Brawling pair punished

Deon Fourie and Ashley Johnson have been issued off-field yellow cards for their part in a scuffle in Saturday’s match between the Cheetahs and Stormers.

A Sanzar citing commissioner found that the pair had contravened Law 10.4 (m) Acts Contrary to Good Sportsmanship. Johnson and Fourie were involved in a scuffle where they began throwing punches at each other. These actions caused a number of players to become involved in several scuffles that broke out following the initial scuffle.

In this case the incident was acted on by the referee for the match: Steve Walsh who penalised and issued a yellow and white card for a prior incident of foul play to Stormers flank Rynhardt Elstadt. Walsh then issued a white card for all of the events that followed.

On further review of the match footage the citing commissioner deemed an off-field yellow card was appropriate for Fourie and Johnson.