Boks: De Villiers in trouble over 'mechanic' comment, Schalk remark

2009-06-29 00:00

IN the hour of one of their great triumphs, a series win sealed in a dramatic second Test at Loftus on Saturday, the Springboks found themselves in the dock with golden boy Schalk Burger facing the charge of eye-gouging and coach Peter de Villiers in hot water for racist remarks.

The Springboks launched a remarkable comeback in the closing quarter of the Loftus Test to convert a 19-8 deficit into a 28-25 win and lead the series 2-0.

De Villiers has been called to a meeting with the president of the Saru Regan Hoskins today to explain his “mechanic” statement defending scrumhalf Ricky Januarie last week, which he chose to do on racist lines.

De Villiers again came under fire from the media on Saturday when he brushed aside Burger’s eye-gouging allegation and said he should not even have been yellow carded. “Ag, you know, sh** man. This … is what rugby is all about. We shouldn’t even worry about this. What people say is their opinion.”

Springbok captain John Smit, squirming alongside him, came to his coach’s aid. “Please guys, let’s leave this matter [Burger] to the judiciary and talk about rugby.”

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