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    vertidog wrote:
    Woodgnome you make these comments which clearly reflect your opinion which is fine. The issue i have is that as stated this was one punch in a 30 man brawl. Does this mean that every person who throws a punch on the rugby field is guilty of "thuggery" and should in your view not play game again?? If that's the case there would be no-one left to play!
    I feel this sets a dangerous precedence and could possibly open the flood gates for all kinds of allegations on the field of play. The fact is that out of the thirty odd players fighting Rhys was the only one to cause significant injury with one single blow. In the same incident three Cardiff players set upon one Crosskeys player. Is this not a worse case of "thuggery"??
    Despite the comments made by the media and commentators the brutal fact is that violence in sport is glorified in one breath then condemned in the next.
    Is this worse than Bradley Davies being knocked unconscious by Andrew Hore in an unprovoked attack from behind in an international match at the Millennium stadium? IS it worse than Ian Evans stamping on someone's face? Broad sweeping statements such as yours need to be supported with some facts!
    Regarding the sentence the frustration lies in the lack of consistency, when Billy Burglar burgles ten house and walks away with community service and heroin drug dealers receive a suspended sentence then how can this sentence be justified.
    I admit i am a family member of Rhys but i am attempting to remove the emotion and speak of the facts.
    The fact is Rhys pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity therefore reducing cost to the tax player and removing the stress which would have been put on the player who would have had to relive the incident in court. He apologized sincerely and also the judge accepted that he did not intend to cause such injury compensation was also offered and also the probation service recommended community hours and a suspended sentence and yet unbelievably he was given this sentence.
    I look forward to your response.
    I fully understand why you are emotionally involved. The outcome is a tragedy for this young man. You say the court listened to your points but the court clearly thought otherwise. A 12 month sentence reflects how seriously the Court viewed it. This does not excuse any of the others involved in thuggery and they should have been charged too."
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Cross Keys rugby player Rhys Peebles jailed for punching opponent after match

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A CROSS Keys rugby player has been jailed for a year after a punch he threw during a “huge” end-of-game brawl left a fellow player in need of 28 stitches.

Back row forward Rhys Peebles, 30, was sentenced for malicious wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

The incident took place on November 29 last year, during the dying minutes of the Principality Premiership away game against Cardiff RFC at Cardiff Arms Park.

Callum Lewis, from Merthyr, was left with a nasty cut below his eye and only returned to action last week, said a Cardiff RFC spokesman after the hearing.

In mitigation, Jonathan Wellington said Peebles, who was sent off for throwing the punch, had lashed out “in the heat of the moment”.

“There was a huge brawl and everything happened so quickly that, in his mind, he thought the other player was moving towards the brawl and he lashed out. Obviously that blow landed.”

Mr Lewis, 20, is said to have made a full recovery and is currently playing for Wales Under-20s.

But Peebles, of Pontywaun, was handed a 12-month custodial sentence on Tuesday and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

He pleaded guilty at a preliminary hearing on January 7.

Cross Keys won the game against Cardiff 38-10, to make it six straight competitive wins up to that point.

Peebles, said on the Cross Keys RFC website to be a carpenter, is listed as 6ft 2in tall and weighing 16-and-a-half stones.

He lists past clubs as Abercarn, but has played for Cross Keys since 2005.

His best season came in the 2011/12 campaign when he was on the winning side for 20 out of the 29 games he played, scoring 15 points.

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