New Zealand’s media have suggested that David Pocock should have been suspended for Australia’s quarter final clash.
World Rugby’s judicial officers had a busy week dealing with the infringements of Sean O’Brien, Ross Ford and Jonny Gray. However writing in the New Zealand Herald, Paul Lewis, claims that the game’s governing body missed David Pocock’s knee on Scott Baldwin.
Watch the video. Pocock is held back and retaliates by kneeing Welsh hooker Scott Baldwin in the chest. Baldwin seemed hurt, lying on the ground for a few phases. That’s it. No ban for Pocock in a tournament which has taken the policing of foul play to new levels of self-flagellation.
In the aftermath of Australia’s victory over Wales last weekend, we reported on the incident after viewing this Tweet from @nzrayrays.
— Bruce Wilkinson (@nzrayrays) October 10, 2015
The image caused much debate on our Facebook page, with many arguing the merits of punishing Pocock. However Lewis is in no doubt that the Wallaby flanker should have received a ban.
The Herald journalist compared the above incident with that of Pascal Pape kneeing Jamie Heaslip during this season’s Six Nations. Lewis wrote,
Pape knees a player, seemingly with intent, causes injury – gets 15 weeks, 10 with an apology.
-Pocock knees a player, seemingly with intent, causes injury – gets a warning (the equivalent of a yellow card which admittedly could come into play later in the tournament).
However Lewis is in no doubt that Pocock should have missed this weekend’s clash claiming, ‘It’s poetic justice Wallabies loose forward David Pocock is not playing in Monday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland’.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena