Bismarck cleared to face WP


untitledSharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis has been found NOT guilty of stamping and is free to face WP in the Currie Cup final at Newlands on Saturday.

Du Plessis appeared before a SARU judicial committee in Cape Town after he was cited for stamping on Free State Cheetahs flank Pieter Labuschagné in their Currie Cup semi-final at Kings Park in Durban last Saturday.

Advocate André Oosthuizen on Monday reserved his judgment on the matter, and cleared Du Plessis of the charge on Tuesday.

In his judgment, Oosthuizen ruled that based on the facts placed before him by the player and the assistant referee Cobus Wessels, as well as the video footage viewed during the enquiry, the contact Du Plessis made with Labuschagne was accidental.

Earlier this season, WP flank Michael Rhodes was red-carded and banned for one week for a similar offence.


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  1. @Boertjie: Must agree I watch it last night again, he looked down to player and he stamp on him not walked over him.

    With Rhodes at least he did not see were he was putting his feet.

    Inconsistency is the norm when it comes to any hearing in rugby

  2. Amazing – the footage we were shown on Reunion here in NZ tonight was so clear, I would not have to be one of these highly paid legal eagles to arrive at a decision. Don’t tell me Supersport send us a different version to what you guys see in SA

  3. OK tx Bunny – thats what we saw. What is the matter with these legal guys. There was intent and considered retaliation in everything about Bissie’s actions. The guy will not get this kind of lax judgement if he continues losing his cool on the EOYT. He might just find that the NH guys have a bit more steel and ban him a match or two.

  4. The worst thing about it is that the kiwis I work with will have seen what we all saw, come to the same decisions we have and then hear that this legal guy found that the contact was “accidental”. I will once again have my hands full trying to convince them that we in South Africa do not condone dirty play.

  5. Pathetic.

    Again this whole system fails the players, the spectators, fans and the game of rugby itself.

    And Bismarck will continue on his merry, dirty way until he gets called up in a test again and spends 10 minutes in the bin costing us the game. Stupid idiot.

  6. @Morné: I Agree, he should have been punish, and the fact that he could have seriously injured the player should have been enough to give him at least 2-4 weeks.

    I do not care if AC said he have see worse, if you lift a player and not bring him down safely you should be punish.

  7. @JT_BOKBEFOK!: JT, he retreated backwards and I still believe he did not know where the players face was, you could see it in his reaction after the incidents.

    But that is my opinion. All I am saying if you do one do the others as well. Bismarck did it with intend that much you can see in the video.

    I never said that Rhodes should not got punished, all I said is that everyone said that he went for the guys face which he did not as I saw it.

    No consistency is the issue here nothing else. If you wan to do the crime you must do the time

  8. The citing commissioner said it was accidental, that’s bullshit. If he said the yellow was enough punishment it would have been more believable.

    Scarra is also very lucky.
    So who would have missed their hooker more?

    Would have been a huge advantage to the Sharks if Ntubeni was banned. That would have meant Fourie would be back at hooker and doing the line-out throwing…..and we all know Fourie can’t hit a 10m statue.

    Maybe it’s good that we’ll see two near full strength team on Saturday.

  9. Well none of these compare to Rueben Thorne terminating John Smit’s season with an after the whistle spear tackle or Ali Williams with an after the whistle punch in Albert VD Bergh’s face and both getting away with not even an onfield sanction.

    So Outwide if your Kiwis want dirtbags they have them… right there are two. And of course their scumbag centers Tana the Thug and Ma’a the Thug.

  10. @out wide:

    Yeah please. Stop with the no-one holier than kiwis bullshit.

    What do they say about Nonu-no-arms-never-get-cited-in-new-zeeland?

    Or Tana Umaga, drilling O’Driscoll’s head into the ground.

    All the fucking holy kiwis ever said about that one was that O’Driscoll was a cry baby.