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Bjorn BassonFlip van der MerweRadike SamoBulls wing Bjorn Basson has been cited for a dangerous tackle during Saturday’s 18-16 win over the Sharks at Kings Park.


Basson is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Tackling – Lifting Tackling when he tackled Sharks No.10 Patrick Lambie in the 44th minute of the match.

Referee Jonathan Kaplan issued a yellow card for the incident but upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play

The citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe.

* Meanwhile Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe and Reds loose forward Radike Samo were both issued ‘off-field yellow cards’.

Van der Merwe was issued with an off-field yellow card for stamping. He made contact with Sharks captain Keegan Daniel at a maul with his feet in the 21st minute of the Durban derby.

An off-field yellow card may be issued by the SANZAR Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the red card threshold for citings.

In this case, Kaplan did not act upon the incident but upon further review, the Citing Commissioner deemed an off-field yellow card was appropriate.

Samo was issued with an off-field yellow card for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Tackling – Lifting Tackling during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
The incident occurred when Samo tackled Stormers scrumhalf Louis Schreuder in the 28th minute of the match between the Stormers and the Reds at Newlands at the weekend.

In this case the referee for the match did act upon the incident. Upon further review of the match footage the citing commissioner deemed an off-field yellow card was appropriate.


A Sanzar Judicial Hearing has found Bjorn Basson of the Bulls not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Tackling – Lifting Tackling after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

No further sanction has been imposed on the player.

The incident occurred in the 44th Minute of the match between the Bulls and Sharks at Kings Park, Durban on Saturday 25th May 2013.

The Sanzar Judicial Hearing was held via videoconference on Monday 27th May 2013. Sanzar Judicial Officer Adam Casselden heard the case and was assisted by Former Professional Player Mike Mika. Stephan Weyers appeared for Mr Basson.

In his finding, Mr Casselden ruled the following:

Having heard the evidence of the player and having watched the video footage a number of times of the incident I was not satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that Mr Basson was in breach of Law 10.4 (j) of the Laws of the Game. In forming this view I was ably assisted by Mike Mika who formed a similar view which was that I could not disregard the evidence of Mr Basson that he was trying to hold the tackled player up but lost control when he lost his grip. The citing was not upheld.

5 Responses to Super Rugby: Bjorn Basson cited for dangerous tackle, Flip & Samo both cop off-field yellow’s (Updated – Basson not guilty)

  • 1

    Eish… Bulls will need Bjorn against the Cheetahs this weekend!

    That tip-tackle looked like a bit of an accident and definately not a pre-conceived or malicious tackle in order to injure Lambie.

    I think the combination of Pierre Spies and Bjorn Basson in the tackle… as well as the light frame of young Lambie, just toppled the oke…

    Hope we don’t see a banning…. but I think we will.

  • 2

    Disgusting behavior by Basson and Flip!
    They along with Chilliboy, Stegman, Potgieter, Vermaak, Steyn, Engelbrecht and Mapoe should all be banned for a week!

  • 3

    2: hehe, if you can’t beat them …. ban them ?

  • 4

    Ahhhhh, Basson was found NOT GUILTY!


  • 5

    Luckily no serious injuries for the Bulls this past weekend:

    Here’s what the Bulls say -

    The Vodacom Bulls players Dean Greyling and Zane Kirchner will know after fitness tests on Wednesday if they will be able to play against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

    Kirchner has recovered from a finger operation, but is still suffering tenderness following the removal of a screw, whilst Greyling limped off the field during the weekend’s 18-16 win over The Sharks in Durban.

    Dewald Potgieter, Akona Ndungane and Louis Fouché will also only return to the training field on Wednesday following the match.

    It was also reported from the Springbok training squad assembly in Durban that Flip van der Merwe and Juandré Kruger did not train due to niggles, but will remain with the training squad till tomorrow, when all the players return to their franchises.

    The long term injury list sees regulars Paul Willemse (8 weeks) and Cornell Hess (6 months) on a long term recovery following knee operations.

    Wiaan Liebenberg (AC shoulder, 3 weeks), Travis Ismaiel (shoulder, three weeks) and Frans Venter (groin, two weeks) will be back sooner.


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