Friday, 2 April 2010

Bloody marvellous!

I'm loving the fact that Big Bad Dean Richards has been short-listed for an ERC 15 coaching award to honour the top coaches in the competition since the Heineken Cup started in 1995.

Richards, currently serving a ludicrously long suspension for his role in the Bloodgate affair during Quins' Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Leinster a year ago, has quite rightly been recognised for his back-to-back titles with Leicester and his generally outstanding record in the competition.

Wouldn't it be rather amusing if he won?

Where do I vote?

8 comments:

Geoffrey said...

Dean Richards was emense for England and Leicester and has been a good coach for Quins. The blood thing was pretty stupid - I mean if you are going to fake an injury for substitution purposes then just start limping. I have limped off at club level convincingly surely our professional players can manage to get of the park without resorting to Hammer Horror sfx.
I realise that a Heineken Cup match will get more scrutiny from officials, even more reason not to resort to the lame bloodfest.

RedYeti said...

I believe the reason for the blood was that blood substitutions are reversible, and allow a player already taken off to come back on. Williams had to be bleeding otherwise the kicker (whose name I've forgotten) who had already been subbed wouldn't have been allowed to temporarily replace him.

RedYeti said...

Would've been Nick Evans at Quins I assume

Geoffrey said...

I guess so, but it's cheating after all - that's the professional game for you. I played in the amatuer days so I am convinced, sadly, that rugby is going the same way as assoc. football.

Hawk Eye said...

Time for rolling subs!?

RedYeti said...

So faking a leg injury by limping is better than faking a mouth injury by biting a blood capsule? It's cheating either way, and it's always been in the game. Professionalism just means more cameras and more scrutiny on players so more things are noticed. The vast majority of dirty play has been stamped out (lol) of the game since the earlier years of things like the Lions' '99 call' etc.

Geoffrey said...

It's a fair cop guv'.

Geoffrey said...

In my defence it was to get a new player on to give him a chance and I have previously played on whilst bleeding profusely with 2 teeth missing and a gashed knee (when blood and communal bathing was still not a problem). Also have played the following week having been sent off by the ref when concussed. It was 2 weeks off the park with concussion even then.

Enough - they got caught.