Nonu receives one-week ban

2011-02-21 07:30

Wellington - Hurricanes centre Ma'a Nonu was handed a one-week ban on Monday after being dismissed following a dangerous tackle in the Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at the weekend.

The 57-cap All Black will miss the Hurricanes match against New Zealand rivals the Crusaders this weekend as a result of the suspension.

Nonu was shown the yellow card for a professional foul after 29 minutes of Friday's match after referee Stuart Dickinson had warned the Hurricanes about infringements at the breakdown.

His second yellow, and consequent red card, came when he shoulder-charged Highlanders' scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan and caught his New Zealand team-mate in the neck after 50 minutes. He was later cited for the dangerous tackle.

"SANZAR judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC upheld the citing on the basis that Nonu did not use his arms in the tackle and the first impact was with his shoulder into Cowan's neck," read a news release from the competition's organisers.

Playing the last 30 minutes against 14 men, the Highlanders went on to win the opening match of the Super Rugby season 14-9.


  • Deon - 2011-02-21 07:55

    Was dit 'n SA speler was hy uit vir ten minste 3 tot 4 weke

  • fdl - 2011-02-21 07:59

    I agree with Deon - had it been an SA player he would have had a 3 week ban!

  • Claude - 2011-02-21 08:07

    A ban of one week is pure bias in favour of New Zealand particularly if last years bans on S.A. players are taken into account. Time will tell if it is a new move towards leniency or just plain favouritism or worse.

  • molefeP - 2011-02-21 08:15

    A repeat offender, with a VERY dangerous INTENTIONAL shoulder charge, and he get one week? Seriously, this has to be a joke? Somebody check that it is not the 1st of April maybee?

  • mainganye - 2011-02-21 08:18

    SANZAR are a joke!!!!

  • Greg - 2011-02-21 08:26

    Surprise, surprise. A NZ player shoulder charges an opponent in the neck and only gets a one week ban.

  • Koos - 2011-02-21 08:33

    Ja and was it an SA player the ban was 6 wekks! come on people!!! this is not the first time!!

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-21 08:44

    Only a week?,talk about double standards,Its like taking a dump on the Super rugby pannel,

  • ChrisG - 2011-02-21 09:10

    What's even better is that the only game he misses is one against another NZ team. He's a filthy player, he's got a lot more citings coming his way.

      Shaun Clarke - 2011-02-21 09:49

      I think he's a great player and you guys are being unfair. He'll only get more citings if those biased refs continue to persecute him.

  • weyer.erik - 2011-02-21 09:25

    This is pathetic, Gerhard van den heever got 2 weeks last year for a spear tackle, this monkey whom is known for shoulder charging gets 1 week.

  • sparrowtwin - 2011-02-21 09:40

    The ruling is fair, if you look at the SANZAR rules. The problem is no-one bothers to look at the rules. The 1 week ban is fair. Look at the citing rules, and you'll see. A spear or 'tip' tackle has a more severe punishment of 3 weeks. It's the first game of the season so nothing really to base behavior on. Come on, boys Us Saffers have got a stigma of whining and moaning all the time...and no wonder. Flip, you okes sound like 4 year old girls moaning to the kindergarten teacher! P.S. It wasn't even a South African that got hit! So who cares? :)

      Flee - 2011-02-21 09:45

      Next time he does it, and he will, it may be a SA player... and then it will be different... the tackle looked hectic... so ya I think at least 3 weeks.. Had it been Schalk or Butch.. they would have been out for the whole S15

      sparrowtwin - 2011-02-21 09:48

      It's not about "how hetic" the tackle looks.

      BCC - 2011-02-21 10:47

      Couldn't agree more with sparrow. SA are whining pricks that are bitter because they have no depth or talent. Has beens of the rugby world.

      FactFile - 2011-02-21 15:36

      Sparrow is spot on. The citing rules is what should be taken into account.. and btw SA supporters will always moan and groan. Maybe u can count Nonu's offences in one hand and how many citings has he got? On the other hand SA players is known for their offences which contributes to their bans. So just watch the games and hope a key SA player won't run into Nonu before the WC... If you wathced the Blues / Crusaders game you would know that NZR don't complain about hard tackling!! No complaints there and there was many a high and dangerous tackles! And stop generalizing, because I bet you if De Jonge hit some late or charged he would also get a one week ban, whereas Bakkies would sit for 10wks just because of his record. Sorry SA.

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-21 09:56

    Paddy O'Bribeme I mean O'Brein strikes again............ This is unacceptable surely that was dangerous and deliberate play and he should do 3 to 4 weeks? The reality is the NZ players never get punished severely but let it be an SA or French player and the fine is months at a time..... Bollocks to that I say

  • kingswing69 - 2011-02-21 10:46

    no no no if it was an SA player it would be a 6 week ban

  • GerryC - 2011-02-21 11:33

    I have just watched the clip on top video, agree with most of the comments, a 1 week ban for a player that pops up in foul play more often than Bakkies for a blatant shoulder charge, he was never ever going for the ball. That should set the precedent for a nice season of thuggery instead of rugby. That was worth at least a 6 week ban. I am amazed that Jimmy Cowan got up and was smiling.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-02-21 12:01

    Fair or not we must not complain, beat them on the field, not with words. If you want to talk about a really unfair ruling then let's ask how Mapoe, who was named in 2 squads and therefore was inelligable to play, was deemed fine to play by SARU on Friday. Basically they are condoning theft.

  • Papsak - 2011-02-21 12:23

    What a joke - at least he got a one-week ban!!

  • StefJo - 2011-02-21 12:32

    Never mind who he plays for, isn't a red card regardless of the offence an automatic 2week suspension? Now the citing ruled one week ban!?

      FactFile - 2011-02-21 15:39

      Not that I know of StefJo.. or did you find out for us? Rugby rules also change so wuick nowadays. I know that in soccer there's rules like that. A straight red card is an automatic 3 match ban and 2 yellow card red card is 1 match.

  • Clive - 2011-02-21 14:18

    Why are we not surprised by this slap on the wrist?! It's beyond a joke.

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