Fans: Bismarck guilty as sin!

2013-10-24 15:15
Bismarck du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers - both WP fans and not - say Bismarck du Plessis was definitely guilty of stamping and should have been suspended for the Currie Cup final.

VIDEO: Bismarck du Plessis' 'accidental' stamp

Outrage at advocate André Oosthuizen's decision to clear Du Plessis has been rife since his decision was made public.

Former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux also weighed in, saying Du Plessis could count himself lucky to play against Western Province in the final on Saturday.

Oosthuizen ruled that based on the facts placed before him by the player and the assistant referee Cobus Wessels, as well as the video footage viewed during the enquiry, the contact Du Plessis made with Labuschagné was ACCIDENTAL

Looking at replays of the incident it's impossible to believe the incident was accidental. Du Plessis initially attempts to punch/slap Labuschagné, but his efforts are blocked. He then stands up, looks directly at the prone Labuschagné and stamps on his chest - ALL the while with direct eye contact on the player.

Du Plessis received a yellow card in the 65th minute of the match for the incident - a match the Sharks were well on the way to winning.

Du Plessis' clearing will go a long way to helping the Sharks regain the Currie Cup title.

Earlier this season, WP flank Michael Rhodes was red-carded AND banned for one week for a similar offence.

However, some Sharks fans argued that Scarra Ntubeni was just as lucky to escape citing after receiving a yellow card for a dangerous tip-tackle.

Sport24 asked:

"The decision to clear Bismarck du Plessis of stamping, was..."

These were the results:

27% - Justified
73% - A shocker!

Accidental? Sport24 readers say 'fat chance'. (YouTube)

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Bismarck du Plessis' presence will influence the result of the Currie Cup final. Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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