Chaos as touch judge stabbed

Leon-Ben Lamprecht and correspondent Cape Town - Another incident of rugby violence, the second of the past week, has rocked the Western Cape.

There was chaos on Saturday in a rugby match between the Under-19 teams of Gordon High School and Collegians rugby club, when a security official's arm was broken in two places and the touch judge was stabbed in the head with a flagpole.

Elsewhere, anarchy ruled at a match between the Villiersdorp and Kleinmond rugby clubs, when first the players and then supporters of the two teams clashed.

Gordon High rugby co-ordinator Noel Hendricks says the school will no longer play matches against club teams.

The score at half-time was 0-0.

"Two minutes before the final whistle, things started to go wrong."

At that stage, said Hendricks, Collegians had already collected three yellow cards for undisciplined play.

Gordon High were awarded a penalty and missed the attempted kick at goal.

"Then suddenly, they (Collegians) started thumping the touch judge. He in turn started to run towards us."

Collegians lashed out at players and officials.

Dean Rulse, a security official at the match, had his arm broken in two places in an altercation. He was discharged from hospital on Monday morning with a plate in his arm.

"We tried to stop them (Collegians). They attacked one of our children, first from the one side then from the other," he said.

He slipped and fell and the next thing he saw a boot was coming at him. He tried to fend it off with his arm.

The touch judge, whose name has been withheld on request, said 10 or 12 people were chasing him.

He's an injured Gordon High first team player who was standing in as touch judge.

One of the many chasing him used the flagpole to stab the back of his head, leaving a small cut.

"I was really afraid that they were going to kill me. It was the whole team and the officials chasing me."

He added that he was kicked against the knee that he injured a fortnight ago.

Armien Brink, Collegians school co-ordinator, said they had submitted a report to the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) and they would not comment before an inquiry had been conducted.

Theo Kleynhans, WPRU general manager of youth rugby said they would have to study the various match reports.

"The process must run its course."

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