- Aug 18, 2015
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I love how people say read the rules.Yellow. Read the rules. If Lions don’t compete they will stil loose the tests. Curry gave away 6 points and Daly at least 3
Ok here we go from world rugby.
A player who commits foul play must either be cautioned or temporarily suspended or sent off.
18. A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.
Where does it say it would be a yellow? The sanction is either a penalty, yellow or red. Now while this area is refereed a bit inconsistently, generally they will look at whether the tackler is in control, was he brought to ground or just dropped, was their force in the tackle, how did the player land, or now how would the player land if they didn't put their hand out to stop them, because it shouldn't be a different card depending on if the victim is able to protect themselves or not.
Now for me Watson lifts him above the horizontal so it's foul play. He didn't lift him too high which would be a point in Watson's favour. However, he is not in control of how the player lands and he doesn't bring him safely to ground. I would say there isn't a lot of forced used, he's tipped him. I don't think he's driven him into the ground though. As for landing Le Roux would have landed on his head if his arms hadn't been in front of him. The head aspect for me is the worst because as far as I can see, even if Watson didn't intend to or use a lot of force, he's still not in control and had no idea if Le Roux would land on his head or not.
Honestly I think red, though I can easily see a yellow given. However, if you can point out in the laws where it clearly says that tackle would be a yellow, be my guest.