Schoolboy banned for 3 years

2012-04-26 09:15

Johannesburg - A high school rugby player from Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) who knocked a referee unconscious by headbutting him has been banned from rugby for three years, according to a report on Thursday.

A Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU) disciplinary committee adjudicated the matter in Pretoria on Monday night and banned the 17-year-old matric boy for ten years, of which seven were suspended, Beeld reported.

The boy, a pupil at Hans Strijdom High School, pleaded guilty to assaulting referee Chris de Beer, 37, earlier this month during a match in Mookgophong.

De Beer, a member of the Blue Bulls Rugby Referee's Society, was unconscious for some time, and had to be treated by paramedics on the field.

Louis Nel, president of the BBRU, said the school boy had been "banned from anything associated with rugby".

He said the committee had taken two extenuating circumstances into consideration, namely the fact that it was the boy's first offence, and secondly that his mother was terminally- ill.

De Beer said on Wednesday that he was very disappointed with the outcome of the hearing, and that he had resigned from the referee's society.

"The punishment is ridiculous, and it will result in referees being increasingly exposed to this kind of violence."


  • Shnez - 2012-04-26 09:30 seriously......Not good to hear about that. Poor discipline.....But i wonder what that Blue bull ref said to piss that Lightije off!?!?

      Grant - 2012-04-26 12:13

      @Willie - a kid who's mother is dying will often "act out". Confused, frustrated and angry - it can have an effect! Considering its his first offense (and in Matric), there is the strong suggestion that he wasnt being his normal self...

      Isikhulu - 2012-04-26 13:48

      How weak must your character be to laugh off / at a matter of such severity? Irrespective of Province. If you are not saddened that such an incident has taken place at High School level by a pupil; then rather keep your ignorant comments to yourself. At the end of the day all rugby games need a referee and every sport has laws. I know many great Sharks supporters who would be embarresed by your use of their sacred logo when passing such a childish ignorant comment.

      Thomas - 2012-04-26 21:54

      I refereed a lot of school rugby, I could see this type of thing from some highly strung parents but not from the boys!!! To do this, he must have had problems!!!

  • Paul - 2012-04-26 09:30

    He should have been banned for life - hooligan!

      koo.doyle - 2012-04-26 09:36

      While I don't condone his behaviour at all, people often act out of character when under really enormous stress. I think having a dying mum would qualify. I think the punishment is suitable, especially for a first time offender.

      Deon - 2012-04-26 09:54

      I guess his hero was Bakkies Botha, or the minister of Sport: "moe.. hulle".

      Jack - 2012-04-27 05:53

      He should have been charged for assault and spent a few nights in jail with papa and allowed to play pass the soap in the showers!!!

      Kenny - 2012-04-27 09:45

      @ Paul! Everybody have made big mistakes in life - the boy unfortunatly did his big mistake in public. But to take something from him that he loves is wrong, there is much more better ways of punishment then banning him for life.

  • tonyzr2tx - 2012-04-26 09:34

    Should be banned for life, this is not football!!

      fboto - 2012-04-26 10:25

      Agree with first part of your comment. Now what has football got to do with it?

      Arthur - 2012-04-26 13:28

      Fboto - I think he's referring to Football hooliganism.

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-04-26 09:34

    Wish he headbutted that prick called Bryce Lawrence

      Sean - 2012-04-26 09:48


      Facts - 2012-04-26 10:13

      Marius Jonker as well.

      Kenny - 2012-04-27 09:46

      @stoute.babuseng - Ja so 'n bek het jam nodig!

  • Jana - 2012-04-26 09:37

    The ref should go to the police and lay a charge for assault!

      Johan - 2012-04-26 09:56

      He did

  • bruce.cloete - 2012-04-26 09:39

    I'm sure the boy got tired of referees not using his whistle according to the rules but acoording to whome the unions favour maybe if a few more could just learn from ur mistake things like that won't happen now your next game try to b fare I know of a few refs in the FS cluc rugby that needs 2 b unconcious

      Bigrp - 2012-04-26 10:06

      So in your world it is ok to resort to violence when you are not happy with something...I am a ref; I do this on top of my normal work, for very little payment, and try to do my best in every match I am involved in. We often have to ref with kids as linesmen, so have no assistance like the refs you see on TV, and even if we have Union appointed Assistant Referees, we do not have comms with them like on TV. So yes, we are going to make mistakes, but that certainly does not give anybody the right to headbut me!

      Bruce - 2012-04-26 10:11

      The language makes allowance for punctuation marks, and spell check also exists!

      Grant - 2012-04-26 12:20

      @Bigrp - just wondering... Which do you think is better/more appropriate: Bryce Lawrence being awarded ref of the year award in NZ after his world cup CHEATING (not mistakes), or a spectator putting him in hospital? Violence is not THE answer, but it can be AN answer when no others are available. You have to agree that there's a massive difference between a ref who is doing it for the love of the game and making honest mistakes along the way, and a ref who think's he's the star of the show who gets to dictate the end result? One is deserving of respect, the other is not...

  • Peter - 2012-04-26 09:39

    Hans Strijdom (probably like many other city schools) is known for its extreme violence amongst the school kids. Even as far back as '94 it was pretty bad with teachers not having a clue what is going on and bullies running amok with knives and all kinds of dangerous weapons.

  • Marcel - 2012-04-26 09:46

    read the headline and knew it was someone from blue bull country

      Johan - 2012-04-26 09:55

      We don't moan about refs,we act. Watch the standard of refs go up now

      Abri - 2012-04-26 11:27

      Where was a club player killed in a match a couple of years ago - where players and spectators alike turned a match into a knife fight - o ja - Western Cape somewhere - not really in the heartland of "bull country", eh?

      Charl - 2012-04-26 12:01

      hahahahaha moer goed...that's what i would have said..

  • Martin - 2012-04-26 09:53


  • christopher.tarboton - 2012-04-26 10:00

    I am sorry, but the day that a player takes the law into his own hands is the day he should be banned for life, extenuating circumstances or not. He'll grow up to become a typical Bulls or Stormer supporter - Blame all poor performances on the ref.

      Bulla - 2012-04-26 12:49

      jou jy weet wat

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-26 12:59

      Your comment was fine until the last sentence. Why bring provincialism into the argument? Every province has their share of numnuts who are boorish, aggressive and even violent. Some supporters may seem more aggressive than others but more often than not it's merely a perception. Rugby supporters, in general, will be vociferous supporters during a game but will gladly share and compare stories after a match over a beer. I'm a Sharks fan and have seem some real dumb@ass Sharks supporters at games, lke they say, "there are some in every village" (sic)

  • Carry - 2012-04-26 10:02


      adrian.marais - 2012-04-26 10:14

      Carry, thats sport, the kid was wrong no doubt. Trust me I have also wanted to smash a ref. Put it down to heat of the moment. Rugby players are boneheads-let them be boneheads. It's what they do... Enjoy the weekend:)

      koo.doyle - 2012-04-26 10:36

      Come on get real, he's a kid ffs. One who's mother is dying, which can result in huge stress. We all at some point lose our cool and behave badly - I wouldn't want to be judged on that action alone. He headbutted someone, he didn't kill them. To send a kid to jail is beyond unreasonable. What's wrong with you?

      Isikhulu - 2012-04-26 14:15

      @Koo.doyle...... lets look at this is your mature balanced way: Your daughter is 17, argueing with her 17 year old boyfriend, his mother is terminally ill. The argument is over you ask him to leave your house, you are walking with him outside in the driveway after the fact and he headbutts you? Like you said FFS, how would you react? Take into consideration the assault happened about 3-4 minutes after the final whistle?

  • Carry - 2012-04-26 10:03


      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-26 11:39

      Calm down Carry.... no need to shout! the picture of the ref lying dazed on the ground and the angry player who did it were splashed all across the newspapers.

      Gregory - 2012-04-26 15:17

      Damn carry , just don't headbutt the laaitie .

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-26 10:10

    IAfrica's report said 10 years??

      Jana - 2012-04-26 10:32

      A Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU) disciplinary committee adjudicated the matter in Pretoria on Monday night and banned the 17-year-old matric boy for ten years, of which seven were suspended, Beeld reported.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-26 12:15

      Thanks Jana

  • Brett - 2012-04-26 10:15

    He is following in the steps of Piet van zyl...but when he donnerd the ref then robbie wessels made a song for him and now his a legend...typical stereotypes..!!

      Heiku - 2012-04-26 12:01

      Jy moet mooi kyk boet. Piet is watching you

  • Brett - 2012-04-26 10:19

    He learned this behaviour from Piet van zyl..wich donnered a ref while playing the allblacks...and for that he became a pub legend and there was even a song written about him..typical stereotypes..!!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-04-26 10:20

    I think Mr De Beers must just accept the ruling on this boy.We must also look at the future as well,not to kill his future.3years not participating in any rugby activities is fair.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-04-26 10:22

    I think Mr De Beers must just accept the ruling on this boy.We must also look at the future as well,not to kill his future.3years not participating in any rugby activities is fair.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-26 11:02

    I question where his aggression stems from? Sure his mum is very ill and people react in different ways under stress but there is no talk of a father or father figure anywhere and, if there is one, does that person have a similar "moer hom" attitude? When my son played school boy rugby there were any number of fathers (and sometimes mothers) on the sidelines screaming and shouting at players, refs and fellow spectators and getting all aggressive and aggrieved when things didn't go the way of their sons' team. Kids learn from their parental structures and it is not uncommon to overhear parents telling their kids to transgress the rules. Hitting a player is bad enough and remember, he had already been sent off for dirty play in the first place and the incidnet happened after the match when the ref went to the player to get his shirt number for the match report. Whatever his personal circirmstances might be,, there is still no excuse for assaulting anyone, let alone the referee of a school match.

  • Bill - 2012-04-26 11:19

    3 years? That is simply wrong. In any other part of the world he would have been banned for much longer, probably life. First offense? Then Donovan Moodley has a case and his life sentence should be reduced. Mother is terminally ill? Then anybody with a sick loved one has the right to beat up on others?? Come on, justice should be seen to be done.

      Gregory - 2012-04-26 14:07

      WTF. This laaitie would kick the living S***t out of Donavan Moodley.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-26 11:47

    some refs need more than a headbutt

      Donavan - 2012-04-26 12:34

      some comments should just not be shared

  • Gregory - 2012-04-26 13:39

    Thumbs up if you would of liked to headbutted the ref that screwd us in the world cup.

  • Jason - 2012-04-26 15:45

    WTF's the mother being terminally ill got to do with the head-butting? The problem in this country (and the world in general) is that the criminal element ALWAYS gets off lightly!

  • Chris - 2012-04-27 05:42

    ban for life , he will do it again or head butt somebody when he has his next ' toys out of cot ' tantrum

  • Zion - 2012-04-27 07:53

    Please gentlemen be calm because this laaitjie will be going the same way as all the others went: Springbok after three years and as a replacement for the infamous B.B.

  • Zion - 2012-04-27 07:57

    What is the hidden ingredient that makes South Africans act like animals on a rugby field and the supporters support that behaviour?

  • Kenny - 2012-04-27 09:54

    What happened with the good old days when they bliksemed each other, say sorry to each other after the game and have a couple of beers together. Yes I know some of you might say the kid is under age, buy him a coke! I have seen this more than one occasion everything was fine after the game and you never heard of it again.

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