Vay Wilson (31)
Red Galloper said:
"I have tried staying off the forums but after watching the game of the round today on the reds site I was left ashamed of our great game. There was an incident where the sunnybank #1 knocked out the west #1 with a shoulder charge and elbow to the head. What I have a problem with is when the west player is lying out cold on the ground there is no sportsmenship or remorse shown by the sunnybank players as they are too busy high fiving their player. What makes it worse for me was the sunnybank fans carrying on like a bunch of animals screaming, cheering and beeping horns the entire time the west player is out on the ground receiving medical attention. I feel for the west player's family watching him lay out cold on the ground while sunnybank fans carry on like they did. Just thank goodness he eventual got up as we all know and I've witnessed some not so lucky to get up. Its beyond me how the sunnybank #1 only got penalised and got to finish a full game but the west #1 never returned to the field. If you missed it its on the reds YouTube and its 23min into the game. For a gentlemen's game sunnybank made it look heartless. If it was a fair hit I would have no problems carrying on but it was far from it."
Couldn't agree more with this post.
This point struck me over the weekend when we played Souths Colts. Now this is not a general "bagging" of Souths but an observation. The discipline and knowledge of the games "LAWS" by the players in general was fairly poor. There was constant infringements in the rucks by both colts teams (lying on the ground, not rolling away, diving in from the side, kicking the ball while on the ground). The referee in the Colts 1 game handled it fairly well, but the constant infringements calls into play the responsibility of the coaches to teach the players the "Laws" and the players to respond by putting them into action. Otherwise frustration and more unlawful behaviour becomes the norm.
In Colts 1 Souths were penalised 3-4 times for not being back 10 metres from a penalty. It eventually lead to a yellow card. There was another yellow card (not recorded) for a foul tackle with no arms by one of the reserves. The player (pumped up) once off the field wanted to start something more special, but thankfully the coach/manager cooled him off. In Premier Colts the final penalty of the game, and a shot at goal to win the game, was attempted to be charged down, yes that's right charged down! For mine that is offside marched 10 metres and retake the penalty. But that didn't happen.
The point here is that if the rules aren't reasonably obeyed then the behaviour above will become more prevalent and I don't want that kind of game.