Van der Merwe set for hearing

Date published: September 29 2013

Bok lock Flip van der Merwe has been cited for alleged foul play in their Rugby Championship clash with Australia at Newlands on Saturday.

South Africa second-row Flip van der Merwe has been cited for alleged foul play during their Rugby Championship meeting with Australia on Saturday.

Van der Merwe is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking when he made contact with Australia winger Joe Tomane. The incident occurred in the 39th minute of the game.

The referee for the match at Newlands: Jerome Garces issued a Yellow Card for the incident.

“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,” read a SANZAR statement on Sunday.

“The Citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC.

“All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

“For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.”