Rugby coach faces disciplinary

2012-05-15 12:08

Johannesburg - The future of the rugby coach who was caught on video swearing at and shoving the referee in a high school match in Boksburg will be decided at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Schalk Snyman, who is EG Jansen High School's first team rugby coach, was filmed on May 12 charging into Mlungiseleli Mdashe from behind, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

The disciplinary hearing would be convened by the Valke school rugby union.

Mdashe told Beeld on Monday: "When I realised that it was Snyman who had shoved me from behind, I was shocked and disappointed. We know each other."

Mdashe is regarded as one of the top 25 rugby referees in the country, the newspaper reported.

The video footage shows head coach Regardt Botha and Snyman becoming embroiled in a heated argument with Mdashe.

Botha walks away, then returns to continue his argument with Mdashe, after which Snyman collides with Mdashe, steps back and shouts at him.

Mdashe said Snyman had called one of his decisions into question.

"I asked him to give me a few minutes, and to fetch his book of rugby rules while I got dressed, so that we could talk about it. He shouted and told me that I was a kak ref and that I didn't know what I was doing."

Snyman did not respond to requests for comment.

- See the video.

  • Paul - 2012-05-15 12:15

    Ban him for life ever being involved in any form of rugby flippen hooligan!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-15 12:50

      How do you teach players respect when coaches act like this in public? Ban the coach for life and the team for a season (this will be a lesson to all in school rugby). There must be consequences.

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-15 13:08

      There is something wrong with the entire E G Jansen school's rugby ethos. On the same day as the above incident, their second team's rugby match was abandoned when their #13 player ran up to and punched an opponent to the ground. If the players and the coaches have the same violent behavioral traits then there is something seriously wrong with the entire school's rugby ethos. This coach should be banned for life. (Video of both incidents can be found on the Beeld newspaper's website.)

      Faizal - 2012-05-15 13:24

      Paul, are you referring to the ref or coach? :)

      Stille - 2012-05-15 13:37

      The nr13 player must also be banned along with this tappit maplotter. There's no place in rugby for this crap

      dean.obree - 2012-05-15 13:59

      Paul, couldn't agree more. Ban the assistant coach for life; period. This video has gone viral over the web and makes SA look like a bunch of barbarians. There is no excuse, the attack was pre-meditated; watch the video, Mr Snyman has the exchange of words, walks behind the ref, hands his water bottle to someone else then rushes in with the shoulder? How can you then justify this? In the Eastern Cape, Clubs have been banned from any leagues for 2 seasons, I think this should apply to school level aswell. Look at the centre from the 2nd team of the same school in the other video on the Beeld website. Ban the Mr Snyman and either ban the school or fine them to discourage this behaviour.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-15 12:16

    Ban the idiot from all rugby for life..........

  • hummba - 2012-05-15 12:18

    Make him coach chess for the rest of his pathetic life. IDIOt!

  • ianingwe - 2012-05-15 12:19

    What is he teaching the students about sportmanship?

  • marcel.verster - 2012-05-15 12:19

    Stoooooopid moron. What a coward. Hope he's never allowed to coach again.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-15 12:24

    Ban him for life.

  • hans.schouwstra.7 - 2012-05-15 12:28

    hope he gets banned from any involvement in coaching sport to any child, what example does he set to his learners!!

  • Bryan - 2012-05-15 12:31

    What a chop..!! We dont need this kind of hooligan behaviour in any sport, least of all schoolboy level..!!!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-15 12:32

    Good they should remove him from all sport coaching and especially where kids are... He is showing them the wrong behaviour!!! There are rules for a reason... like it or not, you cant attack someone if you dont like what they say or do...

  • Richard - 2012-05-15 12:33

    what a box

  • Peter - 2012-05-15 12:39

    BAN HIM!........the bonehead

  • Colin - 2012-05-15 12:43

    It is of concern that this coach and one in another recent article is working at high school level. Surely their coaching training must be done by Rugby boards in respective provinces, maybe now they need to be profiled by the individual rugby boards as well as by department of education before they are entrusted to care for a bunch of youngsters. Just saying - and as for the mother of the boy in the other case, hope you get Dup de Bruyn the advocate - he'll get to the bottom of it and probably prove the whole thing was instigated by the coach himself!

      Gert - 2012-05-15 12:53

      @Colin Where's the other article?

  • Trevor - 2012-05-15 12:47

    He's an embarrassment to this country and the Rugby fraternity! Brain dead prick.

  • fanus.hansen - 2012-05-15 12:49

    I agree with all that is/was said already. Still I think there is another side of school boy rugby that must be told. Not all referees (not the one in the video) are up to standard. This will mean that you coach your team for 4 to 8 hours a week, and the union sends a ref for the match that really underperformes. This lead to frustration among the players, coaches, spectators and parents. Lots of money is pumped into schoolboy rugby. Coaches must be paid, buses are VERY expensive (we are on the platteland) Kid/jerseys must be paid, balls, water bottles, practice kit, and after all of that, a bad referee handles your game on Saturday. The problem is getting more serious by the day, and it is not going to disappear by shouting "ban the hooligan" - but rather by values and norms that must change, from schools, parents, learners, but also from the rugby unions and ref ass side. And now I am ready to face the thumbs down....

      Ralph - 2012-05-15 13:03

      no thumbs down Fanus - really good comment - but substandard ref does not warrent this kind of behaviour

      Facts - 2012-05-15 13:08

      Agree 100% with Fanus. What the coach did was and is wrong but fix the cause of these problems and there won't be a problem. I am also a parent spending lots of additional money on Sport and sometimes it is most frustrating sitting on the sideline.

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-15 13:13

      Whatever happened to the "spirit of the game" and the importance of participation??? The win-at-all-costs ethos has taken the enjoyment out of the game itself. Parents drive their kids to achieve, and then stand on the sidelines and yell abuse at the refs, the opponents and, often, at their own kids for not performing. The game of rugby is suffering.

      Bigrp - 2012-05-15 13:23

      Easy to throw comments about refs around, problem is that because of our ever dwindling numbers, we often ref 3 or 4 games per day...maybe if some of you with the big mouths feel they can do better, you should start reffing!

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-15 13:43

      Bigrp, I support you 100% - there are thousands and thousands that point their fingers at the refs, but none have even carried a whistle or written any of the exams! I coached rugby for more than 20 years at a fairly senior level and had many many provincial and a number national level players in my teams over the years - guys that should know the laws and don't. 30 players chase the ball and make an average of 125 game stopping mistakes per game at Test Match level, or around 4 per player, yet a ref is condemned for a single mistake. There is no excuse for blatant incompetence, but there will always be mistakes - by everybody on the field and even more by those that stand at the side and shout.

      dean.obree - 2012-05-15 13:50

      @ Fanus, I agree with most of what you saying, please also consider if a school arranges a referee (teacher, coach, student etc) there will always be accusations of being biast etc. This is sensitive issue for all concerned. What is the solution? Like all sports, a person has to start at an entry level and work your way up, more so as a referee. Who is going to blow the whistle without making a mistake? Ask any serious provincial rugby supporter after a game when his team has just lost and I bet you the referee had a role to play in the loss? Why not get the local Rugby Referee Society to hold courses in your area? The results will be multifold, referee talent can be identified and more referee's will be available for all levels. Let us try and offer solutions.

  • Manu - 2012-05-15 13:11

    Maybe changing to a vegetarian diet might help to ease up on that testosterone rush.

  • geoffrey.stokker - 2012-05-15 13:11

    Ban him for life! Horrible example for the school boys he is in charge of. Will only have his poor behaviour filter down into their ranks.

  • Ralph - 2012-05-15 13:14

    just so glad the damn race card is not playing a part here again

  • Dirk - 2012-05-15 13:24

    This man should not be allowed to get close to children. What does he teach them. Everybody can make mistakes. Handle it like grown ups. Even the worlds top referees in every type of sport makes mistakes. Accept it and get on with life. You also made mistakes but nobody wanted to show it to you as they feared reprisal - especially the children you coached. They must live in absolute fear of you. Hope you learn from this lesson and become humble in your actions.

  • - 2012-05-15 13:24

    This article makes it sound like a small incident. it was anything but a small incident. Snyman COWARDLY shoulder charges the referee from behind. Snyman is a Cowardly thug and then he's even more of a coward by not responding to a request for comments. I hope he has another career, because his rugby career is hopefully about to be cut short.

  • Tian - 2012-05-15 13:33

    Hy moet nie eers naby genoeg aan 'n rugbyveld kan kom om die game met 'n verkyker te sien nie, swak man!!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-15 13:34

    band this piece of garbage for life - a coach is supposed to lead by example, only a coward attacks from behind.

  • Ezette - 2012-05-15 13:39


  • coenraadt - 2012-05-15 13:47

    the video of the 2nd team is also shocking. That #13 must be stopped before he kills someone, that boy has serious anger issues and seems like a bit of a coward, as soon as the hooter goes, he takes of his jersey and walks away.

      warren.botha1 - 2012-05-15 14:04

      Can we get some more thumbs up for your comment. I'm 5 kms away and feel like going to meet this little sh1t (#13) at his school gate and teach him a blady lesson

      jacqueskleinloog - 2012-05-15 15:02

      I will not be surprised if steroids are involved, the attitude of 'winning the fight' is really pathetic and #13 should be expelled! For the coach, you're a F#$@ LOSER and lower than scum!!!

  • Thato - 2012-05-15 21:40

    The Referee must have refed at a Bokkie week game uninvited... and hence the traditional treatment by the coaches...

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