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Are the cards and citings warranted?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 8 Mar 2008 at 07:24
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There was some debate on various websites last night on whether the Yellow card on Bakkies Botha and the Red card on Zane Kirchner were warranted or not.

It seems they may both have been warranted unless the Sanzar citing commissioners have been give a different brief of late.

Bakkies Botha has been cited for a dangerous clean and Zane Kirchner has been cited for an off the ball spear tackle on Dusty Noble.

The hearing will take place this morning at 9am (SA Time) in Pretoria.

Has a different brief been handed to the citing commissioners or were these cards warranted? There seems to be a lot more citings this year than last year.

I believe the Zane Kirchner card was definitely warranted and from what was seen on television he will get a longer suspension that JP Nel. JP Nel lifted, turned and dropped Francois Steyn and for that he got a 1 week suspension. Not really a spear tackle but definitely dangerous.

Zane Kirchner did more than that though. Zane Kirchner lifted, turned and drove Dusty Noble down in the tackle. He basically gave a 100% accurate demonstration of a spear tackle. That Noble landed on other players rather than the ground is very fortunate for him and I am sure for Kirchner. Zane Kirchner’s Red card was deserved.

On Bakkies Botha it’s not that simple. I don’t believe Botha’s Yellow was deserved, at least not at that stage of the match. What Bakkies got his Yellow for was in my opinion worth no more than a penalty and I believe a citing for this is a bit over the top. However I suspect that Bakkies has been cited for an earlier incident and hopefully we will have clarity on this after the hearing this morning.

Earlier in the match Bakkies was on his knees next to a ruck and then proceeded to “clean” at one of the Lions players on the ground. I think it was Willie Wepener. The clean itself may not have been that bad but to me it looked like Botha went in leading with the head.

If Botha has been cited for the yellow card then I believe they have gotten it wrong. If it was for the earlier incident then I believe they got it right. I will await the outcome with interest and hopefully from that we will have clarity.


  • Good morning. Heard on the news this morning Bakkies was definitely sited for using his head a few times to much!!!! 😡 😡 😡
    Week after week the Bulls are been cited for foul play but they just don’t care it seems. Strange that it is mostly against local teams.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.03.08 07:43:24 by Reds Reply
  • Reds

    I commented a few times alst week that the SA teams (if any) get cited while on tour should not be surprised if the suspensions handed out to them seem harsh. And that will be becasue our guys are soft on the sentences.

    Last week Ioane got 3or 4 weeks for a dangerous tackle and Nel got one.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.03.08 07:52:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • How long did AJ get for moering Fleck with the head a couple of years back?

    Bakkies is doing this on purpose!!! If the Bulls dont want to release him he will release himself – with pay!!! 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.03.08 07:57:03 by MorneN Reply
  • Morne 😆

    How long DID he get? I can’t remember.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.03.08 08:03:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Did you hear Joel’s comment last night?

    Let me go and find it quickly.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.03.08 08:04:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • commentators discussing bakkies’ dirty play
    Joel: “another yellow card, he’ll probably be SENT to France”

    07.03.08 20:23:43 – KSA Sharkette Edit

    😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.03.08 08:05:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think AJ got 6 weeks didn’t he?

    I expect nothing less than 4 for Bakkies, and at least 2 for Zane.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.03.08 08:12:24 by MorneN Reply
  • I will be watching with interest to see what punishment is delivered if they are found guilty.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.03.08 08:20:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Man the Bulls are whinging like a bunch of little girls on their Bulls site.

    All sorts of conspiracy theories about how they are being picked on because they are the champiopns and that is has been going on for years etc. 😳

    Will steer clear of their site for a while once the suspensions are announced. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.03.08 10:43:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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