Off-field yellow for Elstadt

2012-06-03 10:01

Cape Town - Stormers flank Rynhardt Elstadt has been issued with an off-field yellow card for contravening Law 10.4 (m): Acts contrary to good sportsmanship, after their Super Rugby clash against the Bulls af Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.
The incident occurred in the 59th minute of the match, which the Stormers won 19-14.

Elstadt was involved in a tackle where he made contact with Bulls wing Akona Ndungane’s hair and continued holding his hair as they went to ground.
An off-field yellow card may be issued by the SANZAR Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the red card threshold for citings.
In this case the referee for the match, Jonathan Kaplan, acted on the incident after a report from his assistant by awarding a penalty. Upon further review of the match footage the citing commissioner deemed an off-field yellow card was appropriate.

However, this was Elstadt’s third yellow card this season, and pursuant to Rule 6.1 of the SANZAR Judicial Rules, Elstadt must now appear before the Duty Judicial Officer.

His is offences are to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron.


  • Jason - 2012-06-03 10:22

    Oops, a players hair is off limits Rynhardt!! You should know that..................LOL we still won though enjoy the break!

      Bootman - 2012-06-03 10:49

      Thats not Ndungane's real hair so Elstadt should have been cleared.

      Johan - 2012-06-03 15:46

      @fat Jason Imagine you were playing, then someone can grab you by one of your 13 chins

  • Colin - 2012-06-03 10:40

    but, Englands' Maori centre gets away with a tip tackle in their Barbarian match!!! PdV is right to turn up the heat on referees and apparent bias.....Have a nice day. Go bokke ( or is it Bulls & Sharks?)

  • Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-06-03 11:56

    @Bootman.What do you mean it's not Akhona's real hair. Those are dreadlocks,natural hair,twisted and's a mystery why Joe,Elstad and Kolisi were not picked.Go the Blou Bokke go!!

  • Anwar - 2012-06-03 12:12

    Comon guys. Pink outfit............long hair.............playing rugger? He had to check if she was for real.

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-03 12:36

    I support Stormers but that behavior is unexeptable....

  • Toby - 2012-06-03 12:48


  • - 2012-06-03 15:10

    Should have got a yellow on the field!!

      hardus.steyn - 2012-06-03 15:24

      would have yes - look at it again - they did not get the number ..... that is why they gave the white.... - that happens... tough!

  • Deon - 2012-06-03 15:37

    I'm done supporting the 'Boks ! It seems all Meyer hears over his earphones are the tunes of Steve Hoffmeyer's song " Maak al die bulle bokke". 13 Bulls and 11 Sharks ???

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-03 19:27

    Rynhardt was looking for something to hold onto while going to ground and it felt like someone's jersey that he was holding,in the meantime it as someone's hair that he was pulling.He does'nt normally pull people's hair.YES,he should have been in the 'BOK squad ahead of many over-rated players.Meyer said that a few players were unlucky not to make the squad.BUT,he forgot to say that there are many players who are LUCKY to have made the squad.Strauss,du Plessis and Liebenberg are the three best hookers and all-rounders in this country.

  • steyts - 2012-06-04 07:47

    Sorry for Rynhardt but what he did is unacceptable and should be punished! Just a shame it is already his third so he will probably miss a match or two...

  • rikusvt - 2012-06-04 13:39

    Elstadt might be a wildcard, but he's still a lot better then Flip van der Merwe and Jeandre Kruger.

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