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Wiping red card wrong on all counts


Exonerating Francois Steyn is a red card stain in Sanzar’s rap sheet reports Wynne Gray New Zealand Herald


It’s equally as bad that Sanzar has chosen to remove the red card from Steyn’s record in a decision which will encourage illegal gang tackling.

Clearing Steyn of any wrongdoing against the Chiefs is a rebuke for referee Angus Gardner and his assistant who initially and then after repeat video consultation, overruled the TMO and sent the Sharks midfield player off.

Referees are usually prudent about their judgments and would rather send players to the bin than send them from the field and leave a lopsided contest.

However, Gardner did not get that choice because of the reckless work of Hika Elliot, Bismarck du Plessis and Steyn. Their negligence left Gardner no alternative.

Open and shut case despite the attempted roadblock from the TMO.

Lubbe thought Steyn’s initial tackle was legitimate before several teammates’ assistance turned it into an illegal challenge. As if to legitimise that ruling, Lubbe then says Cruden’s first contact with the ground came through his right hand and upper arm. Additional video evidence and submissions helped him come to his verdict. If Lubbe wanted to deliver a tone of integrity he should have pinged Steyn for his illegal lifting tackle and summoned his teammates to answer similar charges.

We have no sanction for anyone involved in the illegal tackle on Cruden which could, without luck and Cruden’s ability to slow his fall, have had a more sinister ending.

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Liam Messam Citing Upheld



A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Liam Messam of the Chiefs guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship, after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

No sanction has been imposed on the player.

The incident occurred in the 18th minute of the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Chiefs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on 21 March 2015.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was heard by Jannie Lubbe SC via video conference at 6pm NZDT7am SAST, 4pm AEDT on 24 March 2015. Adam Magro was the former professional player who attended as a Judicial Technical Adviser.

In his finding, Lubbe ruled the following:

“I reviewed the video footage, the Citing Commissioner’s report and heard submissions from the player’s counsel, Mr Aaron Lloyd, Chiefs’ head coach, Dave Rennie and the player himself. The original charge of a breach of Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling was amended to a breach of Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship. Amending a charge during the course of a hearing is a power allowed to Judicial Officers by the SANZAR Judicial Rules.

“Mr Lloyd did not object to the amendment and Mr Messam then pleaded guilty to the amended charge. I found the entry point to be at the lower end and after careful consideration of possible mitigating and aggravating features involved, the player’s exemplary disciplinary record across a lengthy career including 134 Super Rugby matches and 42 Test matches for the All Blacks, I concluded that no further sanction should be imposed as a suspension would be wholly disproportionate to the level of offending involved in this case.

“From the video footage, it is clear that the tackle was initially legal. The right arm then slipped around the neck of Sharks’ No. 7 after they went to ground and holding on to the tackled player around his neck in such a manner puts the player in a vulnerable position.

“On the particular facts of this matter and without setting a precedent for these type of actions, it would be wholly disproportionate to the level and type of offending involved to impose a sanction on the player.

“Therefore, the player is found to be guilty of Law 10.4 (m) and no sanction is imposed on the player.”

Steyn off the hook


Frans Steyn’s red card has been rescinded after a Sanzar judicial hearing found him not guilty of executing a tip-tackle on Aaron Cruden.

Photo: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images
Photo: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

Steyn received a red card during the first half of the Shark’s 12-11 victory over the Chiefs at Kings Park for a dangerous tackle on Cruden. However, after further reviewing the evidence, Sanzar duty judicial officer Jannie Lubbe SC accepted that there were extenuating circumstances involved in the tackle, and has decided against further sanction.

‘After careful consideration of video evidence, including additional video evidence and still frames submitted by the legal representative of Francois Steyn, Gerrie Swart, as well as the oral explanation of Steyn, it was concluded that Steyn did not act in breach of Law 10.4 (j),’ said Lubbe.

‘It was also found that two other Sharks players were involved in the tackle and that one of the players, Cobus Reinach, played a significant part in what appeared to be a serious and dangerous tackle.

‘A detailed analysis of the execution of the tackle by Steyn clearly showed that he executed a perfectly legitimate tackle on Cruden, but that the intervention of his teammates applying additional and external forces to the dynamic tackle situation resulted in what the referee deemed to be a breach of Law 10.4 (j).

‘This decision is not meant to be critical of the match officials who had to take and make their decision on the field of play without the benefit I had of additional video material and submissions by legal counsel.

‘The referee and his assistant on the available evidence at their disposal came to the conclusion that Cruden got lifted in the tackle by Steyn and made contact with the ground with his head first.

‘The video material before me clearly shows that Cruden made contact with the ground first with his right hand and upper arm, followed by shoulder and back. The momentum of the tackle then caused him to roll so that his head and neck made contact with the ground.

‘As a result of this finding, the red card will be expunged from the player’s record.’

Steyn will now be available for the Sharks’ next home match against the Force this weekend, and will be in contention to take over the captaincy in the absence of Bismarck du Plessis.

Bismarck accepts wrongdoing



Bismarck du Plessis appeared in a SANZAR judicial hearing, following him being issued with a red card for foul play in the 18th minute of yesterday’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Chiefs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.

Upon pleading guilty to the charge, SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden, handed du Plessis a four-week suspension.

In acceptance of the punishment handed to him by SANZAR, Bismarck du Plessis said: “I want to unreservedly apologise for my behaviour both as captain and a senior player. My actions were unacceptable and I fully accept the punishment handed down to me by SANZAR.

“I will use these four-weeks off the field to reflect on my actions as both a leader and role-model in the game. I am painfully aware that people have lost faith in my character and the values I claim to stand for. I intend to rectify that through actions going forward and not merely words.”

He added: “By my very competitive nature, whenever I take to the field, I pride myself on playing the game hard and fair. Sadly my recent conduct did not reflect the fairness I refer to. I am passionate about the Cell C Sharks, my teammates and the game but allowed my emotions to get the better of me.

“I acknowledge that I need to have better control of my emotions and I make no excuses for my actions.

“I would like to extend my sincere apologises to Michael Leitch, my opponent who was on the receiving end of my foul play. My intention was never to cause him bodily harm and I am thankful that he was not injured. I would also like to use this opportunity to apologise to my teammates, Cell C Sharks fans and everyone else that I have let down.”

In addition to the punishment handed to Bismarck by SANZAR, The Sharks have also handed the player a heavy punishment, details of which remain an internal matter.

The Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold stated: “Discipline both on and off the field is a non-negotiable for me and it is a critical factor for success. Whilst I will always back my players in difficult times, it is important that we draw the line when it comes to foul play.

“Bismarck has apologised to our management and players for his actions and he has shown sufficient remorse for his behaviour. I trust that this is a learning experience for him and I am confident that he will emerge a stronger individual as a result.”

Triggs gets one-week ban for punch


Blues lock Hayden Triggs has been banned for one week for his punch on Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen at Newlands on Saturday.

Blues Media and Training Session, 21 May 2014

The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC has accepted a guilty plea from Triggs for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, after he was sent off.

Triggs has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including 28 February.

The incident occurred in the 24th minute of the match.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC assessed the case.

In his finding, Stelzner ruled the following:

“As the Duty Judicial Officer, I considered all of the evidence before me including video footage leading up to the incident and issuing of the red card, match official reports for the incident and the submissions of Mr Aaron Lloyd which he made on behalf of the player.

“I found the incident to have a low-range entry point which stipulates a two-week suspension. This was then reduced by one week due to Triggs’ prompt admission of guilt, remorse for his actions and excellent disciplinary record in over 10 years of playing professional rugby.

“The applicable entry point for determining the seriousness of the offence was further informed by the existence of provocation and the fact that the player acted in retaliation.

“The adverse effect of the player’s actions on his own team’s prospects of winning by his being ordered off at a relatively early part of the match, after his team had been awarded a penalty which could potentially have put the Blues in the lead, further played a role in recommending the sanction.

“After taking all these factors into consideration, I found that a suspension of one week was warranted for the incident which was accepted by the player.

“The player is suspended for one week up to and including 28th February 2015.”

Hames banned for five weeks after punching


Highlanders prop Kane Hames has been banned for five weeks for punching an opponent in Saturday’s clash with the Crusaders in Dunedin.


The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC accepted a guilty plea from Hames for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, after he was cited following the Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Hames has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including 28 March.

The incident occurred in the 74th minute of the match played at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC assessed the case.

In his finding, Stelzner ruled the following:

“As the Duty Judicial Officer, I considered all of the evidence before me including video footage, Citing Commissioner’s report, a photograph and medical report of the injury sustained by Mr Dominic Bird and the submissions of Mr Aaron Lloyd made on behalf of the player.

“After taking all relevant facts of the incident into consideration, I found the incident to have a mid-range entry point which stipulates a five week suspension.

“Several aggravating factors for the case included the injury to Mr Bird and a deterrent for this type of conduct occurring in the game, resulting in a two week increase to the sanction. This was then reduced by two weeks due to Hames’ remorse and prompt guilty plea for the incident.

“After taking all these factors into consideration, I found that a suspension of five weeks was warranted which was accepted by the player.

“The player is suspended for five weeks up to and including 28th March 2015.”

Ryno Barnes cleared of wrongdoing


Ryno Barnes
Ryno Barnes

GWK Griquas hooker Ryno Barnes on Friday was cleared of wrongdoing after receiving a red card in their Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls last weekend for allegedly verbally abusing the referee.

Barnes appeared before a SARU disciplinary committee in Kimberley on Thursday after being cited for breaching Law 10.4 (m) and (s).

Law 10.4 (m) states that a player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship in the playing enclosure, while Law 10.4 (s) states that all players must respect the authority of the referee and must not dispute the referee’s decisions.

The Judicial Officer, Advocate Pieter Fischer, reserved his judgement following the hearing on Thursday, but cleared the player of wrongdoing in his written verdict on Friday. As a result the red card was expunged from Barnes’ record

WP Elstadt suspended for three weeks


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DHL Western Province flank Rynhardt Elstadt on Wednesday was suspended for three weeks for charging into a ruck dangerously in their Absa Currie Cup clash against the EP Kings last Friday.

Elstadt received a yellow card for the incident, which was in breach of Law 10.4 (h), in the 57th minute of the match and was subsequently cited. He appeared at a SARU disciplinary hearing in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Law 10.4 (h) states that a player must not charge into a ruck or maul without the use of the arms or without grasping a player.

The Judicial Officer, Advocate Rob Stelzner, on Wednesday released his judgement which described the incident as a mid-range offence.

After taking all mitigating factors into account he suspended Elstadt for three weeks.

The player will be allowed to return to action on 30 September 2014.


School coach suspended for breaching age-group regulations



A schools rugby coach who breached South African Rugby Union (SARU) rules governing under age rugby has been suspended and the points his school took for the match were overturned, following a SARU disciplinary hearing.

The charge was the first brought to SARU under new regulations that were introduced to protect players under the age of 18 at the start of last season.

They stipulate that no player may appear for a team if he is over age or if he is more than two years younger than the maximum stipulated age for that particular age group. In practice the regulations means that in under-13 rugby, for example, only players who are turning 12 or 13 in the year of play can appear. Players, who are 13 at the time of the match, but turning 14 in the same year, would be ineligible. Similarly a player turning 11 in the same year (or younger) would be ineligible.

“The safety of rugby players at all ages is of paramount importance to SARU,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU. “These critical regulations were approved and brought into force last year by all 14 member provinces to ensure the safety of players at schoolboy age.

“Prior to their introduction there was the danger of players as young as 14 or 15 playing against boys of 19 with all the inherent risks that that implies.  

“These regulations were passed to outlaw that dangerous practice and we will pursue those who breach these regulations.”

Roux said that the rules did allow for the age band to be expanded to a maximum of three years for specific high school players in exceptional circumstances, and only upon official application and approval received by the provincial unions. But those exceptions would only be granted if a number of compulsory criteria were fulfilled on the recommendation of a qualified IRB Level II coach.

“The regulations have required a cultural change at schoolboy rugby level where age may not have been a factor in selection before,” said Roux. “But they have been introduced for the benefit and safety of players.

“Coaches must understand that if they breach these regulations and players are seriously injured as a result that they have potentially laid themselves open not only to SARU’s disciplinary code but also to the criminal courts.

“These are important regulations that we take very seriously.”

The regulations are part of SARU’s BokSmart national rugby safety campaign and can be found in full at http://boksmart.sarugby.co.za/content/boksmart-legislation

In the match in question, players from the De Aar Secondary School  were falsely passed off as being Under-17 in a match against Vaalharts Secondary School, when, in fact, they were 18. Mr Jan Botha, the coach responsible, was suspended from all forms of rugby under the jurisdiction of SARU for six months (suspended for one year) and the league points earned by De Aar were forfeited and credited to Vaalharts.

Griquas Francke founded not guilty


GWK Griquas outside centre Jonathan Francke was found not guilty at a SARU disciplinary hearing of executing a dangerous tackle in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division match between the GWK Griquas and Cell C Sharks in Kimberley on Saturday.


Jonathan Francke Red Card
Jonathan Francke Red Card

Francke was cited under law 10 .4 (j) for lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and /or upper body come into contact with the ground. The incident, involving Sharks player SP Marais, took place in the seventh minute of the first half. Following the incident Francke was shown a red card by referee Craig Joubert.


The disciplinary hearing was held on Tuesday afternoon in Bloemfontein. Francke, through his legal representative, Mr Stephan Weyers, pleaded not guilty.


Francke testified and conceded that he was responsible for lifting Marais’s legs through the horizontal and that it was his intention to bring the player safely down. He said, however, he had lost control in executing the tackle as a result of the involvement of a second Griquas player. This explanation was upheld by the Judicial Officer, advocate Pieter Fischer, after extensive viewing of the footage of the incident from various angles.


Adv. Fischer added: “Of importance in this regard is that Mr Craig Joubert, the vastly experienced referee, having confirmed this telephonically, was unsighted as to the involvement of (the other player) Scheepers.  This is understandable in the circumstances especially when the video footage is considered from the angle/line of sight that the referee had.”


Advocate Fischer determined that he was not satisfied that Francke had executed a dangerous tackle in breach of law 10.4(j) warranting a red card and ordering off.  Therefore, the red card and ordering off were not upheld.

Horwill : Reds were robbed by stupid refereeing


Reds captain James Horwill says that his team were “robbed by a stupid refereeing decision” in their first ever Super Rugby loss to the Melbourne Rebels.

Rebels fullback Jason Woodward kicked a late penalty to edge his team into a three point lead at 27-30 after it had looked like the match was headed for a draw.

Both teams scored three tries each in the match and at half time the scores were level at 17-all.

The Rebels led for much of the match and the Reds were forced to play catch up rugby for most of the time.

Two minutes from full time with the scores level at 27 points each referee Steve Walsh asked the TMO Steve Leszczynski to review an incident of foul play.

After watching several replays Reds replacement Ed O’Donoghue was judged to have made contact with Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham.

O’Donoghue was shown a Red card and the Rebels were awarded a penalty which Woodward kicked to put the Rebels in front.

Speaking after the match Horwill blamed the Reds sixth consecutive loss on Walsh and Leszczynski’s penalty ruling

“The performance was gutsy,” said Horwill of the Reds performance.

“We did some good things, did some bad things.”

“In the end we were, once again, robbed by a stupid refereeing decision.”

Source: http://www.superxv.com/

King suppend for one week



The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Peter Ingwersen has accepted a guilty plea from Chris King of the Highlanders for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. 

King has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including 17 May 2014. 

The incident occurred in the 54th minute of the match between the Highlanders and Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday 10 May 2014.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Peter Ingwersen assessed the case.

In his finding, Mr Ingwersen ruled the following:

“Having viewed the video footage and the Citing Commissioner`s report, I held a teleconference with Mr King and his counsel Mr Aaron Lloyd. King accepted a breach for the cited offence. 

“King, assisted by his Counsel, explained the dynamics of the incident and submitted that he had no intention of striking his opponent but that the raising of the arm and the contact was an unintentional product of a blocking action. It is common cause that no injury resulted and that the opponent continued playing after some brief attention.

“I concurred with Mr Lloyd`s submission that the incident had an entry point in the low range which starts at a two week suspension. No aggravating circumstances prevailed and given the player`s exemplary and clean record in a long and distinguished career, along with the fact that he accepted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty, I reduced the suspension to one week.

“The player`s playing schedule was considered and the effect of the suspension is that he is suspended up to and including 17 May 2014.”

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.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 Michael Rhodes to face SARU judicial committee


DHL Western Province and Stormers forward Michael Rhodes will appear before a South African Rugby Union (SARU) judicial committee on Thursday for a dangerous tackle in the Absa Currie Cup final against The Sharks in Cape Town last season.

The disciplinary hearing was initially set to take place in the week following the match, but had to be rescheduled twice, resulting in a postponement until January.

Rhodes was cited for a dangerous tackle in the second half of the Absa Currie Cup final when he placed his arm around Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis’ neck in a maul and maintained his grip for a few seconds. This was in breach of law 10.4 (e) relating to dangerous tackling.

The hearing will take place in Cape Town on Thursday at 10h00. Adv Donny Jacobs will serve as the Judicial Officer.

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Horwill escapes the IRB’s attempted Bloody Azizes


Horwill will play despite the British media’s trial.

Two Samoans in trouble


Two Samoans, one for impersonating a WWE wrestler and the other for sexual harassment, will appear before a disciplinary committee.

Samoa fullback, James So’oialo, was cited for an incident involving South African hooker, Adriaan Strauss, in the Castle Lager Incoming Series final at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, on Saturday.

So’oialo was cited under Law 10.4(m), committing an act contrary to good sportsmanship. He is alleged to have grabbed the testicles of Strauss.

The incident, which occurred in the 12th minute of the second half was referred to Judicial Officer, Jeff Blackett, by citing commissioner, Peter Larter, both of the Rugby Football Union.

So’oialo will appear at a judicial hearing at the Southern Sun Montecasino Hotel, Johannesburg, at 09h00 on Sunday, 23 June.

Meanwhile Samoan wing, Alesana Tuilagi, will appear before a disciplinary hearing following his sending off in the same match for a dangerous tackle on Springbok centre, Jean de Villiers. That hearing is scheduled to take place at 10h00 at the same venue.

South Africa won the match 56-23.

SANZAR charges Henry with misconduct


Hot off the heels from the Stormers who were recently fined for a misconduct charge, RWC winning coach Graham Henry has now been officially charged for speaking out against referees.

‘Rebels’ penalty try was a mistake’ – Bray


Brenden Nel from SuperSport.com reports that SANZAR referee’s boss, Lyndon Bray, admitted that the penalty try awarded to the Rebels in the last minutes of the game against the Stormers was an ‘honest mistake’.

Stormers fined over R200K


The Stormers have been fined over R 200 000.00 for bringing the game into disrepute.

Frans not guilty


Frans Steyn has been found not guilty following a citing over the weekend.

Steyn was cited by the match commissioner for charging into a ruck in the 78th minute where he made contact with Chiefs player, Nanai-Williams.

Following a review of the evidence, Jannie Lubbe, who conducted the hearing Steyn did not breach Law 10.4 (h) with reference to foul play.

Steyn will therefore be available for selection this weekend when the Sharks tackle the Highlanders.

Ex-Bok assaulted at rugby


ormer Springbok scrumhalf and current College Rovers coach, Robert du Preez, was allegedly attacked by Brakpan fans and players following the Community Cup final in George on Monday.

WC to act against hooliganism


The Western Cape government has stepped into the escalating row over spectator hooliganism at stadiums.

Kitshoff suspended for a week


A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Steven Kitshoff of the Stormers guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Tukkies give their side of the story


Following the recent furore that erupted over Tuks’ apparent breach of tournament rules on player eligibility, Prof. N.J. Grové from the University of Pretoria wants to set the record straight.

SARU & Kings media releases on issue of foreign players


SA Rugby have released a statement with regards to Kings selections of foreign players.

Chiliboy not guilty


Chiliboy was found not guilty for charging into a ruck with no arms.

Scrum’s hit taken away from school, club rugby


New scrum Laws to make amateur rugby safer will come into effect at club and schools level as the season gets underway this month, following an initiative introduced by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

‘AB’s are not thugs’ – Hansen


All Blacks’ coach Steve Hansen says his players are not thugs and claims they would not intentionally injure an opponent.

Mitchell not guilty, wants his job back


Suspended Golden Lions Rugby Union coach John Mitchell is committed to continuing in the role, buoyed by news that he has already been found not guilty of various charges of misconduct levelled against him by the GLRU, with a further six charges having been withdrawn by the Johannesburg-based club.

Steyn, Mellet cited


Vodacom Blue Bulls players Mornè Steyn and Mornè Mellett have been cited following alleged foul play in their semi-final clash against The Sharks in Durban on Saturday and both will appear before judicial officer Louis Booyse in Pretoria on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 14h00.

Higginbotham gets 2-match ban


Qantas Wallabies forward, Scott Higginbotham, has this evening accepted a two week suspension on both counts after pleading guilty to two counts of striking All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, with the knee and the head.

Etzebeth suspended


A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Eben Etzebeth of South Africa guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking after he was cited during the match at the weekend between Australia and South Africa in The Rugby Championship.

White Card extended to CRC


The Disciplinary Rules trial in place during the Super Rugby tournament will extend to The Rugby Championship, with the new system being fully reviewed at the end of the Southern Hemisphere season.

No more tests for Lawrence


SANZAR head of referees Lyndon Bray confirmed on Wednesday that New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence’s Test career is over, according to EWN Sport.

Van der Linde not guilty


A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found CJ van der Linde of the Lions not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the weekend.<--more-->

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The citing was not upheld.

The incident occurred in the 10th minute of the match between the Force and Lions on 26th May at NIB Stadium in Perth.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was held before Judicial Officer Paul Tully via video conference on 29th and 30th May having concluded at 6pm AEST, 10am SA and 8pm NZ. Stephan Weyers appeared as counsel on behalf of CJ van der Linde.

In his finding, Mr Tully ruled the following:

For the citing to be upheld on such a serious breach of the laws of the game, it is necessary that there be a deliberate decision on the part of the cited player to bite. The cited player whilst leaning over a player on the ground was held around the mouth in the forearm of a Force player.

He was pulled back. It was during this motion that the Force player’s forearm came into contact with the cited player’s mouth. The cited player denied biting. He conceded that there were red marks on the forearm of the Force player consistent with what might have been made by teeth.

The finding of the judicial officer is such that he accepted the cited player’s evidence that there was no deliberate intention to bite and that the marks were more consistent with a forearm being used in a levering type motion. The matter was minor. The mark had resolved within twenty minutes of the incident.

CJ cited for biting


CJ van der Linde of the Lions has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Haskell suspended for 3 weeks


The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron has accepted a guilty plea from James Haskell of the Highlanders for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking after he was Cited during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Butch out for 4 weeks


Butch James has been suspended for 4 weeks following a guilty plea for foul play.

Auckland crowd behaviour investigated


As the Blues’ pain over their poor on-field form continued, the franchise’s off-field troubles escalated as their supporters showed the darker side of Auckland.

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.

Bulls dismiss need for apology


The Vodacom Bulls will not agree to a demand from Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder that they need to apologize after no evidence of eye-gouging was found by Sanzar’s judiciary system, High Performance and Media Manager Ian Schwartz said on Monday.

Jantjies issued with off-field yellow


Elton Jantjies of the Lions been issued with an off-field yellow card for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Vuna cited


Cooper Vuna of the Rebels has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Braid gets a 3 weeks suspension


Suspensions are coming thick and fast in Super Rugby it seems with news that Luke Braid has been suspended for 3 weeks for striking a Stormers player.

Digby gets 5 weeks


Reds wing, Digby Ioane, has been handed a lengthy suspension for a tip-tackle he made on Marcell Coetzee during the Sharks game.

Rugby hooliganism in Varsity Cup


The following story was sent to me following the supposed ‘Greatest Rivalry in University Rugby’ between Maties and Ikeys – quite frankly, it’s disgusting.

Watson hits back at Lions coach for ref rant


South African referees boss André Watson says Lions coach John Mitchell was wrong to criticise the assistant referees after his side lost to the Sharks in Durban over the weekend.

SANZAR to probe Keith Brown’s scrum call


A controversial late penalty, which sunk the Cheetahs in their clash against the Brumbies, will be investigated by SANZAR.

Ranger cops 2 weeks


Rene Ranger will be suspended for 2 weeks after being found guilty of a dangerous and late tackle on the Bulls’ Bjorn Basson.

Why the Bulls did not get ‘that’ penalty


There has been a lot of controversy following the Bulls defeat last night to the Blues especially the incident that followed after the final try was scored by Björn Basson.

Rene Ranger cited


Rene Ranger of the Blues has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.