27 Aug 2008

Van der Linde banned for four weeks

9:13 am on 27 August 2008

Springboks prop CJ van der Linde has been suspended for four weeks for an ugly headbutt on Wallabies halfback Sam Cordingley during last weekend's Tri-Nations rugby Test in Durban.

Cordingley wasn't injured in the incident, which SANZAR disciplinary officer Nick Davidson QC says amounted to dangerous play at a ruck and not deliberately striking with the head.

Van der Linde pleaded guilty to the lesser dangerous play charge.

Davidson ruled van der Linde had illegitimately attempted to clear out a ruck rather than deliberately trying to strike Cordingley, and the Springbok's excellent disciplinary record was a mitigating factor.