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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fat View Post
    Having said that,
    I have now watched a highlights package from that Anzac (God knows why it's not played on Anzac Day???) Test match and have only two comments. Surely Sam Thaiday should be cited and suspended for the choke hold and is Greg Bird one of the dumbest thugs ever to pull on a RL jersey? Good to see he got 8 weeks which will allow him plenty of time to now deal with his upcoming court appearance. The thing that shits me about guys like Bird is how they are referred to in newspapers as RL stars. Go Figure.
    Thaiday has been cited for dangerous tackle - head/neck (grade 1) and will miss 1 week of footy.
    As for Bird, his tackle would have usually only been a 3 week suspension but his prior form really counts against him in this case and he'll get 6 if he pleads guilty.

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    Default Re: players to be canvassed

    moved to "General League talk"

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    For the avoidance of doubt, here is what Thaiday did to Taupau, and Taupau's understandably angry reaction.



    For mine, holding an opponent's head forwards towards hyperflexion and trying to throttle him has no place in any football code. It achieves nothing in game-play and is no more than an attempt in injure the opponent.

    One week suspension is not enough of a deterrent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian_Cook View Post
    Taupau's understandably angry reaction.
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    Is it so understandable that you can threaten to slit someone's throat?? Really?? Surely you're not supporting that?

    I'm not condoning Thaidays actions (IMO he's a dirty thug of a player). But it's a game of football, and lots of neck shots occur (they shouldn't but they do, and yes the grapple around the neck is bad and should be heavily disciplined) but surely a visible highly animated threat to kill someone is surely taking it a bit too far? It is IMO.
    And I thought threatening and intimation behaviour was also against sportsmanship? What are we letting the game descend to if we allow that? (The intro to "The last Boy Scout" (Bruce Willis) may not be too far away at this rate )
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    1) Throat slit gesture
    Aside and irrespective of any provocation , does everyone agree that
    a) the throat slit gesture isnt acceptable in either code (?) &
    b) by doing it the player should be sanctioned in order to discourage repeat use throughout the lower levels of Rugby ( in either code) ?
    C) If the disciplinarians allow it to go unpunished, then arent they psuedo condoning it?
    D) any journalist who seeks to justify it within the wider remit of 'culture' needs to be ridiculed, or sanctioned within his profession!

    2) Re: throat choking
    To some degree, RL players are less at risk to the airway suffocation of this disguting practice than RU, mainly because the greater numbers of view obstructing bodies at rucks and mauls (in union) .v. Tackling ( in League) and the Union thug can go about his disgusting dirty work in a often less detectable way.
    I reiterate my final comment in Post #5 here http://www.rugbyrefs.com/showthread....hlight=choking

    Unless my eye deceives me, contact with the throat ( especially via the holding down at the PTB) has been an ugly 'cheap shot' for some time in League, and my perception is that the game hasn't generally taken a tough enough stance on discouraging it, but I'm happy to be corrected by any RL referee who says he does, or can evidence the game regularly doing otherwise.

    My main fear for Union ( apols for dancing back across the 'divide') is that at the lower levels of the game without ARs or TMOs or Screen replays a referee will merrily be chasing after the ball whilst some poor barsteward is being rendered unconscious through asphixation at the bottom of the last Ruck , and that's why any highly profiled example of this ( Yes WB, I'm pointing at you specifically for your recent abdication!) MUST get the publicity AND long ban sanction that protecting our Sons and Daughters needs.

    Rid both codes now...someone at the RFU ,SANZAR , RL , World Rugby please please listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by menace View Post
    Is it so understandable that you can threaten to slit someone's throat?? Really?? Surely you're not supporting that?
    I neither support it or condemn it. I simply find it understandable that a player who has been choked may react angrily, this is called human nature.

    I don't really give a fat rat's arse what form that reaction takes, be it a shaken fist, a pointed/wagging finger, a one or two finger salute or a throat slit gesture. There was no actual harm done, and anyone who really believes that Taupau was actually going to take a knife and cut Thaiday's throat, is a complete and utter dick-head. At least Taupau didn't actually punch Thaiday as Siale Piutau did to Michael Rhodes when the latter did something similar......

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CWyU37zLxw

    Both players were cited; Rhodes was suspended for six weeks, while Piutau escaped suspension, due to 'exceptional circumstances'.

    Using the judiciary's stance on that incident, if an actual act of violence is considered 'exceptional circumstances' how can merely threatening an act of violence be worse?

    Some people here need to stop acting like soft-cocks, and stop over-reacting and knee-jerking to this type of thing. Recognise that these games (RU and RL) are games in which large, physically fit, strong and aggressive young men participate. There is always going to be an "edge' to games like this. Sometime players will let off steam with a few gestures, waving arms and wagging finger; its far preferable to just shrug it off and get on with the game, than to get all crinkly mouthed while trying to suppress and bottle it up because doing the latter could well result in trouble later when boiling point gets reached.

    Manage the game, don't micromanage it!!
    Last edited by Ian_Cook; 05-05-15 at 13:05.

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    Someone's taking cranky pills again.

    Open a bottle of red and chill.
    Last edited by menace; 05-05-15 at 14:05.
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    While maybe not something you'd want to see all the time, in the heat of a Test Match a little bit of theatre like that is fine by me. I had a good laugh when it happened (as did Sam Thaiday).

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    Using the judiciary's stance on that incident, if an actual act of violence is considered 'exceptional circumstances' how can merely threatening an act of violence be worse?
    The 6 week ban given would indicate the judiciary thought Piutau's reacted to a more exceptional act of foul play, because the 1 week grade 1 sanction given to Taupau suggests its a routine RL foul !

    Which perhaps means that this autochoice of engaging in a Tribal ( sorry, should that read 'Culturally innocent' !) throat slitting gesture was deemed less justified . When this haka-esk slitting gesture permeates into grass roots rugby and the kids start doing it , remember the high profile player that gave it airtime (and watch all those who excuse it now bleat on about rising poor standards) .

    It doesn't take long for social media to disseminate pics to grassroots kids (to worship) copy the guys at the tv pinnacle of the game .
    It is a chance to send x2 clear messages, get rid of both bits of pitch action rubbish. missed opportunity IMHO.






    Anyone seen players from other countries doing these throat s How about, the incident that saw

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