Well, guys, I’m starting to get just a little the hell in with SARU’s citing and disciplinary process. It is a complete shambles and a farce with absolutely no consistency and seemingly zero governance. Like so many of the other things that the national body does, it brings to mind the image of a swaggering bully throwing its weight around, rather than a professional, multi-million Rand enterprise.
For the second time in a week, a disciplinary hearing has been summarily postponed at the last minute, without any prior warning or justification. Furthermore, no consideration whatsoever has been given to the impact that these hearings have on team selection and preparation for upcoming matches. Last week, it was Guy Cronjé whose utter debacle of a hearing took place a single day before the game. This time around, Rory Kockott’s hearing, for an incident which nobody can find ANY video evidence of, has been postponed until 09h00 this morning. Again, assuming that Kockott is suspended, it will necessitate a team change the day before an important match (given that the players typically have Wednesdays off).
A little birdy tells me that the victim of Kockott’s alleged indiscretion, Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp, has no recollection of the incident whatsoever. Kind of makes one wonder if they’ve been forced to postpone the hearing in the vain hope that a single shred of evidence may, in fact, miraculously prevent itself, since the case as it stands now appears flimsy to the point of absurdity. Maybe there wasn’t actually such an incident after all – or perhaps one of the Bulls coaches happened to mention something at the post match drinks function which the citing commissioner decided to act on? Who knows, but it all smacks of a total lack of transparency and professionalism.
Raise your game, SARU and drop your petty agenda against the Sharks. It’s bad enough that your officials on the day saw fit to issue at least two unwarranted cards. The Kockott witch hunt is nothing more than a stitch up and I hope you end up with egg all over your faces.Tweet