Rugby Championship

Etzebeth guilty of headbutt

2012-09-10 12:02
Eben Etzebeth (Gallo Images)
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Wallaby captain Will Genia and interviewer Rod Kafer have an awkward misunderstanding in a post-match interview after the Wallabies' win over the Boks.

Cape Town - Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has been found guilty of headbutting Wallaby Nathan Sharpe during last Saturday's Test in Perth.

VIDEO: Eben Etzebeth headbutts Nathan Sharpe

Etzebeth has been banned for two weeks, up to an including Monday, September 24, and will miss the Boks' next Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday. Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

Bakkies Botha is expected to be called into the squad as cover.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing held via videoconference was heard by Nigel Hampton QC.
 
In his finding, Mr Hampton ruled: I was satisfied that this was not an attempt just to push the opposing player away by using his head without contact being made. The player brought his forehead forward and downward with a degree of speed and force into the nose area of the opposing player making contact with that player. This was a deliberate act done as a part of an episode of escalating “tit for tat” pushing and shoving between the two players. As to sanction, intentional striking with the head into the face of another is not to be countenanced under any circumstances. 


 

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