Well, well, well I may have got up the noses of some of you die-hard Sharks supporters! Relax gentlemen. I think many of you have taken my post regarding the citing commissioner completely out of context. Let me set the record straight…I am very aware of the citing regulations and the fact that the Sharks do not cite the player the citing commissioner does. In this case the citing commissioner was Durban Attorney Deker Govender. I have no issue with him or the Sharks – however he is according to reports here in Johannesburg affiliated to the Sharks Rugby Union. My contention is that this was an incident that should never have come before the judicial officer in the first place. The Lions have quite rightly appealed this farcical finding and for the record the appeal is to be held at 11pm this evening – I assume because the appeal committee now consists of – a 3 man SANZAR panel that consists of Dennis Wheelahan of Australia, Bruce Squire of New Zealand and Jannie Lubbe of South Africa.
Obviously the Sharks have nothing to gain by van der Merwe being banned, but at no time did I state that they did – my contention is that if our own commissioners are prepared to act on petty rubbish like this don’t squeal when our players get cited by New Zealand and Australian commissioners while on tour. By way of example Bizmarck would have been cited on tour for his unnecessary involvement in the Clever Kankowski affair, which is actually an automatic yellow card offence. Before you lynch me, that would have been silly and Kaplan deserves credit for keeping his head, besides Clever could easily have been carded too. But my point remains lets not be silly and petty on citing players - Shame on you Mr Inconsistent Citing Commissioner!
Now my Shark friends – you need 5 points against the Chiefs (who I am ashamed to say I had as a pre- season Top 4 pick) – Good Luck on Saturday Sharks!Tweet