Mallett: Deysel incident a disgrace

    2015-04-07 09:23

    Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has criticised the behaviour of Sharks flank Jean Deysel who was sent off in their Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders in Durban last Saturday.

    Deysel received a red card shortly before half-time when he kneed the Crusaders' Matt Todd in the back of the head. At that stage, the Crusaders were down to 12 men, having received three yellow cards.

    The men from Christchurch went on to win the game 52-10.

    Deysel was cited for the incident and is likely to be suspended.

    The Sharks already have captain Bismarck du Plessis suspended for kicking an opponent in the face, while centre Frans Steyn is banned for five weeks for a tip tackle.

    Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport studio after the match.

    He said: “I'm ashamed of South African players who behave like this. Bismarck was completely in the wrong (against the Chiefs) - it was only two weeks ago.

    “Surely the Sharks coaches have been speaking about this, that it's unacceptable behaviour on the field. You cannot knee a guy in the head, it's just ridiculous and he thoroughly deserved a red card.

    “As an ex-South African coach and player, I cannot stand seeing things like this on the field and it's a disgrace to rugby.”

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