SA School Sports



Last updateTue, 04 Dec 2018 12pm

   Join our newsletter here:      


Back You are here: Home Sports Rugby Kwa Zulu Natal Referee Punched in Schoolboy Match!
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 14:32

Referee Punched in Schoolboy Match!


Another punch up in a school rugby match but this time it was a schoolboy who hit and hurt a referee in a hurt him in a U16 A match between Stellenberg and DF Malan. The boy has subsequently been removed from all contact sport.

The game was between Stellenberg of Durbanville and DF Malan of Bellville, both affluent schools, at DF Malan.

The referee for the match was Hentie Gericke, a skilled referee who was a first league referee in the Western Province before retiring club rugby. He is still refereeing schools rugby and takes an energetic part in the doings of the Western Province Referees' Society.

The account goes that at some point in the match the player, a prop, in question complained to the referee that DF Malan players had punched. The referee had not seen the punch but did see the Stellenberg player punch an opponent for which he gave the Stellenberg player a yellow card. The player responded violently and the referee upped the sanction to a red card, whereupon the boy hit the referee in the ribs.

There was pandemonium as about 100 spectators ran onto the field and the match, which was 10 minutes from an end, was stopped with DF Malan leading 6-3.

The principal of Stellenberg, Theo Boonzaaier, said: "What happened is completely unacceptable."

The principal of DF Malan, Ms Joh Dorfling, said: "It is a pity that this happened. It was actually a good and pleasant sports day. What happened is not Stellenberg's fault."

The matter was then dealt with by the schools and the Western Province Rugby Union. The upshot of the inquiry was that the player would not be allowed to play rugby for the rest of his school career. Apparently, the boy and his parents agreed that he should not take part in any contact sport and the boy is to undergo rehabilitation and be closely monitored.