Appeal against Steyn ruling postponed

2015-03-26 13:10

Cape Town - The hearing date for SANZAR’s appeal against the decision to rescind Frans Steyn’s red card has been postponed until next week.

READ: SANZAR lodges appeal against Steyn ruling

READ: SANZAR  applauded for Steyn appeal

The Sharks centre was sent off after performing a tip-tackle on Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden in their Super Rugby clash in Durban last Saturday.

Steyn was cited following the game, but was then found not guilty at a subsequent hearing, with the red card expunged from his record.

However, SANZAR felt justice was not served and appealed the decision on Wednesday.

The initial date for the appeal was set for Friday, but has now been extended until next Tuesday.

A statement made by SANZAR on Thursday read: “A preliminary hearing was held on 26 March at 09:00 (SA time) in relation to the appeal by SANZAR with respect to the Judicial Officer's decision for the hearing regarding Francois Steyn's red card.

“The Appeals Committee directed that written submissions be made and a timetable for these was set. In addition, because of the unavailability of all parties to proceed on the provisional date of the hearing, a new time has been set for Tuesday, March 31 at 08:00 (SA time), which was the first available time and date convenient to all parties.

“No further comment will be made until this process has been completed.”

This means Steyn will be free to play for the Sharks in their Super Rugby clash against the Force at Kings Park on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).



15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Conrad Hoffman, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Renaldo Bothma, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Waylon Murray


15 Luke Morahan, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan

Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Dane Haylett-Petty


  • Stephen Trenam - 2015-03-26 13:28

    Good, so Styen will be around for the Force game. These ABS are a bunch of cry babies, they should count their blessings over the crimes they've managed to get away with in the past.

  • Terry Burne - 2015-03-26 13:48

    What a farce! SANZAR is becoming a complete joke! The different treatment and punishment of South African players and NZ and Australian players is so unbalanced that it is a complete farce!

      Stephen Trenam - 2015-03-26 13:51

      The Aussies and ABS have corrupted the entire judicial process.

      Terry Burne - 2015-03-26 14:05

      There were several other 'tip-tackles' on Saturday morning in games played in Aus and NZ - and in all of these games these tip-tackles got a yellow card - why are they insisting that this has to be a red card? What about the guy who ran under Willie le Roux and took his legs from under him - why are they not investigating all of these and insisting that a red card is issued for all of these ..........or is it only NZ players that you are not allowed to tip? It's a complete frigging joke!

      Sean Wolf - 2015-03-26 14:10

      That is exactly what peeves me off ! What is fair is fair , but South Africans get ``pumped`` and those sheep shaggers and kangaroo bangers get off the hook !! That is BS !!

      Stephen Trenam - 2015-03-26 14:12

      Agree, our franchises must push with appeals. You see we don't let these things get to us but we've reached a point where these rotten cowardice ABS need to get punished, our franchises should stop letting things go and take these incidences more seriously.

      Stephen Trenam - 2015-03-26 14:18

      Sean, hehehehe LOL.

      Danie Van Rensburg - 2015-03-26 14:19

      Willie came down on his neck. SARU allow NZ to take it out on SA players. SARU are to busy with politics that they do not come up for our players when they are the victims.

  • Barry Smith - 2015-03-26 14:21

    Fed up with the way in which the SA media have handled this issue. It reeks of favoritism and Provincialism! One of the Sub headers above reads "SANZAR APPLAUDED FOR STEYN APPEAL". If you read the article, it's Herman Mostert's view that SANZAR should be Applauded, not that they have been Applauded!!! This is pure misrepresentation!

  • Wayne Mc Carthy - 2015-03-26 14:25

    Sanzar has a vendetta against Frans Steyn. Sanzar must get off there high horse .... rugby is a contact sport and tackles like this happen. Because its Frans Steyn its now blown out of proportion... I say go Steyn and prove your worth to those haters

  • john.fourie.18 - 2015-03-26 14:27

    Anybody knows what happened to Messam for the shoulder to Beast's neck?

      Kevin Moxham - 2015-03-26 14:30

      was not Messam it was the hooker

  • Kevin Moxham - 2015-03-26 14:29

    exactly and the Chiefs player got a one match ban for the most dangerous of all the red cards in the match - what a farce.

  • Elwayne Schroeder - 2015-03-26 14:52

    sanzar are a bunch of jokes !!! why want to punish steyn ? he already won the case or is it about what Steyn will do to carter next week..... look at how many dangerous tackles Ma'a Nonu has made is his career,bt i cant remembr him getting cited or punish for it !

  • Phillip De Waal - 2015-03-26 15:32

    So, SANZAR is appealing a decision made by a duly appointed SANZAR representative? Confused much?

  • Theunis Botha - 2015-03-26 16:09

    Am really very disappointed in Mr van der Westhuizen's Jack Russell type of approach towards the ref,and after the other official rightfully suggested yellow.

  • Juan Potgieter - 2015-03-26 16:26

    So much fun in SA. So much politics around transformation and the governing bodies of Southern hemisphere rugby also making our players lives very "easy". This is why I believe in 10 years from now there will be very few good rugby players left in SA. They will all go up north.

      Jaycee Bezuidenhout - 2015-03-26 17:38

      SANZAR is almal n Klomp circus clowns wat SA spelers wil target..

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