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Bakkies Cited, Matfield going home

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Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 12 Apr 2009 at 07:30
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Bakkies Botha has been cited for striking a player and Victor Matfield has been given leave to return home.

Rugby 365 The captain of the Bulls, Victor Matfield, will return home from Sydney on Sunday to be present at the birth of his second child.

Matfield’s wife, Monja, is giving birth to their second girl on Tuesday and therefore the Bulls have happily agreed to his request to be with his family during these times.

The Bulls said in a statement they would like to use the opportunity to wish Matfield and Monja all the best for the next couple of weeks and trust that everything will go well on Tuesday.

Matfield will meet up with his teammates at Loftus Versfeld after the match against the Brumbies, in Canberra on Friday.

The Bulls management believe they have adequate cover at lock in Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha and Wilhelm Steenkamp.

As a result no replacement will be send to Australia for their last tour fixture.

However, they may well run short of second row cover, with Botha having been cited to appear before a SANZAR Judicial Officer over an incident in his team’s 20-6 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Botha has been cited under Law 10.4 (a) – Striking.

The incident was seen, and dealt with, by match officials – who awarded a penalty against the Bulls.

However, the citing officer decided that the player’s actions – when he struck an opponent with the arm – it may warrant further sanction.

A hearing will take place in Sydney on Sunday, April 12.


  • From the Bulls site

    Botha is cited after allegedly striking Waratahs’ captain Phil Waugh with an elbow and therefore he needs to appear before Judical Officer Scott Wheelahan at the Sydney Football Stadium on Monday.

    Meanwhile Deon Stegmann is on his way to Australia after he has served his three weeks ban and he will join up with his team mates in Sydney on Monday night.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.09 09:58:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Blowing a big kiss at Phil Waugh after the penalty was awarded hardly helped his cause no doubt 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.09 10:16:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : 😆

    I hope they show it on the highlaight package. 😆

    Working on Saturday’s sucks. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.04.09 11:05:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • He was penalised for this on the field, surely they can’t penalise him twice for the same offence?

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.04.09 11:12:53 by Loosehead Reply
  • @Loosehead (Comment 4) :

    If they feel the penalty on the field was not strong enough they can.

    Maybe they feel it deserved a card rather than just a Penalty.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.04.09 11:27:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    And from what Bryce posted above it certainly seems like he won’t be able to use the “showing remorse” defence. 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.04.09 11:30:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sydney – The citing hearing into the Bulls’ Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has been deferred.

    The Sanzar tribunal officials on Sunday said the hearing would be held on Monday to allow for the completion of final reports into an incident involving Botha in the Bulls’ 20-6 Super 14 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

    Botha was cited to appear before the judiciary on a striking charge.

    The deferment places the Bulls in a difficult position in preparing for their last match against the Brumbies, which takes place on Friday.

    Whatever the out come of the hearing, the Bulls will field a new pairing at lock on Friday night. Captain Victor Matfield is on his way to South Africa for the birth of his second child on Tuesday – and his obvious replacement Danie Rossouw has a knee niggle which may jeopardise his chances of playing against the Brumbies.

    “We can’t really understand why Bakkies was cited,” said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke according to Sunday newspaper Rapport, “but the sooner it can be resolved, the better. We’re playing on Friday and want to know where we stand by Monday.”

    As the Bulls train on Monday and Tuesday, with Wednesday an off-day and Thursday set aside for travelling by bus from Sydney to Canberra, the team will now have only one day of preparation for the new lock paring pending the now deferred outcome of the Sanzar hearing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.04.09 13:43:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • If I know the Aussies he will get about a 6 month ban, they just love handing it out to the South Africans

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.04.09 07:05:31 by Whindy Reply
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  • So the Hearing took place and the outcome will only be handed down on Tuesday 9am Aus time.

    The Aussies certainly know how to do their best to disrupt the teams preparations. 😕

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.04.09 07:14:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bakkies is gone for 3 weeks!

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.09 03:28:42 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Told you, the Aussies always klap us, but do we ever give it back, oh no, we are far to accommodating. I just get the shits, when I hear this, he was penalised on the field and yet, he is still hit with a three week ban. I don’t like the way the Bulls play rugby, but this is bulshit!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.09 07:36:33 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 11) :

    When you elbow a player in the face… then blow a kiss over to him with the ref watching… you most certainly don’t have much of a comeback with the citing officials…

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.09 08:27:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 12) : Bryce I am not condoning what Bakkies did, but three weeks is a bit strong especially, after he was penalised on the field as well. I agree the blowing of a kiss was stupid and did not help his case, but the Aussies are always more strict on us than they are on themselves and the Kiwis , maybe you are right we bring it on ourselves!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.09 08:35:37 by Whindy Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 12) :

    And the strange thing is………….

    Wheelahan categorised the offence as “mid-range” meaning the applicable entry point for a ban is a five weeks penalty.

    But after taking into account mitigating circumstances, the period of suspension was reduced to three weeks, precluding Botha from playing up to and including 2 May.

    WTF????????? What is mitigating about blowing a player a Kiss after you bliksemed him? 😯

    Maybe The Guy thought Bakkies played for the Stormers and saw the blown kiss as an attempt at being friendly. 😳 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.09 09:30:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : 😯 He blew a kiss? Bakkies blew a kiss? 😯 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.09 09:34:35 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 15) :

    He must be getting ready to move to the retirement village. 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.09 09:42:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    Now if only the Bulls can move him to loosie…his chances would quadruple… 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.09 09:47:29 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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