One-week ban for Hougaard

2012-03-04 11:59

Cape Town - Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard received a one-week ban after he was sent off for a tip-tackle in his side's Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

SANZAR duty judicial officer Mike Heron accepted a guilty plea from Hougaard.

Hougaard contravened the law against lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground while that player's feet are still off the ground.

The fleetfooted Hougaard received a red card in the match after he lifted Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn into the air and dropped him on to the ground in the 62nd of the match.

The Bulls still managed to beat the Cheetahs 51-19 despite Hougaard's red card and flanker Jacques Potgieter received a yellow card for a shoulder charge.

"Mr Hougaard immediately accepted the tackle was in breach of rule 10.4(j) as per the sending off of the referee," said Heron.

"After consideration of all the relevant material, including the footage, Mr Hougaard's good record and the rather unusual nature of the incident, I indicated a penalty of one-week suspension."

Heron said the circumstances of the tackle were unusual and there was no injury of lasting impact on Ebersohn which also strenghtened Hougaard's case. "In addition, Hougaard has the embarrassment of being sent from the field and the record that comes with that," Heron said.

"In all the circumstances therefore I reduced the penalty to one week's suspension.

"I emphasise that this was an unusual case and that it should not be regarded as setting any precedent in respect of future tackles of this sort."


  • Trevor - 2012-03-04 12:23

    One week holiday I'd say....pathetic, they should revert to monetary fines which can be donated to Rugby Developement program because a "ban" does NOTHING and tackles like Hougaards can end another players career, we always seem to forget that...

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-03-04 13:10

      @TREVOR - Were you watching the same game buddy??? Oval ball and fifteen men on a team not eleven buddy...

      Maarten - 2012-03-04 13:18

      @Trevor, The man has pled guilty to a dangerous tackle. If you even SAW the tackle, you would have seen that Ebersohn fell over while Hougard was still standing up. Nowhere did he drop, let go or drive Ebersohn into the ground. He broke the law by lifting in the tackle and has been punished. What more do you want? Or do you just want to whine a bit?

      Francois - 2012-03-04 14:08

      Trevor, Heyneke Meyer said ballet is a contact sport, rugby is a collision sport. Rugby players know that. He apologised on the field immediately and took the punishment like the sportsman that he is. Loosehead props know that they can break their necks in a scrum, but still the world just churns them out. FRT Hougaard is one of the smallest men on the field, he is in the biggest danger of a tackle like that ending his career. I think that all the rules were applied correctly and that is why we have rules and like the game of rugby. If you think that something should change, change your TV channel, Hougaardt is another Bulls no 9 legend after Robert du P, Joost, Fourie du P in the making. (Allister, pity you did not see that?)

      Jason - 2012-03-04 17:22

      I really rate hougaard as a player, i watched the tackle a few times over and outside of lifting cannot see that he did something wrong.

      Eugene - 2012-03-05 16:05

      Trevor, go talk nonsense somewhere else. Ebersohn made it look much worse than it actually was.

  • Zion - 2012-03-04 12:43

    What are all the complaints about: Simply South African rugby at its best.

  • Leon - 2012-03-04 13:02

    That was a bit harsh. A penalty or yellow at most. One week suspension a bit overboard. Go look at the incident again. Hougaard did not tip the player. The player twisted his own body to get the ball on the right side and that caused Hougaard to lose control over the tackle. Yes his feet was off the ground but Hougaard did not tip him over, head first into the ground like Andries Strauss did to Wikus a week ago.

      Marius Roodt - 2012-03-04 13:12

      Why didn't the cheetas support runner help keep the lifted player stable? Or even the supporting bulls player? It was a accidental tip tackle, yes. But in my opinion the support players should then help to safelly put the uplifted player to ground. In the name of spotsmanship and what not....

      Ronnie 'Ditlou' Kobe - 2012-03-04 13:19

      That was an accidental tip-tackle there was no malice in it. The supporting cheetahs player helpd in making it luk worse becoz he stood in the way of a player that was being driven backwards in the tackle!

      Marius - 2012-03-04 13:23

      @Marius Roodt. I agree with you. The Cheetahs support player fully supported Ebersohn while his feet was in the air and then just stepped away and let go of him. In real time it almost looked as if his own team mate pulled him down.

      Maarten - 2012-03-04 13:25

      @Leon, the point of the law is to stop people from lifting others in the tackle. Personally I think that it is a good thing. So I cannot but agree with the punishment. Hougard is a gentleman. Did you see him appologise again after the match?

  • Jacques Van Zyl - 2012-03-04 13:21

    FS Rugby is dead. Where do i sign-up as a Bulls supporter?

      RetiefC - 2012-03-04 13:47

      Jacques, jou aansoek is aanvaar!

      Francois - 2012-03-04 14:20

      Jacques, you first need to get with the times to be a Bulls supporter: Who is SA's president: Nelson Mandela or Thabo Mbeki?

      George - 2012-03-04 14:47

      Ja Jacques ek dink die manne se dissipline was nie so goed nie baie energie is vermors deur die man te speel. Eintlik toe Hougaard af is en Jano begin speel was dit of julle span glad nie geweet het wat gaan aan nie. Jano het onmiddelik 'n ander patroon gehad en die Cheetahs kon nie aanpas nie.

      Jason - 2012-03-04 17:24

      You have to smash your head against the wall many many times to lower your IQ.

      Craig - 2012-03-05 12:11

      you have to make a donation of 200 k into my account jacques once you have done that .. you will get VIP status .. account details to follow ;p... ps great choice on the bulls btw ... well done for finally waking up :P

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-03-04 14:27

    I bet that if this was a game against an Aussie or NZ team, the SANZAR dudicial officer would have banned him for at least 3 weeks.Whilst I am against foul and dangerous play, the whole game of rugby has gone soft and the laws are still being interpreted differently by the IRB, referees and citing commissioners. The ruck, maul and scrum laws are contatntly being tweaked, the "crouch, touch, pause, engage" does not have a set time and each referee has his own time frame when he calls it. There has to be an easier way to set a scrum! (Rant over)

      Morne - 2012-03-04 15:20

      I fully agree, the Aussies and Zealanders always walk off with the least scratches. Why must SA players always bear the brunt of incompetent hearing commitees? So tired of inconsistency...btw I think Hougie's punishment is more than enough for this so-called dangerous tackle. Anyone that disagree, grow a pair...

  • John - 2012-03-04 16:08

    Trevor .... are you and Julius related .... cos you're both freakin stupid.... Hougaard was driving ebersohn backwards when ebersohn turned to off load the ball. In doing so, he could'nt take the weight of his own big head and gravity took over.....

  • Keith - 2012-03-04 18:11

    Boer jy het so pas bewys hoe dom jy is met jou statement.Vir die rekord ek is 'n Stormer supporter wat die Bulls-Cheetahs game gekyk het.Die Bulle het rugby gespeel en die telling wys dit. Die tackle was glad nie so dangerous nie.Gaan kyk net hoe Robert se draai in die tackle dit erger laat voorkom. 'n Geel kaart definitief ja; maar 'n rooie debatteerbaar. Spelers moet miskien leer om teenstanders te tackle in plaas van op te tel.

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2012-03-04 23:05

    Stem vir geel kaart, ek is 'n Leeu ondersteuner maar ook 'n rugby aanhanger. Andre Watson sal weer sê sy skeidsregters was reg maar kom ons wees eerlik, hulle was pateties, hulle glo hulle is die rolspelers en die rugby spelers is daar om hulle te laat goed lyk, in Watson se oë. Bulle het goeie rugby gespeel en welverdiend gewen. Weet dat NZ en Aus gaan maar moeilik leef teen ons spanne. Sterkte aan al ons spanne in S15.

  • vincent.vanzyl - 2012-03-05 06:48

    I am not a bulls supporter, I am a stormer. But I think this is a bit harsh. I do not even think it was red card worthy. But, I guess thats the rules, be it by mistake or not, he must be banned. Hougaard is a brilliant exciting player and is not a milicious player.

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