Ex-Bok scrumhalf assaulted

2013-04-04 16:28
Robert du Preez (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok scrumhalf and current College Rovers coach, Robert du Preez, was allegedly attacked by Brakpan fans and players following the Community Cup final in George on Monday.

According to a report on the SA Rugby Magazine's website, Du Preez, 49, suffered two black eyes, facial injuries and a broken tooth after being punched to the floor and kicked on the ground by 'five or six' men in a bar in George.

Du Preez's College Rovers side lost the Community Cup final 26-24 to Despatch on Monday. They beat Brakpan 29-25 in the semi-finals on Saturday, scoring a try in the dying seconds to sneak into the final.

The report states that Du Preez was alledgedly taunted by the Brakpan fans after his side's narrow loss in the final. Despatch flyhalf Monty Dumont kicked a last-gasp penalty to snatch victory for the EP club side.

"We were minding our own business when several Brakpan supporters were looking for trouble. Their players joined them soon after," said Du Preez. "They tried to start an argument and a few of them approached me, but I told them to bugger off. Next thing I knew, I was punched to the floor and they started kicking me on the ground. One of them kicked me in my face.

"My players had to hold off the attackers as a big fight broke out. Afterwards, I was taken to my room. I'm disappointed that no action has been taken yet."

A SARU spokesperson confirmed that the national union is waiting for reports from both clubs and will consider the statements before taking action.

Du Preez, who represented Northern Transvaal and Natal, played seven Tests for the Springboks between 1992 and 1993.

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