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Rocky Elsom decision delayed

By David Beniuk 26/08/2008 06:29:33 AM Comments (0)

Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom will finally learn his fate after the SANZAR judiciary delayed a decision on his citing for dangerous play in last Saturday's win over South Africa.

Elsom could be rubbed out of this Saturday's clash with the Springboks in Johannesburg after he grabbed Boks captain Victor Matfield as he was jumping in a lineout in the second half of Australia's 27-15 win in Durban.

Following a two-hour hearing, the decision on Elsom was delayed.

Springboks prop CJ van der Linde is also facing a ban following his citing for dangerous play after he apparently headbutted Australian halfback Sam Cordingley twice at ABSA Stadium.

The decision on van der Linde was also delayed.

"It seems to be a common technique of his, doesn't it?" Cordingley said of the incidents involving the Boks tight-head.

"I've only seen the footage once. During the game I couldn't really remember much, when he contacted me I sort of thought well he's hit me with the head but I thought the attempt might have been legitimate.

"It sort of glanced off me, it wasn't the full impact.

"The first time he went at me, I could see him coming at me and the second time I sort of backed away after (referee) Lyndon (Bray) told me to release the ball from the ruck and luckily for me I did because it sort of just glanced me but I wouldn't have liked to cop the full brunt."

Despite his targeting, Cordingley relished a rare start after sitting on the bench for 13 of his 19 Tests.

"I'd have to say it's probably the most enjoyable Test that I've been involved in," he said.

"I suppose looking back I wasn't expecting to be a part of this squad and to get a start against the Springboks, such a proud nation, at probably what is my favourite stadium to play at, at Kings Park (ABSA Stadium), it was just a real honour and wins are at a premium over here."

Cordingley's stop-start Test career has been hampered by a chronic foot injury but he said it had been causing him no concern.

"It's fine, it's not a problem at all," he said.

"I have to manage it pretty well these days, given my age.

"I do have to stay pretty warm. When the guys start calling you things like Tin Man ... then it becomes a bit of an issue so it's a constant reminder that I have to keep myself ready to play Test football."

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