Goosen injured, James suspended

2012-05-01 00:00

IT was a dark weekend for South African flyhalves with the Cheetahs’ Johan Goosen now out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder while Springbok Butch James was yesterday banned for four weeks for foul play.

The prodigiously-talented Goosen had been in superb form against the Highlanders, scoring 18 points (try, three penalties and two conversions) before he damaged his shoulder dotting down in the corner. The Free Staters, ahead by 21 points with his try, then folded in the last quarter to lose 36-33.

Goosen told reporters yesterday he would be out for four months, missing the Junior World Cup in Cape Town in June and possible inclusion against England for the Springboks.

“I just fell awkwardly after that last tackle came in,” he said. “I’ll need to undergo surgery early this week to start my recovery. I’m obviously very disappointed, but injuries are part of the game.”

James, coming on as a replacement for the final quarter against the Brumbies, was suspended for a month after flying “recklessly” into a ruck without using his arms. He will miss the Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. Ironically, James quit international rugby earlier this month to concentrate on playing his rugby for the Lions.

Sanzar judicial officer Mike Heron accepted a guilty plea from James after the Springbok was cited following the match on Friday evening.

James crashed into Brumbies lock Scott Fardy moments after a penalty had been awarded to the Lions.

James has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including May 26. The Lions play the Sharks at Ellis Park a week later.

“The conduct did amount to foul play and the player was remorseful and apologetic for his conduct,” said Heron. “To recognise and acknowledge the immediate guilty plea and remorse, I am prepared to reduce the sanction by a week, resulting in an ultimate sanction of four weeks,” said Heron.

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