Coach ready to take the punch

2012-05-17 23:17

Cape Town - The assistant rugby coach of EG Jansen High School's First XV, Schalk Snyman, who bumped into a referee with his shoulder after an altercation, says he's ready to take punishment for his actions.

VIDEO: Coach attacks ref

Snyman and head coach Reghardt Botha were involved in an altercation with referee Mlungiseleli Mdashe after a match between EG Jansen and Kempton Park on Saturday.

Botha and Snyman were upset over a decision Mdashe made during the match, which EG Jansen lost.

Snyman was then caught on video bumping into Mdashe with his shoulder. He apparently also swore at Mdashe.

SARU’s referees boss André Watson said Mdashe was “100%” correct with his decision.

The school temporarily suspended both coaches earlier this week, pending a disciplinary hearing from the Falcons Rugby Union.

Beeld reports that Snyman pleaded guilty for his actions at the disciplinary hearing held by the Falcons on Wednesday night. Botha, however, was found not guilty on charges of verbally humiliating Mdashe and can return to his coaching position after the school lifted his suspension.

Snyman will now plead for mitigation on Monday, hoping not to be banned for life.

Jurie Coetzee, a head official at the Falcons, said the punishment for attacking a referee is a suspension of anything between 24 and 96 weeks, but in severe cases a person could also be banned for life from all forms of the game.

Snyman has since apologised for his actions.

"There's no excuse for what I've done, it was wrong. I have to take my punishment.

"I know I'm a role model for many young people and I apologise.

"But one doesn't punish someone who steals bread with a life prison sentence."


  • Sean - 2012-05-17 23:27

    What he did was pathetic !!!

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-05-18 08:45

      There is no place for this in sport, I would suggest a ban for at least 10 years. Besides this, he is a coward. He charged an unsuspecting person from behind... Sis man !

      Francois - 2012-05-18 09:45

      You're not a role model mate, you're a disgrace. Thanks for stuffing up race relations for the rest of us, yet again. Bet you wouldn't have been quite so vocal had it been a white ref. Take your punishment, but at least try to do someting honourable and please resign fron all forms of the game immediatly. Maybe then your apology will mean something. Idiot.

  • Paul - 2012-05-17 23:47

    Ban him for life!! He didnt bump into the ref he shoulder charged him like a street hooligan it was deliberate and his actions must not and can not be tolerated under any circumstances whatever excuses he may have!

  • bryan.torien - 2012-05-17 23:57

    Someone who steals bread usually does this out of desperation due to poverty! How desperate were you that, you in an act of cowardice, shoulder charged an unsuspecting victim? Also your intent was clear from the beginning of the altercation. Meaning your shoulder charge from behind was pre-meditated and served as a message that you rule the roost! You would not have been so sorry had you not been caught! COWARD!!!

      marnusmnorval - 2012-05-18 00:58

      Jurie Coetzee, a head official at the Falcons, said the punishment for attacking a referee is a suspension of anything between 24 and 96 weeks - Geez doesnt that seem a bit light?? Yeah I agree if he was my coach i would want him back anyway.. This is REALLY pathetic

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:09

      Bryan, jy's pateties.

  • Koos - 2012-05-18 01:46

    Watson's mates are always 100% correct.

      isak.dippenaar - 2012-05-18 07:39

      koos yes and then if something is triggered by the referees then the individual or community get punished. Schools rugby specially in the bigger league is fanatic. Parents will do anything to get a winning culture for there kids to florish on for a winning lifestyle. Monnas is an example of a school always getting the benefit via referees. In the west rand league and the gauteng league. Why. They pay a lot for kids to come to a rugby winning school. Yes they pay for it. I do not follow schools rugby anymore for this reason.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 08:37

      What is quite interesting is that we slate Bryce just the other day. Now we want to be holier than holy. Officials(right or wrong) will always be seen as the angels they are not. Why do we act this way. Simply because there is a perception that officials always gets away with 'murder'. We want to shout 'ban him for life' but what happen with the official (like Bryce) that we all see made wrong decisions and were even criticised by holy Watson, he goes on with his job. The question that will never be answered is this: Were all the calls made by the ref correct? I don't condone this man's actions but I believe there is a cause for every action one makes and with hindsight your actions you took is nearly always the wrong one.

      benno.raven - 2012-05-20 20:08

      Watson judged the incident in the E.G.Jansen vs Kempton game according to rule 13.9(a) and (b), dealing with a kick off from the half line, but the incident in question was a drop out from the 22yard line,(rule 13.15(c)). Watson said the ref made the correct decision, but he used the wrong rule himself.

  • Siyakha - 2012-05-18 03:56


      marga.goss - 2012-05-18 05:23

      Go back to sleep please?

      PumaFred - 2012-05-18 05:43

      It's got nothing to do with race but is again an incident of someone just being a thug

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:10


      Rishaal - 2012-05-18 07:30

      sad but you are probably right

  • marga.goss - 2012-05-18 05:21

    Pateet ende.

  • PumaFred - 2012-05-18 05:42

    Why is it that there are always people who defend or try to justify what these types of idiots do. Oh and they are always so sorry after the fact.

  • Reon - 2012-05-18 05:52

    Ok, your punishment is that you will be shoulder charging a bouncer from behind for a whole month, after recovering from hospital you will be a ref in the West Rand where you will be shoulder charged from behind and sworn at…

  • brad.emslie.9 - 2012-05-18 06:14

    Top role model that is! This is why South African's have the reputation we do in the rugby fraternity. Life ban, matter closed.

  • Faizie - 2012-05-18 06:46

    Well done coach, you bring shame to the sport

  • gavinnovis - 2012-05-18 06:57

    How on earth do you liken your actions to ".... stealing bread ....". By your own admittance ..."I know I am a role model ..." - can't help but wonder whether your role model behaviour as a coach also influenced your B Team player, when he punched an opponent earlier that day?

  • Koos - 2012-05-18 07:00

    Soccer refs are sworn at quite often. Just watch Supersport.

      Raymond - 2012-05-18 12:33

      Your point being?

  • kwbateman - 2012-05-18 07:09

    This incident would have been extremely serious had it not involved the additional element of inter race conflict as well. No individual has the right to resort to violence if you disagree with them. The situation is worse if the person so attacked is in a position such as referee. Even worse is the fact that the referee was a black man. The message Schalk Snyman portrayed to a school full of children was that it is cool to resort to violence and especially violence between races. The report suggests that he thinks he stole a bread - I hope the Falcons Union has the courage to show him he has killed the hard work of reconciliation done by many with his actions. He should be banned for life!

      Bootman - 2012-05-18 07:55

      This was definately racially motivated. This is the kind of disrespect dished out to black people in our country. I see it every day. Black people being told "You're stupid. You're incompetent. You don't know what you're doing" This was white people telling this referee "You don't belong in our sport" Evidence of this is the tappit you hear in the background screaming "hamba kaya" - F...... off, go home, we dont want you here"

      Koos - 2012-05-18 08:24

      Perhaps he is a cosatu member.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-18 12:37

      @Bootman. I heard the hamba kaya, but that is all. I am going to make a dr appointment right away to get my ears tested. Thank you for showing out my hearing problem. Back to the incident. What a stupid thought went through that man/coach's mind. Hell, maybe I am also rugby mad, but this guy needs an anger management course. The player of both teams mingle in the back ground, but he is still on another planet.

      Bootman - 2012-05-18 17:11

      Du Toit you should get your eyes tested you can read between the lines.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-18 22:47

      Nope. When reading between the line one needs to test the brain.(if you read things that are not there) Interpretation is mostly what one wants to belief. There I just lost all faith in believing you and and I will cancel all my dr's appointment.

  • Francois - 2012-05-18 07:09

    I hope they ban Snyman for life. He is an embarrassment and so are the pupils from EG Jansen who were involved in the fisticuffs on the field (just about all their teams were involved in some form of fighting in their respective games). The principal of that school should be ashamed and never allow those individuals to represent his school again. Sies man!

      Koos - 2012-05-18 08:45

      En ek veronderstel Kempton is almal engeltjies?

  • catcus1 - 2012-05-18 07:19

    Obviously a white skollie, and I thought the ref conducted himself very well, given what happened - I would have bliksemed the ouk, thats obviously what he needs .

      Koos - 2012-05-18 08:48

      I think a ref should never get into a discussion like that on the field with anybody. He should walk away. He is emotionally disconnected from the situation.You can't reason with people that is emotional at that point in time.

  • Rishaal - 2012-05-18 07:26

    he only stole bread...i dont think he should be banned for life but maybe a 1 or 2 year suspension not forgetting that he will have to live with what he has done.

  • nelius.vantonder - 2012-05-18 07:46

    First of all, Snyman DESERVES a life ban! If you act out like a hooligan against the authority of the game then you do not respect the game itself, its rules, its outcomes, its administration and most of all its players! The 30+ guys who spend weekend and weekout putting their bodies on the line within a clear set of rules that every rugby player on earth knows and follow, and they accept whatever outcome a referee deal them...thats part of the game and everyone respects that and play the hand dealt to them. Snyman clearly showed he has no respect for the game of rugby, its players and its authority. Therefore he has no business coaching rugby in the first place. You are no different than guys like Piet van Zyl who is a disgrace to the South African flag, the Springboks and our very proud rugby history and traditions! Comparing what you did with stealing a bread is just PATHETIC!!! Theft is not even close to physically assualting another person who has his back turned on you!!! You are a COWARD and a DISGRACE to the rugby fraternity! You should either quit rugby for life or get banned. Take your pick! But I feel, and this is my personal opinion that I get passionate about because I am a young aspiring rugby coach whose biggest dreams are to one day coach the boks - what a role model for a young man like me neh? If a ref does something you don't agree with then assualt him! Great! Thumbs up dooche bag!

      Raymond - 2012-05-18 08:00

      I agree 100% with you Nelius. He is an absolute disgrace.

  • Mike - 2012-05-18 07:55

    Nee mnr dis waar jy n fout maak jy is geen rolmodel nie net n slapgat wat wanneer hy nie saamstem nie dan kom jou boelie mentaliteit uit.Daar moet van n voorbeeld gemaak word deur jou lewenslank te skors sodat sulke gevalle nie weer sal gebeur nie.Ek is ook n skeidsregter en sal nogal wou sien hoe probeer jy my te skouer mnr die rolmodel

  • Mike - 2012-05-18 07:57

    Skors hom lewenslank die slapgat wat kamma n rolmodel is .Sies man

  • Pierre - 2012-05-18 08:25

    Said it before and I will say it again, Tappit Boneheads!!

  • Chris - 2012-05-18 08:43

    Minimum ban for 7 years, this ‘thugby ‘ emanating from South African schools is deplorable and unacceptable to the game of Rugby and permeates into the degradation of the overall civil society of South Africa

  • legndkilla - 2012-05-18 08:46

    what a beautiful example to our young rugbyplayers hey!how the devil do they expect the children to grow up respecting each other when they cnt even respect a simple decision?

  • Vanman1979 - 2012-05-18 09:21

    Come on guys, If Snyman bumped into the referee i want to see what it looks like when he really shoulderm charges someone. A bump is when it is accidental and there was no accident in this. he went for the referee with the shoulder.

  • Jozua - 2012-05-18 09:36

    Ban this guy for life. How do they coach young players these days? Read the articles, EG Jansen = Rugby fights. Just goes to show the type of coaching the get.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-18 09:42

    If it was up to Andre Watson the refs should be gods and never make mistakes, I am glad he was there to see to it that it was right first hand.............. he should also be fired............. didn't he protect lots of refs....... in the (Stupid 15) sorry Super 15 and world cup . Andre South Africans don't believe you any more

  • Francois - 2012-05-18 09:44

    You're not a role model mate, you're a disgrace. Thanks for stuffing up race relations for the rest of us, yet again. Bet you wouldn't have been quite so vocal had it been a white ref. Take your punishment, but at least try to do someting honourable and please resign fron all forms of the game immediatly. Maybe then your apology will mean something. Idiot.

  • tommycharmaine - 2012-05-18 12:04

    you did not steal bread, you attacked a ref idiot.

      legndkilla - 2012-05-18 14:28

      lol brilliantly said!!

  • John - 2012-05-18 18:47

    lets get rid of this idiot for life. what a coward !!

  • ajjordaan - 2012-05-21 19:43

    Crybaby.....too late mate

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