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    SophieWatkins wrote:
    Voodoo Chile wrote:
    I am an avid watcher of Premiership rugby and have been for many years.

    I am a bit surprised of teh sentence but not the team, Cross Keys have gotten a reputation of a bunch of thugs over the last few seasons and this is backed up by the num,ber of
    As such an avid supporter of Premiership rugby shouldn't you actually be more aware of the fact that the majority of yellow cards are more due to the case of professional fouls and not thuggish behaviour. As a CrossKeys supporter I would categorically deny that over the last couple of years our players have gotten a reputation for thuggish behaviour.
    In the case of Rhys Peebles is it absolutely disgusting that he has been handed a 12-month sentence for punching an opposite player whilst on a rugby pitch. I do not condone violence on the pitch in any sport but emotions do run high and all players in all sport should be fully aware that these things do happen and there can be injuries whether it involves wounds and stitches or breaking of bones.
    What the majority of people commenting on this matter seem to be forgetting is that the "victim" in this case was also involved in the 30-man brawl and was willing to punch anyone in front of him. He was unlucky to have been punched but at the end of the day was also in a position to have caused the same injury to an opposing player. The player in question made an exaggeration of his injury and the effect it would have on his rugby career and yet he has been back playing for a while having suffered absolutely no long-term damage.
    I am perfectly aware that most of yellow cards given for professional fouls. However on each occasion I have watched my team, Pontypridd, play cross keys the matches have been subject to thuggish behaviour by keys players. Former play Rob Nash and the Hodge brothers to name a few have no interest in rugby but only niggle and fight with opposition players.

    Peebles was not playing at the pint he got involved, correct me if I'm wrong. I cannot see how you exaggerate your injuries as a result of a punch as surely the injuries would be visible???

    I agree the sentence maybe harsh but if this happened in the street then this conversation would not be had!!"
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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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