Currie Cup

Bismarck cleared to face WP

2013-10-22 10:08
Bismarck du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis has been found NOT guilty of stamping and is free to face WP in the Currie Cup final at Newlands on Saturday.

Du Plessis appeared before a SARU judicial committee in Cape Town after he was cited for stamping on Free State Cheetahs flank Pieter Labuschagné in their Currie Cup semi-final at Kings Park in Durban last Saturday.

Advocate André Oosthuizen on Monday reserved his judgment on the matter, and cleared Du Plessis of the charge on Tuesday.

In his judgment, Oosthuizen ruled that based on the facts placed before him by the player and the assistant referee Cobus Wessels, as well as the video footage viewed during the enquiry, the contact Du Plessis made with Labuschagne was accidental. 

Earlier this season, WP flank Michael Rhodes was red-carded and banned for one week for a similar offence.

Kick-off in Saturday's final is at 17:30.

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