Lions in SA

Lions' Shaw cited

2009-07-04 21:23
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Johannesburg - Lock Simon Shaw has been cited for dangerous play in the British and Irish Lions' 28-9 victory over South Africa on Saturday after striking Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez with his knee.

Shaw was shown the yellow card and sent to the sinbin by Australian referee Stuart Dickinson in the 37th minute of the game at Coca-Cola Park. He will appear before judicial officer Alan Hudson of Canada at a hearing at the offices of the Golden Lions Rugby Union in Johannesburg on Sunday at 12:00 on Sunday.

The lock challenged Du Preez while chasing a kick ahead and fell on top of the Springbok, who was left dazed and lying on the turf. Du Preez was able to continue, but was later replaced by Ruan Pienaar.

Although the Lions won the game, South Africa won the series 2-1 after victories in Durban and Pretoria.

Shaw's citing comes a week after two South African forwards, Schalk Burger and Bakkies Botha, were cited and later banned for dangerous play.

Burger received an eight-week suspension for making contact with his hands around Luke Fitzgerald's eye, although he was cleared of the more serious charge of eye-gouging.

Botha was banned for two weeks after being found guilty of dangerously charging Lions prop Adam Jones, who left the field at Loftus Versfeld with a dislocated shoulder. The South Africans lost an appeal against the ruling, and protested against the ban by wearing white armbands carrying the word "Justice 4 all" during Saturday's game.

The Englishman was the second Lion to be cited on the 10-match tour after Scot Nathan Hines, who received a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle during the 13-13 draw against the Emerging Springboks.


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