All Blacks: Always the victim never the aggressor.
November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
I read an interesting article on a Ausie website about how Nz are always fast to condemn any “violence” directed at them but then “laughing” the incidents of when one of their players perpetrates.
In recent times there have been a few incidents where it seemed that opposition teams tend to target Richie McCaw with some dirty aggressive tactics. Cooper, Greyling and Higgenbotham comes to mind. Personally I like a bit of aggression in rugby and do not mind a fast short arm jab ect in the ruck and malls. But diving elbow first over a ruck into someone else’s head is taking it a bit to far.
Thing is Mr. McCaw himself is, not unlike Fitzpatrick or Pocock , most of the time on a rugby field on the wrong side of laws. He is a real nuisance around the ruck and mauls slowing ball down and holding back would be tacklers. The fact that most referees turns a blind eye only provoke the situation even more and thus opposition teams tends to take the law in their own hands to sort him out.
Unfortunately two wrongs does not make a right and players caught out doing these deeds are rightfully punished accordingly. Scott Higgenbotham said he learned from his sentence but was not sorry for what he did to Richie. (just shows how irritated these players get)
Now in these example Nz (esp McCaw) was the victims of violence and whether it is provoke violence or not Nz do have the morally high ground in these cases. (holding a defender back is not seen as bad as a punch to the face – although I do not always agree)
But in the last couple of matches the All Blacks themselves have dished out some violence of their own.
Adam Thomson stood on Scotland Alasdair Strokosh’s head. He was only banned for one week (originally after IRB appealed their own progress it was doubled to two) which is a slap on the wrist. In 1999 Brendon Venter was banned the rest of the RWC for a stamp on a Uruguay player.
On Nz rugby show REUNION the presenters laughed the incident off and said there was nothing in it. If this was a Bok/Ausie stamping on Richie or worse Dan the REUNION presenters would certainly not have taken it lightly and would have said something a long the lines of ” there is no place in rugby for these actions!!”.
Then this past weekend Andrew Hore struck the Welsh lock on the side of the head (in the 2nd minute of the game). The player was hospitalized and if this happened next to a rugby field Hore might well have done some time in jail!!! It was so far off the ball and so early in the game it could hardly have been provoked in any sense. Hore got away with it on the field and Nz effectively played with 15 men for the whole game when they should have been 14.
After the Dean Greyling incident both Heyneke Meyer and Jean de Villiers apologized to Nz rugby and Richie himself publicly and said they were ashamed of Dean’s actions.
Now up until now neither Thomson, Hore or any of the Nz rugby fraternity has publicly apologized for their actions. Hansen only said about the Hore incident: ”It looked like he was trying to clean out the Welshman in front of him It’s unfortunate that it’s happened.” “I am just resigned to the fact that he will probably get cited . . . think they think we’re thugs or something but we don’t play differently to anyone else.”
Really clean a player out more than 2 meters from the ruck with a fist to the side of the head and hospitalizing the player?? And I agree about not playing differently to any one else but they do get punished differently. Can’t they even show the decency to own up to their mistakes and apologize?
BUT the IRB should probably not complain about this because it is their own preferential treatment of Nz players that has lead to Nz rugby fraternity now believing that they are above the law and should be treated differently than any other rugby playing nation. (2 years ago Mealamu headbutted an Eng player and only got 1 week.)
I mean if you have a dog and every time he bites a person you do nothing but pat him, you should not complain when he finally bites a person to death!
PS: Hore is yet to be sentenced but with only one game in the season left he will probably serve out his sentence during the off season thus in reality only face a one week ban for nearly killing a person. [SIC]