Seems the Sharks coach may be forced to pay the price for some “over vigorous” attacking play.
This all obviously relates to the infamous “Bismarck Incident” (hereafter known as the “BI”) that occurred at Ellis Park on Saturday. A short synopsis of the BI follows, for those who may have missed it:
1) Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis goes off to have a nasty head wound stitched. The wound was caused by Keegan “Loskop” Daniel missing his intended target and head butting Bis instead.
2) Bismarck remains off the field for an extended period of time. By the time we see him jumping and waving his arms by the side of the field, referee Lawrence announces “then he can’t come back on” after consultation with the timekeepers. Seems the official reason was that du Plessis was off the field for more than the allowed fifteen minutes elapsed time.
3) Bismarck looks dejected; Dick Muir looks *very* angry and rushes off to the remonstrate with the timekeepers. Some unsavoury words follow.
Looking back at the incident, it seems that Muir probably got it wrong, albeit by a matter of a few seconds. His arguement, though, is that Bismarck was ready to go back into the field with a minute or two to spare, but missed the deadline through an appropriate breakdown in play taking too long to be called. He reckons that it was a petty, nitpicking decision to not allow du Plessis back onto the field and not in the spirit of the game. It appears as though Lions team doctor, the well-respected Jon Patricios, actually agreed. saying that he felt Bismarck had been patched up and returned to the side of the field with a good few minutes to spare.
What was completely inexcusable, though, was our fearless leader storming up to official timekeeper and calling him a “f*cking cheat”, as he is alleged to have done. Being upset is one thing and I can definitely sympathise with Muir in this regard, but such blatant abuse of a match official cannot be tolerated, particularly considering (in this case) it appears as though said official was correct. Correct according to the letter, if not the intention of the law, in any case. We have heard that an official investigation into the matter has been launched by SA refereeing manager, Andre Watson.
Dick – any censure that comes your way is likely to be a financial one and will no doubt amount to little more than a slap on the wrist. I urge you to go a step further and if the facts as reported are indeed true, issue a statement of contrition and apology. The Sharks are doing so much to improve the image of SA Rugby in the eyes of the world (an image that other team, in particular the bunch of blue misfits from Pretoria, seem intent on tarnishing). Let’s not have all that good work undone by a moment of rash petulance, shall we?Tweet