Thursday 23 November 2017

Stander gets one-week ban as Springboks coach slams Ireland

Ireland's CJ Stander. Photo: PA Wire
Ireland's CJ Stander. Photo: PA Wire
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

CJ Stander will miss Ireland's second Test against South Africa after he was handed a one-week ban for his red card last Saturday.

The Munster captain was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Pat Lambie during the first half. Ireland have 48 hours to appeal the decision and will await a written judgement from judicial officer Terry Willis before deciding their next course of action. Joe Schmidt will not fly out a replacement as the 26-year-old will be back for the final Test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday week.

Stander was dismissed by French referee Mathieu Raynal after following through on a charge-down and catching Pat Lambie with in the head with his hip. The out-half will miss the second Test and coach Allister Coetzee has called up experienced Stade Francais out-half Morne Steyn as a replacement.

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Coetzee yesterday accused Ireland of having no interest in playing rugby during their 26-20 win at Newlands, but winger Andrew Trimble has brushed off his claims after the Six Nations side beat the Springboks away for the first time despite being down to 14 men for almost an hour.

"With 14 men it's very difficult. We put on one or two new plays that we had preferred before the game, but roles change and it's very difficult to organise things whenever you've got a winger on the flank and you've got no flanker," he said. "It's very difficult, it's tough to play as much rugby as you'd have liked to have played.

"We were very clever, very streetwise and showed our experience being able to play the game with 14 men for 60 minutes, we're very proud of what we did.

"I don't think anybody, not even us, realised how big a defensive performance we would be able to produce with 14 men.

"There's maybe a little bit of a surprise element there but that's going to be gone for this weekend."

Coetzee said his players would be embarrassed by the video review as he praised Ireland's work rate. But his positivity towards the touring side ended there.

"They weren't interested in playing," he said. "All they did was make it as difficult as possible for us to exit, just put it in behind us, turn us and we were actually bogged down in our own 22 there. They got a drop goal and a chip try and it was a very clever tactic. I don't think we handled it well."

Irish Independent

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