Boks accuse Jamie Heaslip of eye-gouging

2009-12-01 00:00

THE Springboks, who spent last week in Dublin defending themselves against allegations of over-robust play, have now accused Irish number eight Jamie Heaslip of eye-gouging during Saturday’s Test match.

The Springboks, beaten 15-10 by Ireland at Croke Park, have drawn the attention of Scottish match commissioner Douglas Hunter to a claim that Heaslip stuck his finger into the eye of flank Heinrich Brüssow during the first half of Saturday’s international.

Hunter has reportedly confirmed the request and said he will review television replays before deciding whether a disciplinary hearing will be held.

Last week the Dublin media, and a number of the Irish players, made constant reference to the alleged eye-gouging of wing Luke Fitzgerald by Springbok flank Schalk Burger during the second Test against the British Lions at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Burger was banned for eight weeks in July after being found guilty of making “improper contact” with the face of the Irish wing. The disciplinary hearing found him not guilty of eye-gouging.

Meanwhile, the All Blacks have also alleged that a French player was guilty of eye-gouging prop Tony Woodcock in Saturday’s Test.

“There’s no doubt Tony got a facial, that’s how he described it. We asked the citing commissioner to have a look at it and we’ll leave it in his hands,” All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen told reporters.

“We’re not going moan about it. There’s a process and the match commissioner will have a look at it . If there’s nothing to answer, then we’ll just get on with it.”

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