Clip 3 - 27 March 2017 - Law 10

Repeated infringement punished.

Law 10.3 REPEATED INFRINGEMENTS
(a) Repeatedly offending. A player must not repeatedly infringe any Law. Repeated infringement is a matter of fact. The question of whether or not the player intended to infringe is irrelevant.
Sanction: Penalty kick
A player penalised for repeated infringements must be cautioned and temporarily suspended.

(cautioned and temporarily suspended = yellow card)

Pablo Matera of the Jaguares has the ball. Harold Vorster of the Lions partially stops him and then lock Andries Ferreira brings Matera to ground. The referee lets play go on but then returns to deal with Ferreira because his tackle on Matera was high. The referee tells Ferreira that it was his second high tackle and third penalty offence, and so the referee sent him to the sin bin.

Ferreira's first offence had been in the first minute when he tackled Matera high, his left arm at Matera's neck.

Certainly in both cases Ferreira grabbed Matera above the line of the shoulders.

Law 10.4 DANGEROUS PLAY AND MISCONDUCT
(e) A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play.
Sanction: Penalty kick

"repeated infringements" does not refer to knocking on twice; it deals with serious offences, which include high tackles which have been the focus of more stringent enforcement.

The second time Ferreira tackled high, in 20 minutes, would qualify as a repeated infringement.

The third infringement the referee refers to happened when Ferreira clumsily fell over a tackle and onto the ground beyond it. It cost his team three points but did not seem to be in any way dangerous.

The referee had now laid down a standard.

Clips 4 and 5 suggest that the standard was not maintained.
 

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