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Deysel’s fate unclear

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 May 2014 at 10:11
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A good 48 hours have passed since the Sharks’ amazing Christchurch houdini act and yet there has been no real indication as to what further sanction loose forward Jean Deysel faces. Deysel was red carded in the 17th minute of the match and has duly been cited for allegedly infringing law 10.4 (b) – Stamping or trampling.

A lot of harsh things were said at the time of the incident, but as true Sharks fans, I’m sure we are all 100% behind Jean at what is an incredibly difficult time for him. We all saw the provocation – we saw yet another New Zealand team deliberately and blatantly practising the art of “holding on” after every possible phase of play, without so much as a mention from any of the match officials, far less any sanction. Paul Jordaan was clearly and cynically impeded by Ryan Crotty in the build up to S’bura Sithole try, an act worthy of a yellow card in any fair system, yet that indiscretion passed with nary a mention.

Deysel’s boot to the face of Jordan Taufua was reckless and stupid and warranted a card. If Deysel deserved red, which on the balance of probability he did, then his victim – who had himself committed a cynical infringement by holding on to Deysel’s leg metres from where the ball was – certainly deserved a yellow himself. Once again, the off-the-ball interference which is the Kiwi stock in trade went unnoticed and unpunished by a team of officials who saw nothing more than they expected to see: yet more South African thuggery.

Knowing Jean as I do, I can imagine how terrible he must feel about the situation. He lashed out in frustration, that much is clear and certainly didn’t think about what he was doing or what the consequences might be. It was reckless, dangerous and very silly indeed, but what it wasn’t was deliberate or pre-meditated and I hope with all my heart that that factor will be taken into account when the wise heads of the judiciary get together to determine his fate.

Wolla, our thoughts are with you! Let’s all hope for a fair and reasonable outcome.


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