Cheetahs and Griffons escape Currie Cup sanction

The Free State Cheetahs and Griffons did not breach any rules or regulations insofar as fielding ineligible players in the Absa Currie Cup and First Division matches respectively.

This ruling was confirmed Friday by the South African Rugby Union after its judicial hearing relating to complaints by the Eagles Rugby (Pty) Ltd and Western Province Rugby, that the Griffons and the Cheetahs fielded ineligible players in the two competitions.

“In interpreting the contents of Regulation 7.5 read together with the e-mail correspondence dated July 3, 2008 and forwarded by the manager legal of SARU to the Free State Cheetahs, the appointed judicial officer, Dekker Govender, ruled that he is satisfied there has been no breach in this respect by either the Griffons or the Free State Cheetahs, the SARU statement said Friday.

Earlier this week SARU received a complaint from the Eagles in terms of Regulation 7.5 of SARU regulations for player status, player contracts and player movement.

The Eagles complained that Hennie Daniller played for the Cheetahs against the Falcons on the evening of September 26 in an Absa Currie Cup First Division fixture.

The Eagles complained that as a result of the abovementioned player movement that there has been a breach of Regulation 7.5. WP also lodged a complaint against the Cheetahs emanating out of the same incident in terms of the regulation.

In addition WP had also lodged a complaint that the Cheetahs breached regulation 7.5 by fielding the following players that played for the Griffons this season on diverse occasions: Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Hendrik Meyer, Jandre Blom and Ashley Johnson.

On perusing the content of regulation 7.5, the judicial officer ruled he is satisfied that although the players mentioned played for both provinces during 2008 season thus far, neither province participated in the same competition.

The Cheetahs were at all material times participating in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division whereas the Griffons were playing in the Absa Currie Cup First Division.

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