A monstrous hit by Castres lock Ryno Pieterse on Bordeaux scrumhalf Maxime Lucu has sent shock waves through the rugby world.
The 107kg South African launched himself into Lucu shortly after the latter had kicked the ball.
The incident has outraged many people, including former international referee Nigel Owens:
I never get involved in Citing’s or length of ban conversations. But this was as obvious a RC you will see and well done Romain, no TMO lengthy conversations. But it has to now be followed by a very very lengthy ban. https://t.co/oh2r1DGu2A
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) September 18, 2021
The commentator in the match astonished.
“That’s the kind of dangerous play we just do not want to see in the game. That was stupidity. Absolutely no need for this whatsoever.
“What is he thinking?
“Goodness me. Unbelievable.”
The incident has sparked some debate, with some appalled and some arguing that the play is just part of the game.
Heavy ban coming for this mindless act pic.twitter.com/D7Plp4eQKD— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) September 18, 2021