Richard Ferguson

James gets four weeks

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Jul 2013 at 08:00
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Following his dangerous tackle in the last ten minutes of the match against the Bulls, Butch James has copped a four week ban from all forms of rugby.

James’ tackle on Jurgen Visser, which saw him receive a yellow card, was deemed fit for a red card and subsequently he was cited to appear before a judicial committee. James pleaded guilty on the charge of dangerous play and received four weeks off from rugby, which rules him out of the final match against the Kings.

Wilhelm Steenkamp, who allegedly head-butted James earlier in the match, will hear the outcome of his hearing this morning.


  • I hope BJ retires now! Freaking Plonker!!! 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.07.13 08:05:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • He had such an awesome match up until then…

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.07.13 08:09:45 by KingRiaan Reply

  • I cannot understand why he gets the brain explosions after all these years

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.07.13 08:15:49 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • The decision to make Butch James captain is baffling.

    When I heard that Daniel was dropped, I was happy. It is a step in the right direction in terms of the team and rewarding form, specifically allowing Deysel to start.

    What I cannot understand is the decision to make James captain. Bismarck has always been regarded as a hot head and as such was not selected as captain. Instead, James, who is more than a walking yellow card than Bismarck, gets the captain’s armband.

    Bismarck proved his critics right in getting a yellow card himself, but surely, with the Sharks’ long term plans in mind, Bismarck should have been given the captain’s armband.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.07.13 08:27:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It’s a real shame about Butch’s brain implosion, because I thought he ran the show beautifully up to then. While I’m a big Lambie fan, our backline looked a lot more threatening with Butch at 10.

    I’ve actually been thinking for a while that it would be good idea to play Butch at 10 with Lambie outside him for an extended period. That would take the pressure of managing the game off Lambie, allow him to focus on his attacking game, and give him the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business (discipline issues aside). After all, we did the same with Butch playing in tandem with Gregor Townsend, and it worked wonders for him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.07.13 08:27:40 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) :

    Completely agree with you.

    Lambie also looked more at ease in midfield, although it did his goal kicking no favours!

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.07.13 08:29:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Lambie is our future at 10, of that I have no doubt. I just think that he’s had to take on too much responsibility this season without the necessary support, and it’s affected his ability to play with freedom. He needs to be assured that he has the coaches’ backing, and told to just go out there and enjoy himself. In my opinion, that is.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.07.13 08:33:07 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 7) :

    Yup, I understand what you are saying!

    Part of Lambie’s problem so far this season is that he plays with a new outside centre every week, with all the injuries.

    And while injuries are part and parcel of Super Rugby, and should not be an excuse, having to play with different players inside and outside him on a weekly basis, would lead me to believe that he would rather try something himself than try playing the people around him into space, at the risk of losing possession.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.07.13 08:36:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Just back on the captaincy issue for a second.

    He may not be a guaranteed starter now, but Deysel is sure to be key in every single Currie Cup encounter. He has led the team before, so why not make him captain with an eye on things to come?

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.07.13 08:48:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m sorry, as poor as the tackle was, it certainly doesn’t deserve 4 weeks, especially considering what Samoans get away with. Butch apologised immediately and he received an on-field yellow card.

    The main reason the backline looked good wasn’t really due to James, but due to the fact that they were given carte blanche to attack.

    Was it just me, or did it sound like Pat Lambie was on the verge of tears during the half-time interview with Joel Stransky, right after missing the kick at goal?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.07.13 09:04:36 by MerckZ Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Agreed, Jean Deysel has an air of Teichmann about him in terms of leadership. If he was fit more often I think he’d be a regular Bok by now. Plus, he’s our 2nd best fetcher, after Bismarck, and as good a ball carrier as Alberts. Surprisingly, he also seems to have an eye for a counter-attack.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.13 09:08:54 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 10) :

    The four weeks is as a result of James’ previous disciplinary record..

    I agree that normally a player would not receive four weeks, but it is James we are talking about.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.13 09:11:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 7) :

    You watched rugby this weekend?? 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.07.13 09:14:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I have no problem with Butch getting 4 weeks that was a kamakazi tackle and he got what he deserved, what got me was the 2 foul play incidents of the bulls that went pretty much unpunished, Flip vd merwe’s deliberate off the ball shoulder charge on Jannie and Wilhelm Steenkamps headbutt on Butch, both yellow cardable in my book, so strange when the TMO was asked to look for foul play the camera man never once showed steenkamp entering the ruck but focussed on Butch’s slap and hair pulling, its not gna change anything now but just think of the possibilities if one or both of those incidents had resulted in 10 mins in the bin…just saying ??

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.07.13 09:26:08 by SharkED Reply

  • With only one game left in SR and the CC only starting on 9 August, the ban is effectively for one match

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.07.13 09:30:49 by Baylion Reply

  • Well-deserved I’m afraid. Butch still has plenty Rugby in him, but his discipline was terrible and not a good reflection on the Sharks.

    He is a Sharks legend and I hope he leaves a better legacy than this.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.07.13 09:38:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I can understand him getting very upset from the head butt, but the hair pulling was a bit girly man.

    Butch actually had a very good game at 10 up till then, but those flying kamikaze tackles are most often than not very ineffective in any case.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.07.13 09:52:50 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : Yep, watched my third game of rugby for the year!

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.07.13 09:58:40 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I’m sorry but that tackle justified a card – there can be no denying that.

    BUT when one considers what James Horwill was allowed to get away with doing with his boot and that Samoan fullback trying to rearrange Strauss’ manhood a four week ban is pathetic.

    There is no consistency in the disciplinary process.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.07.13 10:09:42 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 19) : Consistency never was and never will be, sadly the process is way too subjective and not independent.

    There should be an international rugby board setup to deal exclusively with the ban a player receives.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.07.13 10:17:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @SharkED (Comment 14) : Agreed. The TMO was very poor; there were two occasions where the footage didn’t go back far enough – the Reinach incident, where he was tackled without the ball, and the headbutt from Steenkamp. On both occasions it was as if the TMO was only looking for foul play from the Sharks, instead of from the Bulls, as Jafta had asked.

    He also spent AGES trying to award a try to the Bulls (where the ball went over the dead ball line and had clearly been knocked on) when it was obvious from the first replay that it was not a try. Some seriously suspect TMOs this season. Thought Jafta had a good game, though.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.07.13 10:37:23 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 21) : I agree. The cards were dished our one-sided. The TMO did not even know what to look for at times 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.07.13 13:50:57 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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