Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Butch suspended, Wilhelm cited



Veteran Sharks flyhalf Butch James has been suspended for four weeks for a dangerous tackle in Saturday's Super Rugby loss to the Bulls.

James's ban for a flying, head-high tackle on Jurgen Visser in the last 10 minutes of the 20-19 defeat in Pretoria ruled the former Springboks No 10 out of the Sharks' last game in this season's Super Rugby, with the Durban-based team already out of playoff contention.

James admitted the offence on Sunday and accepted the ban until August 4, governing body Sanzar said.

Meanwhile, Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will appear at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday for an alleged headbutt on James in the same game.

This video is not available in your region

Replacement forward Steenkamp was cited for headbutting James at a ruck in the South African derby and is in danger of missing the Super Rugby finals for the Bulls, the current standings leader. Steenkamp's hearing was postponed from Monday.

Although not a starter for the Bulls, Steenkamp's absence could still hamper the three-time Super Rugby champions as they aim to make certain of a top-place finish with victory over the Stormers in the last weekend of the regular season.

The Bulls lead the defending champion Chiefs of New Zealand by two points and the Brumbies of Australia by four points ahead of the final round of games on Friday and Saturday.

Shop

SA Rugby Annual 2013
SA Rugby Annual 2013: The Official Year Book of the South African Rugby Union
R175.89
SA rugby annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.89


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Wed, 16 Apr @ 05:00
Wed, 16 Apr @ 18:30

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Super Rugby mid-term report
We’re about halfway through the round robin, so a mid-term report might be in order.

Gavin Rich
It ain’t won in April...or May
One of Naas Botha’s famous comments from back when he was a player was that the Currie Cup wasn’t...

Brendan Venter
Where SA rugby falls short
For all intents and purposes, rugby coaching is in many ways like parenting. Finding a balance...

Brenden Nel
The importance of Matfield
Much has been debated about Victor Matfield’s comeback over the past few months, with opinions...

Super Wrap
So what's wrong with SA rugby?
If it is true that one learns more from defeat than from victory then this country’s rugby IQ must...

Duane Heath
Alvizo's reprieve
Alvizo Erasmus has never met Jannie du Plessis and probably never will, but these two men, who ply...