Richard Ferguson

Another Springbok suspended

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 18 Jul 2010 at 12:36
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Springbok centre/wing Jean de Villiers has been suspended for two weeks after a dangerous tackle during the Springboks’ 31-17 whipping at the hands of New Zealand in their Tri-Nations test on Saturday.

De Villiers had been cited for an alleged lifting tackle on All Blacks winger Rene Ranger in the 27th minute of the match.

He appeared in Wellington on Sunday before judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan, who found De Villiers guilty after he considered submissions from the player, his representatives and video evidence, governing body SANZAR said in a statement.

De Villiers was suspended until 1 August and will miss the Springboks’ next Tri-Nations match against Australia next Saturday in Brisbane.

He is the second Springboks player to be banned in this year’s competition. Lock Bakkies Botha was suspended for nine weeks after he admitted head butting All Blacks’ scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan in the 32-12 loss last week at Eden Park.


  • Shocking

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.07.10 13:35:36 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Amazing how they missed it during the game…..definitely lifted him through the horizontal……..another one that should have gone for 10 minutes.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.07.10 14:58:36 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Amazing how Rene Ranger got buggerall

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.07.10 15:25:39 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Ja well and repeated infringements (professional fouls) committed by McCaw was not carded for… 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.07.10 16:04:33 by Charlie Reply

  • Makes watching the trinations a waste of time. useless. viva tdf

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.07.10 16:13:10 by Rahul Reply

  • Why do we have Northern Hemisphere refs for the tri nations? It is clear that that NZ are untouchable to them, and that they dont have a freaken clue wrt to the new interpretations of the laws.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.07.10 16:35:15 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 6) : Aye, but would Stu Dickinson and co. have been any better? Rolland is one of the better referees out there, he just had a shocker; whatever his Royal Douchiness Keo has to say on the matter.

    This citing commission is a joke. It certainly wasn’t a dangerous tackle from JdV, there’s a growing tendency of players “jumping” into the tackle, making it almost impossible not to “tip” them. Jean didn’t throw him down in a malicious manner. He did the best he could to make sure he didn’t injure Ranger, unlike Ranger’s earlier, uncarded and uncited hit.

    Anyone else notice AB forwards loitering in our defensive line, and Franks and Donnelly manhandling our players off the ball and not involved in the ruck situation?

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.07.10 17:05:56 by MerckZ Reply

  • Guys! Calm down. They can cite us and suspend us all they like but we know all know who will come out on top at next year’s RWC. NZ will once again choke under the pressure of being hosts and favourites!
    And the Boks will be the first team to defend their crown!

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.07.10 17:07:28 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :
    Agree: we must be careful not to fall into the whingeing trap – they won, we made some selection and strategy errors, and we should bank and move on.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.07.10 17:26:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Best thing that could have happened. Hopefully now we will see de Jongh at inside centre and Aplon on the wing to start. I also wouldn´t mind Spies getting cited for whatever, so we can get a decent number 8 and while we´re at it, a hooker who doesn´t look like he´s about to die of fatigue at the first lineout.

    And before I forget – start with Ruan at 9 so we can play some bloody decent rugby FFS!

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.07.10 18:53:35 by rhineshark Reply
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  • GO BOKKE !!! 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.07.10 19:20:43 by Charlie Reply

  • New Zealand should calm down they always seem to forget that there choke superstars at the world cup and it being in new zealand makes it worse .but the boks lost that match ,pdv might be listening to dick muirs ,let the players play whats in front of them a bit to much .Bioks need to rest make a few switchs and there good to win the wc

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.07.10 20:57:34 by zvision10 Reply

  • Let’s be honest….. AB v Bok Tests have always been and are always going to be close affairs…..and come next RWC they will be again.

    Let’s just not get too far ahead of ourselves here.

    It is however important for SA Fans to note and acknowledge that the last 2 matches have not been close…. and it will be interesting what questions will be asked of the players and back room staff.

    Question who was the guy in the SA coaching box closest to the camera ….was that Gary Gold ?

    Who ever it was he didn’t cover himself in glory ! Embarassing !

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.07.10 21:37:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 5) :

    TDF Rocks.

    Schleck for victory!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Now that Lance is done 🙁 ) Anyone except Contador (need to make sure I Spelt that correct) 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.07.10 21:54:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) : Even worse was what PdV said after last week’s loss: “It isn’t a train smash. How we come back from such a defeat is more important than the defeat itself.”

    Well, we’ve now all seen how we’ve “come back”. Saturday against the Aussies is going to be a nightmare.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.07.10 08:22:11 by rhineshark Reply
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  • After Bakkies we were always on the backfoot with the refs and the citing commish… The word is out, we are foul bastards and we must get punished, that is why the rub of the green went the way of the ref, and that is why he had his arm only working for that of the AB’s…

    One thing that I am happy about is that this loss forces Divvy to take a look at things from a fresh perspective, his Dogs of War may be battle hardened, but they are not fresh no more… They are not quick enough, not aggressive enough… They remind me of old lions… Perhaps at the most dangerous when cornered and wounded, but will never be able to compete with a pack of wild dogs coordinating an assault on them… Break them down in key areas and work from there… (Excuse the analogy, I am a bush man…) But back to straight rugby:

    Divvy cannot ignore the following:

    15. Frans Steyn
    14. JPP (back in the mix and sadly might be drafted back into the Green and Gold very soon)
    13. Jaque Fourie
    12. Juan De Jongh
    11. Habana
    10. Morne Steyn
    9. Ruan Pienaar
    8. (I don’t know what to say, we need a bruiser here) Deysel, Alberts, Duane Vermeulen
    7. See above (also add in Juan Smith)
    6. Schalk…
    5. Andries Bekker (Vic needs rest & management)
    4. Flip (Danie needs rest and management)
    3. CJ
    2. Smitty (C) (he needs to do some soul searching)
    1. Beast (Fresh, hungry and gifted)
    16. Gurthro
    17. Gary Botha
    18. BJ
    19. Someone versatile (loosie and lock adaptable: Francois Louw?)
    20. Francois Hougaard (versatile and X factor)
    21. Gio Aplon
    22. Mvovo (yep)

    Just a suggestion… Just an idea, we have nothing to lose and we need to blood our players next in line because the Dogs of War could be legless come RWC… If you have the experience it don’t matter… because if you can’t catch em… You get the idea…

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.07.10 08:22:39 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @rhineshark (Comment 15) :

    Very True PDV does say some strange things….but in many ways that is his trade mark, he loves trying to get under your skin….which he does me ….but wise old heads in the coaching game such as Henry, Smith and Hansen must smile a bit and try not to laugh at him on occasions.

    His is apparently very poipular among the players….and he appears loyal to a fault. I have always been of the opinion he has not really had to do a lot with the Worlds Best Team, and his record is second to none.

    His planning and player management will be under the spot light now.

    A win against a what looked an average Aussie outfit against the English surely must be a must…..

    …..but it may be harder than we think…. there will be doubts in the Bok camp for sure.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.07.10 10:07:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 16) :

    Well said DD….i’m sure many will agree with you, but won’t voice it !

    Like your thinking ….it is not too late to blood key players before RWC however who and where is a massive question and PDV surely has a plan …..but with who he has been selecting and where they have been playing the big question is …is it working.

    On the evidence of the last two weeks it is not !

    Will be very interesting if he introduces any new blood this week or does he roll out the battered old Lions again ?

    Time will tell ?

    Is it possible that the world champions lose three in a row …surely not ?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.07.10 10:13:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 18) : Yep, I don’t think they will lose three from three, but the Aussies would have learnt from The AB’s and will also try to speed up the game… We need to be prepared for a varied attack from the Aussies… We shouldn’t lose if Divvy names a team that can handle the speed the Aussies will bring… I truly hope we see a different Starting XV other than the forced change of JDV on the wing… Ruan must start… Dewald Potgieter must start… Here’s to holding thumbs…

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.07.10 10:23:04 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 19) :

    I hope you are right…. expect a few Queenlanders to be playing up there in Brisbane….always a tough place to go !

    ….even for the Boks !

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.07.10 10:26:25 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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