BIN of SIN
By Vimal Perera
The law on repeated infringements now reads as “A player penalized
for repeated infringements must be cautioned and temporarily suspended.
If the player then commits a further caution able offence or the
same offence that player must be sent off” The emphasis on
the change is from an “if necessary” to “must
be cautioned”. This is only one aspect of the sin bin highlighted
player thus cautioned and temporarily suspended is sent to what
is commonly known as the Sin Bin. Sin Bin is the bench where all
players who have been bad sit out of the game for 10 minutes of
If the referee believes that a player has committed serious foul
or committed acts of indiscipline and or commits repeated infringements
then a referee shows the player a yellow card. Unlike in football
the player must immediately leave the pitch. The game then continues
without the player not being available for 10 minutes of playing
time while the game continues.
The opposition then enjoys playing with one more on their side.
As a player who is temporally suspended is out of action for ten
minutes, it is something that players have to avoid.
reality being the player is letting down his team and its fans.
I fail to understand why supporters put their hands together to
clap a player, being sent off the pitch. How can you accept and
condone misconduct that put his team into disadvantage. Similarly
the player going back after his period of suspension is applauded
as he enters the paddock. This is something fans have to rethink,
as the player is guilty of letting down his team. The sin bin in
recent tines has turned to be a BIN OF SIN. The game between CR
and CH turned to a brawl at a time. While action was on the field
the players who were on sin bin too joined in.
sin bin did not seem to have deterred players. Possibly they have
not understood the gravity of being there. Repeated sin bins can
lead to the controlling body hauling the player to the disciplinary
committee and meting out punishment. So beware, as ignorance is
no excuse. Those who are temporarily suspended have no part in the
game and therefore must observe their suspension and not turn the
sin in to a bin of sin.
match between CR and CH produced a lot of physical rugby. The game,
which produced some jarring tackles, took a toll on emotions and
lead to be out of control. Up to around 20 minutes of playing time
left the game was fought hard and within the laws. The last twenty
minutes took a toll on players and resulted in uncontrolled emotional
display. The on field tension escalated with a late tackle on one
side and a punch on the other. The three in sin bin joined in the
fray. One was lucky to be undetected. The result was three red cards.
The inquiry following has imposed one month, each, ban on the two
who joined from the sin bin and two weeks to the Man who threw a
punch. The action of the disciplinary committee is now public and
should serve as a deterrent to future offenders. Whether the action
has led to player caution is questionable? A player from CH was
temporarily suspended last week too.
players have had to face the consequences of their action there
are others who have to be reminded of their responsibilities for
the betterment of the game.
code of conduct included in the tournament hand out needs implementation
as a columnist reported in the weekend newspapers on the conduct
of an official. Officeholders, at the national level have to be
an example to others. It is a common feature to blame others for
losing a match and never accept and correct the mistakes of your
team. Even the inability to place the full stop and a comma and
speak English as was spoke by the ancient narrators of the language
but not used any more is a good excuse to some.
relevance and quoted below is from a speech the Late Lakshman Kadragamar
made to the Sri Lankan Cricket team in UK . “Every team loses.
It takes two to play a game. One has to lose. It is the manner in
which you play the game which gives the promise of success to come…….
All of you are role models for our youth. They will be looking to
see how you take defeat. To exult in victory is easy; to remain
well balanced in defeat is a mark of maturity.”
who profess knowledge and bask in the past while marinating in alcohol
need to ask: “Are we being role models to the youngsters”?
The “Caltex” league rugby season for 2005 continues
in its journey with CR and Kandy pulling ahead of the others.