No action against Burger

March 9, 2010
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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) are not planning any action against Stormers captain Schalk Burger.
Stephen Nell – Sport24

The Springbok flanker struck referee Mark Lawrence lightly on the arm in Saturday’s Super 14 match at Newlands.

The incident came after Lawrence had intervened in a scuffle between Burger and Highlanders captain Jimmy Cowan.

SARU communications chief Andy Colquhoun told Sport24 that SARU referees boss André Watson had reviewed the incident and also spoken to Lawrence about it. He decided then that there would not be further action.

“If there are any real incidents of players manhandling referees, we will view it in a very serious light,” Colquhoun said on Watson’s behalf.

Lawrence already said on Sunday that there was nothing in the Burger incident.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee emphasised on Monday that it had been an accident.

“I think Schalk was hit by Cowan and for him it was like another Highlander joining in. There was no malice or intent,” said Coetzee.

“It was just a reaction and he probably got a huge fright when he saw it was the referee. Mark also saw it in that light.”

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6 Comments

  1. avatar manvanstaal says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Good decision.

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    More lucky and there was nothing light about having afkopp hoender skud you!

  3. avatar Morné says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    A non-event this which does not even deserve airtime.

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 12:16 pm:

    :agree:

    Thats why the other newspapers
    ignored it – only Die Burger
    thought it was news.

  5. avatar Morné says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 12:17 pm:

    Old hoender had a good game though must be said.

  6. avatar grootblousmile says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Hello ruggaworlders, I have not been here for a while. Just popped in to say howziet and to tell you guys that the Schalla Incident can be found on video on Youtube with a bit of a soektog.

    Otherwise, you know where I hang out… I’ve put that clip on the site there if you’re to lazy to search for it.

    Must say that I’m very optimistic for 2 SA teams this year….. Bulls and Stormers… and I hope the other 3 SA sides do us a few favours on the way.

    Hope you are all well and happy!

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