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Boks banned over Test incidents

By Michael Crutcher 03/08/2003 10:15:35 PM Comments (0)

South Africa's rugby reputation was smeared after forward Bakkies Botha was banned for eight weeks and prop Robbie Kempson for four weeks following the spiteful Tri-Nations clash in Brisbane.

The players will miss only one Test and will be available for October's World Cup despite the serious nature of the charges facing Botha.

He was found guilty of attacking the face of Wallabies hooker Brendan Cannon, who gave evidence to a three-man SANZAR judiciary which took almost six hours to complete the hearings.

Cannon claimed after the match he was bitten and his eyes gouged during Australia's 29-9 victory.

Kempson was suspended for a high and late tackle on Wallabies forward Toutai Kefu, who was cleared of serious damage to his injured neck.

The decisions continued a wild aftermath to Australia's drought-breaking win, with Wallabies coach Eddie Jones standing by his post-match claim that the Springboks were "a disgrace for international rugby".

"They've made deliberate decisions on how they want to play the game," Jones said.

"If you don't want players like that in your side, don't pick them.

"You want players to go on with rubbish like that, then you continue to pick them and you actually reward them with leadership roles."

South African coach Rudolf Straeuli accused Jones of trying to take pressure off his team by criticising the Springboks but he refused to comment further after the hearings.

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