If Welsh players obeyed the Laws of the Game it would be far easier to comment; he is a Professional rugby player and fully understood what the game requires of him. The law makes no allowance for intent and the Referee has zero discretion in a situation as straightforward as this one was - Wales would have been fuming if Harinordquey had done the same to Shane, and not been sent off.
Law 10.4(j) reads: Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that players feet are still off the ground such that the players head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.
A directive was issued to all Unions and Match Officials in 2009 emphasizing the IRBs zero-tolerance stance towards dangerous tackles and reiterating the following instructions for referees:
- The player is lifted and then forced or speared into the ground (red card offence)
- The lifted player is dropped to the ground from a height with no regard to the players safety (red card offence)
- For all other types of dangerous lifting tackles a yellow card or penalty may be considered sufficient
Regular directives to Unions, Match Officials and Judicial Officers have been issued to reinforce the IRBs zero-tolerance stance regarding dangerous tackles and the promotion of player welfare.
The policy was again reiterated to team officials at a Team Managers seminar in Auckland two weeks before the start of Rugby World Cup and during the Tournament and there have been a number of other Tip Tackle cases at Rugby World Cup 2011.
Excellent - now I can post this from the Daily Mash:
Wales expands seething resentment empire - Ireland and France can look forward to a thousand years of being despised by vengeful dwarves.
Charlotte Church has vowed to kick the shit out of Nicole from the Renault adverts
Following Alain Rolland's decision to send off Sam Warburton for assaulting an opponent in a slightly different way, the eight Welsh people in the world with access to a television hastily researched Rolland's ancestry and called a meeting of the country's elders in the Big Hut.
It was agreed the two countries would now be added to the roster of responsibility for a selection of the country's shortcomings for the next 500 generations. Early blame favourites include the weather and Cerys Matthews.
Walesperson Martin Bishop, said: "It's the first time we've added a new set of demons since the Cornish stole the secret of fire from us in 1963."
Early suggestions for the Irish have been 'potatobastards', as in 'you'll never believe who's moved in to the valley next door - only a family of potatobastards'.
French-based insult suggestions are currently mired in cheese.
Meanwhile Bishop has assured the English that Wales' unwavering hatred for them will remain in place but admitted that levels of glowering and mumbling in tongues may be affected in the Hereford region.
The Welsh will initially struggle to provide adequate numbers to get around to hating everybody as they find it difficult to mate and may have to draft in people from New Zealand to cover during peak periods.
Bishop added: "We've already sent a delegation over to Dublin to daub something incomprehensible on the wall of a cottage and if there's anything left in petty cash we may able to set fire to something in Dieppe.