Louw cleared of punching

2012-12-05 10:26

Cape Town - Springbok and Bath star flank Francois Louw has been cleared on a punching charge by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing.

VIDEO: Francois Louw's punch

Louw appeared before an RFU disciplinary hearing after receiving a red card for punching or striking an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (a), in his Aviva Premiership teams 17-12 loss to Leicester Tigers last Saturday, December 1.

The citing was dismissed in its entirety, suggesting that the referee had erred in sending Louw off in the first place, or at the very least that the incident warranted a lesser penalty.

The 27-year-old Louw was impressive for the Springboks on their recent European tour, playing a vital role in helping his country claim three successive wins over Ireland, Scotland and England.


  • johan.joostesnr - 2012-12-05 11:21

    Why are there so many "mistakes" by the rugby jurors these days? I mean, a referee (apart from himself) have two line assistants and the TMO that can all be used to adjudicate on an incident. Still there are way too much misjudgment on incidents that happens on the field. Four people not enough?

      Flemstone - 2012-12-05 11:52

      The TMO dished out the cards, and I think red cards are automatically investigated? Luckily Louw has been cleared. "Bath Rugby hooker Lee Mears has been banned for two weeks following the ill-tempered clash with Leicester Tigers that saw three players sent off. Matt Banahan faces an extra week on the sidelines after he was given a three-week ban after being dismissed for a dangerous tackle at Welford Road." So it looks like the TMO was in fact right to give them red cards.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-05 16:52

      matt banahans tackle was ducked into and this is blown out of proportion. we need more violence in rugby otherwise it will become like cricket. no one will care

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-12-06 01:06

      In Flo's case, the touch judge advised a red card. The ref had missed the incident and was basically compelled to follow the touch judge's recommendation. As I recall, the TJ's words were "Elbow to the face. Red card." The subsequent dismissal of the charge by the disciplinary hearing casts serious doubts on the competence of the TJ...

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-05 11:31

    What's wrong with rugby players? They behave like pit bulls, Punching, biting, fighting Geez!!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-05 16:52

      nothing wrong, that is their job. that is why we watch rugby, for the fights

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-12-06 01:07

      @simone: go finish cleaning the toilets and stop stinking up the atmosphere here.

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-12-05 12:42

    I hope the ref gets a proper punishment!

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