Schoolboy knocks ref out


A high school rugby player is facing criminal charges after he knocked a referee unconscious during a tournament in Pretoria, according to a report on Monday.


Chris de Beer, 37, from the Blue Bulls Referee Union was sworn at and hit over the head by the boy after he sent him off with a red card for hitting another player last week, the Beeld newspaper reported.

“After the game I walked over to the player to confirm his number because I had to write a report.

“The boy took me by the throat, and said I was talking lekker kak,” he said.

The boy from Hans Strijdom High School in Mookgophong, Limpopo then hit him and rendered him unconscious.

De Beer said he had opened a case of assault at the Mookgophong police station and would meet with a legal representative from the Blue Bulls Referee Union on Tuesday to discuss a civil claim for damages.

Development officer of the union, Charlie Horn said it was a constant struggle to recruit new referees because of the verbal abuse from parents, players and teachers.

The boy has been banned from playing rugby for the rest of the year.

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  1. See you later mate… thanks for playing… your rugby career is overrrrrr!

    Sounds like a rugby league game in Australia with all the Islanders!

    BTW… where the fark is Mookgophong?

  2. A major problem in modern schoolboy rugby in SA…


    In SA rugby is only available at school level to kids whose folks can afford to attend coaching and buy equipment… and if you think a white short and a school jersey is “equipment” you have another thing coming…

    Kids play with Canterbury head gear, knee and shin pads, gloves, tooth guards and in Canterbury shorts and rugby jerseys the school has made at R400,00 apiece.

    Coaching is paid for by parents too.

    Added to that in high school the additional stuff like gym, nutrition, grappling, togs and socks kicking coaches, fitness etc etc etc and parents are spending thousands of rands on their kids to play school rugby and thus the pressure is on.

    In my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class is a club rugby player who all muscles and about my length but with waxed legs, special shorts, that expensive Canterbury tight playing jersey and the works. This is just ONE of the additional things he does… aside from seeing a dietician, a gym personal trainer and then his specialist coach. This is a guy playing flank for Benoni First XV…. Benoni….

    And this is the same pressure applied to kids who choose to play rugby.

    Government provides fuckall to assist with the growth and development of ANY sports. Parents provide the cash for coaching… and expect the coaches to turn their kids into Springboks…

    Thus when something like this occurs I am not the least bit surprised…

    From Grade 0 all the fun is gone from rugby….

  3. Reply to DavidS @ 9:03 pm:

    At the risk of sounding too ‘elitist/classist’ (sic)… rugby in RSA is played across the country and walks of life… unlike in Aus where it’s more a private school game and league more working class…

    This sort of occurrence happens almost every month in rugby league…

    I’m willing to bet Hans Strijdom is a technical college or alike…

  4. Naboomspruit > Mookgophong

    I mean really….Mookgophong? Sounds like something Indiana Jones had to eat in Temple of Doom.

  5. Dawie, I know there is a risk of sending you into a state of self-pity again, but I need to just know if I understand you correctly.

    The kid’s behaviour can be excused, because of the pressure that is put on him, the amount of money his parents pay to enable him to play and because the government do not give enough support to the sport? No responsibility on his part for making a choice on how to react towards the specific situation?

    If I interpreted this incorrectly, please forgive me. I just needed some clarity.

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:42 am:

    I think that is a bit of generalisation. Our club players are not one in private schools. We teach the boys to behave in the spirit of the game. However there are one specific club that draws off the private schools and they are the ones that will get involved with the foul stuff. Our working class club does not. It depends on the club and the coaches.

  6. Reply to Deon @ 12:34 pm:

    Of course it is… however… by ‘private school’ I don’t only mean them I mean the ‘rugby’ schools, uni’s, the parents that support the games, clubs etc. etc. don’t tell me it’s still not seen as a fairly ‘elitist’ game even in the Islander burbs of QLD, VIC, NSW.

    When last did you go to a Bronco’s or Cowboy’s game particularly their feeders lower leagues… it’s a whole other ball game…

  7. Reply to Deon @ 12:34 pm:

    The kid’s behaviour can be excused, because of the pressure that is put on him, the amount of money…….


    The kid’s behaviour can be explained, because of the pressure that is put on him, the amount of money…….

  8. Reply to Timeo @ 2:48 pm:


    The child needs to be accountable… so do his parents, so does the school, so does the coach(es)… the entire new South Africa sports and school system does. In fact from that point of view one needs to view white schools in South Africa as essentially private. As an example, the school of my children is 90% funded by parents’ school fees. When it comes to school sports the only thing the school does is belong to the SARU umbrella organization. In the case of rugby even that is not essential to belong to the governmental sports umbrella organizations and my kids’ school for example does not even affiliate to the government schools rugby but to the Valkie Rugby which SARU controls. To all intents and purposes, without parents and teachers paying the cash, school rugby would have died years ago. This is what annoys me so much about the transformation fools. They want rugby to produce black players but they need to go to schools and see who PAYS for their children to play rugby… it’s white parents… in black schools there is simply ZERO community involvement… kind of blows away that “it takes a village” crap.


    Assuredly not.

    Explained… as Timeo said.

  9. Reply to DavidS @ 3:16 pm:


    I don’t want to debate it. I can see merit in hte “explained” argument, BUT I think it has moved to far past the point where “explained” is acceptable anymore.

    For instance Monday morning 5 juveniles stole 2 cars in Brisbane which ended up in a police pursuit Monday afternoon of more than 2 hours (Don’t ask me why it last more than 2 hours, that is a whole different discussion) and what is their excuse afterwards? It is the police’ fault. If they stopped chasing them, they would have surrendered earlier. 13 to 19 year olds.

    Can one explain their behaviour seeing that they come from a lower socio-economic (I didn’t want to say Abbo’s out loud) part of the community?

  10. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:38 pm:

    I agree it is still seen as an elitist sport. The big thing that the “elite” has picked up some unwanted company in Kiwi’s, Islanders & Saffas, where rugby did not use to be elitist in the true sense of the word. Yes in SA it might be different now, but when we grew up, the hcokey moffies were the snobs. Rugby was for everyone.

    BTW Dawie, in Aus apparently the reason why rugby is not part of the state school curriculum anymore is due to the lack of people able to coach it and also insurance premiums to keep the ambulance chasers at bay.

  11. Reply to Deon @ 3:27 pm:

    South African skilled migration ex-pats and their kids hardly come from the same ‘league’ mentality I was describing… whether they played hockey, rugby or badminton at their ‘upper socio economic’ schools back in RSA…

    Reply to Deon @ 3:23 pm:

    Well yes one can… bunch of paint-sniffing serial offenders whose parents have long stopped caring about them.

  12. Dude jy het geen idee nie!!!!

    Ek kan nie bekostig dat my dogtertjies netbal coaching bywoon nie!!!!

    En in hulle geval maak dit nie saak hoe goed hulle is nie daar’s geen manier dat hulle eers ‘n Oos Gauteng Span sal haal nie…

    En die “dogtertjies” van Graad 1,2 en 3 in Tembisa en Daveyton waarteen my kindertjies moet speel dra almal bras en het pakkies tampex in hulle sportsakke… wat die Gauteng ministerie natuurlik borg… hoekom dink jy as ons in ouderdom sport deelneem oorsee dring oorsese organiseerders aan ons moet geboorte sertifikate wys… as jy dit egter hier doen is jy ‘n rassis…

    Skool rugby is op privaat skool basis

    Die skole assosieer nie eers meer met Sascoc direk nie, maar deur Valkie Rugby en Tau Rugby (dis die Leeus) en Bulletjie RUgby

  13. It’s like in South Africa when the news studiously does not mention the race of criminals then you know they are black.

    When they squeal racism then you know it’s white.

  14. So does not in the end then come back to personal choice on how you react in a situation? Am I going to bliksem the ref or am I going to accept the his ruling in terms of the laws of the game?

  15. Reply to Deon @ 4:15 pm:

    Not an excuse.

    Understand context though.

    Two people each shoot someone dead.

    1. German SS soldier shoots three unarmed Jewish civilians in a concentration camp

    2. I shoot three knife wielding maniacs charging down my passage with my daughters right behind me.


  16. Reply to Deon @ 4:16 pm:

    Well they’ve plead guilty so it’s hardly an excuse…

    But if you told me they were a bunch of repeat offender ‘teens’ from the outer Burbs (anywhere in Aus)… I’d have guessed they were Lebbo’s/Mussies… and if you mentioned as young as 13 and mentioned petrol/glue/paint sniffing it would clearly be Abbo’s… so there must be an explanation there somewhere…

  17. Briefly:

    EC schools athletics team.
    Ballsup, so they arrive 13 hours later
    than scheduled.
    To eat they get two pieces of dry bread.
    They receive their track suits on the
    Then start competing.
    Parents had to step in to get them
    accommodation for the night.

    Go figure.

  18. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 4:21 am:

    Eastern Cape department of education blamed department of sports and recreation.

    The latter studiously and steadfastly refuses (not refused…) to comment… not “we refuse to comment” but literally nobody can be reached to even ask for a comment because telephones are not answered.

    White parents were threatened with hints of being racist…

    An old excuse… but a goodie… kind of “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad” and “Snowball is coming back!”