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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 14:36

Glenwood Act Swiftly Against Dirty Play!

Schoolboy rugby administrators have praised Glenwood High School for the swift action taken following the foul play incident in the schools first team clash with Maritzburg College on the weekend, and reaffirmed the stand against foul play in all school sport. Glenwood High School hooker Senzo Mtshali was sent off for punching in the closing stages of Glenwood's defeat at the hands of Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Mtshali came to school on Monday morning with formal letter of apology to the entire school, and at a disciplinary hearing he was suspended for the next two Glenwood matches, and will also serve community service to the team for the duration of his suspension.

"As a school we do not and will not tolerate foul play," said Glenwood's first team coach Sean Erasmus. "The boy concerned had never been carded before, and it is very important that he and all the other pupils learn a clear lesson from this incident."

Glenwood High School is one of the schools participating in the Discovery SharkSmart Schools of Excellence programme, which includes a significant module promoting fair play at all levels of schoolboy rugby.

"It is gratifying to see Glenwood High School acting quickly and decisively to this incident," said SharkSmart director Glen Hagemann. "The school has a proud rugby tradition, and as a SharkSmart School of Excellence member the school commits to biding by the ethic of fair play at all levels."

Hageman was quick to recognise that there were a number of factors that were relevant to the incident, including the charged atmosphere at Goldstones, in front of a big gathering of past pupils who were celebrating Maritzburg College's Old Boys Day.

"The level of passion and enthusiasm for schoolboy rugby is immense, and is a real asset," said Hagemann. "It is critical therefore that this is moderated and kept under control, because if it oversteps the boundaries, the actions of a small minority of players or supporters can contribute to a negative atmosphere at the match that conflicts with the core principle of fair play."

The Discovery SharkSmart Schools of Excellence programme, of which both Maritzburg College and Glenwood are participants, aims to make participation in the sport of rugby safer and more fun at all levels through the reduction of rugby-related injuries by educating players, supporting parents, referees and coaches.

The ethic of fair play is one of the core components of the Ten Point Plan set out in the programme, calling on players, coaches, administrators and supporters to help stamp out dirty play in schoolboy rugby.

"Not all lines are there to be crossed," said Hagemann. "One of the great things rugby teaches people is discipline. It's one of the qualities a coach can instill in players."

"Fair play means maintaining your dignity whether or not you are winning, respecting the opposition, the officials and the rules, staying calm no matter what happens  and realising that the referee is in charge at all times," he added.

More information about the Discovery SharkSmart Schools of Excellence programme can be found at www.sharksmart.co.za

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