robdylan

SA Teams are the dirtiest – big surprise


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 10 Apr 2008 at 13:53
Tagged with :

It’s not been a great Super 14 season for South Africa so far with two of their sides propping up the log, but the country’s five franchises also have the somewhat unenviable record of having accrued the most cards for dirty play and ill discipline in the competition.

What’s more, the only two red cards issued this season were for dangerous/dirty play by South African players, according to a SAPA report on iAfrica.com.

Leading the list by far are the Bulls. They have been yellow-carded seven times, and also have one of the two red cards issued to show for Zane Kirchner’s spear tackle on Dusty Noble in the match against the Lions on 7 March.

The only other red card thus far was for the Sharks’ Epi Taione’s head butt on a Hurricanes player last weekend.

The Bulls’ Deon Stegmann and the Stormers’ Schalk Burger are also two of only four players who have been yellow-carded twice this season.

In total, South African players have been carded 20 times, including the two red cards of Kirchner and Taione.

The Bulls (eight, including a red card), Cheetahs (five), Stormers (four), Sharks (two, including a red) and Lions (one) have all been carded. That amounts to 251 minutes, or a total of nearly 8.5 percent of the five sides’ Super 14 playing time to date.

In this respect, the Bulls have been without a player for 121 out of 640 minutes or 18.9 percent of their game time — an average of 15 minutes in each of their eight matches played.

New Zealand sides have had 15 cards shown to their players, with the Highlanders (five) and the Hurricanes (four) the main offenders, while the Chiefs (three), Blues (two) and Crusaders (one) make up the rest.

It is also noteworthy that the topside on the log, the Crusaders, have had only incurred the wrath of the refs once to the degree where a player was sent off.

The Sharks, second on the log, also have only one yellow card against them in what would have been an exemplary record but for Taione’s reckless act.

The Australians, with a total of only seven, had three yellows shown to the Brumbies, two to the Reds and one each to the Force and the Waratahs.



20 Comments

  • In fear of being crucified as being unpatriotic and being thrown out of the Sharks shiver (or eaten by the rest of the shiver)….I think our Sharks captain has been pretty lucky to not end end up wih any cards this year…….

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.08 13:58:02 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
     
  • Lies i tell ya… all lies!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.08 13:59:39 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
    Author
    wpwAssistant coach
     
  • Why am i not surprised that the Bulls are leading in this dept.

    A bunch of thugs they are!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.08 14:01:39 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
    Author
    wpwAssistant coach
     
  • What have you seen him do, DP? It doesn’t surprise me, though… he’s a niggly bugger in the best Mark Andrews tradition.

    BTW, only ONE of the red cards has been shown to s SA player. Last time I checked, the other was a Tongan.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.08 14:05:19 by robd'ylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • Halfway through the tournament and the Bulls have 7 yellow cards (70 minutes) and a red (how long was it?) :?:

    They’ve covered a “total game” with a man (or two) short ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.08 14:05:25 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
     
  • BTW, do you happen to know what the collective known for Sharks is? ;)

    (a bar of sharks, perhaps?) :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.08 14:06:05 by robd'ylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • *noun* :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.08 14:11:24 by I'ce Reply
    Competition Winner Author
    IceAssistant coach
     
  • According to our friends at wikipedia…

    a SHIVER of SHARKS… :cool:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.08 14:15:09 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
     
  • shiver of sharks

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.08 14:15:50 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
     
  • I LIKE that!!! :grin:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.08 14:19:14 by I'ce Reply
    Competition Winner Author
    IceAssistant coach
     
  • crap – of course, I meant “noun”!

    Thanks Ice.

    DP, that was tongue-in-cheek. You seemed at great pains above to point out that you knew what it was ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.08 14:28:04 by robd'ylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • now all of a sudden Dive Pass’s comment makes sense :smile:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.08 14:31:10 by molly Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition Winner Author
    mollySuper Rugby player
     
  • it takes a while before DP start to make sense ;)

    I think he’s actually just a bit too sharp for the rest of us.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.08 14:34:32 by robd'ylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • Comment 11 of 12, posted at 10.04.08 14:28:04 by robd’ylan

    You’re just jealous you didn’t know it and use it in a article title…. :-p :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.08 14:35:17 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
     
  • it’s true.

    I thought it was “an attacking impotence of Sharks” ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.08 14:39:57 by robd'ylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • he he he…

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.08 14:45:00 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
     
  • crap – of course, I meant “noun”!

    Thanks Ice.
    Comment 11 of 15, posted at 10.04.08 14:28:04 by robd’ylan

    Impressive for a dutchmen, hey Rob’D? :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.08 14:45:30 by I'ce Reply
    Competition Winner Author
    IceAssistant coach
     
  • Comment 15 of 17, posted at 10.04.08 14:39:57 by robd’ylan

    I think you’re right at moment!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.08 14:48:38 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
     
  • Ice, I wouldn’t consider you one of them.

    I am one of those folk who like to differentiate between “Afrikaners” and “Dutchmen”

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.08 14:49:59 by robd'ylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.04.08 14:52:11 by I'ce Reply
    Competition Winner Author
    IceAssistant coach
     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.