Lambie has been badly let down by Springboks

2016-08-02 06:00

THE mere fact that Pat Lambie remains concussed, five weeks after that fateful collision in the first Test against the Irish, puts the issue of incompetent refs, as well as citing commissioners, into perspective.

The one-week suspension (a disgrace) was based on an assumption that the offence was a midair collision, when it was, in fact, an off-the-ball incident, reminiscent of a Kamikazi pilot hit.

This was two different scenarios, with different set of rules and different penalties.

To prove this point, just a quick insight into the following - if Lambie had stopped dead in his tracks after kicking the ball, and, very importantly, remembering the offender was already air bourne, and could not change his direction, as claimed, where would he have landed?

A couple of metres in front of Lambie, of course, looking very stupid.

If the right call was made, the correct protocol would have been followed and the right penalty imposed, in this case, easily 10 to 12 weeks’ suspension, if not more.

But Lambie was badly let down, as seems to be the norm with most South African players lately.

I just hope that this young man’s confidence hasn’t taken a knock, as he seems to be a marked man, reminiscent of a Naas Botha of yesteryear.

So much for sportsmanship.


ANTHONY TIMMS

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