Four week ban for Butch

The Sanzar judicial officer Jannie Lubbe has accepted a guilty plea from Butch James of the Sharks for a dangerous tackle on Bulls’ Jurgen Visser, after he was cited during Saturday’s Super Rugby against the two teams.

Lubbe has subsequently suspended James from all forms of the game for four weeks.

The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of the match, for which James was sent to the sin-bin for the remainder of the match by referee Jason Jaftha.

In a statement released by Sanzar, Lubbe ruled the following:

“After careful consideration was given to the video evidence of the incident, the citing report, the report of the referee, the previous disciplinary record of the player and his playing commitments in the future.

“A teleconference was held where his representative Mr Rudolf Straeuli of the Sharks made submissions on behalf of the player.

“The Sharks team manager, Trevor Barnes was also in attendance on the call.

“Lubbe determined that the player should be suspended for a period of four weeks from 6 July up to and including 4 August 2013.

“The sanction was offered to the player who accepted the proposed sanction.

“The player was accordingly suspended from all rugby from 6 July to 4 August 2013.”

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    July 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    How many YCs and RCs had he had?

    He actually had a very good game until
    that incident.
    Duiwel will be delighted.

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    July 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Oh, and BTW: Etzebeth is VERY fortunate.
    No consistency in the ways the laws are
    You even get away with ball grabbing like
    the Samoan.

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    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa

    July 8, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:35 pm: :agree:
    Don’t know WTF was going through Butchs mind, maybe he wanted a break for a few weeks?

    I see there was more testicular grabbing and more players getting away with it.

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    July 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 5:16 am: If you look the break down before this incident Steenkamp came in )(Bakkies Like) in the ruck and hit Butch which no linesmen or ref saw. I think Butch was seing red at that time.

    Nice touch from him to go back to player and apologize.

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    July 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 7:26 am:

    yes nice touch. Had nothing to do with seeing red though, you could see him putting his hands over his face in shame as he hit the ground after trying to behead Visser. He has allways had the problem of losing his head for a second or 2 at the tackle. A pity, because he has allways in my opinion been an excellent flyhalf. The Steenkamp situation was long gone by then.

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    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa

    July 9, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Aldo, agreed he knew it.

    And you are right it is a pity because he is a very good player and this game showed it. He is a Nonu brainfart.

  7. Duiwel


    July 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    What an absolute colossal poepol,
    Honderd kilo se suiwer kak

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    July 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Duiwel, ek stem saam!


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