Thursday, February 28, 2008
Young Bulls flanker Dewald Potgieter got himself in a whole lot of hot water against the Crusaders on Friday night in Pretoria. Potgieter has been suspended for a week after an outrageous spear tackle on Casey Laulala.
As if the evening wasn't disastrous enough for the Bulls, who went down 54-19 in the end, Potgieter put a black mark next to his name and is now out for the next week. For some reason the ref and touchjudge didn't consider this bad enough to be a yellow card, but I guess that's what the citing commission is for. I personally thought it would have and could have been a red.
It's a pity for the young Potgieter, who actually made a huge difference to the poor Bulls performance. I'd like to say you'll be hearing that name again in the future, but hopefully for different reasons as to why you're hearing it now.
We've seen some terrible spear tackles in the past, but this is one of the worst, with Laulala actually flipping over so far that he didn't land directly on his head, luckily.
A one week ban in my opinion is extremely lenient, but perhaps the players' disciplinary record and character was taken into account.