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Banned Bulls pair expected to get off


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super 14 on 28 Jan 2011 at 00:20
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Media reports from the capital suggest that suspended Bulls players Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson will be exonerated when the results of the judicial enquiry into their positive doping tests are announced tomorrow.

Both players were sent home in disgrace after returning positive samples after a random drugs test after the test match against Ireland in November last year. Neither has played any rugby since, while the case against them has dragged on. We were informed by a source close to the pair’s legal representative, Gerrie Swart, that a very credible defence had been put forward at the hearing on Tuesday and that no further censure for either player was anticipated.

JJ Harmse, a journalist who could only be closer to the Bulls quad if he was actually in it, has confirmed this view, saying that he understands it’s a “virtual certainty” that the two players will face no further ban. Ralepelle is expected to be flown to Port Elizabeth as an eleventh-hour change to the Bulls team named to face the EP Kings in a warm-up game on Saturday.

The findings of the enquiry will be announced to the media at Newlands tomorrow, at 10am South African time.



29 Comments

  • Good. South African rugby need these boys around.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.01.11 07:05:52 by Speed7 Reply
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  • I guess it will be fair result.

    the damage has been done already.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.01.11 07:25:56 by rekinek Reply
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  • i think the reason they were let off is most the bok team could get implicated here, that is why this thing is getting swept under the carpet. from different reports on this subject it sounds like the drug was given to a lot of the bok players before the wales game. the substance apparently doesn’t stay in the system long so it would have had to be given to the players just before the first test. chilliboy and basson were the unfortunate two that got tested. because it was believed by the doping officials that more players in the team had taken the same supplement they rushed in and tested 6 players the next weekend. obviously no-one was caught because the team doctor had realised the mistake and stopped everyone taking the supplement and the substance was out the system by that saturday. obviously everyone in the team has to keep quiet because wales can call foul that the whole team was on the substance. from all the reports i have read it sounds like this was unintended, and no-one is guilty, but drug laws are drug laws and they have to be enforced. we all heard how basson in angst had a go at saru, and this tends to highlight that it was the bok management that cocked up, but some how saru has gotten the players off the hook. this is a good lesson for the boks and other teams before the world cup. be very careful what you consume this year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.11 07:41:26 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 3) : ya I guess better that it happened last year and not this one (hopefully).
    Wales can cry foul – no grand slam anyway :sad:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.11 07:49:45 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 4) : i am sure they realise it was a mistake and it could have just as easily happened to them. also the wales can’t really moan because the boks were definitely not helped that day as they all played like headless chickens. wales just played worse.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.01.11 07:58:13 by try time Reply

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  • :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.01.11 08:46:14 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Living in Potch,reading that jj harmse’s rugby articles just makes me wanna puke.
    The bulls never lose to a better team,it’s the ref or some weird decisions.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.01.11 09:06:28 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • SACRILEGE!!!! I hope the entire Bulls team gets tested as soon as they touch down in Oz for their overseas tour cause they seem to be untouchable in SA !

    Double Standards.

    Just look at their history: Joost > Cat, Pedrie > Cocaine!!

    Hope the Sharks team switch to the same performance enhancing dope this morning already. The president has been set, what`s good for the goose is good for the gander after all. :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.01.11 09:11:34 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 7) : he’s just channelling the ghost of Quintus van Rooyen, is all :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.01.11 09:13:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • so Reki here is your answer : Mr Price KINGS PARK :!:

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.01.11 09:18:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : not surprising really.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.01.11 09:19:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    After Natals first CC win in 1990 old Quintus some how contrived to find something like 8 minutes that the ref ended the game early.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.01.11 09:22:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 8) : I think the point is that it’s NOT performance enhancing. It’s really a nothing ‘drug’ that shouldn’t even be on the banned list.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.01.11 09:23:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : They are bloody agents…….

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.01.11 09:25:24 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Original Champion (Comment 8) : Joost didn’t take Cat when he was playing.

    Pedrie never failed an official drugs test. When the Bulls found out about him he had to be tested regularly.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.01.11 09:26:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : The ratio is: It was on the banned list at the time and they used it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.01.11 09:27:34 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 8) : the key word is “are expected” – so don’t loose hope :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.01.11 09:30:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 16) : If only it was as simple as that.

    There are certainly mitigating circumstances. Hence the possibility of a reduced or non suspension.

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.01.11 09:32:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : If only we were allowed to list those mitigating circumstances . . .

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.01.11 09:35:59 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 19) : Why not?

    As far as I know the main ones are:

    It was taken unintentionally & it’s not performance enhancing.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.01.11 09:40:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : So true, and, if my understanding of the whole debacle is correct, just about everyone in the Bokke team would have tested positive had they all been subjected to testing? :roll:

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.01.11 10:00:09 by diablo Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : Its never intentional – but how did it come to be that they were taking it?

    And does it now mean that professional sportsmen can take “it” to their hearts content as it is not performance enhancing.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.01.11 10:01:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : My point as well. If it was a ” forbidden substance” it is certainly fair game now.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.01.11 10:09:41 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Verdict is in, both found not guilty, can play again with immediate effect.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.01.11 10:12:43 by Morné Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : Dunno.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.01.11 10:15:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : Good. :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.01.11 10:16:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : Good, and now at least the two players can get their careers back on track. Not fair to keep people hanging whichever way the verdict went. :???:

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.01.11 10:22:41 by diablo Reply

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  • Ever try peanut butter with powdered biltong on toast?

    Surprisingly tasty. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.01.11 10:23:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : and it was not a long wait either.

    The guys must be relieved.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.01.11 10:24:02 by rekinek Reply
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