SANZAR appeals against Steyn verdict

Date published: March 25 2015

SANZAR has lodged an appeal against the outcome of Monday's judicial hearing which found Sharks centre Francois Steyn not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j).

The Springbok centre was shown a red card for his tackle on Chiefs fly-half Aaron Cruden in last Saturday's Super Rugby clash at Kings Park.

A SANZAR Appeals Committee, chaired by Terry Willis, with Nigel Hampton QC and Robert Stelzner SC as members, will hear the appeal via videoconference on Friday.

In the original hearing, SANZAR Judicial Officer, Jannie Lubbe SC, found Steyn not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) "Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play."

 Lubbe ruled that two other Sharks players were involved in the tackle and that one of the players, Cobus Reinach, played a significant part in what appeared to be a serious and dangerous tackle.

""A detailed analysis of the execution of the tackle by Steyn clearly showed that he executed a perfectly legitimate tackle on Aaron Cruden, but that the intervention of his teammates applying additional and external forces to the dynamic tackle situation resulted in what the referee deemed to be a breach of Law 10.4 (j)," read the ruling.