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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 June, 2005, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
Angry Woodward calls for review
Brian O'Driscoll (left) and Sir Clive Woodward express their anger at the tackle which ended the skipper's tour
Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward wants a review of citing procedures in the wake of Saturday's controversial first Test against New Zealand.

The Lions lodged a complaint over a tackle made on Brian O'Driscoll by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu.

Woodward was livid after the duo escaped punishment for an incident which ended O'Driscoll's tour.

"Just to say nothing has happened in that incident is an amazing decision to make in 12 hours," said Woodward.

"I saw the same tapes that the citing commission would have seen and to me there was plenty of evidence.

"To say that nothing has happened in that incident when you hear what Brian's saying and what I'm saying and when you look at it yourself, is quite an interesting statement to make from the citing officer."

The tackle happened in the first minute of the contest, which the Lions lost 21-3, and left O'Driscoll with a dislocated shoulder.

Medical staff took around 30 minutes to put O'Driscoll's shoulder back in place and the Ireland centre angrily labelled the tackle as a "cheap shot".

After reviewing tapes of the incident Woodward decided to take the matter further but following the decision of the commissioner, the former England coach says there is a flaw in the citing procedures which should be corrected.

I do not believe they deliberately targeted Brian but it is a bad situation
Sir Clive Woodward

Although an independent citing commissioner is appointed to all internationals to look for foul play, teams and coaches are allowed to refer any incidents to the commissioner but any citings must be made within 12 hours of the final whistle.

"I was told sometime in the middle of the night that nothing's going to be happening because you've got 12 hours," added Woodward.

Brian O'Driscoll gets treated on the Jade Stadium pitch
Brian O'Driscoll's injury is a massive blow for the Lions

"That was part of the tour agreement but I think maybe 12 hours is wrong because these evening games don't finish till whatever time.

"These people have to work through the night under a fair amount of pressure and I don't think that's right in hindsight."

Woodward was hoping that the commissioner, South African Willem Venter, would have at least referred the case to the International Rugby Board's judicial officer who would have had longer to review the matter.

"You can still be cited and go to the hearing and be totally acquitted but just to say nothing has happened in that incident to me is just an amazing decision to make in 12 hours," Woodward added.

"I think it was a bad incident and I think we all know that Brian isn't the sort of person who says things if he doesn't mean it.

"There are procedures in place that are normally okay but I can't believe it is not a citing incident.

"I do not believe they deliberately targeted Brian but it is a bad situation. That's what happens sometimes and you just have to handle it."

Interview: Brian O'Driscoll



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