Currie Cup

A bite? You must be joking!

2013-09-02 14:00
Rory Arnold (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Griquas coach Pote Human says he doesn't believe Australian lock Rory Arnold is guilty of biting Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke.

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Arnold was sent off for biting the Cheetahs substitute after he scored a late try in their Currie Cup clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Television replays showed Reynecke tackling the lock with his arm pushed against Arnold's mouth.

After the try was awarded, Reynecke showed referee Craig Joubert bite marks on his arm, with Joubert then referring the decision upstairs to television match official, Gerrie Coetzee.

It was tough to see on TV replays what exactly transpired but Coetzee came to the conclusion that it was a deliberate bite and ordered for Arnold to be sent off. The lock now has to appear before a disciplinary hearing and could be banned for the remainder of the Currie Cup competition if found guilty.

Human, however, found it hard to agree with Coetzee's call.

"Personally I don't believe that Rory bit the player," he told the Volksblad website.

"I watched the video a few times and can't see him biting anyone. He scored a try and celebrated. Who will bite someone out of joy? We'll have to see what happens. The decision doesn't rest with me, but with the citing committee."

Griquas, who lost the game 40-20, host the Golden Lions in Kimberley on Saturday (15:00 kick-off).

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