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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Schalk Burger suspended for two weeks

Schalk Burger suspended for two weeks


Stormers loose forward Schalk Burger was yesterday suspended for two weeks following an unsavoury incident against the Sharks on the weekend. Burger was found guilty of "an act contrary to good sportsmanship" by a Super 14 disciplinary committee.

Burger will miss the upcoming clashes with the Crusaders and the Reds, after his suspension comes for making an abusive gesture to a touch judge after he had been pinned as being involved in a scuffle.

Schalk is one of the best players in the world and normally keeps his cool, but he totally lost it here and I'd hate to see this type of behaviour on a rugby field again. They already have a sport for that - soccer.

Posted at 8:49 am | 29 comments

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molly February 27, 2008 8:47 am

Flip, thats so embarrassing (as a South Africa and Stormers supporter) to watch. Schalk you idiot.

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Anonymous February 27, 2008 9:02 am

Very dissapointing. No excuse for that.

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Anonymous February 27, 2008 9:28 am

Woah thats a slippery slope, 2 weeks he should have got 2 months. If you dont stamp that kind of crap out we are into wendyball territory

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l-town February 27, 2008 10:11 am

No room for that sort of stuf in the game. glad to see he punished accordingly. i like the way he acts all innocent like a naughty child aswell lol

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Anonymous February 27, 2008 10:30 am

Hahaha

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Felix February 27, 2008 11:18 am

I love that rugby will allow a couple of guys to swing a few punches at each other and it's rightly regarded as a bit of handbags. the great things is that rugby doesn't stand for even the slightest derogatory gesture towards an official. they should be respected at all times and are always called 'sir' by players. In football you see people screaming and cursing at referees and it's a disgraceful example to set.

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Philip February 27, 2008 11:37 am

What a wally. Seriously, if he wasn't playing rugby he'd be ploughing a field somewhere in the Vrystad and then locked in his bedroom each night.

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geraint February 27, 2008 12:19 pm

What an idiot

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keelerugby February 27, 2008 12:21 pm

Burger needs to be careful. certainly in the northern hemisphere, he has a reputation of someone whose temper overshadows his abilities. Felix, you are absolutely right.Jonathan

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GMC February 27, 2008 1:51 pm

I reckon Willie Roos (touchjudge) was asked for a new pair of shorts after that...

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eric February 27, 2008 1:54 pm

completely out of place, and the touchjudge did look a bit intimidated hahaha

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Anonymous February 27, 2008 2:01 pm

"Schalk is one of the best players in the world and normally keeps his cool"Normally keeps his cool ?!!! WHAT?! Are there two Schalk Burgers playing rugby and this guy is different to one we all know and love/hate ?Next you'll be saying Richie McCaw's legal at the breakdown, Paul Sackey can side step and Geordan Murphy can tackle !Sorry Geordan!Third Centre

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No.7 February 27, 2008 2:09 pm

yeh in all fairness i cant see how burger normally keeps his cool.....normally keeps his cool with refs and things but he doesnt have the cleanest slate!i actually saw part of a fooball match the other day when someone was tripped etc etc (as they are in football) and the ref was walking over to make a decision, and he became engulfed in both teams players, they were pulling him and pushing him (not trying to fight him but trying to get their own way) lets hope nothing like this happens in rugby.....lets leave contact with refs to during game play lol!

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Don February 27, 2008 3:19 pm

...and i really dont see the big deal.

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Kurt February 27, 2008 4:30 pm

what was the original yellow card for? did schalk start a fight or something?

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elrolo February 27, 2008 5:09 pm

really is playing the wrong sport is he thinks it's ok to do that.

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Sharky February 27, 2008 5:35 pm

Besides that crazy tackle against Samoa in the WC, Schalk has infact got a pretty clean slate. Yes, penalties and yellow cards at the breakdown are fairly common, as they are with someone like McCaw or Smith. The point is that these actions were totally out of character of the man. He normally channels his aggression into the game, not at refs, players, or touch judges. And call me a dreamer, but judging by his incensed reaction, I'd go as far as saying the touchjudge may have got it wrong. Just a thought.

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Anonymous February 27, 2008 6:12 pm

mauro bergamasco punished with 13weeks.witch means that he could only play again in june.terrible miss to italian squad!www.planetrugby.com

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Anonymous February 27, 2008 8:30 pm

Lol two weeks was a litlle soft hahahahvery funny thoughi dont think it very nice bagging out soccer like that..... Meh, soccers for fags eh lol very good vid RD keep it up!-Liam

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minstrel boy February 27, 2008 8:49 pm

I dont give a shit if the ref was right or wrong, its no way to talk to a ref and its great to see him getting punished

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italian scrummy February 27, 2008 9:21 pm

Couldn't agree more with felix...I've had it up to here with scrum-halfs!!!haha I just gotta buy that t-shirt:Dgreat work (as always) RD!!!!Keep it comin'!!

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Anonymous February 28, 2008 8:33 am

Schalk is a flanker, always borderline in the field. However intimidating a official is a big no-no and the punishment therefore is totally right. If we allow that attitude then we would need to make the ball round and join the the whimps game.

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Anonymous February 28, 2008 10:16 am

'What a wally. Seriously, if he wasn't playing rugby he'd be ploughing a field somewhere in the Vrystad and then locked in his bedroom each night.'hahahahahah classic phillip

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Anonymous February 29, 2008 1:57 am

Yea well done with the ban. That sort of thing needs to be clamped down on quickly before we start seeing some of the disgracefull stuff in soccer. Would have hoped that if the ref saw it the card would have quickly changed colour though.

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Dan February 29, 2008 6:31 am

a 2 week ban is abit harsh for just pointing at the linesman..Maybe a slap on the wrist and Shalker appologising would have been a fairer punishment

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Anonymous February 29, 2008 11:52 am

"They already have a sport for that - soccer."so true

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DK March 01, 2008 12:45 am

Yeah, happy to see rubbish like that not tolerated in rugby. In soccer it's consider a fair goal if the opposition don't scream and whine at the ref.I admire Burger but he's got to clean up his act, that was just childish and foolish.And don't be to hard on Geordan^, he's improved

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choppy May 28, 2008 8:27 am

whats everyone so worked up abouthe was just sharing his thoughts with the touchieswhat is rugby turning into when u cant even have a word with the touchie without snobby upperclass pansies whingeing and carrying on about how wrong it is

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Anonymous August 06, 2008 7:16 pm

there was no need for a yellow card seeing as they didn't even replay it so i can see why he would be angry hes got balls though 2 week ban when other serious misconduct gets like a week

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