Bulls’ Kirchner found guilty



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Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner has been found guilty of a dangerous (spear) tackle on Dusty Noble during Friday night’s Super 14 match against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

The Bulls won 31-17.

Kirchner, who was shown a red card for his offence, was suspended for two weeks following a disciplinary hearing early on Saturday morning.

The Bulls’ Springbok lock Bakkies Botha was found not guilty of a head butt in a ruck while cleaning out opposition players over the ball.

Botha, who was also cited after the match, was playing in his first match of the season after an ankle injury that kept him off the field since the year-end Bok tour to the UK.

The incident preceded a dubious yellow card issued to Botha in a ruck at the same time as Kirchner was sent off for his offence. The Bulls therefore played with 13 players for 10 minutes and the whole of the second half with 14 players.

The Bulls leave for Australasia on Saturday night where they start off their four-match Australasian campaign against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

Coach Frans Ludeke has decided not to replace Kirchner in the touring group, and the Bulls will therefore leave with 25 players. It is of course possible that Kirchner or another player could be flown out later.

Hooker Derick Ku’n, who was replaced for the last quarter of the match after he injured his ribs, has been declared fit and will travel with the team on Saturday night.

The hand injury to Bulls captain and scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is not regarded as serious and he will play on Saturday.


SAPA – Super14.com

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