Police Investigate after Three Rugby Players Stabbed in Violent Match

Police Investigate after Three Rugby Players Stabbed in Violent Match

  • Club rugby's reputation in South Africa as a violent space continued in disgrace
  • This time, it was the turn of the Western Cape to bring the Gentleman's Game into disrepute
  • Rugby players were attacked following a contentious encounter, with a few of them being stabbed in the incident

Club rugby in South Africa is disreputable as not for the faint of heart.

The latest incident of violence occurred in the holiday town of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape.

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One of the unnamed victims of the stabbings in hospital, Image source: SA Rugby Magazine.
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IOL reported that a match between Jeffreys Bay Rugby Club and Harlequins Port Elizabeth descended into chaos, leading to a police investigation. Three Harlequins players were allegedly stabbed by angry Bay supporters with broken bottles after the visitors won the match dramatically at the death. The victims were later treated in hospital, with local police now investigating a case of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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According to Rugby365, Eastern Province Rugby Union president Maasdorp Cannon wrote in a strongly-worded letter to Jeffrey's Bay:

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“In view of this alleged thuggery, the management of EPRU resolved to draft this correspondence informing of the suspension of all your home fixtures with immediate effect. This incident is deplorable and indeed a sad day for the Eastern Province rugby family. This type of behaviour is condemned in the most serious way."

A disappointed SA Rugby president Mark Alexander responded to the incident by saying:

"It should go without saying that if the reports are accurate, this behaviour is totally intolerable, and the strongest sanctions should be considered. That is the proud ethos of rugby — this type of behaviour is a disgrace and totally unacceptable.”

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Source: Sports Brief News