Cape Town - The Southern Kings have been given a
boost ahead of the PRO14 Round 19 match against Dragons when a disciplinary committee rescinded a red card handed to
centre Tertius Kruger in the side’s recent
match against Ulster.
Kruger was given a red card in the 68th
minute of the match at Kingspan Stadium on March 23. Scottish match
referee, Lloyd Linton, on the advice of the TMO ruled that Kruger had committed a dangerous
“no arms” tackle with contact to the head on Ulster winger, Robert
The punishment was followed by a disciplinary hearing on Thursday, March 28.
The disciplinary committee was unanimously of the view that there was no act of foul play from Kruger.
“The position of the Player’s (Kruger) head at
the time of collision is entirely consistent with his evidence that
[Baloucoune] slipped and fell into him. [Kruger] stood his ground but
had turned to watch the flight of the ball which
had been offloaded by [Baloucoune]. [Kruger] made no attempt to effect a
tackle or indeed to interact with [Baloucoune] in any way. [Baloucoune]
clearly loses his footing after the offload, slips and falls into the
[Kruger]. This is corroborated by the statement
of [Baloucoune],” read the decision from the PRO14
“In the view of the Committee, this was a rugby
collision which did not involve any act of foul play by [Kruger]. The
Committee was unable to identify anything done by [Kruger] that either
amounted to a contravention of the laws of the
game, or contributed to the collision – other than standing his ground,
which he was entitled to do.
“In these circumstances, the red card is rescinded.”
Following the decision Kruger will now be available for selection when the Kings take on Dragons at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Sunday.
Head coach Deon Davids welcomed the decision.
“I am very pleased that the card has been rescinded because we can build a bit of continuity now,” Davids said.
“The decision at the end of the day cannot be
reversed. It came at a critical time of the game when we conceded those
cards to Tertius and [a yellow card for] hooker Alandre van Rooyen. It
had a huge impact on the outcome.
“Looking back at this year I think we were a bit
unlucky at times. Maybe this is a change of luck and something that
rewards us for the times when we have been under fire. I am glad that we
can use Tertius this weekend.”