Ineligibility takes the Shield's spotlight, again

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:14
Large varsity shield flag 2017 800

VARSITY SHIELD SPOTLIGHT: The Cape Peninsula University of Technology have been docked 11 points after they were found to have fielded ineligible players in four of their Varsity Shield matches this season.

On Friday, March 17 the Varsity Cup Internal Disciplinary Committee held a hearing for CPUT. The university pled guilty to the charges that they had fielded five ineligible players in four of their five matches this season.

CPUT fielded players whose results from deferred exams of 2016 would only be released in March 2017.

They ran the risk that these players would possibly not receive the 60 credits needed to participate with eligibility. In addition, the university fielded two players who were not even registered for 60 credits and thus could not be eligible regardless of examination results.

"It is very disappointing to have another one of the new universities in the competition transgressing the rules," said Varsity Cup CEO Duister Bosman.

"We have no choice but to be firm on our Memorandum of Incorporation’s by-laws and instil a culture of respect for the agreed rules," he added.

Consequently, CPUT has been deducted 11 points and their hopes of reaching the semifinals are zero.  

CPUT lose the one log point earned against UWC in the opening match of the Shield.

Furthermore, CPUT's winning results against Rhodes, UKZN-Impi and WSU are overturned to 0-32 defeats, which equates to bonus-point victories to the oppositions, respectively.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
Cheetahs v Highlanders 17h00 Bloemfontein
Sat, 06 May 2017
Bristol v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Ashton Gate
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wasps v Saracens 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh 22h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Dragons v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Rodney Parade
Zebre v Treviso 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 22h00 Kingspan Stadium
Scarlets v Ospreys 22h00 Parc y Scarlets
Munster v Connacht 22h00 Thomond Park
Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Kingsholm
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Rebels v Lions 05h00 Melbourne
Chiefs v Reds 07h35 New Plymouth
Waratahs v Blues 09h45 Allianz Park
Sharks v Force 13h05 Kings Park, Durban
Bulls v Crusaders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Jaguares v Sunwolves 21h40 Buenos Aires
Pool CUP
Team P W D L Pts
UP-Tuks 8 7 0 1 34
Maties 8 7 0 1 34
UJ 8 5 0 3 25
Shimlas 8 5 0 3 23
Wits 8 4 0 4 21
NWU-Pukke 8 4 0 4 19
NMMU-Madibaz 8 2 0 6 11
UCT-Ikeys 8 2 0 6 9
CUT-Ixias 8 0 0 8 3
Team P W D L Pts
UWC 6 5 0 1 27
Fort Hare 6 4 0 2 20
UKZN-Impi 6 4 0 2 20
WSU 6 3 0 3 14
CPUT 6 2 0 4 10
TUT 6 2 0 4 9
Rhodes 6 1 0 5 6