Re: Biting Ferris' finger
Posted by: Which Tyler (IP Logged)
Date: 18 March, 2012 09:33
I spent about an hour this morning going over and over the iPlayer footage; I'll just repost what I've put elsewhere if you don't mind.
It was a ruck 27.22 on BBC's match clock. Ferris is on his back, and you can see him flinch; O'Callaghan gets a little aggro as it breaks up.
I'm pretty sure it's Hartley, Corbs & Parling in that ruck, Barritt guarding the open side, but is well out of it.
I can't see an actual bite, too many bodies in the way, but Owens seemed convinced given marks on Ferris' finger; so I accept that a bite happened. You can identify who those bodies are, but not enough to say who did the act, from the iPlayer replay.
If they can find out who dunnit (and it looks to me that O'Callaghan had the best view), then a really hefty ban is well deserved; this does NOT look to be a replay of DannyG trying to remove Kevin (he's a devout christian you know) Mealamu's finger from his mouth.
I am sincerely ashamed to be supporting a team that would do this, and even if the videos can't show conclusively who dunnit, and players themselves really ought to know, and should hang him out to dry. No excuses IMO.
I've just been back to the iPlayer, moving time on 27.48 (match clock), after reporting to Owens, O'Callaghan goes straight up to Hartley and starts off on him, which starts the words, and nearly handbags that first drew our attention to it all.
I draw no libelous conclusions from this, and make absolutely no accusations on any individual player. Owens examines the wound at the time, and sees enough evidence to accept that a bite happened, so I'm happy (well, not happy, but you know what I mean) to accept that a bite did indeed occur.
Have to say, Owens handled it exceptionally well, was very close to becoming an all-in free-for-all with both packs facing off.