Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
29 Oct 2013
5:44 am

Rhodes’ citing: insult to injury

Rudolph Jacobs

As if the disappointment of surrendering the Currie Cup to the Sharks last weekend wasn't painful enough, Western Province will now also have to deal with the citing of lock Michael Rhodes.

Michael Rhodes and Duane Vermeulen of Western Province. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Rhodes will appear in front of a disciplinary hearing this afternoon after the citing commissioner decided his arm-lock around the neck of Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis in the last 10 minutes of the final at Newlands last weekend, needed further investigation.
Rhodes was penalised at the time by referee Jonathan Kaplan, who overturned the penalty he had initially awarded the home team, but no yellow card was issued. But how do you impose a ban if the domestic season is over?

Province coach Allister Coetzee said that even though they didn’t enjoy a fairytale end to the season, it was still viewed as a successful one.

“I’m very pleased with the season,” said Coetzee. “One loss doesn’t make it a bad one.

“We ended the normal phase of the competition unbeaten, hosted the semifinal and the final.

“But we’ll take it on the chin and be back next year,” he said.

Several young players had also come to the fore – wing Cheslin Kolbe, centre Damian de Allende, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and lock Gerbrandt Grobler – while they had six Boks, and the national captain in Jean de Villiers.

“Cheslin proved he belongs at this level,” said Coetzee.

It was a disappointment that De Villiers and Schalk Burger could not bag a first Currie Cup title after all the years of service to Province.

“At least they managed to play in a final at Newlands, something they haven’t managed to do before. It’s not the end of the world,” he said.

“One lesson we learned from the final is those kicks into no-man’s land, and how to adapt our defence accordingly.”