Sorry for the appalling headline… (for those who don’t speak Afrikaans, “hof” means “court”!)
Anyway, according to news reports, Sharks number 8 Ryan “the Hoff” Kankowski, will attend a SARU disciplinary hearing at 12:00 tomorrow, to answer a charge of stamping, in contravention of Law 10.4(b). Kankowski, also known as “Definite” to his many fans, was yellow carded by referee Jason Jaftha for the incident in the 75th minute of the Sharks match against the Lions. Kankowski appeared to stamp on Lions replacement forward Trevor Hall.
Coach John Plumtree seems hopeful that the Hoff will get off, though, based on extenuating circumstances. The player was being illegally held in an offside position and appeared to strike out in frustration, in an attempt to free his leg. My personal view is similar… I thought it was a pretty harsh card and it would be quite unfair if Kankowski were censured further, given that the yellow card shown effectively cost his team the match.
We’ll update you on the results of the hearing tomorrow. Good luck, Hoffo! We’re all behind you, chap.Tweet