Bakkies hearing deferred

2009-04-12 11:23

Sydney - The citing hearing into the Bulls' Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has been deferred.

The Sanzar tribunal officials on Sunday said the hearing would be held on Monday to allow for the completion of final reports into an incident involving Botha in the Bulls' 20-6 Super 14 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Botha was cited to appear before the judiciary on a striking charge.

The deferment places the Bulls in a difficult position in preparing for their last match against the Brumbies, which takes place on Friday.

Whatever the out come of the hearing, the Bulls will field a new pairing at lock on Friday night. Captain Victor Matfield is on his way to South Africa for the birth of his second child on Tuesday - and his obvious replacement Danie Rossouw has a knee niggle which may jeopardise his chances of playing against the Brumbies.

"We can't really understand why Bakkies was cited," said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke according to Sunday newspaper Rapport, "but the sooner it can be resolved, the better. We're playing on Friday and want to know where we stand by Monday."

As the Bulls train on Monday and Tuesday, with Wednesday an off-day and Thursday set aside for travelling by bus from Sydney to Canberra, the team will now have only one day of preparation for the new lock paring pending the now deferred outcome of the Sanzar hearing.


  • Viljoen - 2009-04-12 12:30

    "We can't really understand why Bakkies was cited" Funny stuff moer hulle Bakkies

  • Moose - 2009-04-12 13:02

    The problem is you have a bunch of old farts running the rugby, this is supposed to be a mans' game. Come on, get with it.

  • Jakes - 2009-04-12 13:02

    So what about Bakkies. Jonathan Kaplan should be the one in front of the tribunal. What a shocker by the ref.

  • Gerald - 2009-04-12 14:25

    Guaranteed!!! If the Bulls had lost there would have been no citing. Just sour grapes by the Aussies, that's all.

  • Scud - 2009-04-12 15:50

    Yeah the Aussies are running scared, cant wait for Friday.

  • Vincent - 2009-04-12 15:51

    Kaplan is arrogant and useless and the way his decisions go of late,he should move to Australia.

  • Hennie - 2009-04-12 17:36

    Something is very wrong with Kaplan. Just look at the game on Saterday and the last few games this year

  • Johan - 2009-04-12 19:07

    Guess who sits in these hearings? The bloody Ausies and yes they are going to nail Bakkies. Bunch of cowards if you ask me. The Bulls will be the winning team at the end of the day and we will crush those Ausie sissies. Bakkies moet hulle somme meer male bliksem.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-12 19:12

    always always what is it with these refs even our own now!

  • Louis - 2009-04-12 19:55

    Kaplan handled the game well. Both team have a attitude problem with no discipline. To be honest the Bulls had more SA refs than any SA team even away from home and local games. Sound like the old days in the seventies and eighties when rugby was controlled by the old army and police call up in Pretoria. Did you see the smiles on the Bull supporters after the Cheetas win over the Sharks? It is a SA team Bull supporters. SA rugby is about South African teams and not only Blue Bulls

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-14 06:00

    The bulls havnt lost a game when Kaplan was the ref so why is the bulls nagging about?The bulls is Kaplan favourite team

  • Ivan - 2009-04-14 06:37

    Louis, You're 100% correct. The Cheetahs are a SA team. Go Cheetahs. BULLE bly BAAS!!

  • maughan - 2009-04-14 07:38

    Bakkies got what is due to him in every match that he has played, he plays dirty and its pay back i hope thay nail the ........ the bullies ar a bunch of illmanerd and think thay can get away with everything when thay have the SA refs overseas but well done Kaplien keep up the good work show the ........ who is boss .

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-14 08:16

    Please make the incident public for us to see,cause Bakkies was provoked the whole match!!! This was only a strategy and a plot to get rid of Bakkies!!!!! Bulldust.... Jonathan Kaplan you smoke your own socks Mate!!!!

  • Johan - 2009-04-14 14:27

    Maughan ... It is obvious that you have never touched a rugby ball in your life. Keep your stupid comments to yourself as you are making your name ... and are just showing your ignorance.

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