Friday 21 July 2017

CJ Stander must wait to learn his fate following red card against South Africa

CJ Stander, right, of Ireland is shown a straight red card by referee Mathieu Raynal
CJ Stander, right, of Ireland is shown a straight red card by referee Mathieu Raynal
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

CJ Stander will learn his fate tomorrow morning in Johannesburg after his initial hearing was adjourned after five hours of deliberating by Australian official Terry Willis.

The Ireland flanker was shown a red card by French referee Mathieu Raynal 22 minutes into his first cap against South Africa, the country of his birth, on Saturday. The hearing will begin again at 10am in Johannesburg.

Stander’s team-mates managed to beat the Springboks 26-10 at Newlands despite playing for almost an hour with 14 men.

Joe Schmidt expressed his hope that the Munster captain might escape further sanction after describing the decision to send off his flanker for a dangerous late tackle on South Africa out-half Pat Lambie as “very, very harsh”. If banned, he would likely miss the rest of the series.

Patrick Lambie of South Africa lies injured after a clash with CJ Stander of Ireland
Patrick Lambie of South Africa lies injured after a clash with CJ Stander of Ireland

Lambie will miss the second Test of the three match series after suffering a concussion in the incident, but x-rays revealed no further damage.

“We'd love to have him available, we're going to find out in the next couple of days what, if any, consequences there are from his attempted charge-down,” Schmidt said.

“So, we'd be delighted to get him back if that's possible. If we don't, this is a 32-man squad, there are 32 players working to try and be selected and it means somebody else will step up and fill the breach.

“I thought the red card was very, very harsh to be honest. CJ’s got both hands extended, once you’re in the air you can’t change your trajectory.

“The one thing I would say, I think Pat Lambie’s a super player, I certainly hope that Pat’s OK. I know CJ and Pat are friends, and that they know each other.

“CJ was upset that Pat was hurt as much as he was upset that he had to leave the field. It’s one of those thing that happens. I think, sometimes, when there is an injury like that, the consequence is that a card comes out and that was the result.”

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