Francois Hougaard suspended for one week
04 March 2012

The Sanzar Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron has accepted a guilty plea from Francois Hougaard of the Bulls for contravening Law10.4 (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, after he was Red Carded during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Francois Hougaard has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including the 11th March 2012.

The incident occurred in the 62nd minute of the match between the Cheetahs and the Bulls played at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Sanzar Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron assessed the case.

In his finding, Mr Heron ruled the following:

“Francois Hougaard was given a red card in the 62nd minute of the game between his team (the Bulls) and the Cheetahs on 3 March 2012. The matter came before me as Duty JO. Mr Hougaard immediately accepted the tackle was in breach of rule 10.4(j) as per the sending off of the referee. After consideration of all the relevant material, including the footage, Mr Hougaard's good record and the rather unusual nature of the incident, I indicated a penalty of one-week suspension. Mr Hougaard, through his lawyer, accepted that and accordingly he is suspended from all forms of the game to and including Sunday 11 March 2012 (a one week, one match suspension).

In summary my reasons are:

The footage showed Hougaard lifting the opposing player into the air and dropping him on to the ground. The Cheetahs number 13 fell backwards and twisted on to his right shoulder.

He was not injured and continued unaffected. A subsequent report from the Cheetahs confirmed that (as did Mr Swart for the player). Hougaard immediately acknowledged his wrong. An unusual feature was the involvement of another Cheetahs player, initially supporting the tackled player and then not continuing to do so.

It was submitted, and I accept, that this appears to have inadvertently contributed to Hougaard failing to realise that the player would drop to the ground. In my view this was a brief incident of dangerous play, which resulted in a breach of rule 10.4(j), without any intent to drop the player on to the ground. Accordingly, I find the entry point low end (three weeks).

The player immediately accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty. He has no disciplinary record, is of good character and this is his first card of any type I am told. The circumstances of the tackle were unusual and there was no injury or lasting impact on the tackled player. In addition, Hougaard has the embarrassment of being sent from the field and the record that comes with that.

In all the circumstances therefore I reduced the penalty to one weeks suspension. I emphasise that this was an unusual case and that it should not be regarded as setting any precedent in respect of future tackles of this sort.”

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8
Trust Mr. Swollenhead will next time have his hearing aid tuned to what his assistant referee has to say before making a ludricous decision. Mr. Bighead stop trying to curry favour with Australia and New Zealand teams.
Posted by Thurlow on 05 March 2012 09:48
7
Hy het die speler opgetel maar veilig op die grond gesit en nie geboor nie. Ek dink dit moes net n geelkaart gewees het. Maar Jano sal ons nie in die steek laat nie. Hougie sal wel gemis word, hy bring n ander dimensie na die spel.

Bulle verbaas my meer en meer elke week. Het gedink ons gaan so bietjie sukkel met al die nuwe manne, maar almal lyk lus vir speel. Daar is weer n spangees soos min onder die manne. Hou so aan Bulle, die braai's raak net lekkerder met al hierdie Sharks, Stormers en Lions pelle.......lol
Posted by Blou Spike on 04 March 2012 19:43
6
It was unintentional - Hougie is not a malicious player and I feel that a one week ban is not fair. How may other players get away with a yellow card - this is the last thing we need before taking on a Blues team that is hurting from no wins and under pressure to do something about it !!
Posted by BullsRbest on 04 March 2012 19:25
5
Bly dis net een week. die blues lyk effe onseker van hulself en ons sal hul kan aandurf sonder hougie.

maar ons dissipline was nie goed genoeg in die laaste 20 minute nie. ek weet alles kom nie net van ene kant af nie, maar die manne moet harder gaan werk aan die humeure.

my overall 'take' vd wedstryd is dit was 'n eensydige oorrompeling soos ek bitter min bulls spanne die afgelope 12 jaar in bloem nog ooit sien speel het. daar was 'n wen in 2004 in die cc en in 2010 het ons hulle goed gelooi daar. maar hieride sla vi my uitstaan as die een game waar die bulle se voorpselers totaal oorheers het, nes vier weke terug in polokwane. die cheetahs was net nie opgewasse teen ons pak nie.

welgedaan aan frans ludeke wat hieride span al begin deurbring het tydens die cc van 2011 olv pine pienaar. dis nog 'n baie lang pad om te loop, maar ons kan sien daar is harde werk ingesit. wat vir my plesier verskaf is dat in vergelyk met verlede jaar se wereldekerspan, speel hierdie jong manne baie beter rugby op die oomblik en plaas hul lywe op die spel.

ONs kan ons kanse egter beter benut en sal 'n plan moet maak want die spanne gaan ons verdedigig rek. gelukkig vir ons is die sa spanne nie so flink in hierdie afdeling nie, maar teen die blues sal ons ons keer moet ken. maar welgedaanmet die harde werk in die afseisoen by veral die afbreekpunte. zane kirhner se aansluiting by die agterlyn lyk baie goed en ons het meer kanse kon skep as teen die sharks (dalk was die sharks se verdediging beter.) bjorn basson gaan 'n groot seisoen he.

die cheetahs is egter in groot moeiikheid, dink persoonlik heinrich brussouw het sy moses teegekom. hulle kan eerder vir piet van zyl speel as tewis de bruin.
Posted by bloukaap on 04 March 2012 15:08
4
Nie nice nie, maar regverdig, in die oog van konsekwentheid. Jano gaan goed doen.
Posted by Ho3n3r on 04 March 2012 14:52
3
Sien daardie man van Natal se frustrasie teen die Bulle het weer begin borrel. Hy is bek af vir wat laas Vrydag aand op Loftus gebeur het. Trying to butter up the Auatralian and New Zealand teams by singling out the important South African players. Is he going to live in Australia again for four months?????????
Posted by Thurlow on 04 March 2012 14:03
2
Nie lekker nie!!

Kon erger gewees het. Het darem 'n bevoegde vervanging.

GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Frik on 04 March 2012 13:02
1
Bad luck Hougi!
Posted by FRANNABUL on 04 March 2012 12:18
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