Carter handed tackle ban

2009-11-10 14:32

London - New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter is set to miss the All Blacks' Test match against Italy on Saturday after being banned for one week on Tuesday for a high tackle on Wales scrumhalf Martin Roberts.

VIDEO: Dan Carter's Tackle

Carter, who can appeal, is free to resume playing on November 17 - well in time to be available for New Zealand's November 21 international against England at Twickenham.

The All Blacks playmaker was cited for a dangerous tackle on Roberts during New Zealand's 19-12 victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Carter escaped censure from referee Craig Joubert but Wales' Kiwi coach Warren Gatland was adamant he deserved at least a yellow card, which would have seen the playmaker sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

New Zealand are currently preparing for this coming Saturday's Test against Italy in Milan where Carter, who has been struggling with a calf injury, may well have been rested in any event.

After a hearing in London before Judge Jeff Blackett, the International Rugby Board's judicial officer for the match, a statement issued on behalf of the English official said: "Daniel Carter acknowledged responsibility, and had already apologised for, his high tackle on Martin Roberts, Wales's replacement scrumhalf.

"The sanction of one week reflected the low entry point in the IRB's table of sanctions for the offence, together with the maximum allowance for the mitigating factors involved."


  • Willie Victor - 2009-11-10 14:49

    Was this a Springbok it would have been 4 weeks!!!!!!!!1

  • delboy - 2009-11-10 15:04

    hell no ! if that was bakkies he would have got life

  • Anon - 2009-11-10 15:12

    Don't be rediculous Willie Victor. More like 4 months at least. :)The 'mitigating' factor is that Dan Carter isn't a Springbok.

  • mike - 2009-11-10 15:37

    At LEAST a yellow? My understanding of the citing law is that it's only a red-card offence that can be cited. Gatland should have thought it was at LEAST a RED card, not yellow. That's why so many of the buggers have gotten away with murder against us - they technically qualify as yellow card offences, so nothing happens. Whereas we get potential yellow card offences turned into long bans... While Carter deserved it, the even-handedness of application is an issue.

  • Mr Controversy - 2009-11-10 15:39

    Any Springbok would have got 8 or more weeks. Becasue its pretty boy Carter, 1 week. Wouldn't be surprised if he appeals and it gets over turned.

  • Dean - 2009-11-10 16:00

    Bakkies would be given the death penalty if he attempts a tackle like that. Crazy stuff !!!!

  • it doesn't matter - 2009-11-10 16:26

    Who cares how long a Bok would have been suspended for... The crux of the matter is that the so-called idiots behind the scene are turning rugby into a sissy game! Catch a grip! Is this little welshman dead or critically injured? NOT! If you can't stand the heat then get off the field!!!!

  • showtime - 2009-11-10 16:27

    all the spring boks are cry baby`s .you do not see the ALL BLACK with arm bans like girls(spring boks).GO ALL BLAKS!!!!!!

  • Babalas - 2009-11-10 19:13

    @ showtime - At least the Springboks did not want the rules changed when we were losing. Do you remember you 'idiot' coach asking for this when we played you off the park with our kicking game? So don't call the BOKS "cry baby's" you loser....... just like the AB's!!

  • Marcus - 2009-11-11 01:37

    Speaking of even-handedness- does anyone think that a high-tackle which caused no real harm is worse than a kick to the head of a scrumhalf which forces him to go off the field? Maybe a one-match ban for Carter is fair, but you'd think Stephen Jones would have been cited as well.

  • Zinzan Youngblood - 2009-11-11 08:02

    The Alblacs ur the bisinis.Dan Kartir is not a durtie playir.The silvir firns ur a fina teem then the stoopid bucs!!

  • Ryan - 2009-11-11 14:39

    To ban players for a high tackles is rediculous, this rugby board is turning the game into a girls sport and soon the players will be over exaggerating tackles etc. just like soccer.

  • Folio - 2009-11-11 15:36

    Showtime....... your such a farce calling us cry baby's when you okes were moaning hard for the way we played when we put over 30 points past you on 3 occasions in the tri nations. You better be careful our Nick Mallet doesn't suprise you guys with Italy because whatever will you do without Dan Carter hahaha

  • @FOLIO - 2009-11-12 11:49


  • neil - 2009-11-13 15:18

    What politics do you have in your rugby showtime????? or is it just stealing players from the islands????

  • folio - 2009-11-13 15:42

    When was the last time you guys won a world cup showtime???? Over twenty years ago and we weren't even in it. Seeing as you wanna talk about the past, that was the last time you air lickers beat the French when it mattered!!

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