Filthy five in the dock

Five players will appear before a SARU disciplinary committee in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon because of fighting in the Vodacom Cup match between the Blue Bulls and the Griffons in Welkom.

Springboks Richard Bands and Johan Wasserman (both Blue Bulls) are among the five to appear. Four players – Wasserman, Frikkie Welsh (Bulls), Tienie Goosen and Hein Edwards (Griffons) – were shown red cards after the fighting, and Bands was cited after the match by match commissioner Corrie Strydom of Free State.

Goosen was also cited for an incident that took place earlier in the match.

Beeld reports that the Bulls maintain Griffons’ replacement lock (AC Vosloo) appeared on the field wearing long pants and a jersey with No 38 on the back, and started throwing punches.

SARU’s Christo Ferreira told the paper that the disciplinary committee cannot establish for a fact if it was a Griffons player, but the person wearing the long pants will face action if his identity is established.

Wasserman has been in the dock previously because of fighting in a Super 14 match and it could effect his prospects of playing a further part in the Super 14. Welsh and Bands are also two players who would have been expected to play for the Super 14 Bulls side, but this may be in doubt after the fracas.

The Blue Bulls maintain that Wasserman was the victim of circumstances on Saturday and say the video will show he did not take part in the fighting.

The Bulls completed the match with 12 players because Harry Vermaas was sent to the sin-bin shortly before the fighting started. He and Edwards, allegedly one of the instigators, were involved in a fight.