The promotion/relegation battle between the Pumas and Boland just got spicier with news of an alleged biting incident in the game this past weekend.
Marco Botha – Sport24
Pumas loose forward Pieter Meyer was allegedly the victim of a bite in Saturday’s promotion-relegation match against Boland.
The incident comes two weeks after Lions hooker Hans van Dyk was cited for allegedly biting in a Currie Cup match.
Meyer approached referee Jonathan Kaplan shortly before half-time with what he alleged was a bite mark on his right arm.
The Boland players were asked by management at half-time to own up if the guilty party was in their midst, but nobody stepped forward.
Citing officer Edwin Wyngaardt said that he could not identify a specific player on Sunday.
However, he still has video material of the last three minutes of the first half to work through.
SA Rugby requires a player to be cited within 24 hours, but as in the case of Van Dyk, an extension can be requested if available evidence is not sufficient.
Van Dyk was cited for allegedly biting Western Province flank Francois Louw after additional evidence was acquired.
Rawsonville rugby club wing Hayne Anthony was last week suspended for four years for biting the ear of Pukke scrumhalf Andries Mahoney.
Meanwhile, Boland cannot allow this investigation to derail them ahead of Friday’s second promotion-relegation clash.
The Cavaliers were narrow 36-35 winners over the Pumas and will have to play exceptionally well to achieve the same feat in Witbank.
Only one of these teams can play in the Premier League next year and it will be the one that gathers the most points on a log system from the two games.
Both teams captured bonus points on Saturday. The Cavaliers picked up 5 points and the Pumas 2.
A win without a bonus point will therefore be enough to ensure that the Cavaliers retain their Premier League status.
Should the Pumas win their home game with or without a bonus point, they will be promoted.