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Lauaki gets off on technicality

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 27 Apr 2009 at 19:57
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The disciplinary hearing against Chiefs No. 8 Sione Lauaki was on Monday dismissed on technical grounds as the citing for a dangerous tackle was not received within the prescribed 12 hour period after the match ended.

Sport 24 reports that the hearing took place at the offices of the South African Rugby Union in Newlands, Cape Town.

In exceptional circumstances, the Judicial Officer (JO) can allow citings that were made more than 12 hours after the end of the game.

The JO in this case, Dekker Govender, could not find exceptional circumstances to allow the hearing to continue.

Lauaki was cited for dangerous play after a high tackle on Bulls winger Bryan Habana in the first half of last Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 match at Loftus Versfeld.

The Chiefs player was yellow carded by match referee Craig Joubert. The Bulls won the game 33-27.


  • :???: :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.09 20:00:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Was the Citing Official asleep, or was there doubt as to should he be punished more. I didn’t see the incident, but even Kiwi papers say it appeared cynical??That the tackle not the citing!! I still think this disciplinary thingy is scewed surely time should never be a factor should somebody blatently break the rules?

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.09 22:58:13 by Dynamite Reply
    DynamiteVodacom Cup player
  • @Dynamite (Comment 2) :

    I was thinking along the same lines last night. You can’t leave it open indefinitely though or we might then be able to cite a player the day before the next match.

    Let’s say the game finishes at 19:00 That then gives the citing officer until 7am the next morning to inform whoever that there will be a citing.

    Why not make it something simple like, you have until noon on the day after the match to decide.

    I had thought it was 24 hours which would make sense.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.09 05:39:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • It seems like there was a timing issue everywhere this weekend. :smile:


    Gloucester forward Olivier Azam is free to continue playing after a citing against him was dismissed by Rugby Football Union disciplinary chiefs.

    The French international hooker had been reported by match citing commissioner Mike Rafter for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of Cardiff Blues’ Wales and Lions centre Jamie Roberts in the EDF Energy Cup final at Twickenham nine days ago.

    But the RFU panel, chaired by Christopher Quinlan, decided on dismissing the citing because it was officially submitted too late.

    Gloucester’s season, meanwhile. ended on Saturday following a 34-3 Guinness Premiership defeat against Wasps.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.09 07:35:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • SA Rugby and SANZAR will be called upon to explain the debacle that led to Chiefs loose forward Sione Lauaki escaping suspension for his high tackle on Bryan Habana.

    Rob Wagner, managing director of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, confirmed to Sport24 that he will be writing to the South African Rugby Union’s manager of legal affairs, Christo Ferreira, about the issue.

    Lauaki got off on a technicality for the tackle after being cited for his tackle on Habana, which earned him a yellow card.

    Citing commissioner Luvuyo Matsha did not cite within the 12-hour time frame after the game. It is believed he only decided to go ahead with the citing after calls from New Zealand as to why Lauaki had not been cited.

    Such a citing can only take place if the citing commissioner believes a red card would have been appropriate punishment.

    Matsha apparently felt a red card would not have been justified. He only went ahead when enquiries were made with incredulity.

    The fact that Matsha had been the Bulls’ media liaison a few years ago made the pill that much more bitter to swallow.

    It is often felt South African players are harshly treated and there is unhappiness at a former member of the Bulls management not performing his task adequately.

    Bulls manager Wynie Strydom says they do not like pointing out incidents of foul play.

    “We don’t like doing that because you don’t want to create a tit for tat situation,” he said.

    The Bulls camp thought the citing would be a given.

    “It was with disappointment that we heard nothing came of it, especially as it seems somebody did not do his job.”

    Strydom said they viewed the matter as closed.

    However, Wagner will not leave it there. “There will be communication in which we ask for an explanation as to why the matter went awry,” he said.

    “There has to be an explanation because it is a procedural matter. Bakkies Botha (Bulls lock) has, for example, been suspended for three weeks. The lack of consistency is unacceptable.”

    WTF? :shock: :shock: It has absolutely sweet blow F$%^^&ALL to do with you Mr Wagner. Why don’t you rather look at getting your camp in order.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.09 08:25:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
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