Ioane banned for five weeks

2012-03-20 08:30

Sydney - Reds and Australia wing Digby Ioane has been slapped with a five-week ban for a dangerous tackle in a Super Rugby match last weekend, governing body SANZAR said on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old admitted he was guilty of lifting Sharks loose forward Marcell Coetzee and failing to return him to the ground safely in the Reds' 27-22 defeat in Durban on Saturday.

Ioane was a key figure in Reds' run to their first Super Rugby title last season, scoring five tries including in the victory over the Crusaders in the final.

An uncompromising defender, he was one of Australia's most productive tacklers in their Tri-Nations triumph and run to the semi-finals of the World Cup last year.

SANZAR judicial officer Mike Heron said previous disciplinary matters relating to dangerous tackles in 2008 had counted against the New Zealand-born back.

Spear or tip tackling, where a player lifts an opponent into the air and returns them to the ground head first, is outlawed because of the potential for head injuries.

Ioane will miss matches against the Bulls, Force, Brumbies and Stormers before being available again when the Reds travel to Auckland to face the Blues on April 27.


  • neale.hill - 2012-03-20 08:42

    And rightly so! Thought Kaplan missed the chance to take control of the game on Saturday by onlpy yellow carding him - at last good to see the Citing system working properly.

      Shnez - 2012-03-20 08:48

      Yes agree! BOOOOYYYAAAAAA!!!!!!!

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-20 09:33

      Agree. There is one thing however I don't understand. How could Kaplan clearly see Marcell Coetzee knock the ball on, but he couldn't see the spear tackle that immediatly followed that!!! It was right in front of him. I almost broke my TV when it happened, and the words that came out of my mouth i'd rather forget.

      Hanno - 2012-03-20 10:24

      Sorry, but this is a rediculous sentence. He admitted guilt and should be given a less harsh sentence. 2 weeks would have sufficed.

      Gungets - 2012-03-20 11:29

      Instantly we see the danger of the white card rule. It allows the referee to be a softc#ck and not do what is necessary. The white card has not improved the situation at all - citing was always allowed. So he is banned - the Reds still start the next game with a full complement of 15 players - it is hardly a penalty at all. The banning should come with 80 minutes of playing with 14 men. The white card has eroded the laws, not strengthened them.

      Michael - 2012-03-20 12:13

      The reason it was 5 weeks and not less, was because they took previous transgressions into account. Digby had some dodgy tackles in 2008.

  • Mark - 2012-03-20 08:44

    So how exactly does this help the Sharks!! We bear the consequence of the potential injury, and the other teams benefit from the loss of an influential player. The system is not quite right!!

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-20 09:39

      I agree Mark. I believe a captain of each team should be allowed to recall two incidents in a game. Let's say following that Keegan could have called on the ref to check the tackle right there and then. If its a spear then a red card and the Sharks would have benefited from that. Also with that forward pass he could have called that back. Don't get me wrong. I don't want the game to slow down, but if you allowed 2 calls in a game it won't hurt the flow of the game too much

      David - 2012-03-20 10:49

      The linesman saw it and called it. His recommendation was yellow. I was under the impression the instruction to refs was red for a tip-tackle, unless there were mitigating factors such as the tackler attempting to break the fall.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-20 08:45

    oooooOOOOOOO eina. maaar ek dink di 5- vyf weke.. het di strompelers in gedagte gehad??

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-20 09:45

      In alle reverdigheid is hierdie straf EN die een op houghaard en sulkes soos die', absoluut belaglik!! die ouens wat die tipe besluite neem het GEEN kennis of ervaring in enige opsig van rugby ni-hulle het nooit gespeel op laer&hoer vlak, maar wil altyd alles BEHEER met politieke korrektheid en so alles opneuk. kry oud spelers in alle posisies, in rugby bestuur!!!!!

      Buffel - 2012-03-20 10:56

      Japjapjap, lees die berig met insig, veral die volgende gedeelte. "SANZAR judicial officer Mike Heron said previous disciplinary matters relating to dangerous tackles in 2008 had counted against the New Zealand-born back". Digby Ioane is 'n gewoonte oortreder en daarom is die straf aangepas na vyf weke. Hou op om jou naam te vergat met sinnelose kommentaar.

  • Tilt777 - 2012-03-20 08:48

    Good stuff - at last a citing that matches what the SA blokes get. Kaplan should have given him a red card!

  • Dewald - 2012-03-20 08:49

    Not so sure it was a tip tackle. He did lift him, but he did not turn him. Same with Hougharrds tackle.

      Lionel - 2012-03-20 08:55

      Agreed Dewald,I think this one was a bit harsh on him!!!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-20 08:59

      He clearly lifted Coetzee's legs above the horizontal! That's the definition of a tip tackle

      Werner - 2012-03-20 09:14

      Ja dude, Malcolm is right AND he clearly got in with his shoulder as well when they went to ground

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-20 09:35

      He lifted him and drove him into the ground. We all had the privilage of watching the replay, it is too obvious to deny. Not harsh at all, he could have broken Coetzee's neck. He should have got a red card, the verdict of the hearing is also proof a yellow card was the wrong decision.

      Gareth - 2012-03-20 10:11

      I also agree, five weeks is a bit much, WHERE is the consistancy? Max two week ban for that one!

      Terry - 2012-03-20 10:35

      What game were you watching? He lifted him, tipped him, and drove him into the ground neck first! It had all the potential to be a neck-breaking tackle - how can you say he is unfortunate? That kind of tackle needs to be taken out of the game - and Kaplan was part of the problem! That should have been a red card - and he is lucky to get away with a 5 week ban.

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  • Sulaiman - 2012-03-20 09:01

    Five weeks is way to long the opponnent never got injured. I think two weeks would have been okay.

      Phil - 2012-03-20 09:11

      He had "form" That is the way it goes ...take it on the chin and move on.

      Norval - 2012-03-20 09:18

      previous disciplinary matters 2008 has been taken in account!

      Deon - 2012-03-20 09:42

      The refs are trying to stop this type of tackle to prevent injuries. It is a good deterent for other players as well.

  • Japie.Bosch - 2012-03-20 09:02

    Wat sê Jonathan Kaplan en sy assistent-skeidsregter nou? Vir dié tweetjies was 'n geelkaart mos genoeg.

      Jay - 2012-03-20 09:08

      Kaplan verdien ook n geel kaart

  • Ian - 2012-03-20 09:12

    what happened to the sharks flank who tramped on the WP player in the Vodacom cup game?worst bit of dirty play i've ever seen..was he cited?

      Werner - 2012-03-20 09:17

      .....v-o-d-a-c-o-m-c-u-p...this is S15, runby SANZAR's citing commision, go bitch in the Tygerburger

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-20 09:37

      Irrelevant Ian, it does not justify the wrongdoing of Ioane.

      Ian - 2012-03-21 07:03

      um, W-E-R-N-E-R and Chum, regarding Ioane's ban, was a bad tackle and he's a bit of a showboat, but still, 5 weeks is a bit harsh for his tackle, but if you guys saw the sharks players(no.6) dirty play, you'd understand my original comment...

  • Norval - 2012-03-20 09:22

    yes it should been a red card! bring in the TMO, the on-the-field ref have to much things to look at and make disicions. Good disicion Sanzar!

  • Joan - 2012-03-20 09:23

    Bear in mind that he has a reputation for foul play and the citing officer took this into account when banning him for 4 games (5 weeks)

  • Bootman - 2012-03-20 09:41

    This is rubbish. 5 weeks is ludicrous. The player he tackled wasnt injured. I think a two week ban would've been adequate. Who wants to watch S15 without Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Ritchie Mcaw, Daniel Carter, Beast Mtawarira, Francious Hougaard and Schalk Burger. If he injured the player, ban him for the same amount of time that the injured player is out. What makes his tackle different from Hougaard's tackle on Eberson? I know the powers that be wants to erradicate the tip tackle from the game but Ioane's ban is unfair. There is a fine line between tackling an apponent backwards and tip tackling him. I don't think there was intent to injure in this instance.

      Byron - 2012-03-20 10:08

      It is the potential for injury that warrants a ban not an actual injury. Most often players are fine and no one would get any ban until someone breaks there neck and that guys is banned for life. 4 games is harsh but what can we do?

      John - 2012-03-20 10:12

      Bearing in mind his previous "form", you believe you can read his mind and say you don't think there was an intent to injure??? Surely when someone decides to do something like this that has the potential to severely injure, he must take the consequences of his action. If you don't want to do the time, don't do the action in the first place.

      Tony - 2012-03-20 10:15

      Do you have to injure the player first before it is dangerous?

      Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2012-03-20 10:33

      He was bit cocky he didn't show no regrets about it if you look hurgard incident he knew he was guilty he even apologised

  • Byron - 2012-03-20 10:04

    I am a sharks fan but 5 weeks is a bit harsh. IMO 3 weeks would be fine

  • springbokke - 2012-03-20 10:41

    Men Vs. Boys.............Finis.

  • tuckytatham - 2012-03-20 10:46

    if it was a South Afircan player we would be up in arms with the amount of time he is banned for. What we must take into account as was mentioned, is previous infringements, Bakkies was a player that was always on the receiving end of this. I feel that there is a sense of consistancy about this sentance becasue of what Ioane has done in the past. I hate to say this... but well played SANZAR

  • chiepner - 2012-03-20 10:48

    This must be the first time ever an tasman team player has been slapped with such a huge suspention.

  • David - 2012-03-20 12:13

    Luke Braid has just been slapped with a three week suspension. That's two players with hefty punishments against SA sides, in the same week!! Are the tides changing? I've been happy this new system, except for the white card. I would have been happy with three weeks for Ioane's tackle, but understand the mitigating circumstances. Perhaps Sanzar can be further transparant and compare the various players bans and explain the differences.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-03-20 12:26

    This is not right. If the Sharks had lost this game, I would be spitting mad if I were one of the Sharks players or coaching staff. The offence should be adjudicated while the player is off the field during the ten minute sin binning and if deemed serious enough from the replays, the yellow card should be upgraded to a red there and then.

      Gungets - 2012-03-20 12:47

      That is a great idea. It means the game flows, the offence gets treated properly. They could even play it the other way around as well, where an offence can get downgraded if a mistake has been made - although that might lead to Refs erring on the other side and a player sitting off for a suspicion of an offence. I really like this idea!!

  • Julian - 2012-03-21 14:23

    I`d be embarrased if i was a loose forward & was smashed by a winger...oh the shame..Have a teaspoon of cement & harden up coetzee...

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