The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has confirmed three player citings from round 10 of the Currie Cup, which are due for respective disciplinary hearings on Tuesday.
Last weekend saw the return of no fewer than 17 Springboks to provincial duty, as the South African faithful shifted their focus from a diabolical Tri-Nations campaign and onto the business end of the Currie Cup competition.
Rugby 365 reports that the Springbok injection made for a highly competitive round of matches, seeing several players falling on the wrong side of the law.
The second red card of the weekend went to none other than Western Province and Springbok wrecking ball, Schalk Burger – a player with a notorious disciplinary record.
After spending 10 minutes in the sin bin for pulling down a Cheetahs player at a line-out in Bloemfontein, Burger was then penalised and duly red-carded for a dangerous stiff-arm tackle on fellow Springbok and Cheetahs captain, Juan Smith.
Burger is thus due to appear at SARU offices on Tuesday for a disciplinary hearing, being cited and charged under law 10.4 (e), SARU told rugby365.com on Monday.
Blue Bulls lock Deon Stegman was the second player to be cited, after a dangerous tackle on Sharks utility back Waylon Murray in Durban.
Stegman has been charged under the same law and will attend his hearing at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday.
The Lions’ 83-14 bleaching of the Falcons in Brakpan last Friday night was also tainted with disciplinary nuances.
Lions fullback Jaco van Schalkwyk has been cited (after receiving a red card) for a spear tackle on a Falcons player and is also due to appear at Loftus on Tuesday – although a formalised charge from SARU has not been confirmed as yet.
According to law 10.4 (e), the stipulations and sanctions are as follows:
(e) Dangerous tackling. A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.
- A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play.- A ‘stiff-arm tackle’ is dangerous play. A player makes a stiff-arm tackle when using a stiff arm to strike an opponent.
- Playing a player without the ball is dangerous play.
- A player must not tackle an opponent whose feet are off the ground.
- Exception: A player is permitted to attempt to tackle a player who is in possession of the ball and is in the act of diving in an attempt to score a try.
Penalty: Penalty Kick