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Monday, September 30, 2013

Flip van der Merwe suspended for one week for dangerous play

Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe has been suspended following the 28-8 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday. Van Der Merwe was yellow carded by referee Jerome Garces, but was later cited for the offence that was deemed worthy of a red card.

A SANZAR Judicial Hearing found Van der Merwe guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling, which also constituted a breach of Law 10.4 (a) Striking after he was cited following thet Rugby Championship match at Newlands.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was held via video conference on Monday 30th September. Van der Merwe has been suspended for one week up to and including 5th October 2013.

In his finding, Nicholas Davidson QC ruled the following:

The player was initially sin-binned for a dangerous tackle but the citing alleged a deliberate striking.

After hearing from the player's counsel, the player and the South African Manager, the Judicial Officer concluded that this was a breach of Law 10.4 (e) as a dangerous tackle executed high and leading with the forearm and without any attempt to grasp the player in the initial contact. 

It was also a strike under Law 10.4 (a) but not intentional as cited. Mr Mike Mika, a former professional player, assisted the Judicial Officer.

Van der Merwe has a good disciplinary record at international and Super Rugby level and has never before been suspended. Springbok manager Mr Schwartz spoke extremely well of him as a player and a personality in the game.

Although breach was denied, the Judicial Officer concluded that his record and conduct including a concerned approach to the Australian player warranted a discount to a one-week suspension only.

The Springboks have called up namesake Franco van der Merwe to the squad as cover.

"Losing any player, for whatever reasons, is never ideal but Franco knows our structures and plans very well, having been part of the squad since June last year," said coach Heyneke Meyer.

It was an awkward looking 'tackle' and while being spoken to by Garces, Van der Merwe claimed that he fell over. He was also quick to point out the difference between his and Michael Hooper's tip-tackle (that also resulted in a yellow card).

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DrG September 30, 2013 8:32 pm

Wtf was he trying to do???? :/

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slats September 30, 2013 10:08 pm

ill be honest i dont think it was that bad a tackle, it was shoulderish level, and it looked a lot worse because of the way the tackled player went back. I reckon its a yellow but i can see why the red was given

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DrG October 01, 2013 10:23 pm

You''re kidding right???

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Reality September 30, 2013 10:22 pm

His excuse that he fell on top of him is definitely plausible. I regularly find myself shifting all my weight upwards and sticking my elbow out in front of my face while falling after having my feet planted firmly on the ground.

Excuses like that are why referees never listen to players' legitimate protests - players like Van der Merwe cry wolf too often.

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DanKnapp October 01, 2013 7:57 pm

Players shouldn't be protesting, arguing, trying to influence it. The captain does that, van der Merwe needs to shut up and take his card like a man.

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Facepalm October 03, 2013 10:45 pm

It's not just in the interest of maintaining rugby values, from a more selfish point of view it's in the interest of the player not to protest to a referee. A referee has never turned around and said, "yeah you're right, penalty reversed." All that happens is he gets pissed off at the player for whining and is more likely to penalise him again later.

I do, however, sympathise with the Parrisse case, when he genuinely didn't know what he was being sent off for. But that's a different situation.

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logophile September 30, 2013 10:53 pm

Good. I thought it was definitely a dirty "tackle".

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Andrew October 01, 2013 3:34 am

Yet another cheap shot from one of the Boks! When will it end??

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Andrew October 01, 2013 5:38 am

while I do not condole dirty play if they want to eradicate it they have to do it right across the board !
ABs most dirty and professional fouling team by far.
Aussies No 2 needs a slap every game to stop his nonsense !

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Andrew October 02, 2013 4:05 am

Hahahaha no team even comes close to the boks when it comes to dirty play. There's a reason why they have that reputation. All there players whine at the ref non stop the entire game aswell. Very annoying team.

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Computer says no October 02, 2013 4:31 am

He played dirty and he got suspended. Why are you crying like a little girl?

Now Ma'Nonu still playing after an awful late shoulder charge just 2 games ago. Wasn't even sighted.

I recall one of the Ozzies in this game diving in with a shoulder to hit the player on the ground. The irony he missed the Bok player and smashed his own guy. The Ozzies are so hapless at the moment they can't even play dirty properly. It's funny.

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Cosby October 02, 2013 2:03 am

"an awkward looking tackle". "not intentional". "I fell on top of him". Comedy gold!

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CambridgeshireKid October 02, 2013 2:53 pm

That wouldn't look out of place in UFC

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