No ban for Frans

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Mar 2014 at 09:15
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SANZAR’s judicial process has run its course for Sharks center Frans Steyn, with Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe issuing an off-field yellow card against the player for a dangerous tackle during Saturday’s victory over the Waratahs.

Steyn had been cited for an incident in the 24th minute of the match in which it was alleged he contravened Law 10.4(e) by tackling Waratahs center Kurtley Beale in a dangerous fashion.

Steyn’s lawyer Gerrie Swart (who is also his agent) argued that while the tackle may have ended up as a dangerous one, Steyn’s intention was innocent; he grabbed Beale by the jersey while the latter was in possession of the ball and proceeded to execute a legal tackle. Swart put it to the judiciary that Steyn had not been aware that Beale had passed the ball during the course of the tackle, due to the “dynamic situation” in play.

While the tackle thus ended up being dangerous, as it put Beale at risk of spinal injury as he was flung to ground, all parties seem to have agreed that it was perhaps more “accidentally reckless” than it was intentionally dangerous. Steyn has thus pleaded guilty to the offence, with Lubbe accepting the player’s version of events and issuing the off-field yellow, rather than a ban.

An off-field yellow-card is added to a player’s disciplinary record and will be taken into account during any future hearings, but does not have any immediate on-field consequences. Steyn is thus available to play for the Sharks against the Lions in a fortnight, if selected.

The full text of the finding follows:

The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC has accepted a guilty plea from Francois Steyn of the Sharks for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Steyn has been issued an Off Field yellow card for the incident.

The incident occurred in the 16th minute of the match between the Sharks and Waratahs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on Saturday 29 March 2014.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC assessed the case.

In his finding, Mr Lubbe ruled the following:

“Video evidence of the incident showed that Steyn executed initially a legitimate tackle on his immediate opponent by grabbing the bottom of the jumper of the Waratahs player, Kurtley Beale with both hands.This was done at speed and in a dynamic situation.

“In the process of the tackle, Beale passed the ball to a team mate but after the pass, Steyn continued with the tackle by going to ground and swinging his opponent with him. This resulted in the tackled player landing on his back and his head hitting the ground with some force. The referee called for a review of the incident and having reviewed the incident, awarded a penalty against the Sharks.

“The Citing Commissioner correctly pointed out in his report that as a result of the late tackle, the Waratahs player was placed at risk of injury to his spinal and head area.

“Mr Gerrie Swart submitted on behalf of the player that the initial tackle was legitimate and that Steyn had no intent of causing injury to his opponent as he was not in a position to observe that the tackled player had passed the ball.

“In assessing the circumstances around the incident, an off field yellow card was considered the appropriate sanction as a suspension was not warranted for the offence.”


  • Nice! Kurtley got Steyned!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.14 09:22:41 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Good to hear that he’s not been banned. Any news on the outcome of the other citing, I forget the players name.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.14 09:23:40 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • @Jacques Venter (Comment 2) : Rob Horne got a week off.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.14 09:27:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jacques Venter (Comment 2) : One match ban for Rob Horne

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.14 09:29:50 by Bayshark Reply

  • a week off. Nice. should have been 2 games at least. But hey, an Australian player got penalized so there’s a start!!!!!
    Fractious game but thoroughly enjoyable simply because of the win!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.14 09:31:41 by Caratacus Reply

  • Thanks Rob. It was a niggly game and I was really impressed by our captains newfound sense of self control. I’m pretty sure the Bissie of two years ago would have taken the law into his own hands and end up taking a ten minute break for his troubles.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.14 09:36:53 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 1) : Oh well done 😎

    @Jacques Venter (Comment 6) : Dan Retief (on twitter): “Timeous bye for the Sharks, time for Jake to put a lid on those flaring tempers and chirping of ref (Bismarck included) before it costs them”. I wonder which game Dan watched? I got the impression Bismarck and his team had their tempers well under control. It’s the Waratahs who seemed to lose it at times.

    Anyway, good to hear sanity prevailed at a hearing of an SA player for a change.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.14 09:42:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Great news! I also felt this tackle took place within a second. Frans grabbed Beale by the jersey (with ball in hand.) Nothing wrong with that tackle according to rugby rules and most of us had been part of those tackles as givers or receivers!
    Dan, my man, it is the contemporary captains’ job to communicate with the referee! Dan still rooting for (Northern-) Transvaal??
    BTW the Sharks XV game on TV this morning and Esterhuisen had a great game. Want him back on the SR field!

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.14 09:52:44 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • In other news…. Tahs coach David Cheika is being audited for not paying “Asshole Tax”

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.14 09:53:41 by Gordon Gecko Reply

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  • Good news for us :mrgreen: Now the boys can rest up before the big game vs the Lions

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.14 10:00:01 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Dan Retief really needs to undertake a self-imposed two years away from the game.

    He has become such a suurgat he’s just not worth listening to. I unfollowed him a year ago.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.14 10:02:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : I suppose Dan expected Bismarck to send a card after the game to the ref, telling him that the waratahs were playing dirty…He gave the ref a warning, saying if this continued, players will retaliate. I think the fact hat he came and spoke to the ref about it, played a big part in the ref giving the yellow for that silly shove on him

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.14 10:18:41 by HeinF Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I should probably follow suit. Last thing he wrote that I really enjoyed was in 2012! 😯

    @HeinF (Comment 12) : Agreed

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.14 11:43:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Steyn is very lucky. Glad Horne got a ban even if it’s only a week.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.14 12:50:46 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Hand Relief really does seem to be totally negative nowadays. He used to be pretty impartial and informative.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.14 13:10:07 by lostfish Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : Horne got off lightly. I am not sure how even after the video replay he got off with just a warning. That was a swinging arm tackle any way you looked at it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.14 13:11:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • Yes please…really thought he’d get a week…but happy to have him for the next game. Ellis Park here we come…

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.14 14:18:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : predigen Sie in Deutsch auch?

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.14 14:29:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 16) : both of them can count their lucky stars.

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.14 15:43:05 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    On another note, im not sure if you’ve seen Alex Mckinnons neck injury video(Aus Rugby League player.)
    Looks fairly innocuous at first but outlines exactly why there is a zero tolerance on tip tackles in Rugby union.
    Terrible injury.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.14 16:30:30 by John Galt Reply

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  • I’ve neva eva ,FS a South African not getting at least a four week ban,eish,must have been diplomacy considering the amount of nonsense dished out by Tahs

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.03.14 18:51:03 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 21) : ja that was strange, but then again if they banned Steyn they would have had to ban Horne even longer and that would never do.

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.03.14 21:19:58 by JD Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 21) : I was also shocked. Thought they were going to give him a ban for a month. One never expects any fairness when it comes to the treatment of South African players. Even when Bissie got the card for the tackle on Carter, I expected a ban.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.04.14 06:27:41 by GreatSharksays Reply


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