Flip van der Merwe handed one-week suspension

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 30 Sep 2013 at 10:01
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Springbok lock forward Flip van der Merwe has been banned for one game after his yellow card against Australia resulted in a disciplinary hearing.

With the former Bull out of the picture, the way is now clear for Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit to enjoy a taste of test rugby against the All Blacks at Ellis Park this weekend.

The full text of the finding follows:

“A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Flip van der Merwe of South Africa guilty of contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous Tackling, which also constituted a breach of Law 10.4 (a) Striking after he was cited during a match at the weekend in The Rugby Championship.

Van der Merwe has been suspended for one week up to and including 5th October 2013.

The incident occurred in the 39th minute of the match between South Africa and Australia at DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday 28th September.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was held via video conference on Monday 30th September at 8am SAST, 4pm AEST, 7pm NZDT, 3am ART.

In his finding, Nicholas Davidson QC ruled the following:

The player was initially sin-binned for a dangerous tackle but the citing alleged a deliberate striking. After hearing from the player’s counsel Mr Weyers, the player and Mr Schwartz, the South African Manager. The Judicial Officer concluded that this was a breach of Law 10.4 (e) as a dangerous tackle executed high and leading with the forearm and without any attempt to grasp the player in the initial contact. It was also a strike under Law 10.4 (a) but not intentional as cited. Mr Mike Mika, a former professional player, assisted the Judicial Officer.

Van der Merwe has a good disciplinary record at international and Super Rugby level and has never before been suspended . Mr Schwartz spoke extremely well of him as a player and a personality in the game. Although breach was denied, the Judicial Officer concluded that his record and conduct including a concerned approach to the Australian player warranted a discount to a one-week suspension only.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 30.09.13 10:07:03 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • oh awesome… now Meyer’s spin doctors reckon he’ll recall Franco to the squad because Steph isn’t ready.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.09.13 10:34:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • HOSJA! Geel kaart vd Merwe…

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.09.13 10:51:11 by R Hayward Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Why keep him there then if he isn’t playing or being considered even?

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.09.13 10:54:41 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Meyer might be doing him a favour in not debuting him in a crunch game against the All Blacks. I don’t think I can fault this decision if it was to be made.
    @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 4) : To get him used to the Bok structures for the end of year tour would be my guess.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.09.13 10:59:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : True might be the case. I’m just a bit selfish and want him to play for the Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.09.13 11:01:52 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : No, say it isn’t so, we need Franco against province this weekend!

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.09.13 11:05:50 by Greg Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 6) : I hear you! Based only on his twitter account it sounds like the guy is having the time of his life with the Boks and we must grant him the opportunity but still would be great to see him actually playing. One more week! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.09.13 11:06:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 7) : Well, at least we Sharks fans can relate 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.09.13 11:08:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Franco has been called up to carry tackle bags 🙁

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.09.13 11:56:07 by Baylion Reply

  • Can someone please tell me how Flip got a week and Nonu got zip??If this has been discussed I apologize

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.09.13 19:07:55 by clarkville Reply

  • Flip has never been good enough to be close to a Springbok team.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.09.13 21:49:07 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me

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