Brawls mar weekends rugby action
A televised FNB Classic Clash rugby match between Hudson Park and Cambridge High school ended after a mass brawl erupted on Saturday. With Hudson leading 21-9 mid way through the second half, the game turned ugly when a Cambridge player retaliated in anger. With Cambridge having the put in at the scrum about 10 yards within their half, the Hudson pack dominated the contest with the referee awarding the penalty against Cambridge.
In the customary celebration of high fives and fist pumps when winning over first phase possession proved too much for a Cambridge player who had an outburst.
Events quickly escalated as supporters from the stands joined in the fray while the referee had no choice but to remove himself from the proceedings.
Old BOYS VS Swallows
Another rugby fixture went south this weekend, when Old Selbornians hosted the Mdantsane based Swallows outfit. The match struggled to gain consistency with constant jibes between players.
The final straw for the referee came early in the second half when a player bumped into him, whether intentional or not will be addressed. Curtains were drawn with Old Boys ahead 21-12. The Eastern Cape Rising Sun spoke to former Old Boys flanker, Joe Zihhalirwa (2014 - 2017) about the incident. “In the beginning it was a great game that was very intense. As a former player I was a bit disappointed with the lads because they could have still controlled the game without having to make a referee feel uncomfortable. My experience during games is that obviously as players you will exchange words trying to provoke each other but at the end of the day we just wanted to have fun and enjoy a good game of rugby,” he recalled.
It is to be expected that the guilty individuals in both these encounters will be sanctioned in the strictest terms. However, Border Rugby may want to consider what the South African Rugby Union implemented this Saturday in the Currie Cup where players shook hands prior to the matches commencing.
Albeit the gesture was done in awareness to abandoned babies, the simple act allows the players to acknowledge each other and shows the respect and honour that this great sport can provide.
(Photos below supplied by Peter Taylor)