CJ vd Linde has been handed a 4 week suspension from all rugby for his “loskop” leading with the head attempted clean out at a ruck in Saturday’s Tri-Nations match between SA and Australia in Durban.
The suspension was expected and in my opinion he actually got of lightly.
CJ vd Linde, who has gained a small reputation for giving away unnecessary penalties of late, for exactly this style of offence, will be relieved that the sanction is only for four weeks. Especially in light of the recent IRB memo reiterating their stance of zero tolerance on this type of foul play in rugby.
Springbok coach Pieter De Villiers has indicated that he expected Van Der Linde to be suspended and has put Jannie Du Plessis on standby to join the Boks should this have happened.
Van Der Linde who is due to leave South Africa to join up with his new club Leinster immediately after the conclusion of the tri-nations series will now have a little more free time on his hands.Tweet