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Flip let off the hook

2010-08-03 16:29

Johannesburg - Xerox Lions flank Trevor Hall was found not guilty and Vodacom Blue Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe received a severe warning after both players attended SARU judicial hearings held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Hall was cited under law 10.4 (m) for acts contrary to good sportsmanship. The Xerox Lions flanker was on top of the Vodacom Blue Bulls No 4 Van der Merwe during the 81st minute of the match and with his open hands made contact in his face, near the eye area.

SARU judicial officer Jannie Lubbe considered evidence from the Xerox Lions flanker, video recordings and heard submissions from Hall's representative. He noted that the incident occurred in close proximity to the match officials and agreed with their decision of not taking further action. As a result, the citing was not upheld.

Van der Merwe was cited under law 10.4 (a) for punching or striking an opponent. The Vodacom Blue Bulls lock aimed a punched at the Xerox Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout during the third minute of the game. The Vodacom Blue Bulls defeated the Xerox Lions 32-18.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls lock pleaded guilty to the charge.

Lubbe considered evidence from the player, video recordings and heard submissions from Van der Merwe's representatives. Bezuidenhout testified and confirmed that Van der Merwe's punch did not hit him in the face. As a result, Lubbe issued the Vodacom Blue Bulls lock with a severe warning.

SWD Eagles centre Sinethemba Zweni however was found guilty after he was cited for contravening law 10.4 (j) for lifting an unidentified Griffons player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground.

The incident occurred in the 19th minute of the game. The SWD Eagles defeated the Griffons 18-14 in this Absa Currie Cup First Division match.

Lubbe deemed the tackle as a lower entry tip tackle and suspended the SWD Eagles centre for two weeks. Zweni's clean record after more than 50 Absa Currie Cup games was also considered before Lubbe announced his ruling.

SAPA

Comments
  • Man in BLACK - 2010-08-03 16:42

    Is flippy wearing a headband or is he just hidding his circumcision marks (D**K HEAD)

  • Bullpeanut - 2010-08-03 17:05

    @ Man in black: no, only your head looks phallic.

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-08-03 17:14

    Ek hoop hy het nou sy les geleer. Dalk is hy in die toekoms minder windgat en konsentreer op rugby. Anders sien ek swaar tye vir hom as hy sy vuilgat streke by ystermanne soos Tiaan Liebenberg en Anton van Zyl uithaal.

  • Ricky - 2010-08-03 17:39

    Anybody know the difference between a warning and a severe warning ?

  • Varknek - 2010-08-03 17:50

    Flippie, jy probeer so hard om Bakkies na te aap, nè. Konsentreer op jou rugby, doppie.

  • @ Koos Kaap - 2010-08-03 18:26

    Ag asseblief. Ystermanne in die Kaap - van waar gehasie? Ek stel voor jy reel 'n kuiertjie met Man in BLACK en Balsak. Julle behoort goeie gat gabbas te wees.

  • pieter - 2010-08-03 18:49

    Hulle maak n klug van die reels.N vuishou is n vuishou en moet gestraf word, hy het die hou geslaan.Pateties, dit is hoekom die spelers so optree, want hulle weet hulle kom weg, want die persoon wie moet sorg dat die straf uitgedeel word is te sag.

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-08-03 19:10

    SA Rugby at its best, warming up for the trinations matches! don't worry about scoring just m03r them!

  • Tommy - 2010-08-03 19:15

    Ons en Sanzar glo nou SA rugby is ernstig oor die uitroei van vuilspel in rugby. 'n Waarskuwing vir 'n vuishou? Grappie. As dit internasionaal was, was dit weer 'n paar weke. Nee, ons gaan nog lank stoei met die ding en daai lelike naam vir SA spelers

  • Eish! - 2010-08-03 19:23

    Koos Kaap - Tiaan & Anton moet nie vir Flip tart soos Maartin gedoen het nie, hy moer hulle dalk net met die regterhand.

  • Mike2 - 2010-08-03 19:28

    Dis jammer. Net nog 'n bevestiging dat SA Rugby baie siek is. Sprinbokke het baie beserings en nou word Flip slegs gewaarsku sodat hy Bakkies en Bekker se plek kan volstaan. Met 'n klomp narre in beheer wat ook nie verstaan dat DIV aangekla word nie ( hulle moes dit self gedoen het as ons enige trots gehad het) is ons goed oppad om die muishond van wereld rugby te word.

  • mike - 2010-08-03 20:03

    To have gotten suspended for what he did would of been pathetic. Those that disagree please stop commenting on rugby articles, you obviously don't like the game the way its meant to be played. This is a rough sport and to be good at it you have to play pumped up, so yeah, things do get ugly, so what!

  • Laughing at the useless w&nkers - 2010-08-03 20:07

    I've been reading all the comments re Flip etc and wonder how many of you have played rugby on national and / or international level. I can only guess...!! Please don't stop with your d&mbass comments... I need to laugh!!

  • Fleckie - 2010-08-03 20:21

    What the hell?? The guys becoming a blue dirty thug, never had issues when he was playing for FState. He beta catch a wake up soon. Flo,Burger,Vermeulen, and co are all waiting for this punk.

  • Omkopery! - 2010-08-04 00:46

    WTF!?Hoe het hy losgekom?Klink soos die regstelsel in die ou SA! Geen wonder almal in SA reken hul kan maar vuilg@t wees en wegkom in toetse ook nie.Tipiese dom BB mentaliteit...FKN SKANDE!

  • @ Fleckie - 2010-08-04 01:45

    Ja. But he's OUR blue dirty thug!!! HIYAAAHHH!!!

  • Bullion - 2010-08-04 08:00

    Hoop volgende keer slaan jy sy tande uit. As hulle nie maniere het nie , dan leer hulle maniere. Go Bulls - Hulle dink hulle kan ons intimideer. Sal twee keer dink volgende keer. Bulle BO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robz - 2010-08-04 13:00

    Hy moes afgestuur geword het vir die vuishou. 'n Klein Cheetah speler word raakgesien en afgestuur vir 10 min as hy 'n hou slaan na 'n speler wat hom terughou. Maar 'n yslike groot ou soos Flip word misgekyk as hy openlik 'n hou slaan na 'n ander speler. Die refs moet geskors word.

  • Ongelooflik - 2010-08-04 13:16

    Can you believe this - how much did they pay Bez to lie like that. Strange that millions of viewers could see the shot but Bez doesn't feel it. SA Rugby is in shambles and all just to protect blue bulls. It's a disgrace. Sure Dr Craven is moving in his grave.

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