The supposed incident that has cost Lions strongman Heinke van der Merwe a place in the side to take on the Bulls on Saturday occurred in the 76th minute of the game. I have personally watched it ten times following the announcement of the ban and all I can say is shame on you Sharks – shame on you Mr Citing Commissioner….
Personally I find it hard to believe that there is not some hidden agenda here. The actual tackle is so low key and so irrelevant that the commissioner in question must have spent hours scrutinising the video simply to find an incident to justify his match fee. I have heard that the commission was comprised of Sharks officials and if that is indeed so then these gentlemen should hang their heads in shame.
A spear tackle is obviously dangerous but as the video clearly shows van der Merwe is holding Frans Steyn at all times and in fact falls forward which ensures there is no danger at all as Steyn falls over. The force of the tackle does lift Steyn off his feet but van der Merwe’s momentum makes it clear this was nothing more than a big hit. The fact that Jannie Boshoff was cited for the same incident is actually laughable and in my opinion calls the integrity of the citing commissioner into question.
The Lions are supposedly going to appeal the ban, which is not surprising, what is – is that nobody at SA Rugby has stepped in and called this for what it is. A farce. Shame on you Mr Citing Commissioner!Tweet