Rugby politics

First published in Letters

I WOULD like to comment on the article in the SWA on Friday 30th January.

You gave the impression the punch by Rhys happened at the end-of-game brawl. This was not so, as the punch was thrown, according to the match report in your own paper, during the last few moments of the game and during a mass brawl.

The referee appears to have had enough of this fighting and blew his whistle to end the game, at the end of the brawl – albeit a few minutes earlier than planned.

The WRU should have held an investigation into what was really an abandoned match, and any punishments to the clubs or individual players then handed down. Usually the punishment is accepted and all parties move on. In Rhys’s case, an individual, or maybe a club, decided to take the matter to court.

I believe Rhys, who is a dependable young family man, has been caught up in political shenanigans of Welsh club rugby.

Also, it appears the mass brawl started when Rhys had the ball trust into his face by a Cardiff player. Rhys’s retaliation may have been exaggerated but he certainly does not deserve a 12 month detention sentence. This whole incident has probably ruined a young man’s family life for years to come. Brian J Watkins Woodside Drive Newport

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12:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

As a one time player and lifetime lover of the great sport of rugby, I agree completely. Pitch fights are part and parcel of the game. And, whislt the injuries dealt were definitely OTT, and deserve to be punished, the sentence handed out was absolutely ridiculous and also OTT.
As a one time player and lifetime lover of the great sport of rugby, I agree completely. Pitch fights are part and parcel of the game. And, whislt the injuries dealt were definitely OTT, and deserve to be punished, the sentence handed out was absolutely ridiculous and also OTT. GardenVarietyMushroom
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2:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ollie72 says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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As a one time player and lifetime lover of the great sport of rugby, I agree completely. Pitch fights are part and parcel of the game. And, whislt the injuries dealt were definitely OTT, and deserve to be punished, the sentence handed out was absolutely ridiculous and also OTT.
Agreed. My regular playing career came to an end when a punch from behind broke my jaw - a cowardly act that has no place on the rugby pitch (the guy who did it only got a 6 week ban, and there was no criminal case due to "lack of witnesses" amongst 100 spectators at the game!)

However, throughout my playing days, there were many times where frustration boiled over and fights happened - these are part and parcel of the game, and are accepted by those players that are happy to get involved with the rough stuff. This should never have been a matter for the courts, and should have been dealt with by the WRU.

From reports and comments on here, it seems that this player is not the type that gets involved with this kind of incident usually, and it seems that he will now have a criminal record simply for being too good at defending himself!
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: As a one time player and lifetime lover of the great sport of rugby, I agree completely. Pitch fights are part and parcel of the game. And, whislt the injuries dealt were definitely OTT, and deserve to be punished, the sentence handed out was absolutely ridiculous and also OTT.[/p][/quote]Agreed. My regular playing career came to an end when a punch from behind broke my jaw - a cowardly act that has no place on the rugby pitch (the guy who did it only got a 6 week ban, and there was no criminal case due to "lack of witnesses" amongst 100 spectators at the game!) However, throughout my playing days, there were many times where frustration boiled over and fights happened - these are part and parcel of the game, and are accepted by those players that are happy to get involved with the rough stuff. This should never have been a matter for the courts, and should have been dealt with by the WRU. From reports and comments on here, it seems that this player is not the type that gets involved with this kind of incident usually, and it seems that he will now have a criminal record simply for being too good at defending himself! ollie72
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