Bok apologises to Ref

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:34
Large jannie du plessis with fans

Jannie du Plessis, the burly Springbok tighthead prop, has apologised for his confrontation with referee Lourens van der Merwe.

Jannie du Plessis, the burly Springbok tighthead, has apologised for his confrontation with Lourens van der Merwe, the referee of the match between the Sharks and the Reds.

Van der Merwe is a Test referee who is also a schoolmaster at Grey College in Bloemfontein, Du Plessis's old school.

During the match Van der Merwe penalised Du Plessis for his binding at the scrum and told him how it should be done, whereupon Du Plessis hit back in anger saying that Paddy O'Brien, when he was the IRB's manager of referees had gone over binding with him, ending with: "Don't lecture me."

Du Plessis, a medical doctor and a particularly friendly man, regretted his action and on the Monday phoned the referee.

He said that he had a good conversation with Van der Merwe and apologised. He said afterwards it was on the spur of the moment and he did not want to be regarded as somebody who took chances and tried to confront referees.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 25 August 2017
Pumas v Blue Bulls 17h00 Nelspruit
Sat, 26 August 2017
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Dunedin
Western Province v Sharks 13h00 Newlands
Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions 15h15 Bloemfontein
Argentina v South Africa 17h30 Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28
RELATED ARTICLES