Is this the worst tackle ever?

2010-09-29 10:23

Auckland - Counties-Manukau loose forward Fritz Lee has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous high tackle on Northland scrumhalf Luke Hamilton during an ITM Cup match last weekend.

VIDEO: Fritz Lee's near decapitation of Luke Hamilton

Lee was shown a red card for the tackle at Pukekohe on Sunday.

Counties-Manukau won the match 40-24.

The ban was imposed after Lee appeared before New Zealand Rugby Union judicial officer Peter Hobbs in Wellington on Wednesday.

Hobbs said that while there was no pre-meditation on Lee's part, the tackle was reckless and exposed Hamilton to the risk of serious injury.

Hobbs said Lee accepted culpability from the outset, was remorseful and he acknowledged he had let himself and his team down.


  • Al - 2010-09-29 10:42

    This looks far worst than it really was! The tackler stuck out his arm as a reflex action and the momentum of the guy running with the ball took his feet from under him. He landed, got up and that was that. In my day much much worse tackles were made when we were still allowed to "collar" the ball carrier. And no serious injuries resulted. Rugby really is getting sissied.

  • HJH - 2010-09-29 11:05

    Only 3 weeks? If it was a bok it would have been 3 months!

  • StuartW - 2010-09-29 11:12

    He never even touched his face or neck. His arm hit the scrummies arm, the scrummie did not even stay down.....this seems like another "Bakkies" type of least it is happening in NZ as well.

  • rugga fan - 2010-09-29 11:14

    if this happened in south africa or to bakkies or schalk you were looking at least at 8 to 12 weeks

  • ULI - 2010-09-29 11:39

    Nah, that's nothing. Ask Tony if he still feels pain today.

  • Bullsh*t - 2010-09-29 11:45

    @ StuartW Man, are you f*ken blind. You must not know rugby cause that is obviously a dangerouse cout hanger. He touches his arm and head but not his neck. Flip, only three week. Any South African player would have gotten at least 10 weeks.

  • Mammamia! - 2010-09-29 11:45

    Kyk man as Bakkies of Skalla daai tackle gemaak het was hul eerstens vir dievolgende 2 maande permanent op Aus,NZ en Pom TV en tweedens vir n jaar geskors!Vieslike tackle daai ou kan bly wees hy is nie dood of verlam nie.Die islanders hak so Lima of wat was daai visvanger se naam!?

  • @rugga fan - 2010-09-29 12:22

    Yes you are quite right. If this was Bakkies or Schalk they definitely would have got much longer suspensions because they are habitual thugs with horrific records of deliberate cowardly acts like eye gouging and head butting from behind.

  • MJ - 2010-09-29 14:24

    Not sure why anyone outside of NZ would make a big deal about this (If it was Brian O'Driscoll it would have been world headline news) - the tackle wasn't obviously malicious - though it was of course dangerous and very dramatic. There's a big difference between a planned act of violence like eye gounging or headbutting and a desperate, badly timed tackle like this. So while three weeks may be on the light side, Frtiz also has a clean slate for fair play before this so I think its about right. Plus the guy wasn't injured. So chillax - it wasn't an ozzy or a bok who got hit.

  • Snot & Trane - 2010-09-29 15:38

    Everyboby know that a SA player on the same field doing the same thing would have been treated differently as far as the suspension is concerned. 15 year's experience of that. But in a domestic game here, things would have been pretty much the same - 3 weeks. We also get away with murder - Remember Schalk hitting the ref's arm.

  • BJK - 2010-09-29 15:50

    It might have been a reflex action but it was still dangerous and could have been much more serious. The referee was excellent to stop the game immediately in safety of the tackled player.

  • Dragonpig - 2010-09-29 15:57

    Its a terrible tackle, Yes it might look worse than it is and all and there's not much intent. Let me ask this, Jean De Villiers got 3 weeks for a dangerous tackle and Jacque Fourie 4, now this is 3 weeks? it's far worse than any of the dangerous tackles in the Tri Nations, Jean De Villiers has a clean record, I don't think he had a yellow card before that in 50 odd games so it has nothing to do with records

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  • Unfair - 2010-09-29 19:51

    ..Very dangerous...however...if this was Bakkies Botha...he would have been jailed for life...., just goes to the Boks, are getting targeted by the wolrd..UNFAIR...and this player only gets 3 weeks...what a joke..

  • Clive - 2010-09-29 21:28

    A piddling three weeks for that "tackle"!!!??? @Al is totally wrong: the tackler made no attempt to tackle below the shoulder, and it wasn't as if the runner ducked either. What a travesty, but perhaps it comes as no great surprise when we think about it - New Zealanders ALWAYS get off more lightly than others when it comes to this sort of thing. Not only New Zealanders: who can forget that late, high, dangerous, malicious shoulder charge by a Samoan on Andre Pretorius in the last World Cup, for which he wasn't even cited? Double standards is too polite a word for these inconsistencies.

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