Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

In a particularly brutal and controversy filled Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Chiefs, Francois Steyn was red-carded for an illegal tackle on fly-half Aaron Cruden. The rulings that followed have been quite puzzling to say the least.

Steyn was one of three players to be sent off during the ill-tempered affair, and subsequently also the third to receive a ban – however the circumstances are somewhat bizarre.

His teammate Bismarck du Plessis was dismissed from play having struck an opponent intentionally with his boot, he was cited and the review resulted in a four match suspension.

The process for Steyn’s examination and reprimand didn’t quite follow the same pattern however.

Having played a significant part in a dangerous tackle on Aaron Cruden, the South African’s actions were extensively scrutinised by the TMO and referee during a lengthy stoppage, which included the TMO trying to dissuade the referee from taking too stringent a view. 

Referee Angus Gardner went with his gut though, and Steyn was sent from the field.

As was the case with du Plessis, the body which operates Super Rugby, Sanzar, cited the Sharks player and were presented with a decision over whether his actions deserved a ban.

Officer Jannie Lubbe determined that Steyn, whilst involved with the tackle, was not directly responsible for the result and that the force of two teammates entering the contest resulted in Cruden’s awkward landing.

Having been cleared of all wrongdoing, and his red card being rescinded, it appeared Steyn’s case was over – however, in a somewhat curious twist, Sanzar appealed against their own ruling.

Following this turnaround, an official statement from SANZAR stated:

“The Appeals Committee unanimously upheld the appeal brought by Sanzar and found that Steyn breached Law 10.4 (j) and that the referee was correct to red card the player.”

Further to re-awarding Steyn with his previously repealed sending off, they also decided that the appropriate sanction would be four weeks, and taking into account the Sharks’ bye in Round 11 banned Steyn for five weeks, saying he is unable to compete in any form of the sport up to and including the 3rd of May 2015.

Do you think the incident deserved the red-card and a ban?

credit: lerugbynistere

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    The 'double ruffle' splits opinion with fans...

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Aaron Smith left red faced as speedy opposite number steals a bullet behind the line

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Every Louis Rees-Zammit try in the Premiership so far

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse run the length to score awesome late try in Top 14 classic

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies legend Ashley-Cooper shows class in MLR with cheeky shoulder pass

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Hogg collects his own 60-metre spiral kick to score amazing solo try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Prop suspended for 3 weeks after flying shoulder makes contact square in the face

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Amateur

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos