A full and fair assessment, which should go some way in shutting up, once and for all, all those 'in the know'
Andrew Wallace, Elbow surgeon:
"I incised the flexor origin to expose the underlying medial collateral ligament. Fortunately this was intact, but I split it longitudinally to remove some small intra-articular fragments"
The Player said that Northampton had made a break and were on the ascendancy. He entered the ruck looking for a body to clear out but there was none so he looked for the ball. He found a player (Rob Hawkins) obstructing the ball. He first moved to place his hand on the ball and then the whistle blew. Hawkins’s had moved his hand back to the ball, and that prompted him to take action so Northampton could play quickly. He said: “I grabbed his arm to use as a lever to roll him away in desperation to win the ball. I was not fully aware of how vulnerable he was and that his body could not roll – mainly because another Northampton player was lying on top of him. I felt some resistance from his hand and continued to roll back. I pinned his arm to my chest and hyper extended his elbow. Never any intention for that to happen – I expected his body weight to follow him. Because of his position he was unable to move.” He continued: “I had realised what I had done – I put my hand to my mouth. I knew I was responsible and played rest of game in a fog. After game I was approached by their coach who made it clear what he thought. For me the result of the game was insignificant.”
"The offending was intentional. The Player clearly intended to pull Hawkins’ arm backwards after the whistle had been blown so that the ball became available and his side could play the ball quickly. I accept that he did not intend to harm Hawkins or cause him injury. I come to that conclusion because the Player is not known as one who commits foul play, and by the way he presented and expressed himself at the hearing. He is not a thug and presented as a genuine young man who was prepared to, and accepted, responsibility for his actions and their consequences."
"The incident took about 2 seconds and there was no premeditation"
"police intervention is unlikely as the Player did not have the requisite mens rea to have committed a criminal offence;"
Still, I won't let the facts get in the way of others fully informed rants...
Terrace 'B' next to Mav, Shaddo, AB, Jeremy and Spud.