Cheating Cheetahs?

The Cheetahs could face the possibility of being docked points for their management of Hennie Daniller.

Die Burger reports that the South Western Districts Eagles have lodged a formal complaint with the South African Rugby Union about Danillier’s participation for the Cheetahs in a Absa Currie Cup match on Friday. Danillier, who was loaned to the Griffons on 20 June, featured as a 60th minute substitute for the Cheetahs on Friday, then made his way to George where he played for the Griffons in their decisive 26-19 win over SWD on Saturday.

The victory ensured the Griffons, not SWD, progressed to the play-offs. SWD are citing rule 7.5 as barring any player who is loaned out from returning to his union in the same season to play in the same competition as the one he had participated in preceding the loan. SWD president Stag Cronjé called for both the Cheetahs and Griffons to be docked points, which the laws stipulate is a possibility.

Western Province have also enquired about Danillier’s involvement with two provinces on the same weekend. The fifth placed WP have much to gain from a potential points docking, as the Cheetahs are currently placed fourth and almost certain to make the play-offs.

Saru CEO Johann Prinsloo said the matter was being addressed and that a letter had been sent to the Free State Rugby Union seeking clarity on the issue. Free State president Harold Vester insisted it wasn’t the same competition.