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O’Gara in touchline scuffle with Clermont’s Benjamin Urdapilleta


La Rochelle supervisor Ronan O’Gara was shoved twice by Clermont fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta as ball flies into contact

La Rochelle are to demand that disciplinary officers take motion after their head coach Ronan O’Gara was concerned in a touchline scuffle with Clermont’s Argentinian fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta in a High 14 match on the weekend, in accordance with studies in France.

Urdapilleta twice shoved the La Rochelle coach after the 2 had collided within the technical space on the sting of the pitch at Stade Marcel Michelin after a clearance from Brice Dulin had crossed the touchline.

Urdapilleta later performed down the incident – which had on the time price his aspect only a penalty.

“With the adrenaline, I generally overdo it,” he advised broadcaster Canal Plus instantly after the match. “He’s intelligent, I believe he intentionally prevented me from getting the ball. On the time, we have been behind on the scoreboard. However that’s sport, it could possibly occur. As soon as the match is over, you neglect about it.”

However La Rochelle intend to take issues additional, studies in France recommend. Regional newspaper Sud Ouest mentioned the membership plans to contact citing officers instantly, in search of to have the case introduced earlier than the Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s (LNR) disciplinary committee.

O’Gara, who had managed to to not overreact as Urdapilleta jostled with him, advised reporters: “I used to be a bit of shocked. I perceive that he needed to play shortly, that occurs, however I used to be in my zone. And he pushed me twice… I’m no angel both, however on the identical time, there’s respect. I believe he crossed a line.” 

He added: “It’s a disappointment, he didn’t have the category to apologise.”

The membership’s resolution to take issues additional got here after O’Gara had indicated that, so far as he was involved, a penalty was the tip of the matter: “It has no place in our sport. However a card? That’s not doable both, as a result of that’s for gamers in opposition to gamers, not between gamers and employees.” 

Clermont supervisor Christophe Urios mentioned: “I wasn’t anxious about any penalties for Benjamin. All Ronan O’Gara needed to do was transfer. What would you like me to say? There’s nothing nasty in it.”

Quarter-of-an-hour after the incident, Urdapilleta kicked the decisive 71st-minute penalty that gave Clermont an 11-10 win that moved them as much as sixth within the desk – one place above La Rochelle, who picked up a shedding bonus factors – on the finish of the High 14’s three-round pre-World Cup rush.

The LNR points an everyday weekly assertion on which gamers within the High 14 and ProD2 have been known as to a disciplinary listening to on the Tuesday after every spherical of matches. Hearings are, usually, held eight days later.

The High 14 resumes on October 29, the day after the World Cup remaining.

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