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Frans Steyn off the hook


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Mar 2015 at 18:24
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Frans Steyn will face no further sanction and is free to join up with his Sharks team mates as they prepare for their next Super Rugby fixture. Below is the official SANZAR press release on the matter. 

24 March 2015
JUDICIAL HEARING NEWS RELEASE

Hearing Details: 23 March 2015 @ 11am SAST, 8pm AEDT, 10pm NZDT via videoconference
Judicial Hearing Chairman: Jannie Lubbe SC
Player: Francois Steyn
Team: Sharks
Position: Centre
Date of Incident: 21 March 2015
Nature of Offence: 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 28th minute

SANZAR NEWS RELEASE

Francois Steyn Hearing Outcome

Ad SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Francois Steyn of the Sharks not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackling, after he was sent off in a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

The incident occurred in the 28th minute of the match between the Sharks and Chiefs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on 21 March 2015.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was heard by Jannie Lubbe SC via video conference at 8pm AEDT, 10pm NZDT, 11am SAST on 23 March 2015. De Wet Barry was the former professional player who attended as a Judicial Technical Adviser.

In his finding, Lubbe ruled the following:

“After careful consideration of video evidence, including additional video evidence and still frames submitted by the legal representative of Francois Steyn, Gerrie Swart, as well as the oral explanation of Steyn, it was concluded that Steyn did not act in breach of Law 10.4 (j). It was also found that two other Sharks players were involved in the tackle and that one of the players, Cobus Reinach, played a significant part in what appeared to be a serious and dangerous tackle.

“A detailed analysis of the execution of the tackle by Steyn clearly showed that he executed a perfectly legitimate tackle on Aaron Cruden, but that the intervention of his teammates applying additional and external forces to the dynamic tackle situation resulted in what the referee deemed to be a breach of Law 10.4 (j).

“This decision is not meant to be critical of the match officials who had to take and make their decision on the field of play without the benefit I had of additional video material and submissions by legal counsel.

“The referee and his assistant on the available evidence at their disposal came to the conclusion that Cruden got lifted in the tackle by Steyn and made contact with the ground with his head first. The video material before me clearly shows that Cruden made contact with the ground first with his right hand and upper arm, followed by shoulder and back. The momentum of the tackle then caused him to roll so that his head and neck made contact with the ground.

“As a result of this finding, the red card will be expunged from the player’s record.”



35 Comments

  • Goes back to the point, Francious Steyn is too hard for rugby

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.15 18:35:33 by RobinHood Reply
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  • I’m chuffed…

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.15 18:36:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Cant wait to see what the team will look like on Saturday

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.15 18:37:48 by RobinHood Reply

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  • So Francois Steyn was right to laugh when he was sent off? :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.15 18:39:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Can someone shed some light on the ‘additional video evidence’ phrase. Are there angles/shots available that were not broadcast?

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.15 18:42:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So we can forgive the card. But can we bring ourselves to forgive the “laugh”? :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.15 18:54:29 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : I reckon the result of the hearing shows us why he was laughing. He couldn’t believe the decision?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.15 19:00:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 7) :
    That was my take on it all along. I think some folks just got into a witch hunt mode due to disappointment at the cards.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.15 19:13:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “This decision is not meant to be critical of the match officials who had to take and make their decision on the field of play without the benefit I had of additional video material and submissions by legal counsel.”

    Bull shit! The TMO was used. The TMO was ignored because the ref and his assistant felt they knew better.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.15 19:23:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Also pondering that thought.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.15 19:24:41 by Ben Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : Same here…

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.15 19:25:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I thought that tackle would initially end up like a Colbe one, if it wat not for assistance of players in the tackle. Simple hard “don’t touch the ball again” tackle.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.15 19:32:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : @Big Fish (Comment 6) : I reckon he was laughing in complete disbelief he got sent off.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.15 19:59:13 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : That’s how I saw it…

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.03.15 20:07:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : H e was laughing cause for the second week in a row he GETTING a full match fee for ten minutes work.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.03.15 20:19:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 12) : Totally agree.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.03.15 20:39:01 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Good for Frans and the Sharks (still think he’s a bit lucky, but its about time an SA player gets the rub of the green in these hearings). Now Fred will have some experience next to him at 12 on Sat.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.03.15 20:48:27 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : You just love putting the bait out there don’t you lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.03.15 20:49:18 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • This is some great news. Also glad they are removing the red card from his record. Let’s be honest, Steyn goed in for the big hits, and this is one of the reasons we love having him in our team. He might have lost some weight, but the hits are as hard as always!
    I also agree, if a player gets send off for a tackle he knew he didn’t try to lift and some teammates played a role, how should he have reacted? I don’t think it would have helped if he cursed at himself, and walked off with tears in his eyes. I just wish I knew why a couple of young refs couldn’t listen to the advice of a far more senior TMO. Think the ref had a bit of a ego problem after the chiefs captain backchatted him early in the match.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.03.15 21:09:35 by HeinF Reply

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  • Any news on Liam Messam yet?

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.03.15 21:31:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : Lol

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.03.15 21:54:37 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : hearing is tomorrow.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.03.15 21:58:12 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : Aha…thanks!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.03.15 21:59:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good, welcome news!

    As for the laugh, it was simply bemusement and didn’t bother me too much.

    I hope Steyn does NOT move to flyhalf this weekend.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.03.15 22:15:29 by Feather Reply

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  • so if the ref initially listened to the tmo there wouldnt even have been a hearing and we would have been 14 man a piece, and if bissie wasn’t being a kicky my head we would have seen the chiefs both hookerless and headless with only 13 men on the park. and we know its only the sharks that can win with 13 men. we could have recorded a half century victory over these thugs mxm. Bly frans heti saak getoll though. mag bleddie liam (looks like he got hit with a newspaper) soma 6 weke kry die bliksem.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.03.15 23:52:23 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • De Wet Barry was the former professional player who attended as a Judicial Technical Adviser.

    De Wet Barry!!!
    explains a lot………there’s an after rugby career for Ma’a Nonu also.

    Happy for Frans and the Sharks, but a little shocked about Lubbe’s analysis. It’s hard to believe an honest and serious person could have come up with that interpretation.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.03.15 00:32:45 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 26) : You suggest Morné Steyn go to the next one? :roll: :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.03.15 04:40:36 by Ben Reply
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  • So with the red card expunged, does this mean it should have been a yellow card, or just a penalty?

    Normally a spear tackle ends up being a yellow.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.03.15 06:47:00 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Expected him to not be suspended but the expunged red I didn’t see coming

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.03.15 07:09:55 by BR Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 9) : You mean the ref was willing to go with the Tmo but the ar tried his best to convince him otherwise

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.15 07:12:22 by BR Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 19) : The ref were willing to go with the Tmo but then a certain ar whispered in his ear and he changed tune

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.15 07:14:12 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 30) : I didn’t see the assistant ref holding a knife to the ref’s throat, did you?

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.15 07:30:09 by Ben Reply
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  • Good to have him available for the match, but would prefer for him to stay at 12 and use Fred at 10, he was in great form for the Vodacom Cup side.

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.03.15 10:57:36 by stevovo Reply
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  • Good for Fransie, we move on, he has a lot to prove – I am not going to attack him – kak happens, and he can win us the game against the Force. I don’t doubt his commitment, he plays a bloody hard and good game of rugby. The red card has come and gone, the yellow card was a bit harsh, as Coleman is just a little fella and the ref felt sorry for him :twisted: – hope to see Frans in some good form.

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.03.15 16:39:59 by Richard Reply

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  • @stevovo (Comment 33) : Fred needs to play 10. Klaar!

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.03.15 16:40:25 by Richard Reply

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