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The James Horwill Decision Continues A Trend In Lions Tours.

The James Horwill Decision Continues A Trend In Lions Tours.
By Paul Ring Updated

James Horwill has been cleared to play in the second test of the series between Australia and the British and Irish Lions after a citing for stamping was dismissed. Horwill somehow escaped action despite overwhelming video evidence:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptecE2aRz4w

There has been a trend in recent Lions tours of home sides getting off easy. 

Schalk Burger received an eight week ban for his eye gouging of Luke Fitzgearld during the Lions second test against South Africa in 2009. The judgement wasn't near harsh enough for a incident of that nature but the most fustrating thing from a lions point of view was Burger was merely sin-binned for trying to scoop Fitzgerald's eye out of his socket. Burger was unrepentant after the incident and didn't apologize.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_rM0W-GSBo

Tana Umaga and Kevin Mealamu according to an independent citing commissioner in 2005 had no case to answer for picking up Brian O'Driscoll and dumping him in a savage spear tackle that dislocated the then Lions captain's shoulder.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SgYSqEa9AI

So that's a stamp on the head, an eye gouge and a spear tackle. We don't want to get all Alistair Campbell here but how "independent" are these citing commissioners?

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