10 Nov 2008

Boks leave eye-gauging claim behind them

6:17 am on 10 November 2008

The South Africa rugby squad has left Cardiff for Edinburgh... leaving a possible disciplinary issue hanging in the air.

It surrounds lock Bakkies Botha, who Springboks manager Arthob Petersen claimed "had a finger in the eye" during South Africa's 20-15 victory over Wales yesterday.

Botha was replaced at half-time by Andries Bekker as the Springboks recorded a 10th successive win against Wales.

Botha went to hospital after the game and was seen by a specialist, with Springboks team doctor Craig Roberts planning to issue a full medical update today.

It is understood the Springboks management have ruled out making an official complaint, choosing instead to leave matters in the International Rugby Board's hands.

Match commissioner, the former England international Peter Larter, has until tonight to cite any player he feels might have been guilty of foul play.

Botha is rated doubtful for next weekend's Murrayfield appointment with Scotland, while centre Adrian Jacobs is also battling an injury.