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Esterhuizen in the dock

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 15 Jun 2015 at 09:06
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Sharks center Andre Esterhuizen joins Stormers utility back Robert du Preez in attending SANZAR disciplinary hearings this week, both as the result of spear tackles executed during Saturday’s final Super Rugby pool game in Durban.

Esterhuizen was ejected via a yellow card within the first ten minutes of play, after carrying out a lifting tackle on Stormers flank Mike Rhodes. Esterhuizen’s action, in which Rhodes was lifted beyond the horizontal and then driven into the ground, appeared to warrant more than a ten-minute sanction, a view which the citing commissioner apparently shares. Sunday’s press release confirms that the incident met “the red card threshold”, hence the need for a hearing and potential subsequent suspension.

Du Preez was guilty of a virtually identical tackle in the closing minutes of the match and will similarly need to explain his action, also deemed worthy of a harsher sentence than the one handed out in real time by match referee Glen Jackson.

Esterhuizen, to his credit, appeared to benefit from his ten-minute thinking period. After a poor start to the game, he returned far more composed and went on to play a starring role in a defensive performance that must surely be close to the best we’ve seen from the Sharks all year. The bar, admittedly, has been set rather low, but the Sharks definitely did show impressive commitment and urgency on defence in this match, at least.

We’ll update further once we know more about the outcome of the hearing.


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