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Re: Sinckler
Posted by: Bedfordshire Boy
Date: 03/10/2017 09:13
Quinky Kin

They're not going to have any more angles than BT or anyone else -- there aren't secret cameras that the broadcasters aren't allowed to use.

Of course not. But there may well be shots that were not shown at the time. Wouldn't be the first time.

Whether that helps or hinders Sincklers position will all come out in the wash.

This is also an interesting conundrum - if no new evidence come to light, and the officials on the day ruled that there was nothing conclusive, could Kyle still be banned?

Yes, Chris Ashton was banned even after the referee and TMO studied the incident long and hard for many minutes afterwards and decided nothing was untoward.

There is no doubt at all that lawyers who have never played the game are infinitely better qualified to make these decisions that experienced international referees (Jerome Garces in this particular case).

On a more serious note it does seem that "manning up" like Ward did gets you nowhere, and that bleating to the referee does. In the Ashton incident you would have thought Luke Marshall's head had come off as opposed to the light stroking of his cheek that actually occurred. Still the cheek is somewhere near the eye and that did for Ashton.

Of course the fact that England internationals are on the horizon could also work in Sinkler's favour. Remember Martin Johnson and some of his conveniently-timed "bans"?

To be honest, it's indefensible ... I'm not excusing a punch or whatever it was that caused Ward's eye injury, but gouging or even an attempt to do so is on a whole different level of nastiness and unfortunately, the close-ups are pretty damning ... I don't think Paterson was 'bleating'. I would have done if I were him.

There was no reason for him to go near the headgear, let lone the eyes and when the inevitable ban comes, it won't be undeserved. If even the second (most contentious) grab at the face was accidental, he deserves to be banned for pure stupidity.

The tone of your post suggests tat you believe that gouging or an attempt to gouge actually took place which is a big step away from having hands in the area of the eyes.

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