CJ van der Linde cleared

2012-05-30 11:06

Cape Town - A SANZAR judicial hearing has found Lions prop CJ van der Linde not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

The citing was not upheld.
The incident occurred in the 10th minute of the match between the Force and Lions on May 26 in Perth.
The SANZAR judicial hearing was held before Judicial Officer Paul Tully via video conference on May 29-30. Stephan Weyers appeared as counsel on behalf of Van der Linde.
In his finding, Tully ruled:
For the citing to be upheld on such a serious breach of the laws of the game, it is necessary that there be a deliberate decision on the part of the cited player to bite. The cited player whilst leaning over a player on the ground was held around the mouth in the forearm of a Force player. He was pulled back. It was during this motion that the Force player’s forearm came into contact with the cited player’s mouth. The cited player denied biting. He conceded that there were red marks on the forearm of the Force player consistent with what might have been made by teeth. The finding of the judicial officer is such that he accepted the cited player’s evidence that there was no deliberate intention to bite and that the marks were more consistent with a forearm being used in a levering type motion. The matter was minor. The mark had resolved within 20 minutes of the incident.


  • wanderering.wanderer - 2012-05-30 11:19

    Give that Tulley a Bells, sanity has prevailed. Now can somebody please put some hurt on Pocock, he has been cruising for some hurt since the world cup.

  • Jako - 2012-05-30 11:41

    How could the player that was \bitten\ allow it to go this far? He almost ruined a mans life. Hope his wheel turns nice and fast.

  • Allen - 2012-05-30 12:03

    Pocock should go and play netball with the girls! "aww Mr Ref, that boy bit me" (sob sob, weep) What did he expect when he grabbed vdLinde around the head across his mouth? He should have been given an instant yellow for a deliberate high tackle on a man without the ball!

      Thomas - 2012-05-30 20:51

      Allen!!!!!! Watch the match again!! It wasn't Pocock that had CJ in a headlock!! It was Toby Lynn.

  • Richard - 2012-05-30 12:04

    Amen Wandering wanderer. Now all that is required is for the "bitten" player to be cited for foul play. He nearly ripped CJ's head off in this incident.

  • Nick - 2012-05-30 12:09

    aijajy pocock wasn't the 1 bitten he raised the issue after his player came to him with "bite marks"

      wanderering.wanderer - 2012-05-30 14:22

      Nick , pocock was the one whinging to the ref and then proceeded to end Jaco Tautes season with a dangerous clearing of a ruck. Typical that he was not even penalized, had it been reversed Jaco would have been banned for 4 weeks ala Butch.

      Thomas - 2012-05-30 20:55

      wanderer!!! It wasn't Pocock who did the clearing that injured Taute!! It was one of those big Islander guys they have in their side!!!

  • Nico - 2012-05-30 13:36

    CJ would not have bitten the ausie, his salary is not big enough for all the pepermints he will need afterwards to get the taste out of his mouth!! some good news at least, GO LIONS!!!

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