Mallett: Unacceptable from Bismarck

    2015-03-23 08:22

    Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has criticised the actions of Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis, who received a red card in their 12-11 win over the Chiefs in Durban at the weekend.


    Du Plessis was on Sunday banned for four weeks after pleading guilty to kicking Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch in the head.

    The incident occurred in the 18th minute of the match at Kings Park and earned the hooker a red card.

    Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio after the match on Saturday night, said:

    “He just had a rush of blood to his head. That is absolutely unacceptable. From a captain, from a Springbok player - you cannot kick a guy in the head. It reminds me a bit of Jean Deysel's red card (against the Crusaders last year), who was held and he kicked out. It's a red card and the referee got it spot on.”

    Meanwhile, SANZAR announced that Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot received a one-week ban for his shoulder charge on Beast Mtawarira which also resulted in a red card, while Frans Steyn, who was red-carded for a tip tackle, will appear at a judicial hearing at 11:00 on Monday.

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