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Bakkies cleared, Nel not

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Super 14 on 19 May 2009 at 04:45
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The Bulls received a mixed bag of news from the judicial front on Monday – with a ban ruling out centre JP Nel, but lock Bakkies Botha being cleared of any wrongdoing.

Rugby 365 reports that Nel was suspended for four weeks, following the his citing for a dangerous tackle on Sharks fullback Stefan Terblanche in last Saturday’s 27-26 Super 14 match in Durban.

While Nel will miss this coming Saturday’s semifinal against the Crusaders at Loftus, Botha will be available for selection for the Bulls.

While Nel’s suspension is a severe blow to the Bulls – especially in light of the hip injury to ace centre Wynand Olivier – the availability of Botha is a counterbalance as the men from Pretoria aim to win the title for a second time in three years.

However, with Olivier doubtful, the Bulls’ midfield stock could be severely depleted.

The Bulls will only decide later in the week whether Olivier’s hip has recovered sufficiently for him to play in the semifinal.

Nel’s disciplinary hearing took place on Monday.

The case was heard in Pretoria by SANZAR judicial officer Dekker Govender.

Nel was represented at the hearing by his legal representative Gerrie Swart. The defence argued strongly that the tackle on Terblanche was not dangerous.

The judicial officer, however, after viewing the video evidence ruled that the tackle from Nel was dangerous, and after taking into account the relevant mitigating circumstances, Nel was suspended for four weeks from all rugby up until and including June 13.

As a result the Bulls centre will miss the Super 14 semifinal against the Crusaders in Pretoria this week and also the Final the following week, should the Bulls win on Saturday.

Nel has the right to appeal the suspension.

Botha faced a disciplinary hearing after being cited for striking Sharks player Ryan Kankowski in last Saturday’s Super 14 match in Durban.

Botha was represented by lawyer Gerrie Swart and his case was also heard by Govender.

The defence argued that the Bulls lock pushed Kankowski rather than deliberately struck him.

The Judicial Officer viewed the video evidence and took into consideration that the referee was in full view of the incident. He ruled that there was no intent from the Bulls lock to strike Kankowski.

Govender also added that Botha pushed Kankowski to release himself from the grasp of the Sharks player.

The case against Botha was not upheld by the Judicial Officer.

As a result Botha will be available for selection for the Bulls’ Super 14 semifinal match against the Crusaders in Pretoria on Saturday.


  • Good call on both cases IMO.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.09 05:02:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Agreed, despite Bakkies inability to behave I think it would have been a bit over the top to ban him for pushing Kanko in the face . Nel does deserve to be banned and he must be careful because referees will be keeping an eye on his swinging arm and he could end up like Butch James a marked man.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.09 06:04:36 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) :

    Yip that is 100% correct and long after Butch sorted it out he still got nailed for it.

    JP Nel has actually had a pretty clean season with this being his 1st card I think.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.09 06:23:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I think he has been playing pretty good rugby, what I do have to question though and I have only just noticed it, is the length of his ban 4 weeks is very harsh, esp. when you thing our Aussie mate Sheehan, got away with naught. I see Quinlan may be out of the lions tour he cracked 12 week ban for eye gauging, what a blow that would be for him

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.09 06:35:21 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 4) :

    I found the 4 week ban harsh as well and what I find really strange is WHY bother with 4 weeks. There are only two weeks left in the season and the Bulls aren’t playing the Lions, so the extra two weeks are really just a waste of time and of no use.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.09 07:14:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : they must have taken his prior record into account. I wonder if he’s going back to Japan instead of playing Currie Cup

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.09 07:47:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :
    Bakkies also has a prior record. a very recent one at that.
    Very harsh on Nel.
    One thing is for sure when it comes to Advocate Govender you are going to get a bag of surprises and seemingly inconsistancies. Probably had aspirations of being a ref in a previous life.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.09 08:47:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : I wonder how much rugby, advocate Govender has played in his day, surely that has to be a precursor to being a citing officer, or whatever they call them, just in terms of having an understanding of the game, it is not always about the law.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.09 08:53:00 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 8) :
    Yes, if you are retaliating you are in the wrong and it almost seems as if he will condone retaliation in his view that Bakkies was loosening himself from Kankowski’s grip.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.09 09:38:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • i am pleased with this result. the bulls had an able replacement for bakkies, so a citing wouldn’t have effected the team. the bulls strength this season has been their centres and with wynand and jp out they are in for a hard time. go chiefs.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.09 09:40:05 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    How does it work…is it for consecutive weeks or actually for “games”?

    I am happy with Nel’s punishment – he is the harsh one..(although I belive Shoulder should have also then got 4 of die bestes) then it woudl have been consitent.. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.09 09:50:02 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Once again consistency doesn’t exist… 4 weeks for a stiff arm but Sheehans stiff shoulder got nothing.

    Time to change the system!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.09 09:59:33 by Rahul Reply

  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 11) :

    In this case it is for weeks and not games.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.09 10:28:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 4 weeks is completely over the top for this offence. To be honest, I think the yellow card was sufficient in this instance.

    However his poor past record obviously counted against him. Having said that, if it was an Aussie or Kiwi player he would have been free to play this week!

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.09 13:35:30 by Villie Reply
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