No further censure for Mokuena

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 7 Oct 2009 at 15:02
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Griquas captain Jonathan Mokuena was on Wednesday cleared, following a South African Rugby Union disciplinary hearing – the result of receiving three yellow cards in matches during this season’s Currie Cup.

The 28-year-old flank received yellow cards in matches against the Blue Bulls in Kimberley last month and against Western Province at Newlands two weeks ago. He also received a yellow card during his team’s 61-27 defeat to the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld last Saturday.

Judicial officer Jannie Lubbe viewed the video evidence on Mokuena’s sin-binning in all three matches and studied the reports from the referees who officiated in the various fixtures.

It was ruled that the player was not involved in any foul play during all three yellow card offences. In two of the occasions, the Griquas team was on general warnings by the match official.

On these grounds, Lubbe decided that due to his unblemished record as a player, no further action was deemed necessary.

Mokuena, who has represented South African in 29 Sevens matches and has more than 100 Currie Cup caps to his name, has never been found guilty of any citable offences during his rugby career.


  • I don’t agree with this.

    Even though the cards were not for foul play there should be an automatic suspension after X amount of cards. Yellow cards are to punish foul play and negative play.

    It’s done in soccer and if the can manage it, why can’t rugby?

    Is all this protracted disciplinary hearings bullshit unique to rugby? Needs a lot of work imo.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.09 16:00:09 by McLovin Reply
  • I agree with this..

    @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    If it was because of dangerous play – I’d go your route..but why should he be suspended basically because someone else pissed the reff off and because of a bit of overeagerness perhaps, he gets a yellow??

    In the same breath – I do not agree with what he did last weekend though..

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.09 16:23:26 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 2) : That’s the point of the yellow surely. To make players think twice before breaking the laws. Be that dirty play or any other infringement. Otherwise they mos might as well stop giving yellows for that kind of thing and only dish it out for foul play.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.09 16:28:27 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : While I am always an advocate for dealing harshly with foul play, and especially with serial offenders, I think there is one big difference you need to take into account when comparing this to the roundball game. As far as I know, there is no such thing as a team warning in roundball, yellow cards are only given when an offense is harsh enough to warrant it, foul play, etc. Never is a yellow card given in roundball for a normal foul (no foul play involved) just because the team has had a string of fouls. I have no problem with a review like this done after 3 yellow cards, but surely it is wrong to suspend someone because 2 of the 3 cards they got were a response to the team being given a warning. Example while under a team warning, a tackler gets to his feet and tries to play the ball (legally as far as he knows), the referee believes that a ruck has formed, and penalizes the player for hands in the ruck. The player made no attempt to play illegally, he may not have noticed the third player entering forming the ruck, but he is yellow carded anyway. Surely this should not be held against his disciplinary record. Of course if during this review, the determine that all three cards were for foul play, then further action should be taken. I think this process worked well in this instance.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.09 17:42:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Three yellow cards is not an unblemished record, is it?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.09 18:33:26 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 5) : he he… how unlucky can one guy be?

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.09 19:13:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) : I only meant to compare soccer’s disciplinary process with rugby. Same with rugby league (at least in the uk). X amount of cards = x amount of games suspension.

    It might appear unfair on the individual but then a suspension to any player should then serve as a warning to the rest of the team.

    But that’s just me. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.09 22:51:01 by McLovin Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) :

    That would be an unlucky yellow card indeed…but believe it or not…players get unlucky yellow cards in football too…some of them as as result of previous warnings.

    I actually want the sin-bin to be introduced in football…

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