Bad boy Bakkies could miss Bulls’ play off

The Bulls could play the Crusaders without Bakkies Botha after the lock was cited for charging into a ruck at the start of the Bulls match against the Stormers.


Botha charged into the ruck injuring Stormers right wing Gio Aplon in the second minute of the match which was stopped briefly while Aplon received medical attention.


Citing Commissioner Freek Burger cited Botha under Law 10.4 (h) for dangerously and recklessly entering a ruck without using his arms or grasping a player.


Last year Botha was banned for two weeks for not binding as he cleared Adam Jones from a ruck in the second British and Irish Lions test which left the Lions prop with a dislocated shoulder and needing surgery to fix the shoulder and ruled him out of the game for six months.


That suspension led to the Springboks wearing white armbands with the message “Justice 4 Bakkies” in the third Test which Botha missed and the Springboks lost.

 

The IRB Slammed the “Justice 4 Bakkies” campaign and hit them with a fine.

 

The IRB committee said at the time that had it not been for the legal technicalities, SARU and the Springbok players and management would have faced much more serious sanctions which would have included a possible suspension from the World Cup in New Zealand.

 

Botha’s judicial hearing will be at 13h00 on Monday, 17 May 2010, at the offices of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union in Pretoria.

 

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