I've just watched a video shot during a 'friendly' fixture between Lanark RFC and Paisley RFC. In the short sequence posted to Facebook, Ted, the Paisley scrum half, makes a tackle on a Lanark player at a ruck, lands on the ground on his side, and the Lanark No. 8, apparently named Derek, takes a good look at Ted and stamps on his face. One of the Paisley players understandably takes exception and throws a couple of punches at this thug. As a short melee ensues, another Lanark player, apparently unaware of what the idiot has done, gets involved and ends up being sent off while the brave Derek effects the attitude of the victim in all this.
I know it's unlikely that any action will be taken against this animal and that is galling. Hopefully his club will see him off the premises, but any real action, by the SRU I mean, seems unlikely, given that the footage is probably inadmissible in any disciplinary proceedings. Of course, I might be wrong about that. The point I'm really trying to make is that it's a rough game and none of us who have played are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing, but there are unwritten limits, and the line was clearly crossed during this incident. I don't doubt that Derek can do something like this and still sleep at night. His kind invariably do. However, hopefully the video will reach places he's likely to visit if his career in our great game continues, giving prospective opponents a taster of what he's like. Here's a link to the video.