Flip! Bulls captain BANNED

2014-04-23 11:26

Cape Town - Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe has been suspended for three weeks after being found guilty of foul play.

A SANZAR judicial hearing on Wednesday found Van der Merwe of the Bulls guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (a) - Punching or striking after he was cited following a Super Rugby match.

Van der Merwe has been suspended for three weeks up to and including Sunday, May 11, which means he will miss the Bulls' matches against the Force in Perth (Saturday, April 26), and home matches against the Cheetahs (Saturday, May 3) and Stormers (Saturday, May 10).

The incident occurred in the 75th minute of the match between the Waratahs and Bulls at Allianz Stadium in Sydney last Saturday.

The Waratahs won 19-12.

The SANZAR judicial hearing, held via video conference on Wednesday, was heard by Adam Casselden who was assisted by former professional player, Eroni Clarke.

In his finding, Casselden ruled the following:

"Having heard the submissions from the player's counsel, Stephan Weyers, receiving evidence from the players, Flip van der Merwe and Paddy Ryan, and also reviewing the video footage a number of times along with other evidence, I found on the balance of probabilities that Mr Van der Merwe did strike Mr Ryan's nose with his hand, arm or fist but that no injury was sustained by Mr Ryan by reason of Mr Van der Merwe's action.

"Having considered all the matters that are in Regulation 17.9.2, I was satisfied that a mid-level entry point was appropriate, particularly considering the intent of Mr Van der Merwe to strike Mr Ryan and the vulnerable position Mr Ryan was placed in at the base of a collapsed scrum in circumstances where he could not protect himself from Mr Van der Merwe's action.

"A mid-level entry point dictates a suspension of five weeks, but due to the player's good character, lengthy professional playing career and his relatively clean disciplinary record, I was satisfied that the five week entry point should be reduced to three weeks.

"Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby from Saturday, 26 April, 2014 up to and including Sunday, 11 May, 2014."


  • Lionel Kemm - 2014-04-23 11:29

    Hahahahaaha their goes koppie number 4:):)

      Arno Louw - 2014-04-23 11:53


      David Scott Duncan - 2014-04-23 12:03


      Erich Goosen - 2014-04-23 12:17

      Was Matfield not behind Van der Merwe's suspension? Though he could do with some more game fees.

      Gerhard Steenkamp - 2014-04-23 13:11

      Since the inception of the super series how many cups have your team manage to win?? If you cant find the answer on google you should consult the lady with the crystal ball at your local sircus/mall/trailer park maybe she could check and see if any has ever been won and if there might be one in the near future that you might win.DAMF

      Foc Us - 2014-04-23 13:25

      Twakkies jy mag maar Google Translate gebruik as jy nie Engels verstaan nie ek weet julle sukkel maar daar agter die Boerewors gordyn met die brits

  • Barney Barnato - 2014-04-23 11:47

    Hoekom nie vyf weke nie? Het ou Dik Barend van die Watson-kotstruie 'n ênnie belowe vir die tugbeampte wanneer hy weer Orlando toe kom.

  • Omgeklits DeMaaifudí - 2014-04-23 11:49

    "particularly considering the intent of Mr Van der Merwe to strike Mr Ryan" I put it to you Mr Casseldon - that if this was an Aus player - you would not have made the above finding of intent. Please provide your evidence supporting your finding. I therefore conclude that Australasian "Judges" are ganging up against Saffa's - as evidenced by the now infamous "we will sort them out" memo.

  • Donovan Van Senus - 2014-04-23 11:52

    Oh dear flop van der Merwe? I guess its only the wife you can slap around for the next 3 weeks

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudí - 2014-04-23 12:05

      Nope - he is not from the WP. But you must be a Stormer supporter if this naturally comes to mind as evidenced by the facts: "To provide a better understanding of the provincial distribution of crimes against women and children, the number of reported cases was reflected as a proportion of 100 000 of the population. The Western Cape (593.8), Free State (568.7) and Northern Cape (565.7) had the highest incidences of crimes against women (18 years and older). The provincial distribution of crimes against children (younger than 18) followed a similar pattern. The Western Cape (204.1), Northern Cape (189.9) and the Free State (140.2) had the highest rates of violence against children."

      Barney Barnato - 2014-04-23 13:53

      He can always shoot his boyfriend, like they do there in Tswanetoria when they hear noises in the toilet

  • Johan Ras Erasmus - 2014-04-23 11:56

    En daar het ons 'n ding of twee. Die naam Mnr. Flip van der Merwe dui aan anders as die volgende prentjie. Uitstekende rekord en voorbeeld vir die jonger generasie.....? Glad nie. Gaan nie aandag trek wanneer hy weer speel nie? Hy het reeds 'n paar strafskoppe teen hom wanneer mnr. ref sy naam op die spanlys sien. Mnr. Van der Merwe U behoort te strewe om die ander ou se neus met U sakdoek te laat blaas, nie met U vuis nie. Rus maar lekker vir die volgende drie weke......... Groete

  • Alex Bax - 2014-04-23 11:58

    There is no place for punching in rugby whether it be the Springbok captain or a 13 year old school boy, it must be stopped. Anyone condoning his action in clearly not a lover of rugby. He was lucky with 3 weeks if used to be 6 weeks and I believe it should still be.

  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-04-23 12:02

    Thank goodness! Sa rugby always dragged down by these thugs!

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-04-23 12:10

      Whats Jannie Du Plessis,an angel?

      Hendrik De Jager - 2014-04-23 12:11

      What about Vuilgat Fourie? Again at his best creeping behind a opponent and ram him with the shoulder like a skelm cross breed dog. That incident was at least a red card and a sighting. Useless bafoon!

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudí - 2014-04-24 10:17

      Of oogkrapper Burger.

  • David Scott Duncan - 2014-04-23 12:10

    I've not no complaints here,except for the fact that many punches go unpunished. There was one in the recent Rebels/Force game if I'm not mistaken. At least be consistent.

  • Gerrit Viljoen - 2014-04-23 13:44

    Bismarck se groot tjomma!!

      jason.hepple.5 - 2014-04-23 15:10


  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-04-23 13:52

    3 weeks is just enough for the bulls to get humiliated by being dumped a few spots down the log

  • Andro Britz - 2014-04-23 14:16

    lmga die blou bulle se bekke was groot toe hulle so paar games gewen het en nou wil hulle weer die ou ding uit ruk en vra hoeveel cups het die stormers gewen ???? ons antwoord is 0 maar dit is vrek snaaks om te sien sien hoe julle op julle duiwel kry lmga. Jokes aside dis eintlik 'n groot " worry " om te sien hoe twee van ons grootste unies sukkel die jaar lyk nie baie goed vir ons rugby nie.

  • Rory Jarrett - 2014-04-23 14:39

    Banned and suspended have two different meanings.

  • Angua Wolf - 2014-04-23 15:44

    'relatively clean disciplinary record'? He is always good for a yellow card or a penalty

  • Hans Oosthuizen - 2014-04-23 15:55

    Flip het nie kans gesien vir nog vernederings nie, toe haal hy homself maar uit deur vuilgat spel.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-04-23 15:59

    he is useless go join britney spies somewhere and leave sa rugby for good...

  • craig.king3 - 2014-04-23 18:36

    Always gives away penaltys,most overrated lock in as rugby

      craig.king3 - 2014-04-23 18:51

      Sorry typo ,SA rugby !!!!

  • Terry Bailey - 2014-04-24 08:45

    How can the captain behave so badly ?

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