The Lions and Cheetahs have both received bad news this morning, adding additional misery to their weekend Super Rugby losses.
The Joburg side came badly unstuck against Jake White’s Brumbies at Coca-Cola Park on Friday night. Replacement flyhalf Butch James was yellow carded during the match for a reckless ruck entrance. News fresh from SANZAR this morning is that the Bok World Cup hero has been handed a four-week suspension for his troubles. Judicial Officer Mike Heron apparently accepted a guilty plea from James, but opted to throw the book at him anyway.
It’s a strange old world when charging into a ruck cops you four weeks off, yet we’ve repeatedly seen incidents of blatant punching on the field go completely unpunished. Still, Butch (with his somewhat dodgy record) is a pretty bad poster child for any sort of revolution against SANZAR disciplinary rules, so it look like the Lions will have to make do without him for their upcoming tour.
RugbyFifteen (@RugbyFifteen on Twitter), meanwhile, are reporting that ace Cheetahs and Baby Bok flyhalf Johan Goosen will be out of action for 4 months after a serious shoulder injury picked up during yesterday’s loss to the Highlanders. Should the prognosis turn out to be correct, that would rule Goosen completely our of contention not only for the rest of Super Rugby, but also for the upcoming IRB Junior World Championship, where he was lined up to play a starting role in Dawie Theron’s side.
Goose, we’re holding thumbs for you, my boy – let’s hope it isn’t as serious as initially thought.Tweet