Win Cape Town Tens tickets

Up for grabs on the Grunt today … Courtesy of Canterbury teamwear, a set of two tickets to both the Friday and Saturday of the Castle Cape Town Tens …

How to enter? Drop me a mail on with “Canterbury Tens” in the subject line.

We will do the draw early tomorrow morning, and the tickets will be handed over personally by the lovely Irene Scholz of Canterbury at the main entrance to the Tens … Easy peasy …

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And then the snippet if info that caught my eye this morning … SANZAR to trial new disciplinary rules during Super Rugby …

1     On-field Referee Referral to Citing Commissioner

  • Instances where a referee thinks an act of foul play has occurred but is not sure if a red card is warranted, or is unsure of the identity of a player
  • Where a player makes a complaint to a referee who did not see an incident
  • Can be in addition to a yellow card or penalty
  • Referred to the Citing Commissioner for review

2     Citing Commissioner issues an “Off-Field Yellow Card”

  • Instances where a Citing Commissioner observes a serious act of foul play that is close to but not quite a red card
  • The Off-field yellow card is logged on the player’s disciplinary record in the same manner as an On-Field yellow card

3      Duty Judicial Officer

  • Performs an initial assessment of citings, red cards or three yellow cards
  • Duty Judicial Officer may hold a brief teleconference with the player and/or his representative
  • Determines whether or not to offer the player a preliminary indication of penalty
  • May refer to a full judicial hearing
  • The player must accept he committed an act of foul play to be offered an indication of penalty
  • If player does not accept the indication of penalty the matter will be referred to full hearing

4    Judicial Hearings

  • Where a full judicial hearing is required it will be held by videoconference or teleconference with ‘in-person’ hearings only taking place in exceptional circumstances
  • Other processes for the hearing will be the same as previously

5     Appeals

  • SANZAR has a right of appeal the outcome of a judicial hearing on the following grounds:
  • Where there is substantial unfairness, or the penalty imposed on a player is clearly excessive or inadequate
  • Where there has been a fundamental error by the Judicial Officer in reaching his decision
  • Normal rights of Appeal apply for players

The new system will come into operation when the Super Rugby tournament kicks off on February 24.


  1. Hi Tank, can you perhaps shed any light on the “new frontrow engage” ? Apparently the frontrows have to engage first. Does this mean that the frontrows engage separately, with the rest of the pack to follow ? If this is in fact the case, the dominant pack will be at a disadvantage (with the lack of a good hit at the engage !), which does not make sense.
    I can’t figure out what the new “rule” means – any ideas?

    1. Hi Charles. I have heard that there has been a change to the cadence of the call, and they want to eradicate the slingshot scrum down – where the 8th man throws the pack into the scrum. But have not seen it in action. Will research further …

  2. Hi Tank…. I do agree with charles…..if you’ed watch the varsity cup match between uwc vs ufh this past monday eve, the scrums was a mess and the stronger tight five was at a disadvantage.

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