, which is actually dangerous when the others were marginal, and they don't differentiate it; and you have yet more evidence that the judicial officers just make it up as they go along.

    By Anonymous edbok, at September 09, 2010 1:55 pm  

  • was a red!! he turned the player.. stopped the momentum and then drove him on his head

    clear red

    By Anonymous cheis, at September 09, 2010 2:35 pm  

  • i think its hilarious that yer mans name is flip and he got FLIPPED!! brilliant!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2010 2:48 pm  

  • red card is my thinking too...although I think Barnes made a partially ok decision in the yellow card...

    Have to agree with Bradders/Cheis though - Quade Cooper/Fourie/Banahan for example were unfairly dealt with in comparison.

    Still as an England supporter/Neutral it was a great match to watch!

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at September 09, 2010 2:51 pm  

  • Young Flip is a pretty large chunk of meat to be up-ended like that.

    By Anonymous katman, at September 09, 2010 3:27 pm  

  • I'm a bit confused no-one's been bothered to say anything about Steenkamps(?) no arms charge into the ruck after the tackle, could've been a yellow for each side.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2010 4:58 pm  

  • blatant red

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2010 5:41 pm  

  • ...just under two minutes left, why the hell does it matter if it's a red or a yellow? Obviously, the citing commission deemed it red-worthy, since they suspended Faingaa.

    I think that, for once, the rulings (on and off the field) were all fair enough.

    By Anonymous miner, at September 09, 2010 5:44 pm  

  • It looks to me like Faingaa makes two distinct motions. He stops, with the player already beyond horizontal, and then starts again.

    To me, this "second effort" on his part makes this tackle much worse than most of the ones here.

    regardless of whether we think these tackles deserve just yellows, or lifetime bans, treating this one with the same punishment as Fourie and Cooper is simply nuts.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at September 09, 2010 5:51 pm  

  • @ Anonymous - it was CJ vd Linde, and ever since the citers got called feckin morons by everyone involved in the game for the Bakkies ban, they've never gone there again.

    That doesn't mean they aren't still feckin morons, the tip-tackle debacle this year is the latest evidence.

    By Anonymous edbok, at September 09, 2010 6:14 pm  

  • In my humble opinion Van der Merwe is partly to blame himself. If he hadn't leaned on his outstretched arm at the beginning of the tackle and had just gone to ground, nothing dangerous would have happened. On the other hand the rules say that it's the tacklers responsability to get the player safely on the ground (arm outstretched or not) so yellow seems right to me.

    By Anonymous dutchrugbyplayer, at September 09, 2010 9:12 pm  

  • Yellow, red would be nonsense, just have a look at what mafileo kefu got red carded for : much more dangerous than this
    Plus, cj vanderlinde's "clear-out" is absolutely against the laws, if you want to join the ruck, do it through the back door, bind, and stay on your feet
    Whereas here cj vdl just dives in from the side, shoulders first, with no aim to bind, simply to hit the Aussie

    By Anonymous Luxi, at September 10, 2010 1:04 am  

  • Yellow, red would be nonsense, just have a look at what mafileo kefu got red carded for : much more dangerous than this
    Plus, cj vanderlinde's "clear-out" is absolutely against the laws, if you want to join the ruck, do it through the back door, bind, and stay on your feet
    Whereas here cj vdl just dives in from the side, shoulders first, with no aim to bind, simply to hit the Aussie

    By Anonymous Luxi, at September 10, 2010 1:04 am  

  • Yellow card and a couple weeks rest seems fair for a spear tackle, they are dangerous after all.
    It was stupid by Faingaa he didn't need to do this at all, he should know better than to lift like he did when he had hold of the guy's legs, just stupidity.
    People saying red card, YOU ARE NUTS.
    Stop trying to red card every bad tackle, they happen, yellow is sufficient for stuff like this, more than enough punsihment.
    It's always Europeans advocating red cards, is because you all watch soccer and are used to refs deciding the outcomes of games or what?

    By Anonymous Jono, at September 10, 2010 1:07 am  

  • Is it just me or has the rugby world has gone very PC.
    it is no longer a spear tackle it is 'tip tackle'
    It is no longer a eye gouge it is 'making contact with the eye area'
    Whats next, soon I bet foul play will be labelled 'actions contray to good sports'
    I hope the guys at IRB realise it is only a matter of time before these new words will become just as emotionally laden as their old versions.
    I think I may halp the IRB by start thinking of the next generations of words, after tip tackle we should use 'windmill tackle' or 'seasaw tackle'

    By Anonymous Craig, at September 10, 2010 2:54 am  

  • The topsy-turvy tackle.

    By Anonymous katman, at September 10, 2010 11:09 am  

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