Strauss suspended for 3 weeks



Super Rugby organizers SANZAR have suspended Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss for three weeks for a lifting/spear tackle in his team’s 33-0 loss to the Stormers.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden accepted a guilty plea from Adriaan Strauss of the Cheetahs for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Strauss has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks up to and including 21 June 2014.

The incident occurred in the 23rd minute of the match between the Stormers and Cheetahs at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday 24 May 2014.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden assessed the case.

In his finding, Mr Casselden ruled the following, “After initially reviewing the video footage and Citing Commissioner’s report, I heard submissions from the player’s representatives, including his counsel Mr Stephan Weyers, and obtained their views of the incident. I then proceeded by establishing that the player accepted a breach for the cited offence and then identified the various factors involved in the incident.

“I considered the incident had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a four week suspension for lifting tackles. I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a further message that this type of tackle cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players. I also considered the player’s upcoming schedule of games as required under the IRB regulations. “

“The Cheetahs have a bye according to this week’s Super Rugby schedule and I have not seen any evidence that satisfies me that the player was scheduled to play rugby. This is followed by four South African Test matches scheduled to occur in the June international window.

“The player has consistently been a part of the Springbok match-day squad in recent seasons with 12 Tests to his name in 2013 as either the starting or reserve hooker and is named in the squad named for the June window. For this reason I consider the upcoming matches for South Africa against the World XV, Wales and Scotland as part of his upcoming schedule.”

“Factors considered in mitigation included the player’s excellent record extending over 33 Test matches for South Africa and over 100 Super Rugby matches, his good character and the player’s early admission of guilt for the tackle and remorse shown for the incident, I reduced the six week suspension to three weeks. Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday 21 June 2014 which incorporates his next three scheduled matches.”

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.


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  1. Still the best player by far in the Cheetahs pack… the state of their loose-forwards is abysmal this year…

  2. Seriously? Has callie been called up? I dont even rate him as good enough at the Bulls. Maybe Im blind, I do not see what they see in callie.

  3. @Aldo: Apparently it because of his combination with Bulls locks which looks like the lock pair for the first test.

    Callie is a freaking plank….would like to see Wenna going off on this selection…

  4. I try so hard to like and understand Meyer but stuff like this just pissess me off.

    Callie is just so 2003 its not funny.

  5. @Cheetah Glory:

    Well considering the Bulls have the best LO arguably out of the RSA sides… and the LO is one of the important aspects of Bok play… and Deon Fourie cannot hit a barn door with an Uzi from 2m out… what is there to understand????

  6. I thought Bandise Maku was always the next in line?

    Personally either Brits or Burden would be in contention as there are no decent hookers outside of BDP and Strauss in RSA… albeit I have not paid enough attention to the Lions this season…

  7. Hehe we know it is a training camp Morne, but if not for complaining about the bok team, crime, the fuel price, government corruption, the rising costs of living, what else will we do?

  8. @bryce_in_oz:

    i forget the 5 line-out throws in a game trumps a player who can win you a game with clever running/offloading etc.

    Fourie always demands 2 or 3 defenders attention when he starts running. He is a maniac.

    Just shows you what a chess game rugby has become when line-out throwing trumps actual individual impact on a game.

    But I know you are more right than I am and that makes me fokken suur.

  9. What kak? Steve Hoffmeyer is our country’s own superstar, where I do agree though is Kurt Darren. But mostly afrikaans music rocks. But then again you complain way too much out of habit.

  10. @DavidS: @DavidS:

    My point still stands…

    I rate neither as a test hooker… but then I look at what is available and both would make my team…

    My current rankings of hookers outside of Bok team…