One of the most frustrating aspects of rugby is the inconsistencies when it comes to retrospective punishment for misdemeanours on the field.
Players often receive little punishment or over-the-top sanctions when it comes to incidents on the field but the annoying thing is the lack of consistency – a player could receive a four-week ban for an incident one week and another player would escape punishment for a similar incident on another week.
It’s one of many areas which the game’s officials need to get right and it’s often a cause of serious irritation for rugby supporters.
The latest example of this would be the ‘Tongan Thor’ Taniela Tupou’s late tackle on Craig Barry in the Queensland Reds’ clash with the Stormers at the weekend in Cape Town.
He had been charged with contravening law 9.13: “A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously”, but was ultimately found guilty of breaking Law 9.11 – “Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others”.
The SANZAAR disciplinary panel adjudged that the tackle fell short of the red card threshold which would be required for a suspension.
Here is the tackle below, what do you make of it?